People Who Died #39

Scotty Beckett


swac said...

As a creepy footnote, his last screen credit was a decade before he died, on an episode of The George Sanders (!) Mystery Theatre titled "The Night I Died."

Check his lengthy bio on the IMDb; it's a sad, but fascinating, read.

Vanwall said...

Or Bobby Driscoll.

Tom Sutpen said...

I knew Beckett had a rocky time of it after his kid actor days (the fact that he offed himself says as much), but not until I clicked on the IMDb bio a few minutes ago and read that gothic horror story did I know the details. Jesus, but that's a lot of downfall to pack into just 38 years, is it not. I know a lot of child stars have gone down the drain, but his journey borders on an epic.

If I'm not mistaken, Bobby Driscoll went the junkie route, correct? I know he died from a heart attack and was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave for awhile.

Supposedly he's in Piero Heliczer's Dirt (1965; reputed to be his last screen appearance), but I've never spotted him.

Vanwall said...

The system chews 'em up and spits 'em out. Very sad, but then they would prolly have had the same tendencies on the outside, in the real world - see the latest Britney trailer-trash meltdown - but the write-up, if any, would be in the hometown local rag, and with no paparazzi input. I lost a friend many years ago in college who was seduced by the allure of fame, and the failure to achieve more after a little taste of it and many doomed attempts to repeat it, drove her to an overdose, and slit wrists as insurance that she transited. The local paper said nothing.