Freddie Bartholomew

Actor, Director, Advertising
Curly-haired Hollywood child star whose earnest presence, refined British diction and angelic looks established him as a boxoffice favorite in the 1930s and 40s. After a few minor roles in British films, the ... Read more »
Born: 03/28/1924 in London, England, GB


Actor (14)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1939 (Movie)


Captains Courageous 1936 (Movie)

Harvey (Actor)

Devil Is a Sissy 1935 (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

Little Lord Fauntleroy 1935 (Movie)

Ceddie (Actor)

Lloyd's of London 1935 (Movie)

Jonathan Blake as a Boy (Actor)

Anna Karenina 1934 (Movie)

Anna's Son (Actor)

David Copperfield 1934 (Movie)


A Yank at Eton (Movie)

Peter Carlton (Actor)

Fascination (Movie)

Child (Actor)

Listen, Darling (Movie)

Buzz Mitchell (Actor)

Lord Jeff (Movie)

Geoffrey Braemer (Actor)

Professional Soldier (Movie)

King Peter (Actor)

St. Benny the Dip (Movie)

Rev. Wilbur (Actor)

The Town Went Wild (Movie)

David Conway (Actor)


Curly-haired Hollywood child star whose earnest presence, refined British diction and angelic looks established him as a boxoffice favorite in the 1930s and 40s. After a few minor roles in British films, the ten-year-old was signed by MGM to star as Dickens's hero in David O. Selznick's production of "David Copperfield" (1935). He went on to play Greta Garbo's son in "Anna Karenina" (1935) and followed up with his two most popular roles: as the American boy who learns he is the heir to a dukedom in "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (1936) and as a pampered rich brat who is rescued and educated by rough fishermen in Rudyard Kipling's adventure yarn, "Captains Courageous" (1937).


Lillian Mae Llewellyn


Katie Bartholomew


Beth Theuret


Celia Paul


Elizabeth Bartholomew

Married until his death 1992

Frederick Bartholomew

born in 1954 mother, Eileen Paul

Mylicent Bartholomew

raised Bartholomew won custody battle with parents in 1936 was his guardian and adopted him by 1939 died in 1970

Maely Daniele

publicity director of little theater group Bartholomew founded in 1945 married in 1946 divorced in 1953

Cecil Llewellyn

with wife, fought to regain custody of son in 1936 awarded allowances for their living expenses instead had one leg shot off during WWI

Aileen Paul

employee of WPIX-TV in New York when Bartholomew worked there as associate director married in 1953


Italia Conti School



Made final onscreen appearance, an interview for TNT's six-hour history of MGM


Joined Benton & Bowles advertising agency in NYC; rose to position of vice president; handled the company's involvement in "The Andy Griffith Show" and other show accounts


Made final film appearance in "St. Benny the Dip"


TV debut in "Outward Bound"


Formed a little theater group on the West Coast and toured with it as an actor-director


Aunt waged a court battle to wrest Bartholomew from MGM contract


Salary upped to $1000 after boxoffice success in Selnick's "Anna Karenina"


Hollywood debut in title role of "David Copperfield"


David O. Selznick, Louis B. Mayer's son-in-law, sent director George Cukor to England to cast title role of "David Copperfield" (Mayer wanted Jackie Cooper to star); Bartholomew's teacher Italia Conti recommended Bartholomew to Cukor; traveled with aunt t


Film acting debut in "Fascination" (Great Britain)


Film debut in "Toyland" shorts series (Great Britain)

Aunt arranged contractual agreement whereby any money Bartholomew earned was divided between herself, his grandparents and a trust fund for him; parents were induced to sign the agreement

Turned to directing TV shows in USA

Inducted into the US Air Force; served as a maintenance worker for a group of B-17 bombers in WWII

Made performing debut at age four, reciting a poem at a church social; aunt took him on rounds of British film studios and helped him get bit parts

Became associate director of WPIX TV station in NYC in the early 1950s

Appeared in vaudeville and nightclub shows and performed in summer theater after WWII

Farmed out by parents to live with grandparents and aunt, Mylicent Mary Bartholomew, who raised him in Westminister, southern England; changed surname to his aunt's

Subject to a drawn-out court battle between his parents and aunt over his earnings; final court settlement allocated his earnings as follows: 10% to his parents, 5% to each of his two sisters, 10% to his aunt and the remainder set aside in a trust fund fo

Bonus Trivia


Various sources say that Bartholomew was born Frederick Llewellyn and that he borrowed his aunt Millicent (or Mylicent) Bartholomew's surname.