Tommy Kirk
American actor and businessman
Tommy Kirk
Thomas Lee "Tommy" Kirk is a former American actor, and later a businessman. He is best known for his performances in a number of highly popular movies made by Disney Studios.
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Dan Persons: Mighty Movie's Temple of Bad: Mars Needs Women
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Oh, the sixties, was there a way in which you weren't one of our most fraked-up decades? War, assassinations, riots in the streets, My Mother the Car on TV -- never was there a time when it more seemed that society was shredding at the seams. Fortunately, director Larry Buchanan, the mastermind behind such cinematic spectacles as Zontar: The Thing from Venus and Attack of the The Eye Creatures (Wiki it), was willing to tackle the tumult head-on, countering the rise of women as a political force with a clutch of Martians, including Disney escapee Tommy Kirk, who are seeking out a small sampling of the fairer sex -- a grouping that includes soon-to-be-Batgirl Yvonne Craig -- purely for their function as prime breedin' stock. Yes, it's the science fiction classic Mars Needs Women, and new novitiate Steve Biodrowski joins seasoned celebrants Andrea Lipinski, Kevin Lauderdale, and I in the Temple of Bad as we explore how leering double entendres, broken tape recorders, and many ...
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Comment on The Tommy Kirk Story by dollahsign
Gay Today - about 5 years
I vividly remember <a class="fplink fp-271105" href="/tommy+kirk+1">Tommy Kirk</a> as one of favorite chiklhood actors. I was a true Disney fan in those early years, and it was quite easy to admire Tommy and some of the other young Disney stars for their handsomeness and ability to attract all the pretty girls. I have to laugh at that now, but I didn’t understand as an adolescent what finally became clear to me about men. That picture in your article showing Tommy with Annette is wonderful. He looks so buff and handsome, and I’m sure he hasn’t lost any of his allure for those who cherish men.
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E0.75m tower irks Matsapha ratepayers - The Swazi Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Local businessman Tommy Kirk said at first they were told that the land was to provide housing for the Matsapha workforce but now the CEO says it will be developed into executive plots for Matsapha businesspeople. It is suspected that this would be a
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Local engineers, residents bringing clean water to Brazil - Sanford Herald (registration)
Google News - over 5 years
According to Tommy Kirk, chief operating officer for Alotech&#39;s Sanford office, the company has maintained a long-standing partnership with BLITS — an acronym for Business Leaders Inspired to Serve. BLITS works with missionaries and mission-based
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Mouse House: D23 Expo – Most Anticipated Events & Exhibits - Fused Film
Google News - over 5 years
At the last expo, even some famous Disney legends, such as child star Tommy Kirk, were in attendance to sign autographs. This year promises a high presence of recognizable Disney online groups – and perhaps celebrities, too. Among the more prominent
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Nowhere else to go? - Times of Swaziland
Google News - over 5 years
MALKERNS – Squatters evicted from businessman Tommy Kirk&#39;s farm three months ago do not have proper shelter and still live in tents. They also use make-shift sha-cks ma-de of corr-ugated iron sheets for
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I'm no devil - Tommy Kirk - The Swazi Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Tommy Kirk, a businessman of sorts, who is mainly associated with heartlessness when evicting squatters from his farms has come out to defend himself. Kirk says he considers himself a saint instead because of the many considerations he has made before
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10 Best Scenes For Young Actors - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;Old Yeller&quot; (1957) It would take a strong soul to not feel emotion when Travis (Tommy Kirk) realizes he has to be the one to put down Old Yeller. Kirk&#39;s innocent yet mature performance is one of the best scenes for young actors of all time
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Kirk cleared to evict five families - The Swazi Observer
Google News - over 5 years
The families at Malkerns resisting eviction from a farm supposedly owned by businessman Tommy Kirk still do not know whether they will eventually be removed from the place or not. They were hopeful that a high powered central tribunal based at the
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Moon Pilot Part One: Out of This World - MousePlanet
Google News - over 5 years
Tommy Kirk, then 20 years old, has a brief cameo as the younger brother of Tryon&#39;s character. At the time, Kirk was a veteran Disney performer having been in The Hardy Boys TV series, Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson and The Absent
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Watch out for the '50-Foot Woman' tonight on TCM - New Philadelphia Times Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
Tommy Kirk, best known for the many Walt Disney films in which he appeared, plays a teenager who tries to stop the giant teens from destroying everything in sight, including their small town. • More dancers are eliminated on tonight&#39;s new episode of
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Kirk reported to Human Rights Commission - Times of Swaziland
Google News - over 5 years
MBABANE – Businessman Tommy Kirk was last week Friday summoned by the Human Rights and Public Administration Commission. One of the affected, who did not want to be identified, alleged that the businessman was reported
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'Tommy Kirk used me' - The Swazi Observer
Google News - over 5 years
THE eviction matter of alleged squatters at the Ekufinyeni Farm belonging to businessman Tommy Kirk has taken a new twist. Ex-Lobamba Lomdzala constituency Bucopho, Bongani Zikalala claimed that Kirk used him to get at the people by secretly giving him
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42 years later police name civil rights leader's killer - KING5.com
Google News - over 5 years
Cold case detectives with the King County Sheriff&#39;s Office now say all evidence points to Tommy Kirk, a mentally unstable drug dealer. &quot;What we do believe now is this was probably not a political or racial assasination,&quot; says Urquhart
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DVD reviews: "Madagascar," "Old Yeller," The Wages of Fear," "Ugetsu" and ... - Reno Gazette Journal
Google News - almost 6 years
The inferior sequel &quot;Savage Sam&quot; finds the Coates boys, Arliss and Travis (played by Kevin Corcoran and Tommy Kirk, who often played brothers in late-1950s Disney movies) still butting heads. They continue to argue even after being captured by Indians
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Evicted residents exposed to severe cold - The Swazi Observer
Google News - almost 6 years
RESIDENTS evicted from Matsapha businessman Tommy Kirk&#39;s farm in Malkerns are now living in a bare open space very close to a river. This has exposed them to severe cold such that they feel they would be better off dead than alive
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Since this is SD, who cares? - Times of Swaziland
Google News - almost 6 years
By Qalakaliboli Dlamini on May 15,2011 For the past two weeks I have been doing investigations on the issue of land in the country, more especially farm 1270 from which three families were evicted by an army of Tommy Kirk&#39;s men, on April 26, 2011
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Squatter commits suicide when reminded to vacate Kirk's farm - Times of Swaziland
Google News - almost 6 years
By BONISILE MAKHUBU on May 14,2011 MALKERNS – A 71-year-old squatter facing eviction committed suicide after receiving a reminder call to vacate from businessman Tommy Kirk&#39;s farm on Thursday. The farm is situated at Emseleni in Malkerns, where some of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tommy Kirk
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 64
    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.
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    Tommy Kirk was inducted as a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006, alongside his former co-stars Tim Considine and Kevin Corcoran.
    More Details Hide Details His other repeat co-stars, Annette Funicello and Fred MacMurray, had already been inducted (in 1992 and 1987, respectively).
    As of 2006, Kirk had more than thirty feature film roles to his credit.
    More Details Hide Details He also enjoyed writing. 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.
  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 48
    In 1990 he said:
    More Details Hide Details I made a lot of money and I spent it all. No bitterness. No regrets. I did what I did... I wasn't the boy next door anymore. I could pretend to be for a few hours a day in front of the camera. But I couldn't live it. I'm human. I'm not Francis of Assisi. He continued to act occasionally, including in the R-rated spoof Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 31
    Kirk publicly came out as gay in a 1973 interview with Marvin Jones.
    More Details Hide Details At the time he was studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, while working as a busboy in a Los Angeles restaurant. Kirk got over his drug addiction and gave up acting in the mid-1970s. He worked as a waiter and a chauffeur before going into the carpet cleaning business in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, an operation which he ran for twenty years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 28
    Kirk says he reached bottom in 1970 when he did two movies that were non-Screen Actors Guild, Ride the Hot Wind and Blood of Ghastly Horror, causing Kirk to almost lose his SAG card. "Finally, I said, to hell with the whole thing, to hell with show business, I'm gonna make a new life for myself, and I got off drugs, completely kicked all that stuff."
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  • 1965
    Age 23
    In late 1965 it was announced Kirk had signed a four-picture contract with Executive Pictures Corp, but only one movie resulted, the beach movie/crime comedy Catalina Caper (1967).
    More Details Hide Details Along with Village of the Giants this was eventually lampooned on Mystery Science Theater 3000. The Monkey's Uncle came out and was almost as successful as Merlin Jones. AIP cast him in The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) with Deborah Walley, with whom he was then reteamed on It's a Bikini World. Also for AIP he appeared in a TV special, The Wild Weird World of Dr. Goldfoot. The release of Bikini World and Catalina Caper was held up for a number of months and Kirk's career was losing momentum. Kirk: After I was fired from Disney, I did some of the worst movies ever made and I got involved with a manager who said it didn't matter what you did as long as you kept working. He put me in every piece of shit that anybody offered. I did a series of terrible things, but it was only to get the money.
    Although the charges were later dropped on a technicality in January 1965, Kirk was replaced on Wild Bikini by Dwayne Hickman and on Katie Elder by Michael Anderson, Jr..
    More Details Hide Details "This town is full of right-wingers—the world is full of right-wingers—intolerant, cruel sons-of-bitches," said Kirk later. But he later said that he "richly deserved to be fired from the studios because of my irresponsibility. A person on drugs is not fit for work." However, for the moment Kirk could still get work. He appeared in Village of the Giants, which he later described as "kind of a crazy movie, but the production values are pretty good and it sort of holds together. I could have done without the dancing ducks, though."
  • 1964
    Age 22
    On Christmas Eve 1964 Kirk was arrested for possession of marijuana.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1957
    Age 15
    Kirk's career received its biggest break yet when in January 1957 Disney cast him as Travis Coates in Old Yeller (1957), an adventure story about a boy and his heroic dog.
    More Details Hide Details Kirk had the lead role in the film, which was enormously successful, and he became Disney's first choice whenever they needed someone to play an all-American teenager. Kevin Corcoran played his younger brother and the two of them would often be teamed. Both Kirk and Corcoran were announced for the cast of Rainbow Road to Oz, a feature film based on the stories of L. Frank Baum, but this film was never produced. Kirk appeared in another Hardy brothers installment, the original story The Mystery of Ghost Farm (September 13 – December 20, 1957). He then starred in The Shaggy Dog (1959), a comedy about a boy inventor, Wilby Daniels, who is repeatedly transformed into an Old English Sheepdog under the influence of a magic ring. This teamed him with Corcoran and two other Disney stars with whom he would regularly work, Fred MacMurray and Annette Funicello, and was even more popular than Old Yeller.
  • 1956
    Age 14
    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".
    More Details Hide Details 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 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. Tommy 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 does not seem to have eventuated.
  • 1954
    Age 12
    In 1954, Kirk accompanied his elder brother Joe to an audition for a production of Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California.
    More Details Hide Details Joe was not cast, losing out to Bobby Driscoll, but Tommy was, and he made his stage debut opposite Will Rogers, Jr. The performance was seen by an agent from the Gertz agency who signed Kirk and succeeded in casting him in an episode of TV Reader's Digest, "The Last of the Old Time Shooting Sheriffs." Kirk began to work steadily in television: episodes of The Man Behind the Badge, Frontier, ("The Devil and Doctor O'Hara"), Letter to Loretta ("But for God's Grace", "Little League"), The Californians (as Billy Kilgore in "Little Lost Man"), Gunsmoke ("Cow Doctor"), Angel ("Goodbye, Young Lovers"), Big Town, and Matinee Theatre ("The Outing", "The Others"). Kirk also supported Angie Dickinson in a short feature called Down Liberty Road (aka Freedom Highway) (1956), a short commercial travelogue produced by Greyhound Lines to promote their Scenicruiser buses. Of these experiences, Kirk especially liked working on Matinee Theatre:
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Born
    Born on December 10, 1941.
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