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Joseph O'Brien; Child Actor Turned Chemist, Dies at 81

September 23, 2009

As a child, Joe O'Brien was in the talkies, but he never said a word.

In the 1936 Our Gang short Arbor Day, he was one of the kids in the background. And in the 1937 feature Heidi, the 9-year-old was Shirley Temple's body double in two scenes.

Unlike some other child actors, he went on to a successful career far from Tinsel Town.

On Friday, Joseph L. O'Brien, 81, a former research chemist, died of complications from dementia at his home in Haddonfield. PA. Read More