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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 10, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Profession: actor, owner of a carpet cleaning business, waiter

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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3.
 Mars Needs Women (1968)
4.
 Catalina Caper (1967) Don Pringle
5.
 It's a Bikini World (1967) Mike Samson/Herbert Samson
6.
 The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) Chuck Phillips
7.
 Village of the Giants (1965) Mike
8.
 The Monkey's Uncle (1965) Merlin Jones
9.
 Pajama Party (1964) Go-Go
10.
 The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964) Merlin Jones
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Raised in rural Kentucky
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Moved with family to L.A.
1957:
Cast as Frank Hardy on the "Hardy Boys" segments of "The Mickey Mouse Club" TV show
1957:
Film debut as the star of Disney's "Old Yeller"
1964:
Fired by Walt Disney
1964:
Starred in his first teen exploitation film, "Pajama Party"
1965:
Last Disney film, "The Monkey's Uncle", released
1976:
Last film appearance in "My Name Is Legend"
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Notes

Liz Smith gave America a sneak preview of Kirk's "no-holds-barred" MOVIELINE interview in her November 5, 1992 column:". . . As fans of this cutting-edge publication know, MOVIELINE employs those naughty Hollywood Kids, who provide the mag with many blind (or at least vision-impaired) items. The Kids also have their own Q&A column where they persuade celebs of yesterday, today and tomorrow to say the most outrageous things. This time out they've got former Disney child and teen star Tommy Kirk--and does he dish! Kirk . . . describes his mentor, Walt Disney, as 'notoriously cheap' . . . his frequent on-screen dad Fred MacMurray as 'cold . . . when I was 17, I kidded him about his wanting a close-up. He became enraged' . . . Elsa Lanchester?--'a bitch' . . . Jane Wyman?--'hated her, she talked like a truck driver!'

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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