Timeline of Bobby Driscoll's Life 

Bobby and his parents

March 3rd, 1937 - Bobby Driscoll born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1943 (5 1/2 - 6 years old)

Driscolls move to Altadena, CA

Bobby discovered by Altadena barber Bill Kadel

Nov. 10 Lost Angel released

1944 (7 years old)












Feb. 3 The Fighting Sullivans released

Oct. 20 - Has interview at Disney Studio

Nov. 20 - Has interview test at the Disney Studio

Dec. 3 - Disney contract prepared for Bobby to play Johnny in Song of the South; $250/week for 13 weeks; 10 weeks guaranteed

Dec. 8 - Sunday Dinner for a Soldier released

Dec. 30 - The Big Bonanza released

1945 (8 years old)










Apr. 2 Identity Unknown released

May 18 Disney picks up option on Bobby's services for additional 13 weeks

Aug. 29 Another 13-week option picked up

Sep. 14 – Loan-out to RKO for From This Day Forward

Nov. 28 - Another 13-week option picked up

Nov. 29 – Loan-out to Universal for So Goes My Love

Dec. 13 - Miss Susie Slagle's released


1946 (9 years old)











Feb. 27- Another 13-week option; raise to $300/week

Mar. 1 - From This Day Forward released

Mar. 18 - Loan-out to Paramount for O.S.S.

Apr. 19 - So Goes My Love released

July 26 - O.S.S. released

Aug. 23 - Finished filming So Dear to My Heart

Aug. 28 - Picked up 13-week option

Nov. 6 - Interviewed on Martha Deane Show (radio)

Dec. 25 - Appeared on The Dennis Day Show (radio)


1947 (10 years old)









Feb. 12 – Loan-out to RKO for If You Knew Susie

Feb. 26 - Option for 52 weeks picked up, at $400/week

Mar. 17 - Returned to Disney Studio for Pecos Bill filming

Mar. 19 - Finished filming If You Knew Susie

Nov. 13 - Filming of The Window began in New York City

1948 (11 years old)











Jan. 6 - Finished work on The Window

Feb. 19 - Appeared on Family Theater "The Future Is Yours"

Feb. 25 - 52-week option picked up at $500/week

Mar. 8 - If You Knew Susie released

May 27 - Melody Time released

Jun. 10 - Recorded for So Dear to My Heart record album

Aug. 19 -Appeared on Family Theater "Jamie and the Promise"

Dec. 15 - Appeared on Family Theater "A Daddy for Christmas"


1949 (12 years old)










Jan. 19 -So Dear to My Heart released

Feb. 23 - new 7-year Disney contract negotiated beginning with 52 weeks at $500/week

May 10 - The Window released

Jun. 21 –Filming of Treasure Island began in England.

Nov. 15 - Recorded for Fathers Are People at Disney

Dec - Named Most Talented Juvenile Star by Parents Magazine

1950 (13 years old)















Feb. 22 - picked up option for 52 weeks at $600/week

Mar. 23 - Bobby wins a juvenile Oscar for The Window & So Dear to My Heart

Apr. 19 - Appears on Family Theater "Mahoney's Lucky Day"

May 25 - Appeared on The Hallmark Playhouse in "Knee Pants"

Jun. 5 - At Western for costume fitting for Peter Pan

Jun. 6 - Shot Peter Pan publicity stills at Disney

Jun. 22 - Filmed Peter Pan test at Disney

July 6 - Appears on Movie-town Radio Theater "The Throwback"

July 19 - Treasure Island released

Sep. 28 - Took publicity photos at Disney with Kathryn Beaumont

Nov. 13 - Production began on Disney's One Hour in Wonderland

Nov. 18 - Loan-out to Horizon Pictures for When I Grow Up

Nov./Dec. - When I Grow Up being filmed

Dec. 23 - Finished filming When I Grow Up

Dec. 24 - Appeared on Family Theater

Dec. 25 -Appeared in Disney's One Hour in Wonderland

1951 (14 years old)
















Jan. 8 - Attended story meeting at Disney for Peter Pan

Jan. 11 - Another Peter Pan story meeting

Jan. 16 - Peter Pan recording with Kathryn Beaumont

Jan. 29 - Appears on Lux Radio Theater "Treasure Island"

Jan. 30 - Recording for Peter Pan

Feb. 1 - Live action rehearsal for Peter Pan

Feb. 2 - Live action rehearsal for Peter Pan

Feb. 9 - Live action rehearsal for Peter Pan

Feb. 12 - Live action rehearsal for Peter Pan

Feb. 15 - Live action rehearsal for Peter Pan

Feb. 19 - Live action rehearsal for Peter Pan

Feb. 20 - 52-week option not picked up; future payments on daily voucher

Apr. 20 - When I Grow Up released

Autumn - Enters 9th grade at Hollywood Professional School

Oct. 21 - Provided the voice of Goofy Jr. in the cartoon Fathers Are People

Nov. - Walt Disney Christmas Show filmed

Dec. 25 - Appeared on Cavalcade of America "The Day They Gave Babies Away"

Dec. 25 - Appeared in the Walt Disney Christmas Show

1952 (15 years old)












Jan. 4 - Provided the voice of Goofy Jr. in the cartoon Father's Lion

Jan./Feb. - The Happy Time filmed

Mar. - Bobby sent to public University High School for two years. (Sophomore year)

June 27 - Provided a voice in the cartoon Teachers Are People

July 18 - Appeared in Schlitz Playhouse of Stars "Early Space Conquerors"

Aug. 26 - The Happy Time released

Autumn - Bobby enters his Junior year of high school at University High School

Dec. 10 - Appeared in The Unexpected "Some Day They'll Give Us Guns"


1953 (16 years old)















Feb. 5 - Peter Pan released

Mar. 19 - Appears on 25th Annual Academy Awards

Late March/ Early April – Bobby was let go by Disney

Apr. 8 - Appeared on Family Theater "The Courtship of John Dennis"

Spring - Bobby starts using marijuana

Oct. 1 - Appeared in Dragnet "The Big Sophomore"

Dec. 23 - Appeared on Lux Radio Theater "Peter Pan"

1954 (17 years old) 












* Bobby starts using heroin

Jan. - Appeared in churches in The Boy With a Cart with The Bishop's Company

Mar. - Receives Milky Way Gold Star Award

Aug. 19 - Appears in Ah! Wilderness at the Pasadena Playhouse

Sep. - Bobby returns to Hollywood Professional School for Senior year

Sep. 20 - Appeared in Medic "Laughter Is a Boy"

Nov. 17 - Appeared in Big Town "Juvenile Crime Pack"

Dec. 5 - Appeared in Letter to Loretta "Big Jim"

Dec. 7 - Appeared in Fireside Theatre "His Father's Keeper"

1955 (18 years old)













*Joins the Beat Generation. Introduced to Wallace Berman by Dean Stockwell 

Jan. 18 - Appeared in Fireside Theatre "The Double Life of Barney Peters"

Feb. 8 - Appeared in Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson "The Best Years"

Feb. 28 - Appeared in TV Reader's Digest "A Matter of Life and Death"

May - Bobby graduates high school from Hollywood Professional School

June 15 - Appeared in Front Row Center "Ah, Wilderness"

July 17 - Appeared in Dateline: Disneyland (opening day)

Aug. 5 - Appeared in Schlitz Playhouse of Stars "Too Late to Run"

Aug. 19 - The Scarlet Coat released

Oct. 12 - Appeared on Family Theater "The Penalty" (radio)

Oct. 12 - Appeared in Screen Directors Playhouse "Day Is Done"

Nov. 29 - Appeared in Navy Log "Navy Corpsman"


1956 (19 years old)















Jan. 13 - Appeared in Crusader "Fear"

Jan. 26 - Appeared in The Ford Television Theater "Try Me for Size"

Jan. 26 - Appeared in Climax "The Secret of River Lane"

Mar. 19 - Appeared in TV Reader's Digest "No Horse, No Wife, No Mustache"

Apr. 30 - Appeared in Studio One "I Do"

July 9 - Appeared in TV Reader's Digest "The Smuggler"

July 10 - Arrested on marijuana charge; living at 16524 Chattanooga Pl., Pac. Palisades

July 12 - Held press conference at lawyer's office proclaiming innocence

Aug. 22 - Arrested for bean shooting from a car

Sep. 4 - Appeared in Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theater "Dirty Face"

Sep. 19 - Appeared on Family Theater "Fair Exchange"

Nov. 9 - Appeared in Zane Grey Theater "Death Watch"

Dec. 3 – Bobby eloped with Marilyn Verna Rush in Mexico; annulled

1957 (20 years old)













*Bobby living at Hermosa Beach – meets George Herms

*Bobby relocates to Santa Monica after getting married

* Bobby working as a clerk in a haberdashery in Pacific Palisades to support marriage

Mar. 8 - Bobby and Marilyn re-wed in California

May - Appeared on stage in Girls of Summer (Players Ring Theater)

July - Appeared in Silent Service "The Ordeal of S-38"

August - Bobby has first child, a son. The first of three children.

Aug. 7 - Appeared on Family Theater "A Shot in the Dark"

Oct. 11 - Appeared in M Squad "Pete Loves Mary"

1958 (21 years old)














July 14 - Appeared in Frontier Justice "Death Watch"

August – Bobby has second child; a daughter.

Sep. 10 - Appeared in The Millionaire "The Norman Conover Story"

Sep. 16 - The Party Crashers released

Appeared in Men of Annapolis "The Irwin Brown Story"

1959 (22 years old)
















May 1 - Appeared in Rawhide "Incident of Fear in the Streets"

Oct. 11 - Arrested on a narcotics charge; later acquitted

Appeared in Track-down "The Blind Alley "


1960 (23 years old)

















* Separated from wife, then divorced her

March - Bobby has his third child; a second daughter.

June 12 - Appeared in The Chevy Mystery Show "The Summer Hero"

June 19 - Arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in Malibu, CA

June 23 – Felony assault charged dropped

Nov. 5 - Appeared in The Brothers Brannagan "The Twisted Root"

Nov. 5 - Appeared in The Best of the Post "Cop Without a Badge"

Dec 16 - Appeared in Rawhide "Incident of the Captive"

1961 (24 years old)

















                                                      * Relocates to Topanga Canyon

Apr. 4 - Arrested with girlfriend Suzanne Stansbury for burglary of an animal clinic

Apr. 21 - Burglary charge against Bobby dropped for lack of evidence

May 1 - Arrested for forging a $45 check; pleaded guilty

May 2 - Arrested on narcotics charge;

Oct. 13 - Referred to psychiatric court for possible commitment as narcotic addict

Oct. 18 - Committed to CA Narcotics Rehab Center at Chino  (Men's Institution at Tehachapi) for 6-months 

 1962 (25 years old)

Apr. - Released from Chino


1963 (26 years old)


















Meets Sharon Didi Morrill

November - Marries Sharon Didi Morrill

Relocates to Beverly Glenn living with Didi


1964 (27 years old)

Working as a carpenter for a construction company

Drug deal event takes place

Bobby’s Parole expired


1965 (28 years old)

Bobby moves to New York; associated with Andy Warhol's Greenwich Village art community

Appears in the Underground short film Dirt; along side Sharon Morrill


1966 (29 years old)

Winter – Wrote poem  “The Sunday Bonnet”


1967 (30 years old)















Poems published in the underground book, The Great Society

Broke up with Didi


1968 (31 years old)

Feb – Arrested. Wrote to Allen Ginsberg

Mar. 30 - Bobby dies unknown in Greenwich Village, New York City

Apr. - Buried in a potter's field on Hart Island

Bobby and his parents, Isabelle and Cletus.
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Bobby in Sunday Dinner for a Soldier 
Bobby in Identity Unknown.jpg
Bobby Driscoll in Identity Unknown 
Bobby in So Dear to my Heart.jpg
Bobby in So Dear to my Heart
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Bobby in If You Knew Susie
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Bobby in The Window
treasure island bobby driscoll picture
Bobby Driscoll in Treasure Island
Bobby Driscoll in When I Grow Up
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Bobby Driscoll as Peter Pan 
bobby driscoll in the happy time
Bobby Driscoll in The Happy Time
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Bobby Driscoll at the 25th Academy Awards
Bobby Driscoll in The Loretta Young Show
Bobby Driscoll in The Loretta Young Show
Bobby Driscoll senior high school photo
Bobby's senior high school yearbook photo from Hollywood Professional School.
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Bobby arrested for suspected marijuana use
Bobby and Marilyn
Bobby and Marilyn - Bobby's wife 
Bobby headshot adult
Bobby Driscoll publicity photo for The Party Crashers
Bobby Driscoll photo by Wallace Berman
Bobby Driscoll in a photograph taken by friend Wallace Berman (1959).
Bobby released after being cleared of charges
Bobby Driscoll released after arrest for assault
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Bobby Driscoll arrested with girlfriend Suzanne Stansbury.
Sharon Morrill photograph
Photograph of Bobby's girlfriend Sharon Morrill 
Bobby Driscoll Billy Name photo
Bobby Driscoll photographed by Billy Name in Warhol's Factory ( late 1967).