Bobby Driscoll was Walt Disney’s first child star. Born in 1937, the actor had lead roles in the controversial Song of the South (1946) and Treasure Island (1950). He was the animation model and the voice for Disney’s 1953 classic Peter Pan.
His contact with the studio was terminated the same year the animated J.M. Barrie adaptation was released and the young star never again achieved the same success. Years of substance abuse followed and Driscoll died alone in an abandoned building in 1968. He was just 31 years old.
The singer-song writer Tom Russell wrote a song about Bobby Discroll’s downward spiral in the song Farewell Never Neverland, which was featured on his brilliant 2011 album Mesabi.
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