Johnny Whitaker

Actor
With his shock of curly red hair and boy-next-door looks, Johnny Whitaker was seemingly omnipresent as an in-demand child star during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Born in Van Nuys, the California native was ... Read more »
Born: 12/13/1959

Filmography

Actor (18)

A Pony Tale 2012 (Movie)

Horatio (Actor)

Sons of Anarchy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Affair 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lauren Chapin: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Where Are They Now? Part 2 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mulligan's Stew 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters 1973 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Napoleon and Samantha 1972 (Movie)

Napoleon (Actor)

Something Evil 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Sawyer 1972 (Movie)

Tom Sawyer (Actor)

Family Affair 1966 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Biscuit Eater 1971 (Movie)

Lonnie McNeil (Actor)

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming 1965 (Movie)

Jerry Maxwell (Actor)

Child Stars: Their Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Littlest Angel (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With his shock of curly red hair and boy-next-door looks, Johnny Whitaker was seemingly omnipresent as an in-demand child star during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Born in Van Nuys, the California native was introduced to acting when he landed a television commercial for a local car dealership when he was three. By the mid-1960s, he'd been the original actor to play soap opera character Scotty Baldwin in "General Hospital" and made his feature film debut alongside Brian Keith in the 1966 Norman Jewison comedy "The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming." Keith liked working with him so much that he arranged for Whitaker to test for the role of Jody Patterson, the six-year-old nephew of his character Bill Davis in the 1966 sitcom "Family Affair." When the show was canceled in 1971, Whitaker quickly transitioned into a number of 1972 Walt Disney film roles-a remake of "The Biscuit Eater," the screwball comedy "Snowball Express," and the action/drama "Napoleon and Samantha." The following year he gave costar Jodie Foster her first on-screen kiss as the title character in a musical adaptation of "Tom Sawyer." He also landed the role of Johnny Stuart in the Saturday morning Sid and Marty Krofft series, "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters." Yearning for a sense of normalcy, Whitaker semi-retired from acting and turned his efforts in adulthood towards missionary work, becoming a computer consultant and a passionate advocate for child actors.

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