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Tommy Kirk

Highest Rated:   100% Old Yeller (1957)
Lowest Rated:   0% Mars Needs Women (1966)
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Birthplace:   Louisville, Kentucky, USA
American actor Tommy Kirk tried out as a youngster for the Pasadena Playhouse, the result of a dare made by Kirk's older brother. After a few minor TV roles, Kirk was signed by Walt Disney, who cast the teenager as one-half of "The Hardy Boys" on that popular daily segment of The Mickey Mouse Club. Young Kirk was promoted to the leading juvenile role in Disney's Old Yeller (1957), a three-handkerchief classic that made Kirk a star and a stalwart of the fan club set. In 1959, Kirk was the hirsute protagonist of The Shaggy Dog, one of Disney's biggest money-making films. When asked in later years, Kirk had fond memories of Disney but was not so politely inclined to his Shaggy Dog co-star Fred MacMurray. It was MacMurray who gave Kirk "the biggest dressing down of my life" on the set of Disney's Bon Voyage (1962). Kirk would confess that he fully deserved the scolding; at the time of the shooting, Kirk was addicted to amphetamines, and his resultant behavior was both erratic and obstructive. Whatever MacMurray told Kirk on the Bon Voyage set was quickly forgotten, however, for the young actor was fired from the 1965 John Wayne vehicle Sons of Katie Elder because of his being busted for marijuana use. As a consequence of crossing the "Duke," Kirk was effectively shut out of the big studios, and was forced to settle for silly leading roles in the American-International Beach Party films, and in such low-grade farragoes as Mars Needs Women (1968). Compelled to take menial jobs after his movie career ended, Kirk attempted a theatrical comeback in the early '70s, but he had been forgotten by all but Disney buffs. Whatever the case, Tommy Kirk has overcome his drug problems in recent years and has become a favorite all over again on the nostalgia convention-circuit.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Blood of Ghastly Horror
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Billy Frankenstein
  • Blind Monk
1999
No Score Yet Little Miss Magic
  • Mr. Kenner
1998
No Score Yet Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold
  • Passenger
1995
No Score Yet It's Alive
  • Wayne
1968
No Score Yet It's a Bikini World
  • Mike/Herbert Samson
1967
No Score Yet Psycho a Go-Go
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Catalina Caper
  • Don
1967
No Score Yet Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
  • Chuck Phillips
1966
0% Mars Needs Women
  • Dop - Martian Fellow #1 / Mr. Fast - Seattle Sun Reporter
1966
No Score Yet Unkissed Bride
  • Ted
1966
No Score Yet The Monkey's Uncle
  • Merlin Jones
1965
0% Village of the Giants
  • Mike
1965
No Score Yet Psycho a Go-Go
  • Actor
1965
33% Pajama Party
  • Go Go
1964
No Score Yet The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
  • Merlin Jones
1964
40% Savage Sam
  • Travis
1963
86% Son of Flubber
  • Biff Hawk
1963
No Score Yet Bon Voyage!
  • Elliot Willard
1962
No Score Yet Moon Pilot
  • Walter Talbot
1962
No Score Yet Escapade in Florence
  • Actor
1962
36% Babes in Toyland
  • Grumio
1961
81% The Absent-Minded Professor
  • Biff
1961
No Score Yet The Horsemasters
  • Danny
1961
80% Swiss Family Robinson
  • Ernst
1960
67% The Shaggy Dog
  • Wilby Daniels
1959
100% Old Yeller
  • Travis Coates
1957

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