At the age of 79, The character boy “Johnny Sheffied” in the 1930s and ‘40s Tarzan Movies, died on this Friday at his home.
His wife Patty told to the Los Angeles Times that he had a heart attack several hours after when he fell off a ladder while pruning a palm tree.
Mr. Sheffield beat out more than 300 youngsters for the role of Boy in the 1939 movie “Tarzan Finds a Son!” and went on to co-star with Johnny Weissmuller in seven more Tarzan films.
He later played another jungle boy, Bomba, in a dozen low-budget movies but quit the business after the last one 1955. He went on to earn a business degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked for various companies and in contracting and real estate.
Mr. Sheffield was born on April 11, 1931, in Pasadena, Calif. His father, Reginald Sheffield, was an actor.
The Los Angeles Times reported, Besides his wife, Mr. Johnny Sheffield is survived by two sons, Patrick and a daughter “Stewart”, a brother ” Regina” and a grandson ” William”.