Bobby Driscoll's Life
Timeline of Events
Bold/Italics = Acting Credentials
Blue Text = Personal Events
|Robert Cletus Driscoll born March 3rd.|
(6 years old)
|Driscoll family move to Altadena, CA
Bobby discovered by Altadena barber Bill Kadel at the age of 5 1/2
Nov. 10 - Lost Angel released
(7 years old)
|Feb. 3 - The Sullivans released
Oct. 20 - Has interview at Disney Studio
Nov. 20 - Has interview test at the Disney Studio
Dec. 3 - Disney contract prepared for Bobby to play Johnny in Song of the South; $250/week for 13 weeks; 10 weeks guaranteed
Dec. 8 - Sunday Dinner for a Soldier released
Dec. 30 - The Big Bonanza released
(8 years old)
|Apr. 2 - Identity Unknown released
May 18 - Disney picks up option on Bobby's services for additional 13 weeks
Aug. 29 - Another 13-week option picked up
Sep. 14 – Loan-out to RKO for From This Day Forward
Nov. 28 - Another 13-week option picked up
Nov. 29 – Loan-out to Universal for So Goes My Love
Dec. 13 - Miss Susie Slagle's released
(9 years old)
|Feb. 27 - Another 13-week option; raise to $300/week
Mar. 1 - From This Day Forward released
Mar. 18 - Loan-out to Paramount for O.S.S.
Apr. 19 - So Goes My Love released
July 26 - O.S.S. released
Aug. 23 - Finished filming So Dear to My Heart
Aug. 28 - Picked up 13-week option
Nov. 6 - Interviewed on Martha Deane Show (radio)
Dec. 25 - Appeared on The Dennis Day Show (radio)
(10 years old)
|Feb. 12 – Loan-out to RKO for If You Knew Susie
Feb. 26 - Option for 52 weeks picked up, at $400/week
Mar. 17 - Returned to Disney Studio for Pecos Bill filming
Mar. 19 - Finished filming If You Knew Susie
Nov. 13 - Filming of The Window began in New York City
(11 years old)
|Jan. 6 - Finished work on The Window
Feb. 19 - Appeared on Family Theater "The Future Is Yours"
Feb. 25 - 52-week option picked up at $500/week
Mar. 8 - If You Knew Susie released
May 27 - Melody Time released
Jun. 10 - Recorded for So Dear to My Heart record album
Aug. 19 -Appeared on Family Theater "Jamie and the Promise"
Dec. 15 - Appeared on Family Theater "A Daddy for Christmas"
(12 years old)
|Jan. 19 - So Dear to My Heart released
Feb. 23 - new 7-year Disney contract negotiated beginning with 52 weeks at $500/week
May 10 - The Window released
Jun. 21 –Filming of Treasure Island began in England.
Nov. 15 - Recorded for Fathers Are People at Disney
Dec - Named Most Talented Juvenile Star by Parents Magazine
(13 years old)
|Feb. 22 - picked up option for 52 weeks at $600/week
Mar. 23 - Bobby wins a juvenile Oscar for The Window & So Dear to My Heart
Apr. 19 - Appears on Family Theater "Mahoney's Lucky Day"
May 25 - Appeared on The Hallmark Playhouse in "Knee Pants"
Jun. 5 - At Western for costume fitting for Peter Pan
Jun. 6 - Shot Peter Pan publicity stills at Disney
Jun. 22 - Filmed Peter Pan test at Disney
July 6 - Appears on Movie-town Radio Theater "The Throwback"
July 19 - Treasure Island released
Nov. 13 - Production began on Disney's One Hour in Wonderland
Nov. 18 - Loan-out to Horizon Pictures for When I Grow Up
Nov./Dec. - When I Grow Up being filmed
Dec. 23 - Finished filming When I Grow Up
Dec. 24 - Appeared on Family Theater
Dec. 25 -Appeared in Disney's One Hour in Wonderland
(14 years old)
| Jan. 8 - Attended story meeting at Disney for Peter Pan
Jan. 11 - Another Peter Pan story meeting
Jan. 16 - Peter Pan recording with Kathryn Beaumont
Jan. 29 - Appears on Lux Radio Theater "Treasure Island"
Jan. 30 - Recording for Peter Pan
Feb. 1 - Live action rehearsal begins for Peter Pan
Feb. 19 - Live action rehearsal ends for Peter Pan
Feb. 20 - 52-week option not picked up; future payments on daily voucher
Apr. 20 - When I Grow Up released
Autumn - Enters 9th grade at Hollywood Professional School
Oct. 21 - Provided the voice of Goofy Jr. in the cartoon Fathers Are People
Nov. - Walt Disney Christmas Show filmed
Dec. 25 - Appeared on Cavalcade of America "The Day They Gave Babies Away"
Dec. 25 - Appeared in the Walt Disney Christmas Show
(15 years old)
|Jan. 4 - Provided the voice of Goofy Jr. in the cartoon Father's Lion
Jan./Feb. - The Happy Time filmed
Mar. - Bobby sent to public University High School for two years.
June 27 - Provided a voice in the cartoon Teachers Are People
July 18 - Appeared in Schlitz Playhouse of Stars "Early Space Conquerors"
Aug. 26 - The Happy Time released
Autumn - Bobby enters his Sophomore year of high school at University High School
Dec. 10 - Appeared in The Unexpected "Some Day They'll Give Us Guns"
(16 years old)
|Feb. 5 - Peter Pan released
Mar. 19 - Appears on 25th Annual Academy Awards
Late March/ Early April – Bobby was let go by Disney
Apr. 8 - Appeared on Family Theater "The Courtship of John Dennis"
Spring - Bobby starts using marijuana
September - Bobby enters his Junior year of high school at University High
Oct. 1 - Appeared in Dragnet "The Big Sophomore"
Dec. 23 - Appeared on Lux Radio Theater "Peter Pan"
(17 years old)
|* Bobby starts using heroin
Jan. - Appeared in churches in The Boy With a Cart with The Bishop's Company
Mar. - Receives Milky Way Gold Star Award
Aug. 19 - Appears in Ah! Wilderness at the Pasadena Playhouse
Sep. - Bobby returns to Hollywood Professional School for Senior year
Sep. 20 - Appeared in Medic "Laughter Is a Boy"
Nov. 17 - Appeared in Big Town "Juvenile Crime Pack"
Dec. 5 - Appeared in Letter to Loretta "Big Jim"
Dec. 7 - Appeared in Fireside Theatre "His Father's Keeper"
(18 years old)
|Jan. 18 - Appeared in Fireside Theatre "The Double Life of Barney Peters"
Feb. 8 - Appeared in Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson "The Best Years"
Feb. 28 - Appeared in TV Reader's Digest "A Matter of Life and Death"
May - Bobby graduates high school from Hollywood Professional School
June 15 - Appeared in Front Row Center "Ah, Wilderness"
July 17 - Appeared in Dateline: Disneyland (opening day)
Aug. 5 - Appeared in Schlitz Playhouse of Stars "Too Late to Run"
Aug. 19 - The Scarlet Coat released
Oct. 12 - Appeared on Family Theater "The Penalty" (radio)
Oct. 12 - Appeared in Screen Directors Playhouse "Day Is Done"
Nov. 29 - Appeared in Navy Log "Navy Corpsman
(19 years old)
|*Joins the Beat Generation. Introduced to Wallace Berman by Dean Stockwell and Russ Tamblyn
Jan. 13 - Appeared in Crusader "Fear"Jan. 26 - Appeared in The Ford Television Theater "Try Me for Size"Jan. 26 - Appeared in Climax "The Secret of River Lane"Mar. 19 - Appeared in TV Reader's Digest "No Horse, No Wife, No Mustache"Apr. 30 - Appeared in Studio One "I Do"
July 9 - Appeared in TV Reader's Digest "The Smuggler"
July 10 - Arrested on marijuana charge; living at 16524 Chattanooga Pl., Pac. Palisades
July 12 - Held press conference at lawyer's office proclaiming innocence
Aug. 22 - Arrested for bean shooting from a car
Sep. 4 - Appeared in Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theater "Dirty Face"
Sep. 19 - Appeared on Family Theater "Fair Exchange"
Nov. 9 - Appeared in Zane Grey Theater "Death Watch"
Dec. 3 – Bobby eloped with Marilyn Jeanne Rush in Mexico; annulled
(20 years old)
|*Bobby living at Hermosa Beach – meets George Herms
*Bobby relocates to Santa Monica after getting married
* Bobby working as a clerk in a haberdashery in Pacific Palisades to support marriage
Mar. 8 - Bobby and Marilyn re-wed in California
May - Appeared on stage in Girls of Summer (Players Ring Theater)
July - Appeared in Silent Service "The Ordeal of S-38"
August - Bobby has his first child, a son. The first of three children.
Aug. 7 - Appeared on Family Theater "A Shot in the Dark"
Oct. 11 - Appeared in M Squad "Pete Loves Mary"
(21 years old)
|July 14 - Appeared in Frontier Justice "Death Watch"
August – Bobby has his second child; a daughter.
Sep. 10 - Appeared in The Millionaire "The Norman Conover Story"
Sep. 16 - The Party Crashers released
Appeared in Men of Annapolis "The Irwin Brown Story"
(22 years old)
|May 1 - Appeared in Rawhide "Incident of Fear in the Streets"
Oct. 11 - Arrested on a narcotics charge; later acquitted
Appeared in Track-down "The Blind Alley "
(23 years old)
|* Separated from wife, then divorced her
March - Bobby has his third child; a second daughter.
June 12 - Appeared in The Chevy Mystery Show "The Summer Hero"
June 19 - Arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in Malibu, CA
June 23 – Felony assault charged dropped
Nov. 5 - Appeared in The Brothers Brannagan "The Twisted Root"
Nov. 5 - Appeared in The Best of the Post "Cop Without a Badge"
Dec 16 - Appeared in Rawhide "Incident of the Captive"
(24 years old)
|Relocates to Topanga Canyon
Apr. 4 - Arrested with girlfriend Suzanne Stansbury for burglary of an animal clinic
Apr. 21 - Burglary charge against Bobby dropped for lack of evidence
May 1 - Arrested for forging a $45 check; pleaded guilty
May 2 - Arrested on narcotics charge;
Oct. 13 - Referred to psychiatric court for possible commitment as narcotic addict
Oct. 18 - Committed to CA Narcotics Rehab Center at Chino (Men's Institution at Tehachapi) for 6-months
(25 years old)
|Late April - Released from Chino|
(26 years old)
|Meets Sharon Didi Morrill
Marries Sharon Didi Morrill
Relocates to Beverly Glenn, living with Didi
(27 years old)
|Working as a carpenter for a construction company
Drug deal event takes place
Bobby’s Parole expired
(28 years old)
|Spring - Bobby moves to New York; associated with Andy Warhol's Greenwich Village art community
Appears in the Underground short film Dirt; along side Sharon Morrill
(29 years old)
|Winter – Wrote poem titled, “The Sunday Bonnett”|
(30 years old)
|Poems published in the underground book, The Great Society
Late 67 - Broke up with Didi
(31 years old)
|Feb – Arrested. Wrote to Allen Ginsberg
March 30 - Bobby dies unknown in Greenwich Village, New York City
April. - Buried in a potter's field on Hart Island