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DiedMarch 30, 1968, East Village, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseMarylin Jean Rush
MarkInnocent, angelical look
FactBuried in a mass grave on New York's Hart Island, better known as Potter's Field.
PaymentsEarned $300 a week from Song of the South (1946)

Bobby Driscoll was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 3, 1937. His parents were Robert and Kathryn Driscoll. He had two sisters, Barbara and Nancy. Bobby Driscoll was a child actor and voice actor. He is best known for his roles in the Disney films, So Dear to My Heart, Treasure Island, and Peter Pan. He won the Academy Juvenile Award for his performance in So Dear to My Heart.

Driscoll’s career began when he was discovered by Walt Disney during a nationwide talent search for his film So Dear to My Heart. After being signed to a contract with Disney, Driscoll appeared in several films for the studio including Treasure Island and Peter Pan. He also voiced the character of Christopher Robin in the Winnie the Pooh shorts and features. In 1953, Driscoll won the Academy Juvenile Award for his work in So Dear to My Heart.

Driscoll’s career began to decline in the late 1950s. He struggled with personal problems and was released from his Disney contract in 1958. His career never recovered and he retired from acting in 1966. Driscoll died in 1968 at the age of 31 from heart failure.

At the time of his death, Driscoll’s estate was valued at $1 million.

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Full NameBobby Driscoll
DiedMarch 30, 1968, East Village, New York City, New York, United States
ProfessionVoice Actor


SpouseMarylin Jean Rush
ParentsCletus Driscoll, Isabelle Kratz Driscoll


AwardsAcademy Juvenile Award
MoviesPeter Pan, Song of the South, Treasure Island, So Dear to My Heart, The Window, The Party Crashers, Melody Time, The Happy Time, So Goes My Love, The Scarlet Coat, Identity Unknown, The Big Bonanza, When I Grow Up, If You Knew Susie, Father's Lion, From This Day Forward, The Fighting Sullivans, O.S....

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#Marks / Signs
1Often delivered the line «Gee whiz!»
2Short hair
3Very soulful eyes
4Innocent, angelical look
5Bright smile and presence


Treasure Island (1950)$1,750 a week
So Dear to My Heart (1948)$400 a week
Song of the South (1946)$300 a week
Lost Angel (1943)$500 /week


1A child lives in a world of its own, so, logically, a successful story for children must strike a chord in that world; possibly involve something he would like to do if he had the chance, like fly with his own wings or go down a rabbit hole, but above all, it must be something he can understand. Anything a child understands, chances are he will enjoy. However, everyone seems to enjoy these successful, so-called children's stories. For instance, you'll never meet a truthful person who says he doesn't like movie cartoons, especially a man. Someone said that women were always women, and men were always children. - in the Humboldt Guardian, June 24, 1954
2(Standing before a California judge in 1961 on his drug addiction) I had everything. I was earning more than $50,000 a year, working steadily with good parts. Then I started putting all my spare time in my arm. I'm not really sure why I started using narcotics. I was 17 when I first experimented with the stuff. In no time at all I was using whatever was available, mostly heroin, because I had the money to pay for it.
3(on his adolescence) "I really feared people. The other kids didn't accept me. They treated me as one apart. I tried desperately to be one of the gang. When they rejected me, I fought back, became belligerent and cocky and was afraid all the time."
4(as a child) "I'm going to save my money and go to college, then become a G-man."
5He's got a great talent. I've worked with a lot of child players in my time, but none of them bore the promise that seems inherent in young Driscoll. -- Don Ameche
6(on his rise and fall in Hollywood) "I have found that memories are not very useful. I was carried on a silver platter and then dumped into the garbage can."


1Even though he was the studio's first contract player, Disney terminated Driscoll's second long-term contract (covering seven years) three years early, in 1953, weeks after the theatrical release of Peter Pan. It is generally believed that his severe acne was the reason. This prevented him from playing other feature roles for the studio that would seem to be tailor-made for him, like Johnny Tremain (1957) and The Light in the Forest (1958).
2Buried in a mass grave on New York's Hart Island, better known as Potter's Field.
3Even though his character was animated he was the first boy ever to play Peter Pan. Before then only women played Peter Pan.
4One of cinema's most critically acclaimed boy actors, he won a special Academy Award at age 12 as the "outstanding juvenile actor" of 1949 for his excellent work in the films So Dear to My Heart (1948) and The Window (1949).
5His voice was used for Walt Disney's feature Peter Pan (1953) and an actual "acting" performance was filmed, then rotoscoped for the animated character.
6Driscoll's body was discovered in an abandoned apartment at 371 East 10th St. in New York City's East Village by two children playing there on March 30, 1968.
7Was the first actor to sign long-term deal with Walt Disney's animation dept. When found dead, his identity was unknown and he was buried as a "John Doe" in pauper's grave. A year later, fingerprints finally revealed his identity.




Rawhide1959-1960TV SeriesBilly Chance / Wilt Mason
The Best of the Post1960TV Series
The Brothers Brannagan1960TV SeriesJohnny
The Chevy Mystery Show1960TV SeriesFred Forbes
Trackdown1959TV SeriesMike Hardesty
The Millionaire1958TV SeriesLew Conover
The Party Crashers1958Josh Bickford
Men of Annapolis1958TV SeriesIrwin Brown
M Squad1957TV SeriesStephen 'Steve' Wikowlski
The Silent Service1957TV SeriesFletcher
Zane Grey Theater1956TV SeriesTrumpeter Jones
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre1956TV SeriesJohnny Bridges
TV Reader's Digest1955-1956TV SeriesTruls Halvorsen / Cadet John Aldridge Jr. / Young Radford Sawyer
Studio One in Hollywood1956TV SeriesPeter
Climax!1956TV SeriesGary
The Ford Television Theatre1956TV SeriesStump
Crusader1956TV SeriesJosef
Navy Log1955TV SeriesBilly Sayres
Screen Directors Playhouse1955TV SeriesPvt. Zane
Schlitz Playhouse1952-1955TV Series
The Scarlet Coat1955Ben Potter
Front Row Center1955TV SeriesRichard Miller
Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson1955TV Series
Fireside Theatre1954-1955TV SeriesJimmy
The Loretta Young Show1954TV SeriesJimmy Skinner
Big Town1954TV Series
Medic1954TV SeriesPete Koslo
Dragnet1953TV Series
Peter Pan1953Peter Pan (voice)
The Unexpected1952TV SeriesJulian
The Happy Time1952Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard
Father's Lion1952ShortGoofy Jr. (voice)
The Walt Disney Christmas Show1951TV MoviePeter Pan
Lux Video Theatre1951TV SeriesBilly Crandall
Fathers Are People1951ShortGoofy Jr. (voice)
When I Grow Up1951Josh / Danny Reed
Treasure Island1950Jim Hawkins
The Window1949Tommy
So Dear to My Heart1948Jeremiah 'Jerry' Kincaid
Melody Time1948Bobby Driscoll
If You Knew Susie1948Junior
Song of the South1946Johnny
Three Wise Fools1946Pixie (uncredited)
So Goes My Love1946Percy Maxim
From This Day Forward1946Billy Beesley
Miss Susie Slagle's1946Boy with Wounded Dog (uncredited)
Identity Unknown1945Toddy Loring
The Big Bonanza1944Spud Kilton
Sunday Dinner for a Soldier1944Jeep Osborne
The Sullivans1944Al Sullivan as a Child (uncredited)
Lost Angel1943Bobby, Boy on Train with Sucker (uncredited)


The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song1992Video documentary performer: "You Can Fly!"
Peter Pan1953performer: "Following the Leader"
Song of the South1946performer: "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Reprise"


Peter Pan1953live action model: Peter Pan - uncredited


Mr. Driscoll's Peter Pan2015Short dedicated to the memory of / in memory of / in memory of: dedicated to the memory of / in memory of: dedicatee / in memory of: inspiration


A Disney Christmas Gift1983TV MovieHimself - Peter Pan (voice)
Dateline: Disneyland1955TV Special documentaryHimself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHimself
The Ken Murray Show1951TV SeriesHimself
One Hour in Wonderland1950TV SpecialHimself / Peter Pan

Archive Footage

Mr. Driscoll's Peter Pan2015ShortHimself
The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics2008TV Movie documentaryJim Hawkins
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song1992Video documentaryPeter Pan
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: You Can Fly1988Video shortPeter Pan
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah1986Video shortPeter Pan Johnny
Disney's Halloween Treat1982VideoPeter Pan
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1954-1982TV SeriesPeter Pan Jim Hawkins Himself ...
Frontier Justice1958TV SeriesTrumpeter Jones


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1560 Vine Street.
1950Juvenile AwardAcademy Awards, USAFor the outstanding juvenile actor of 1949.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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