Born in 1924 in Harlesden, London, English-American actor Freddie Bartholomew was a precocious actor and was reciting and performing from age three, and became very popular in 1930s Hollywood films.
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Bartholomew was one of the most famous child actors of all time. His most famous starring roles are in Captains Courageous (1937) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936). For the title role of MGM’s David Copperfield (1935), he immigrated to the United States at the age of 10 in 1934, and became an American citizen in 1943 following World War II military service.
In adulthood, after World War II service, his film career dwindled rapidly, and Bartholomew switched from performing to directing and producing in the medium of television.
Suffering from emphysema, Bartholomew retired from television by the late 1980s. He died from heart failure in Sarasota, Florida in 1992 at the age of 67.
Bartholomew placed his handprints, footprints, and signature in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 1936. In 1960, he received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6663 Hollywood Boulevard for his contributions to the film industry.