Billy Booth (actor)

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Billy Booth
Billy Booth 1964.jpg
Billy Booth c. 1964
William Allen Booth

(1949-11-07)November 7, 1949
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedDecember 31, 2006(2006-12-31) (aged 57)
OccupationChild actor, lawyer
Years active1957–1967

William Allen Booth (November 7, 1949 – December 31, 2006)[1] was an American child actor, best known for his role as Dennis Mitchell's best friend Tommy Anderson on the CBS sitcom Dennis the Menace, based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name. He also made guest appearances on The Twilight Zone, My Three Sons, The Donna Reed Show, Lawman,[2] The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and The Andy Griffith Show. He also provided the voice for Wentworth in the 1962 Merrie Melodies episode Honey's Money.

Booth graduated from Crescenta Valley High School in 1967, from USC in 1971, and from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1974. He became a practicing lawyer and moved to Los Osos, California in 1977. He taught business and real estate law at both Cuesta College and Cal Poly, both located in San Luis Obispo County, California.[3][4] He divorced his wife Kathern. He practiced law in Morro Bay, California.[citation needed]

Booth died on December 31, 2006[5][6] of liver complications at the age of 57.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Social Security Death Interactive Search
  2. ^ Episode was "The Prodigal Mother" with Catherine McLeod, December 17, 1961, Dish Network Westerns Channel
  3. ^ "William "Billy" Allen Booth".
  4. ^ William Allen Booth Obituary
  5. ^ "The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club: eBullet Vol7 Issue 5 Sept 2007".
  6. ^ Billy Booth of Dennis The Menace, Scarlet Street Forums

Further reading[edit]

  • Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 24.

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