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Houston Tumlin (1992–2021), child actor in “Talladega Nights”

by Linnea Crowther

Houston Tumlin was an actor known for playing Walker Bobby, the son of Will Ferrell’s character, in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

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Brief acting career and military service

Tumlin’s character in “Talladega Nights” was 10 years old, the older brother of Texas Ranger Bobby. He stole the show with foul-mouthed outbursts at the dinner table. “Talladega Nights” was Tumlin’s only acting credit. He later joined the U.S. Army, serving in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

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Tumlin (right) with his costar, Grayson Russell (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Tributes to Houston Tumlin

Full obituary: Variety

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