Tommy Kirk was an American actor know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Husband and Cause of Death
|Birthdate ( Age)||10 December 1941|
|Place of Birth||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Marital Status||Not Married|
|Parents||Louis Kirk, Lucy Kirk|
|Net Worth||$1 Million|
|Last Update||September 2021|
Thomas Lee Kirk was an American actor, best known for his performances in films made by Walt Disney Studios such as Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, The Absent-Minded Professor, and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, as well as the beach-party films of the mid-1960s.
Kirk’s Disney career began in 1956 when he played Joe Hardy in The Mickey Mouse Club serial The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure. The Disney movies Old Yeller (1957), The Shaggy Dog (1959), and Swiss Family Robinson (1960) made him a popular teen star.
Early Life and Family
Kirk was born in Louisville, Kentucky, one of four sons. His father, Louis, was a mechanic who worked for the highway department; his mother, Lucy, was a legal secretary.Looking for better job opportunities, they moved to Downey in Los Angeles County, California, when Kirk was 15 months old.
Tommy Kirk Wife, Is Tommy Kirk Married
Tommy Kirk Never Married.Kirk is openly gay. He was interviewed by the National Enquirer of January 2013 and said: “I don’t blame anybody but myself and my drug abuse for my career going haywire. I’m not ashamed of being gay, never have been, and never will be. For that I make no apologies. I have no animosity toward anybody because the truth is, I wrecked my own career.”
Tommy Kirk Net Worth
Thomas Lee Kirk was an American actor has an estimated Net Worth around $1 Million in 2021.
Kirk began to work steadily in television throughout 1956 and 1957 in episodes of Lux Video Theatre (“Green Promise”), Frontier (“The Devil and Doctor O’Hara”), Big Town (“Adult Delinquents”), Crossroads (“The Rabbi Davis Story”), Gunsmoke (“Cow Doctor”), Letter to Loretta (“But for God’s Grace”, “Little League”), and Matinee Theatre (“The Outing”, “The Others” – a version of Turn of the Screw).
According to Diabolique magazine “Kirk was in heavy demand as an actor almost immediately. Watching his early performances it’s easy to see why – he was wide-eyed, gangly, keen and immensely likeable… the very picture of Eisenhower Era American youth, unaffected and natural, surprisingly non-annoying, extremely easy to cast as someone’s kid brother, or son, or neighbour.”
In April 1956, Kirk auditioned for the part of Joe Hardy for The Mickey Mouse Club serial “The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure”. He was successful and was selected to co-star with Tim Considine. The show was filmed in June and early July 1956, and broadcast that October, at the start of the show’s second season.The show and Kirk’s performance were extremely well received and led to a long association between the actor and the studio.
In August 1956, Disney hired Kirk and former Mouseketeer Judy Harriet to attend both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominating conventions, for newsreel specials that later appeared on the show.
Kirk also hosted short travelogues for the serial segment of the show’s second season. He did the voice-over narration for “The Eagle Hunters”, and then co-hosted two more travelogues with Annette Funicello. Kirk also did voice-dubbing work for the Danish-made film Vesterhavsdrenge, shown on the Mickey Mouse Club as the serial “Boys of the Western Sea”. Around this time, it was announced Kirk would appear as Young Davy Crockett, but this did not happen.
Kirk next followed up with a secondary role in a fantasy comedy starring Fred MacMurray, The Absent-Minded Professor (1961). It was another huge hit.Disney sent Kirk to England for The Horsemasters (1961), a youth-oriented horse riding film, which was made for U.S. television but screened theatrically in some markets. He appeared once more with Munro and Funicello
The news of Kirk’s termination from Disney Studios was not made public, but Kirk was soon working for American International Pictures (AIP), which needed a leading man to co-star with Funicello in a musical they were preparing, The Maid and the Martian; Kirk was cast as a Martian who arrives on Earth and falls in with a bunch of partying teenagers.
The movie was later retitled Pajama Party (1964) and was a box-office hit.In the meantime The Misadventures of Merlin Jones had become an unexpected smash hit, earning $4 million in rentals in North America, and Disney invited Funicello and him back to make a sequel, The Monkey’s Uncle (1965).
Tommy Kirk was inducted as a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006, alongside his former co-stars Tim Considine and Kevin Corcoran. His other repeat co-stars, Annette Funicello and Fred MacMurray, had already been inducted (in 1992 and 1987, respectively). Also in 2006, the first of Kirk’s Hardy Boys serials was issued on DVD in the fifth “wave” of the Walt Disney Treasures series.