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Bobby Connelly

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Occupation  Actor
Parents  Joseph Connelly
Role  Child actor

Name  Bobby Connelly
Years active  1913–1922
Siblings  Helen Connelly
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Full Name  Robert Joseph Connelly
Born  April 4, 1909 (1909-04-04) Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died  July 5, 1922, Lynbrook, New York, United States
Movies  Husque, Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation
Similar People  Paul Scardon, J Stuart Blackton, Frank Borzage, Marshall Neilan

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Robert Joseph "Bobby" Connelly (April 4, 1909 – July 5, 1922) was an American child actor of silent films. He is one of the first male child stars of American motion pictures beginning his career in 1913 at the age of four.


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Connelly's parents were vaudeville performers and young Connelly began in films with the Kalem company. His sister Helen also had a career as a child actress. In 1914 Connelly switched to Vitagraph Studios, which were based primarily in New York and New Jersey, close to where Connelly and his family lived. He appeared in films with major players of the day and in 1914–15 portrayed "Sonny Jim" in a series of shorts about the adventures of a young boy.

In 1917, he got his own series of films with his name in the title to emphasize his star billing. His career pertains primarily with the Vitagraph studios but occasionally he would appear in other studios' productions such as Humoresque produced by Paramount Pictures in 1920. Humoresque, a story by Fannie Hurst was a huge hit in 1920 and is one of Connelly's few films to survive.


In 1917, Connelly was diagnosed with endocarditis. Nevertheless, he was still allowed to keep a heavy work schedule. In 1922, Connelly became ill after completing work on the film Wildness of Youth. He died of bronchitis at his home on July 5, 1922 at the age of 13.

Selected filmography

  • The Suspect (1916)
  • Her Right to Live (1917)
  • Out of a Clear Sky (1918)
  • The Unpardonable Sin (1919)
  • A Child for Sale (1920)
  • The Flapper (1920)
  • Humoresque (1920)
  • References

    Bobby Connelly Wikipedia

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