Tommy Kirk Biography

Birthday: 1941-12-10
Place of Birth: Louisville, Kentucky USA
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: Scrappy Tommy Kirk was born in 1941 and at 13 years old when he was discovered by talent agents in a production of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" at the Pasadena Playhouse. The freshly-scrubbed All-American kid was swiftly brought to the attention of Walt Disney who signed him to a long-term contract. In 1955, he joined "The Mickey Mouse Club" (1955) TV series and won a legion of young fans as the irrepressibly inquisitive teen sleuth Joe Hardy in the "Hardy Boys" serial with Tim Considine, another young Disney staple, playing his brother Frank. Tommy became a prime juvenile hero and ideal mischief maker for many of Disney's wholesome full-length classics including Old Yeller (1957), The Shaggy Dog (1959), Swiss Family Robinson (1960), The AbsentMinded Professor (1961), Babes in Toyland (1961) and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964). However, in 1964 the Disney factory found out Tommy was gay and they immediately released him from his contract after finishing The Monkey's Uncle (1965). Tommy still pursued teen-oriented movies but was essentially blacklisted from the industry and deemed "box office poison." The offers he did receive became progressively more dismal. From mediocre fun-in-the-sand fluff like Pajama Party (1964) and It's a Bikini World (1967) to utter fiascoes like Mars Needs Women (1967) (TV) in which he played a Martian, and Blood of Ghastly Horror (1972), Tommy's career went into an irreversible tailspin. Depressed and angry, he sought solace in drugs and nearly died from an overdose at one point. For health reasons he completely abandoned his career and slowly moved forward as a recovering addict. He put together a successful carpet and upholstery cleaning business which has run steadily for well over two decades. As recently as 2001, Tommy showed up again in Hollywood--glimpsed in a few low-budgeters here and there--but a full-time commitment to acting is quite unlikely.

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Filmography

Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Catalina Caper 0000
Old Yeller Travis Coates 1957 0, 0, Fantasy
Swiss Family Robinson Ernst Robinson 1960 Adventure, Family
The Absent-Minded Professor Bill Hawk 1961
Moon Pilot 1962 Family, Comedy, Sci Fi
Son of Flubber Biff Hawk 1963 0, 0, Biography
Savage Sam Travis Coates 1963 Family, Adventure
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones Merlin Jones 1964 Family, Comedy, Sci Fi
Pajama Party Go Go 1964 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Village of the Giants 1965 Comedy, Sci Fi
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Chuck Phillips 1966 0, Reality Tv
Mars Needs Women 1967
Blood of Ghastly Horror 1972
Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold 1995
Little Miss Magic Mr. Kenner 1998 Comedy, Family, Fantasy