Sonny Bupp

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Sonny Bupp
Born Moyer MacClaren Bupp
(1928-01-10)January 10, 1928
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died November 1, 2007(2007-11-01) (aged 79)
Henderson, Nevada, U.S.
Occupation Actor, businessman
Years active 1934–1942

Sonny Bupp (born Moyer MacClaren Bupp, January 10, 1928 – November 1, 2007) was an American child film actor and businessman. His most notable film was Citizen Kane (1941), in which he appears as Junior, Charles Foster Kane III, the eight-year-old son of Charles Foster Kane and his first wife, Emily. Bupp was the last surviving credited member of the Citizen Kane cast at his death.


Born Moyer MacClaren Bupp in New York City, Sonny Bupp was the brother of actors Tommy Bupp (1924–1983), June Bupp (1913–1989) and Ann Bupp (b. 1922). He appeared in over 60 films during his career, including two Our Gang comedies, 1935's Our Gang Follies of 1936 and 1938's Men in Fright.

He appeared in Citizen Kane as the son of Charles Foster Kane, and was the last surviving credited cast member of that film.[1] He also appeared in the 1937 Three Stooges' Cash and Carry, as well as such films as Love Is on the Air (Ronald Reagan's first film), The Renegade Trail, Annie Oakley (with Barbara Stanwyck), Kid Millions, Angels With Dirty Faces, The Devil and Daniel Webster and Tennessee Johnson.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and, after his film career ended, became an auto industry executive. He died in Henderson, Nevada, aged 79, from undisclosed causes.

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1934 Kid Millions Little Boy in Ice Cream Number Film debut[2]
1936 Hearts in Bondage Boy [2]
1936 San Francisco Choirboy [2]
1936 Star for a Night Fritz Credited as Moyer Bupp[2]
1937 Woman-Wise Boy Credited as Moyer Bupp[2]
1937 Love Is on the Air Billie Credited as Sunny Bupp[2]
1937 My Dear Miss Aldrich Little boy Credited as Sunny Bupp[2]
1937 Hollywood Hotel Little boy Credited as Sunny Bupp[2]
1938 Angels with Dirty Faces Boy [2]
1939 Renegade Trail Joey Joyce [2]
1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois Willie Lincoln [2]
1940 Three Faces West Billy Welles [2]
1941 Citizen Kane Charles Foster Kane III [2]
1941 Sergeant York Boy in Sunday School [2]
1941 The Devil and Daniel Webster Martin Van Aldrich [2]
1942 The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Graham's Office Boy [2]
1942 Eyes of the Underworld Boy [2]
1942 Tennessee Johnson Bellboy Final film [2]


  1. ^ "‘Citizen Kane’ actress Louise Currie dead at 100". Wellesnet: The Orson Welles Web Resource. September 15, 2013. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Sonny Bupp". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 


  • Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. p. 38-46. ISBN 1476613702. 
  • Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich: Michael Russell, p. 156-157.

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