John Sheffield, Tarzan's 'Boy,' dies at age 79

John Sheffield, who played Tarzan’s son, “Boy,” in the 1930s and 1940s, died at age 79 on Friday, according to The Los Angeles Times. His wife, Patty Sheffield, told the Times that the retired actor fell off a ladder while pruning a palm tree.


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  • Dicazi

    I remember watching these on TV growing up. An ironic way for Tarzan’s son to die.

  • Peggy

    He was so cute with his curly hair.

    • Sue1

      Saturday afternoons were full of reruns when I was a kid, Tarzan films ran often. I remember that curly hair too. RIP, Boy.

  • alicia lyons

    I loved him in Tarzan he was such a beautiful child, he had the face of a charub an angal…. sorry for his passing..xox

  • Dan Ramirez

    How ironic to have passed from a fall. As Boy he could leap bounds, climb, and swim heights and depths.
    My heart felt sympathies go to a beloved man/boy, his family, a national treasure to me and to this nation.

  • Preston

    John Sheffield Jane and Tarzan didn’t die..They will be in the hearts of the millions of fans for all the wonderful times and memories they gave…John was an incredible athlete even at a young age…

  • JAMES HALL

    I,M SORRY TO HEAR MR SHEFFIELD,S PASSING I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM AS BOY IN THE TARZAN MOVIER HE WAS A VERY GOOD ACTOR I WILL MISS HIM VERY MUCH PLEASE REPLY

  • Phoebe Mitchell

    Enjoying the DVD set with Johnny W, Maureen O, and Johnny S. The casting and chemistry are phenomenal,
    Even after 70 years, the caring among them rings true and still brings joy. Thanks Boy, Tarzan (the only real one!) and Jane

    Thanks for the memories

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