Tarzan Actor Johnny Sheffield Dies at 79
Actor Johnny Sheffield, who played Boy in the popular Tarzan films, has died. Sheffield passed away Friday at his California home after suffering a heart attack. He was 79.
Sheffield, the son of British actor Reginald Sheffield, was cast as Boy in 1939's "Tarzan Finds a Son!” The film starred Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Maureen O'Sullivan as Tarzan’s wife, Jane. Sheffield played Boy in 8 Tarzan films. After the final film in 1947, Sheffield was cast as Bomba in “Bomba, The Jungle Boy.” He starred in 12 Bomba films before retiring from acting in 1955. Sheffield’s other film credits include “Babes in Arms,” “Lucky Cisco Kid,” “Little Orvie” and “Roughly Speaking.”
After leaving show business, Sheffield earned a business degree from UCLA. He went on to work in farming, construction and real estate. Sheffield is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia, and their 3 children...