Child Actor Dies: Billy Chapin Was 72 And Could Not Afford Funeral Expenses

Kaanii Powell Cleaver - Author

Feb. 28 2017, Updated 8:03 a.m. ET

It always seems to catch Baby Boomers by surprise to learn that a child actor they grew up with is gone. You might not recognize his name, but Billy Chapin had one of those faces that looks familiar to anyone who’s seen movies or television shows made in the 1940s and 1950s.

As a kid, Chapin appeared in dozens of shows, including My Friend Flicka, Leave it to Beaver, Topper, Dragnet and The Loretta Young Show. The young thespian also appeared in a number of movies, including Naked Alibi, There’s No Business Like Show Business, The Kid from Left Field and the now-critically acclaimed Robert Mitchum film noir classic, The Night of the Hunter.

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