Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Johnny Sheffield (1931-2010)

Fellow blogger Sam Wilson (Mondo 70, Think 3 Institute) just tipped me off to the news that Johnny Sheffield has passed away.

Sheffield, who debuted opposite Johnny Weismuller in "Tarzan Finds a Son", then went on to play another jungle hero, Bomba the Jungle Boy, succumbed to a heart attack on October 15 at the age of 79. Sheffield retired from acting after the Bomba series ended in the mid-50's.

They say celebrity deaths often come in threes, and this time, there was a particular theme, as Sam pointed out in responding to my earlier posting on Tom Bosley. We first lost a mother figure (Barbara Billingsley), then a father (Bosley), and now a child (Sheffield). Very strange.

Rest in peace, Johnny.

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