The life of child actor Bobby Driscoll played out like a true Hollywood cautionary tale. "I have found that memories are not very useful," Driscoll said. "I was carried on a silver platter ... and then dumped into the garbage." Driscoll's young acting career blossomed at Disney. He appeared in 22 movies between 1943 and 1958. His role in Treasure Island garnered him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also served as the voice of Peter Pan in the animated classic. But, by the time he was in high school, his career was essentially kaput. He took up drugs, and never recovered. His body was found on March 30, 1968 in a deserted tenement building in New York. No one could identify him.
A year and a half after his death his mother conducted a search for her estranged son. His father was on his deathbed, and was hoping for a reunion. A fingerprint match was made and they located his burial on Hart Island, where the unwanted, forgotten and poor have been buried since 1869. The public did not become aware of the tragic ending until the film Song of the South was re-released in 1971. Reporters were doing research and tried to dig up his whereabouts, when Driscoll's mother revealed the truth.
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