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John Downs
Birth: Oct. 10, 1913, USA
Death: Jun. 6, 1994, USA

Actor. Born John Morey Downs in Brooklyn New York, son of Morey H. Downs, a Navy Lieutenant, who would be posted to San Diego, California in 1921. At the age of eight, Downs was picked up by Hal Roach Studios and cast in the Our Gang comedy shorts beginning with "The Champeen" in 1923, he remained with the franchise for some two dozen installments, outgrowing his role by 1927's "Chicken Feed." He spent the next few years working on Broadway, winning juvenile roles in "Growing Pains" and "Strike Me Pink" starring Jimmy Durante; and in Vaudeville in a song and dance act with "Our Gang" colleague, Mary Kornman, until returning to Hollywood in 1934. Hal Roach again hired him, giving him the small role of Little Boy Blue in the musical "Babes in Toyland" (1934) and then did a stint of so called college musicals including "College Scandal" (1935), "College Holiday" (1936), and "Hold That Co-Ed" (1938). Type-cast as the college boy, his career faded with the approach of the Second World War, despite one notable, uncredited performance in "Rhapsody in Blue: The George Gershwin Story" (1945). He then returned to Broadway for the successful run of "Are You With It." In the 1950s and 1960s he hosted a popular children's television show, "The Johnny Downs Show" in San Diego. He spent his final decades investing in real estate, and succumbed to cancer at the age of 81. (bio by: Iola) 
 
Burial:
Holy Cross Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: Unmarked. St. Elizabeth Urn Garden, Plot 278, Grave 3G, atop of Ruben Phillip Ruiz's marker
Specifically: Possibly unmarked
 
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Record added: Sep 30, 2002
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Since We Never Knew Each Other, I Came To Visit You Today John, May You Rest In Eternal Peace.
- Robert David Miller
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