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Freddie Bartholomew

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Also Known As: Died: January 23, 1992
Born: March 28, 1924 Cause of Death: emphysema and heart failure
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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"At times he was quite effective, although some critics found Bartholomew's screen work shrill, stiff, and verging on the emetic. But any chance of maturing as an actor was thwarted by a combination of his pretty face, his English background, and the whole "Fauntleroy" business which so sissified his screen image that he was turned down as a possible costar with Mickey Rooney in "Boys Town" (1938). Studio executives considered him too much the gentleman to be believable as a tough orphan. However, such a role would have been the change of pace that Bartholomew needed to catapult him into a credible teenage performer." --James Robert Parish and Ronald L. Bowers ("The MGM Stock Company", Arlington House, 1973)

"Little Lord Fauntleroy" typed Bartholomew as a dandy and made little boys across the country detest him when their mothers insisted they emulate him." --James Robert Parish and Ronald L. Bowers ("The MGM Stock Company", Arlington House, 1973)

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

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