Claude Jarman Jr.

Claude Jarman Jr.

from the trailer for the film High Barbaree (1947)
Born (1934-09-27) September 27, 1934
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 19461978
Spouse(s) Virginia Jarman (m. 1959–68) (divorced) 3 children
Mary Ann Jarman (m. 1968–83) (divorced) 2 children
Katherine Jarman (m. 1985) 2 children
Children With Mary Ann: Natalie & Vanessa
With Virginia: Elizabeth, Claude Jarman III & Murray
With Katherine: twins Charlotte and Sarah

Claude Jarman Jr. (born September 27, 1934) is an American former child actor.

Early life and career

Jarman was born in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] He was ten years old and in the fifth grade in Nashville when he was discovered in a nationwide talent search by MGM Studios, and was cast as the lead actor in the film The Yearling (1946).[2]

His performance received glowing reviews and he was awarded with an Academy Juvenile Award as a result. He continued his studies at the MGM studio school,[3] but MGM was finding him increasingly difficult to cast, and by the time he reached his late teens his career was virtually over. Republic Studios cast him in a couple of B-movies, but discouraged, he moved back to Tennessee to finish high school.

Following coursework in pre-law at Vanderbilt University, Jarman appeared in Disney's The Great Locomotive Chase, which was his final movie. After that, he served three years in the U.S. Navy, doing public relations work.[4]

He returned to acting with a role on an episode of the television production Centennial (1978). Jarman was a special guest as a past award winner at both the 1998 and 2003 Academy Awards Ceremonies.[3] Later, he moved to working behind the scenes, and had success as a producer and film festival executive producer, as well as serving as Director of Cultural Affairs for the city of San Francisco.[1] He has seven children by three wives, including two daughters with his current wife Katherine.[3]


Year Film Role Other notes
1946 The Yearling Jody Academy Juvenile Award
1947 High Barbaree Alec (age 14)
1949 Intruder in the Dust Chick Mallison
Roughshod Steve Phillips
The Sun Comes Up Jerry
1950 Rio Grande Trooper Jefferson 'Jeff' Yorke
The Outriders Roy Gort
1951 Inside Straight Rip MacCool (age 16)
1952 Hangman's Knot Jamie Groves
1953 Fair Wind to Java Chess
1956 The Great Locomotive Chase Jacob Parrott Andrews' Raiders USA: TV title


  1. 1 2 "". Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  2. "Child actor in new career". Times Daily. February 28, 1960. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  4. "Flashback - Claude Jarman Jr.". Beaver County Times. May 26, 1991. Retrieved May 3, 2014.

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