Tommy Kirk, child star of Old Yeller and other Disney films, dies at 79 – The Washington Post

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In a 1994 interview with Frontiers, an LGBT magazine, Mr. Kirk said that he “got involved with a boy” in the early 1960s, and that “the boy’s mother found out and went to see Walt at the studio,” prompting his firing. He was brought back to shoot “The Monkey’s Uncle” (1965), a sequel to “The Misadventures of Merlin Jones,” leading to an awkward six-week production. “It was a terrible feeling,” he recalled. “I was very uncomfortable, knowing that they were watching me closely.”

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