Tommy Kirk

Actor, Owner of a carpet cleaning business, Waiter
A likable, boyish player in Walt Disney Pictures' film and television efforts during the late 1950s and early 1960s, Tommy Kirk played good-hearted if hapless boys and teenagers in such popular live-action pictures as ... Read more »
Born: 12/10/1941 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (16)

Track of Thunder 1967 (Movie)

Bobby Goodwin (Actor)

It's a Bikini World 1966 (Movie)

Mike/Herbert Samson (Actor)

The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini 1965 (Movie)

Chuck Phillips (Actor)

The Monkey's Uncle 1964 (Movie)

Merlin Jones (Actor)

Village of the Giants 1964 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Pajama Party 1963 (Movie)

Go Go (Actor)

The Misadventures of Merlin Jones 1963 (Movie)

Merlin Jones (Actor)

Son of Flubber 1962 (Movie)

Biff Hawk (Actor)

Babes in Toyland 1961 (Movie)

Grumio (Actor)

Bon Voyage! 1961 (Movie)

Elliot Willard (Actor)

Moon Pilot 1961 (Movie)

Walter Talbot (Actor)

The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 (Movie)

Bill Hawk (Actor)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1960 (Movie)

Ernst (Actor)

The Shaggy Dog 1959 (Movie)

Wilby Daniels (Actor)

Old Yeller 1957 (Movie)

Travis Coates (Actor)

It's Alive (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A likable, boyish player in Walt Disney Pictures' film and television efforts during the late 1950s and early 1960s, Tommy Kirk played good-hearted if hapless boys and teenagers in such popular live-action pictures as "Old Yeller" (1957), "The Shaggy Dog" (1957), "The Absent-Minded Professor" (1962) and "The Misadventures of Merlin Jones" (1964). However, the clean-cut image Disney constructed for Kirk was a flimsy shield for his offscreen lifestyle, which included rampant drug use, as well as homosexuality. The latter proved his downfall in 1965, when word about his proclivities led Disney to eject him from their fold. Kirk struggled to maintain his career throughout the 1960s before gaining control of his life in the 1970s and opening his own successful business. Despite the stigma that surrounded his dismissal, Kirk's best efforts made him one of Disney's most beloved and most recognizable young performers.

Milestones

1976

Last film appearance in "My Name Is Legend"

1965

Last Disney film, "The Monkey's Uncle", released

1964

Fired by Walt Disney

1964

Starred in his first teen exploitation film, "Pajama Party"

1957

Film debut as the star of Disney's "Old Yeller"

1957

Cast as Frank Hardy on the "Hardy Boys" segments of "The Mickey Mouse Club" TV show

Moved with family to L.A.

Raised in rural Kentucky

Bonus Trivia

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From MOVIELINE, December 1992:It's rumored that around 1964 you were fired by Walt Disney over some shocking scandal. True?I've never spoken about this publicly before. (Long pause) I was caught having sex with a boy at a public pool in Burbank. We were both young, and the boy's mother went to Walt. I was quickly fired.What was your social life like during that time, the mid-60s?ALL my social life was underground gay. It was my own life. I kept it separate from work, where I went on publicity dates with Annette (Funicello) or Roberta Shore.

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