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Tom Pittman

Tom Pittman

American actor
Tom Pittman
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American actor
Was Actor Television actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 16 March 1932, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Death 31 October 1958, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, USA (aged 26 years)
Star sign Pisces
Genre:
Western
The details

Biography

Tom Pittman (March 16, 1932 – October 31, 1958) was an American film and television actor. After his death at the age of 26, the Los Angeles Times called him "one of Hollywood's most promising young actors."

Career

Pittman was born Jerry Lee Alten in Phoenix, Arizona. His father was television and radio actor Frank Alten. Pittman began his career in acting in 1956 with a guest starring role on Science Fiction Theatre. He made his film debut that same year in D-Day the Sixth of June. Pittman went on to roles in numerous television Westerns including Gunsmoke, Cheyenne, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Restless Gun, and Cimarron City. He also appeared in the 1957 drama The Young Stranger (1957) and the musical comedy Bernardine (1957). His final two roles were in the films Verboten! and High School Big Shot, both released in 1959, the year following his death.

Death

On October 31, 1958, Pittman was driving home after a Halloween party when he ran his Porsche Spyder off the road at a sharp curve in the Hollywood Hills. After he failed to return home, his father filed a missing persons report. On November 19, Los Angeles police officer, Roy Kerton, retraced the roads Pittman's father said his son liked to drive and found the wreckage at the bottom of a 150-foot ravine. Pittman's car had crashed through the guard rail, landing at the bottom of the ravine where it remained out of sight.

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https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0685964/
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https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2006124171
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https://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-no2006124171
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