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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.


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

Tributes to Houston Tumlin

Full obituary: Variety

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