Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sad case of Gerard Darrow

At age 5, Gerard Darrow was being written about in newspapers across the country for he was already an orinthology expert. 

At age 7, Darrow was one of the original Quiz Kids in 1940. According the John Dunning book, The OTR Encyclopedia:
"Gerard Darrow could identify more than 1000 birds, and he was also expert on butterflies, flowers, fish, animals, reptiles, amphibians, and shells." 
At age 9, he was still a Quiz Kid and lecturing to schools across the nation on all kinds of subjects.

In 1980, at the age of 47, he died of alcoholism.   It is said he died a pauper and that he was on welfare most of his life.  He complained about the show exploiting him and also of his parents doing the same.

His jobs in life were of the menial variety, according to the newspapers.


  1. That's so sad. It's a real tragedy that it seems to happen to so many child actors even today.


  2. HI God,
    Thanks for the comment.

    It didn't seem to happen to too many Quiz Kids though. I think Darrow was the only one.


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