On stage, screen, radio and voice of cartoon characters. Tommy Bupp and his family were always on the move. From Florida to New York to Washington and finally ending up in California. He started in the movies in 1933 and finished in 1941. After sister June and Anne, Tommy was the third in the family to make his way in the movies as an extra, but it wasn't long before he was a feature player. He had the look that Hollywood wanted, dusty hair and freckled faced. He was once described as that boy with the laughing eyes. Just about perfect for those scenes with street kids or westerns. His first feature role was in A Girl of the Limberlost, He eventually landed roles with W.C. Fields in It's a Gift, John Wayne in Conflict, Dick Foran in Cherokee Strip, Ronald Reagan in Love is on the Air, and with cowboy stars Tim McCoy and Tex Ritter. He dubbed voices for the leading characters in animated cartoons, UB Iwerks' "Reg'lar Fellows" and Walt Disney's Silly Symphony "Broken Toys." He was also heard on the Radio as Buster, in "Those O'Malleys." He was also seen on stage at the Los Angeles Theater production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "What becomes of the Children" at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. He often said that he didn't like the movie days, and that it stole his childhood. But his brother Sonny (also a child actor)said that Tommy liked it and loved the "Star" treatment. He was the first American child actor to go to England to make a movie: Hey! Hey! USA (1938) with Edgar Kennedy and England's Will Hay and an unknown Roddy McDowall, and he went first class all the way. On the way home on the Queen Mary, he was invited to a horse breeder's Kentucky home for a visit, where he was given a race horse. Back in Hollywood he and Sonny waved to the crowd at Christmas parades (Santa Clause Lane, down Hollywood Boulevard every night with different screen personalities.) Through all this he was really just a regular boy with hobbies such as stamp collecting, football, baseball and marbles. He served as a GM1 with the United States Navy during World War II. After the war he worked as a gas station attendant, and then as an electrical wholesaler for thirty years and died of cancer at the age of fifty-nine.
William Michael Bupp
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