Sunday, December 4, 2016

Child Actor Bill Chapin Dead at age 72

Billy Chapin, who as a child actor held his own against Robert Mitchum’s murderous preacher in Charles Laughton’s brilliant The Night of the Hunter, died Friday following a lengthy illness. His death was announced by his sister Lauren Chapin, the former child actress who costarred in TV’s classic family sitcom Father Knows Best.
“It is with a saddened heart that I say ‘Good Bye’ to my precious brother Billy Chapin, wonderful Star of Movies, Television and Radio,” Lauren Chapin posted on Facebook. “He passed away last night after a long illness but now is in the arms of his Savior.”
In addition to Hunter, Billy Chapin (born William McClellan Chapin) starred in The Kid From Left Field and Tension At Table Rock, among many other films. His many TV credits include Leave It To Beaver and The Millionaire.
Fury (TV Series)
Vic Rockwell / Louis Baxter Jr.
The Rocketeers (1959) ... Vic Rockwell
The Test (1956) ... Louis Baxter Jr.
 1959Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
Pete Fletcher
The Grass Is Always Greener (1959) ... Pete Fletcher
 1958The Californians (TV Series)
Joey
The Marshal (1958) ... Joey
 1958The Adventures of McGraw (TV Series)
Tommy Cassady
Friend of the Court (1958) ... Tommy Cassady
 1954-1957Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Buddy / Gaston / Jeremy
Old Witch, Old Witch (1957) ... Buddy
The Last Confession (1955) ... Gaston
Pick of the Litter (1954) ... Jeremy
 1957Panic! (TV Series)
Tommy Williams
The Boy (1957) ... Tommy Williams
 1957Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Billy Morrison
Black Creek Encounter (1957) ... Billy Morrison
 1957The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Billy Curran
Ringside Seat (1957) ... Billy Curran
 1956Crossroads (TV Series)
Jerry
Tenement Saint (1956) ... Jerry
 1956Tension at Table Rock
Jody Burrows
 1956Climax! (TV Series)
Billy
A Trophy for Howard Davenport (1956) ... Billy
 1956TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Christopher Kent
Lost, Strayed, and Lonely (1956) ... Christopher Kent
 1956Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
 1955My Friend Flicka (TV Series)
Billy Rawlins
Silver Saddle (1955) ... Billy Rawlins
 1955The Millionaire (TV Series)
Tommy Bryan
The Tom Bryan Story (1955) ... Tommy Bryan
 1955General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Jeff Wheeler
Outpost at Home (1955) ... Jeff Wheeler
 1955Cheyenne (TV Series)
Tommy Scott
Julesburg (1955) ... Tommy Scott
 1955Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Day of the Trial (1955)
 1955Violent Saturday
Steve Martin
 1955A Man Called Peter
Peter John Marshall
 1955Stage 7 (TV Series)
Todd Jennings
The Greatest Man in the World (1955) ... Todd Jennings
 1954There's No Business Like Show Business
Steve - Age 10 (uncredited)
 1954Naked Alibi
Petey
 1954Waterfront (TV Series)
Teddy / Teddy Herrick
Cap'n Long John (1954) ... Teddy
A New Whistle for the Cheryl Ann (1954) ... Teddy
Sunken Treasure (1954) ... Teddy Herrick
 1954Tobor the Great
Brian 'Gadge' Roberts
 1954The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Robbie Thorne
The New York Story (1954) ... Robbie Thorne
 1953-1954Dragnet (TV Series)
Richard Kessler / Joseph Heffernan
The Big Children (1954) ... Richard Kessler
The Big Little Jesus (1953) ... Joseph Heffernan
The Big White Rat (1953)
 1953Topper (TV Series)
Timmy Welch
The Kid (1953) ... Timmy Welch
 1953The Kid from Left Field
Christie Cooper
 1952Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
Right to Hate (1952)
 1952Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Pud
On Borrowed Time (1952) ... Pud
 1946The Cockeyed Miracle
Boy (uncredited)

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another hasbeen actor... Whatever

Anonymous said...

"Night of the Hunter" is one of the greatest - and most terrifying - films ever. RIP.

Out of the car Motherfucker!! said...

Didn't Lauren do some porn?? "Kitten does everybody"

Anonymous said...

Another pos actor,fuck um!

Anonymous said...

Obvious a favorite of Detective Shaved. Karen Carpenter is jealous as hell.

Mr. SouthSide said...

Oh well.

Aldo Raine said...

Fuck him, just another has been that was living off royalties for substandard movies. And was it really necessary to list his whole shitty filmography?

Anonymous said...

I believe I heard the young lad was cornholed on the set by naughty "Uncle Robert".

Henny Youngman said...

Wasn't he on the Dyke Van Dick show?

I'm here all week, try the veal

Anonymous said...

The usual heartwarming accolade from Aldo.

Anonymous said...

I want to donkey punch Kitten's fart box.

Anonymous said...

The Night of the Hunter is a great film.

Anonymous said...

MY PARAKEET DIED YESTERDAY.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and Ray Romano did too in the hit series Everyone's Had Raymond.

Aldo Raine said...

You're welcome, sweet tits.