Buntrock as Harold Baxter c. 1960s
|Born||Robert W. Buntrock
August 4, 1952
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Died||April 7, 1974
Keystone, South Dakota, U.S.
|Cause of death||Road accident|
|Resting place||Keystone Cemetery|
|Education||Lake Marie Public School|
Buntrock was born in Denver, Colorado to Robert and Maxine Buntrock (His mother died at home with cardiac arrest in 1972). He had a younger sister, Stella. When he was three, the family moved to Whittier, California where neighbors urged Buntrock's parents to get their son into acting. After submitting Buntrock's picture to various agents, he was signed by Marcella Bell. Shortly after signing with Bell, Buntrock landed his first role on an episode of Wagon Train at the age of four. He also landed guest spots on Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Mister Ed, and The Donna Reed Show.
In 1961, Buntrock won the role of Harold "Sport" Baxter on the sitcom Hazel, starring Shirley Booth. The series aired for five seasons, first on NBC with Don DeFore and Whitney Blake in the role of Harold's parents, George and Dorothy Baxter. In the fifth and final season (1965-1966) shown on CBS, Harold lived with his Uncle Steve Baxter and Aunt Barbara, played by Ray Fulmer, and Lynn Borden, respectively, after DeFore and Blake left the series. During the run of Hazel, Buntrock was tutored on the set and attended Lake Marie Public School in Whittier when the show was on hiatus.
After Hazel ended its run in 1966, Buntrock appeared in two guest spots on The Virginian in 1967 after which he stopped acting. "Hazel" remains very popular in reruns to this very day and is shown twice a day weekdays on the Antenna TV Network of local TV stations across the USA.
On April 7, 1974, Buntrock died in an automobile accident in Keystone, South Dakota at the age of 21. The bridge where Bobby died had been severely damaged two years before in the South Dakota Flood of 1972. The Bridge had a "Y" formation with a large space in the middle. After the flood, the middle of the large y-formation had a large hole that was large enough for a Buick to fit inside. There was at least 10-15 feet of water in the hole from the creek. No warning signs or barricades existed to warn motorists about the danger. On April 7, 1974, Bobby Buntrock was on the way to a friends house when his car slipped off the side of the road and flipped over in the hole in the water. After the accident was reported, it took divers quite some time to reach the car and find Bobby`s body. The diver could see that Bobby tried to escape, but could only get the door open about 4 inches because of the mud and the force of the water.  He is buried in Keystone Cemetery in Keystone, South Dakota.
|1959||Wagon Train||Bo Lindstrom||Episode: "The Ella Lindstrom Story"|
|1960||Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse||Buddy||Episode: "Dr. Kate"|
|1961||Mister Ed||Small boy||Episode: "Kiddy Park"|
|1961||The Donna Reed Show||Crying child||Episode: "Mary's Little Lambs"|
|1961||Bus Stop||Johnathon||Episode: "Afternoon of a Cowboy"|
|1961 to 1966||Hazel||Harold Baxter||154 episodes|
|1963||Burke's Law||Scout Hendricks||Episode: "Who Killed Eleanora Davis?"|
|1963||The Virginian||Various||2 episodes|
|1967||The Virginian||Tim Messinger||Episode: "The Masquerade"|
- Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research (1996). Black Hills Nuggets. University of Wisconsin - Madison. p. 25.
- "Neighbor Did It For Young Bobby". Lewiston Evening Journal. October 14, 1961. pp. 4–A. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
- "Hazel's Favorite Veteran At Eight". The Deseret News. September 25, 1963. p. T7. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
- Win, Fanning (August 25, 1965). "Hazel's New Family Are Baxters, Too". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 33. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
- ""Ken Bloom & Frank Vlastnik"" "Sitcoms: The 101 Greatest TV Comedies of All Time", "Black Dog Publishing (2007),"' p 156.
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