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Bobby Driscoll's Final Role

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Published on May 25, 2012

Disney child star Bobby Driscoll's final role (excluding the 1965 indie short 'Dirt') in the television western series "Rawhide" in December 1960, a little over 7 years prior to his untimely passing.

Driscoll starred in many early Walt Disney studio's live action and cartoon movies such as "Song of the South" (1946), "So Dear to My Heart" (1948), and "Treasure Island" (1950).

He served as animation model and provided the voice for the title role in Disney's animated classic "Peter Pan" (1953). He also lent his voice to Goofy Jr.

In 1950, Driscoll received an Academy Juvenile Award for outstanding performance in feature films.

After Driscoll's contract with Disney ended, he struggled to find work as character actor in movies as Hollywood still perceived him as "Disney's movie actor."

Rejected and ridiculed by kids in school, he found solace in narcotics, mainly heroin, and became an addict.

Despite his problems, he managed to find work on television. This was his final guest starring role in CBS' Friday night western series "Rawhide."

In latter years of his life he became part of Andy Warhol's Greenwich Village art community known as The Factory.

In ill health from his drug use, and his funds completely depleted, he died from heart failure in March 1968 and was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave in New York City's Potter's Field on Hart Island.

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