Tommy Kirk

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Tommy Kirk
Tommy Kirk in 1960.jpg
Kirk in 1960
Thomas Lee Kirk

(1941-12-10) December 10, 1941 (age 79)
Years active1955–2001
Spouse(s)Never married
Parent(s)Louis and Lucy Kirk

Thomas Lee "Tommy" Kirk (born in Louisville, Kentucky on December 10, 1941) is a former actor. He is best known for his work with the Disney Studios.

Kirk's Disney career began in 1956 when he played Joe Hardy in The Mickey Mouse Club serial The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure. The Disney movies Old Yeller (1957), The Shaggy Dog (1959), and Swiss Family Robinson (1960) made him a popular teen star.

The Disney Studios dropped Kirk's contract when a woman complained to the Studio about the young actor's relationship with her 15 year old son. He went to American International Pictures. He appeared in their low-budget teen movies such as Pajama Party and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini.

Kirk was arrested for drug possession on Christmas Eve 1964. In 1970, he retired from movies and sought help for his dependency issues. He ran his own carpet and upholstery cleaning business. He wrote, and sometimes acted. Kirk became a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006.

Kirk is openly gay. He was interviewed by the National Enquirer of January 2013 and said: "I don't blame anybody but myself and my drug abuse for my career going haywire. I'm not ashamed of being gay, never have been, and never will be. For that I make no apologies. I have no animosity toward anybody because the truth is, I wrecked my own career."

Filmography[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  • TCM: Tommy Kirk
  • Curzon, Daniel. 2005. Dropping Names. IGNA Books. pp. 39-40.
  • Griffin, Sean. 2000. Tinker Belles and Evil Queens: The Walt Disney Company from the Inside Out. NYU Press. pp. 99-101.