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John Megna

Full Name  John Ingolia
Parents  Peter Ingoglia
Role  Child actor

Name  John Megna
Known for  To Kill a Mockingbird
Siblings  Connie Stevens
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Born  November 9, 1952 (1952-11-09) Queens, New York City, U.S.
Cause of death  AIDS-related complications
Occupation  Stage, film, television actor, teacher
Died  September 4, 1995, Los Angeles, California, United States
Nieces  Joely Fisher, Tricia Leigh Fisher
Movies  To Kill a Mockingbird, Smokey and the Bandit II, Go Tell the Spartans, The Ratings Game
Similar People  Phillip Alford, Brock Peters, Mary Badham, Frank Overton, Collin Wilcox

John Megna (November 9, 1952 – September 4, 1995) was an American actor. His best known role is that of "Dill" in the film To Kill A Mockingbird.


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Early life

Megna was born in Queens, New York, as John Ingolia. His father was a pharmacist, and his mother was a one-time nightclub singer. He was a half-brother of Connie Stevens and an ex-brother-in-law of Eddie Fisher. He attended Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York.


At age 6, Megna made his acting debut in Frank Loesser's Broadway musical Greenwillow. At 7, he starred in All the Way Home, an adaptation of James Agee's novel about the effect of a father's death on his family. This led to his being cast as Charles Baker "Dill" Harris, the toothy young summer visitor in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. The character was based on writer Truman Capote, a childhood friend and later associate of Harper Lee, the author of the original novel.

Megna appeared in many television programs throughout the 1960s and 1970s; he portrayed a near-blind child in the Naked City episode "A Horse Has a Big Head - Let Him Worry!", one of the "Onlies" in the "Miri" episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, Stephan in I Spy (1967), and Little Adam in the NASA-produced animated shorts The Big World of Little Adam.

His other film appearances include Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) with John Travolta, and Go Tell the Spartans (1978) with Burt Lancaster. He also acted in two car-chase films starring Burt Reynolds and directed by Hal Needham – Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and The Cannonball Run (1981).

Later career

Megna graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, as a performing arts major.

As an adult, he turned to directing plays. He was the founding director of L.A. Arts, a nonprofit theater group in Los Angeles. He later became a high school English teacher, and last taught at James Monroe High School in North Hills, California.


John Megna died from AIDS-related complications on September 4, 1995, at Midway Hospital in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 42.


  • Naked City (1962) - Harold Denton
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Magic Shop (1964) (TV) - Anthony 'Tony' Grainger
  • Star Trek, episode "Miri" (1966) (TV) - Little Boy
  • Skag (1980) (TV)
  • The Mogul (1984)
  • Filmography

  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - Dill Harris
  • Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) - New Boy
  • Blindfold (1965) - Mario Vincenti
  • The Godfather Part II (1974) - Young Hyman Roth (uncredited)
  • The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) (TV Movie) - Smith
  • I Want to Keep My Baby (1976) (TV Movie) - Andy
  • Another Man, Another Chance (1977) - Loser in Saloon (uncredited)
  • Go Tell the Spartans (1978) - Cpl. Ackley
  • Sunnyside (1979) - B.B.
  • Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979) - Outlaw
  • Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) - P.T.
  • The Cannonball Run (1981) - Arthur Rose
  • The Ratings Game (1984) - Al (final film role)
  • References

    John Megna Wikipedia

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