Like most child actors the star of "The Window," Bobby Driscoll, lost his cuteness as he matured. That, and a bad case of acne, caused Walt Disney to terminate in 1953, three years early, the second of his seven year contracts with the studio.
Finding acting jobs difficult to come by he soon after started using narcotics, especially heroin. At the end no one would hire him. His body was discovered in March 1968 in an abandoned tenement in New York City's Greenwich Village.
Without any identification his remains were buried, in Potter's Field on New York City's Hart Island, in an unmarked grave. Fingerprints revealed his identity some 19 months after his death. And his mother didn't reveal to the press anything until four years later.
This is a very heartfelt tribute to the extremely gifted actor who died, from heart failure caused by advanced hardening of the arteries, at only 31.