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Who was Tommy Kirk and what was his cause of death?


ACTOR Tommy Kirk passed away on September 28, 2021.

Kirk was best known for playing the kid role of Travis Coates in the 1957 Disney classic Old Yeller.

Tommy Kirk was best known for starring in Disney's Old Yeller

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Tommy Kirk was best known for starring in Disney’s Old YellerCredit: Getty

Who was Tommy Kirk and what was his cause of death?

Tommy Kirk, 79, was an American actor.

He starred in various films throughout his career such as The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, and beach-party productions from the mid-1960s.

He was discovered in 1954 as a 13-year-old while performing for the play Ah, Wilderness! at the Pasadena Playhouse. 

After a talent agent saw him in the play, he was signed and cast in an episode of TV Reader’s Digest.

Kirk was discovered when he was 13 years old

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Kirk was discovered when he was 13 years oldCredit: Alamy

He was also cast in The Mickey Mouse Club.

According to TMZ, Kirk’s neighbor found him dead in his Las Vegas home around 8pm on Tuesday, September 28. 

It is unclear what his cause of death was but no foul play is suspected.

What did people say about Tommy Kirk’s death?

Fans of the late actor were shocked to find out he had passed and took to Twitter to honor his life.

One user wrote: “So sad to hear Tommy Kirk has passed, who was an indispensable part of so many films of my youth: OLD YELLER, THE SHAGGY DOG, SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR and more. A great unsung actor. RIP.”

Another added: “I loved him in all those old Disney movies. Rip”

A third said: “As you know he was a very big part of my growing up. We lived vicariously through him and his adventures (or misadventures) in the Disney movies of that time.

“I hope he knew how much he meant to a generation of kids that he brought so much joy to and that loved what he did.”

What was Tommy Kirk’s net worth?

Kirk was estimated to be worth $500,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

He was reportedly broke after his acting career ended worked at a carpet cleaning business in Los Angeles.

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