|Born||Terence E. Kilburn
25 November 1926
London, England, UK
|Years active||1937–1969 (screen actor)|
Terence E. Kilburn (born 25 November 1926), known for his acting work prior to 1953 as Terry Kilburn, is an English-American actor. Born in London, he moved to Hollywood in the U.S. at the age of 10, and is best known for his roles as a child actor, in films such as A Christmas Carol (1938) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) in the late 1930s and the early 1940s.
Kilburn was born in London in 1926, to working-class parents. He did some unpaid acting as a young child, and an agent encouraged him to go to Hollywood. Kilburn and his mother immigrated to the U.S. in 1937, and his father arrived the following year. A talent scout for MGM discovered him rehearsing for Eddie Cantor's radio show, and he was cast in the British-set film Lord Jeff (1938).
Known for his innocent, dreamy, doe-eyed look, Kilburn achieved fame at the age of 11 portraying Tiny Tim in the 1938 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film version of A Christmas Carol, and also as four generations of the Colley family in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). He also played leading roles in two films which starred Freddie Bartholomew: Lord Jeff (1938) and Swiss Family Robinson (1940). He was featured in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) with Basil Rathbone.
Kilburn had a supporting role in National Velvet (1944). In 1944, he also worked in The Keys of the Kingdom, starring Gregory Peck, but his scenes were cut. In addition to Lord Jeff (1938) and National Velvet (1944), he worked alongside Mickey Rooney in Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939) and A Yank at Eton (1942). In 1946 he was in Black Beauty, and in 1947–1948 he was in four back-to-back Bulldog Drummond films, as Seymour, a reporter.
After 1952 he was credited on screen as Terence Kilburn. His final feature film role was a small part in Lolita (1962). Between 1951 and 1969, he was also in nearly a dozen teleplays, television movies, and television series episodes.
Life after Hollywood
From 1970–1994, Kilburn was artistic director of Oakland University's Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, Michigan. Meadow Brook Theatre is Michigan's only LORT theatre. It presents classic plays, comedies and musicals, and is known for its annual production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted by Kilburn's partner Charles Nolte.
|1938||Lord Jeff||Albert Baker|
|A Christmas Carol||Tiny Tim|
|1939||The Great Man Votes||Student|
|Goodbye, Mr. Chips||John Colley/Peter Colley|
|Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever||'Stickin' Plaster|
|They Shall Have Music||Limey|
|The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes||Billy|
|1940||Swiss Family Robinson||Ernest Robinson|
|1942||A Yank at Eton||Hilspeth||(uncredited)|
|1947||Song of Scheherazade||Midshipman Lorin|
|Bulldog Drummond at Bay||Seymour|
|Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back||Seymour|
|13 Lead Soldiers||Seymour|
|1950||Tyrant of the Sea||Dick Savage|
|Fortunes of Captain Blood||Kenny Jensen|
|1951||Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration||Stephen||Teleplay, Family Theatre|
|Only the Valiant||Trooper Saxton|
|1953||Slater's Dream||Samuel Slater||Teleplay, Cavalcade of America|
|Slaves of Babylon||King Cyrus|
|1954||King Richard II||Harry Percy||TV movie|
|Night Must Fall||Dan||Ponds Theater|
|You Touched Me!||Kraft Theatre|
|1956||The Honor Code||Cadet Eddie Garley||Teleplay, West Point|
|Miss Mabel||Peter||Lux Video Theatre|
|1957||The New Adventures of Martin Kane||Bill Wright||TV series, episode "The Railroad Story"|
|The Long Christmas Dinner||Sam||TV adaptation of play|
|1958||Fiend Without a Face||Capt. Al Chester|
|The New Adventures of Charlie Chan||Col. Arthur Ross||TV series, episode "Safe Deposit"|
|1969||Get Smart||Shirtsinger||TV series, episode "Hurray for Hollywood"|
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