Freddie Bartholomew

Freddie Bartholomew

Born Mar 28, 1924

Frederick Cecil Bartholomew, known for his acting work as Freddie Bartholomew, was an English-American child actor. One of the most famous child actors of his time, Bartholomew rose to prominence in the 1930s for his work in Hollywood films. He is best known for his starring roles in Captains Courageous (1937) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936).… Read More

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1924 Birth Born on March 28, 1924.
1930 6 Years Old His first film role came by the age of six, in 1930. … Read More
1934 10 Years Old Bartholomew and his aunt emigrated to the United States in August 1934, and MGM gave him a seven-year contract. … Read More


1936 - 1937 2 More Events
This fall in popularity stemmed not only from the quality of the roles and his conflicts with MGM, but also from the fact that by late 1938 he was a tall, nearly 6-foot teenager, and the fact that the world was focusing on the growing problems of World War II and therefore the literary classics and costume dramas Bartholomew excelled at were less in fashion.
1940 16 Years Old For RKO distribution, he performed in Swiss Family Robinson and Tom Brown's School Days in 1940. … Read More
1943 19 Years Old World War II military service interrupted Bartholomew's career even further. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force on January 13, 1943, at the age of 18, and worked in aircraft maintenance.


1944 20 Years Old 1 More Event
During training he fell and injured his back, was hospitalized for seven months and was discharged on January 12, 1944.
1946 22 Years Old 1 More Event
After distressing experiences including a devastating auto accident and performing unsuccessfully in a play in Los Angeles, in 1946 Barthlomew married publicist Maely Daniele. … Read More
1947 23 Years Old In 1947, Bartholomew appeared as himself in a five-minute cameo in the otherwise all-black musical film Sepia Cinderella, relating his post-war efforts to have a successful vaudeville routine and telling a few gags onscreen.
1948 24 Years Old He spent most of 1948 touring small American theaters, and in November 1948 left without his wife for an Australian tour as a night-club singing, patter and piano act.
1949 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Upon his return to the United States in 1949, and in rather desperate circumstances, Bartholomew switched to the new and burgeoning medium of television. … Read More
1953 29 Years Old Bartholomew divorced his first wife in 1953, and in December of that year he married television chef and author Aileen Paul, whom he had met at WPIX. … Read More


1954 30 Years Old In 1954, Bartholomew began working for Benton & Bowles, a top New York advertising agency, as a television producer and director. … Read More


1964 40 Years Old In 1964 he was made a vice president of radio and television at the company.


1977 53 Years Old Bartholomew and Aileen divorced by early 1977. … Read More


1991 67 Years Old In 1991 he was filmed in several interview segments for the documentary film MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992).
1992 68 Years Old Bartholomew died from heart failure in Sarasota, Florida in January 1992, at the age of 67. … Read More
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