The sad news has just been announced that American actor Tommy Kirk has passed away at the age of 79. The Hollywood star is best known for his role in Disney’s Old Yeller and many iconic films in the Fifties and Sixties. We take a closer look at his career and explore his net worth.
Old Yeller actor Tommy Kirk passes away at 79
Actor Tommy Kirk was born in Kentucky on 10 December 1941. He has become synonymous with the family-friendly fun Disney became known for. A young Kirk became a member of The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in 1955 and instantly became a fans’ favourite on shows such as The Hardy Boys serials The Mystery Of The Applegate Treasure and The Mystery Of The Ghost Farm.
While Kirk is best known for his role as Travis Coates in Old Yeller (1957), he also starred in many memorable films in his career. These include Swiss Family Robinson, Pajama Party, Babes In Toyland and even in The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
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Kirk’s 50-year career began in the mid-1950s and stopped in 2001 after the film The Education Of A Vampire.
He was found at his home in Las Vegas, with his passing announced on Facebook by his friend Paul Petersen. At the moment no cause of death has been announced but there is no suspicion of foul play.
What was Tommy Kirk’s net worth?
According to CelebrityNetWorth, Tommy Kirk’s net worth was about $500,000 at the time of his death. Kirk’s most famous film, Old Yeller, made $21.9 million at the box office, according to Business Insider.
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Was the Swiss Family Robinson actor married?
Tommy Kirk never married and lived alone at the time of his death. His friend Paul Petersen wrote a heartfelt tribute to his friend revealing Tommy Kirk was gay and, because of that, lived estranged from his family.
The Old Yeller star came out as gay in 1973 but opened up to the press in an interview in 1993, saying:
“When I was about 17 or 18 years old, I finally admitted to myself that [I was gay and] wasn’t going to change.”
Kirk kept his relationships incredibly private and didn’t publicly announce any long-term partners.
We send our condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.