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Johnny Sheffield Dies at 79

Johnny Sheffield, the former child actor who played Boy in the Tarzan movie series starring Johnny Weissmuller in the late 1930s and '40s and later starred in the Bomba, the Jungle Boy film series, has died. He was 79. Sheffield died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Chula Vista about four hours after he fell off a ladder while pruning a palm tree, said his wife, Patty. "He was a jungle boy to the end," she said, noting that her husband of 51 years wasn't too high in the tree when he fell, but "sometimes he was way up there."

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Super actor as "boy"in the Tarzan movies...great acting & plots & camera work. Johnny Sheffield was also Bumba in later jungle movies. Johnny W was Jungle Jim later on as well. Super movies (& tv) from the 30's to the 70's. After that the arts went DOWNHILL FAST. I pray the Good Lord has Tarzan Jane Boy Cheta etc in Heaven. All the best & God bless to the Sheffield Family (John 3:16)

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I remember him well. Those were great flicks, so very interesting to me when I was a kid in the 50s and 60s. RIP Johnny!

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You can't beat the old Tarzan movies with Johnny Weissmuller and Johnny Sheffield as boy. I remember watching them in the 1950's and 1960's while growing up and that is when T.V. was worth watching. It was a good part of my life and I will always remember those Tarzan movies. They were the best for Tarzan movies. Take care Johnny and I'm sorry you passed on. Sincerely, Todd DeFrank

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I was shocked to learn of Johnny Sheffield's death. I grew up watching those old Tarzan flicks and had one heck of a crush on "Boy". My deepest sympathies go out to the Sheffield family.

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Oh my God, I remember him. He was a cute little guy. He was so cute with the chimpanzee buddy (Cheeta?)

Johnny Sheffield Dies at 79

Johnny Sheffield, the former child actor who played Boy in the Tarzan movie series starring Johnny Weissmuller in the late 1930s and '40s and later starred in the Bomba, the Jungle Boy film series, has died. He was 79. Sheffield died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Chula Vista about four hours after he fell off a ladder while pruning a palm tree, said his wife, Patty. "He was a jungle boy to the end," she said, noting that her husband of 51 years wasn't too high in the tree when he fell, but "sometimes he was way up there."

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