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Tommy Kelly, Star of ‘Tom Sawyer,’ Dead At 90

Tommy Kelly, star of the 1938 film “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” has died. He was 90.

Kelly died on Jan. 26 of congestive heart failure at his home in Greensboro, N.C., THR reports:

The famed producer David O. Selznick handpicked the freckle-faced Kelly, then a 12-year-old student at a Catholic school in the Bronx, to play Tom in the United Artists film. Legend has it that 25,000 youngsters from around the country had auditioned.

Tommy Kelly with Ann Gillis as Becky Thatcher in 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.' (United Artists/Photofest)

Tommy Kelly with Ann Gillis as Becky Thatcher in ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.’ (United Artists/Photofest)

Kelly retired when he was 25.

So sad.

Everyone leaving in 2016.

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