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Sonny Bupp (1928–2007)

Moyer Bupp was born in New York City, New York. Al Jolson was the hottest item on stage and Moyer's father nicknamed him "Sonny" after one of Jolson's songs. It was the height of the Great Depression and on the chance of a better job Sonny's parents loaded the children (all five of them) into the car and headed west. His very pretty 18-year-old ... See full bio »

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Known For

Citizen Kane Kane III
Three Faces West Billy Welles
Parole Fixer Bobby Mattison


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 1942 Tennessee Johnson
Bellboy (uncredited)
 1942 Eyes of the Underworld
Boy fighting Mickey (uncredited)
 1942 The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe
Graham's Office Boy (uncredited)
 1942 Wings for the Eagle
Kid Playing Football (uncredited)
 1942 Syncopation
Newsboy (uncredited)
 1942 Code of the Outlaw
Work Farm Kid (uncredited)
 1941 West of Cimarron
Young Boy (uncredited)
 1941 All That Money Can Buy
Martin Van Buren Aldrich (uncredited)
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
Boy (uncredited)
 1941 International Squadron
Young Boy (uncredited)
 1941 Bad Men of Missouri
Young Grat (uncredited)
 1941 Sergeant York
Boy in Sunday School (uncredited)
 1941 Citizen Kane
Kane III
 1941 Father's Son
Berries Sweeney (uncredited)
 1940/II She Couldn't Say No
Boy with News of Pansy (uncredited)
 1940 Slightly Tempted
Sonny (uncredited)
 1940 Diamond Frontier
Karl Bloem (uncredited)
 1940 Three Faces West
Billy Welles
 1940 Queen of the Mob
 1940 Half a Sinner
 1940 Little Orvie
Freddie Jackson (uncredited)
 1940 I Take This Woman
Murphy Kid (scenes deleted)
 1940 Parole Fixer
Bobby Mattison
 1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Willie Lincoln (uncredited)
 1940 Emergency Squad
Peter (uncredited)
 1939 No Place to Go
 1939 The Day of Rest (Short)
Younger Son (uncredited)
 1939 When Tomorrow Comes
Boy Hiding from Policeman (uncredited)
 1939 Renegade Trail
Joey Joyce
 1939 Feathered Pests (Short)
 1939 On Borrowed Time
Boy in Tree (uncredited)
 1939 Fixer Dugan
The Boy Chiseler (uncredited)
 1939 Sudden Money
Billy (uncredited)
 1939 Risky Business
Boy (uncredited)
 1939 Boy Trouble
Chester Platt
 1938 Angels with Dirty Faces
Boy (uncredited)
 1938 The Storm
Young Boy (uncredited)
 1938 Men in Fright (Short)
Sonny - Boy in Hospital (uncredited)
 1938 Penrod's Double Trouble
Monk (uncredited)
 1938 Hunted Men
Boy (uncredited)
 1938 Swing Your Lady
Mattie Horn (as Sunny Bupp)
 1937 Hollywood Hotel
Little Boy (uncredited)
 1937 Missing Witnesses
Little Boy (uncredited)
 1937 Love on Toast
Young Boy (uncredited)
 1937 Love Is on the Air
Billie - Boy on Radio Program (uncredited)
 1937 My Dear Miss Aldrich
Boy Asking for Rabbit (uncredited)
 1937 Cash and Carry (Short)
Jimmie (uncredited)
 1937 Reported Missing!
Little Boy on Plane (uncredited)
 1937 Michael O'Halloran
Sarge (uncredited)
 1937 You Can't Buy Luck
Orphan Boy (uncredited)
 1937 Murder Goes to College
Boy (uncredited)
 1937 Lost Horizon
Boy Being Carried to Plane (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1937 The Great O'Malley
Boy with Lollipop (uncredited)
 1937 Woman-Wise
Boy (uncredited)
 1936 We Who Are About to Die
Hit-and-Run Victim (uncredited)
 1936 What Becomes of the Children?
Little Freddy Worthington
 1936 Rose Bowl
Young Boy (uncredited)
 1936 Star for a Night
Fritz (uncredited)
 1936 San Francisco
Choirboy (uncredited)
 1936 And Sudden Death
School Boy (uncredited)
 1936 Hearts in Bondage
Boy (uncredited)
 1936 Song and Dance Man
Boy (uncredited)
 1936 Man Hunt
Young Boy (uncredited)
 1935 Our Gang Follies of 1936 (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1935 Annie Oakley
Boy at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)
 1935 It Happened in New York
Child (uncredited)
 1934 Kid Millions
Little Boy in Ice Cream Number (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Sunny Bupp


Theresa A. Titus  (his death)


Ann Bupp (sibling) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

I never liked being a child actor in films. In fact, I dreaded seeing Mr. Olynick's [his agent's] car parked in front of our house, knowing it meant going on another interview for a movie part . . . There is no camaraderie at all in motion pictures.


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