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|Johnny Whitaker, c. 1972.|
|Birthday/Birthplace||John Orson Whitaker, Jr.
(1959-12-13) December 13, 1959
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
|College(s)||Brigham Young University|
|Active Years||1965–77, 1997–present|
|Wife/Husband||Symbria Wright (1984–1988)|
John “Johnny” Orson Whitaker, Jr. (Van Nuys, United States, December 13, 1959), is an American actor and singer, best known for his performances in the cinema and on television during his childhood, portraying the character of Tom Sawyer in the movie The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1973). He played the role of Brian Keith, in the series Family Affair (1966-1971) and the role of Scotty Baldwin in General Hospital (1965).
Johnny Whitaker’s Biography
Whitaker, was born in the district of Van Nuys, California, being the fifth of the eight children of Thelma and John O. Whitaker, Sr. He began his career as an actor at the age of three years when appearing in a television commercial for a local used car dealer. In 1965, he played the character of the young Scotty Baldwin in the telenovela General Hospital. In 1966, he starred in the film The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming also starring actor Brian Keith, who would be Whitaker’s uncle in the Family Affair series.
Family Affair was broadcast from 1966 to 1971, telling the story of Jody Davis, a 6-year-old orphan boy who lives in an apartment in New York City with his sisters Buffy (Anissa Jones) and Cissy ( Kathy Garver), along with her uncle Bill (Brian Keith), and her butler (Sebastian Cabot). Outside the set, Whitaker was a close friend of Keith, who became a second uncle to him.
Whitaker graduated from Sylmar High School, and then spent two years in Portugal as a missionary. Upon his return to the United States, he attended Brigham Young University, where he graduated in 1986 with a degree in Communications. He worked briefly as a computer consultant at CBS, and later joined a talent agency, owned by his sister.
In 1999, Whitaker was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with the “Lifetime Achievement Award”, a prize that recognizes his outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry as a children’s star.
Johnny Whitaker Net Worth – $2 Million
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