Claude Jarman Jr.

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Claude Jarman Jr.
Claude Jarman Jr in High Barbaree trailer.jpg
from the trailer for the film High Barbaree (1947)
Born (1934-09-27) September 27, 1934 (age 83)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1946–1978
Spouse(s) Virginia Jarman (m. 1959–1968) (divorced) 3 children
Mary Ann Jarman (m. 1968–1983) (divorced) 2 children
Katharine Jarman (m. 1986) 2 children
Children With Maryann: Natalie & Vanessa
With Virginia: Elizabeth, Claude Jarman III & Murray
With Katharine: twins Charlotte and Sarah
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara & Claude Jarman Jr. in Rio Grande (1950)

Claude Jarman Jr. (born September 27, 1934) is an American former child actor.

Early life and career[edit]

Jarman was born in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] He was ten years old and in the fifth grade in Nashville when he was discovered in a nationwide talent search by MGM Studios, and was cast as the lead actor in the film The Yearling (1946).[2]

His performance received glowing reviews and he was awarded with an Academy Juvenile Award as a result. He continued his studies at the MGM studio school,[3] and made a total of 11 films. By the time he reached his early twenties he chose to leave his film career behind. Republic Studios cast him in a couple of B-movies, but discouraged, he moved back to Tennessee to finish college at Vanderbilt.

Following coursework in pre-law at Vanderbilt University, Jarman appeared in Disney's The Great Locomotive Chase, which was his final movie. After that, he served three years in the U.S. Navy, doing public relations work.[4]

He returned to acting with a role on an episode of the television production Centennial (1978). Jarman was a special guest as a past acting award winner at both the 1998 and 2003 Academy Awards Ceremonies.[3] Later, he moved to working behind the scenes, and had success as Executive Producer of the film, "Fillmore", about rock impresario Bill Graham. He ran the San Francisco Film Festival for 15 years (1965-1980) and was known for his in-depth retrospectives of movie stars and directors. He served as Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Francisco. He founded Jarman Travel Inc. in 1986 to serve the travel needs of corporations and executives. [1] He has seven children by 3 wives, including two daughters with his current wife Katharine. In 2018 he wrote a book about his life titled "My Life and the Final Days of Hollywood."[3]


Year Film Role Other notes
1946 The Yearling Jody Academy Juvenile Award
1947 High Barbaree Alec (age 14)
1949 Intruder in the Dust Chick Mallison
Roughshod Steve Phillips
The Sun Comes Up Jerry
1950 Rio Grande Trooper Jefferson 'Jeff' Yorke John Wayne's son
The Outriders Roy Gort
1951 Inside Straight Rip MacCool (age 16)
1952 Hangman's Knot Jamie Groves
1953 Fair Wind to Java Chess
1956 The Great Locomotive Chase Jacob Parrott Andrews' Raiders USA: TV title
1979 Centennial Earl Grebe The Winds of Death - TV miniseries episode


  1. ^ a b "". Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  2. ^ "Child actor in new career". Times Daily. February 28, 1960. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Flashback - Claude Jarman Jr". Beaver County Times. May 26, 1991. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. pp. 161–168. ISBN 1476613702. 
  • Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich: Michael Russell, p. 189-190.
  • Dye, David (1988). Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., pp. 115-116.

External links[edit]

Claude Jarman Jr. on IMDb