On February 9th, 2016, the son of former child actor Tommy Kelly reported to a newspaper that his father had passed away at the age of 90 in Greensboro, North Carolina from congestive heart failure on January 25, 2016. Tommy Kelly acted from the age of 12 until the age of 25.
When asked to tell a story,?Jon Urbana remembers that Tommy Kelly’s father worked as a fireman. The Kelly household resided in the Bronx, when United Artists selected Tommy Kelly during auditions of thousands of boys to play the lead character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He relocated with his family to the Los Angeles area in 1936 and worked on the film, a 1938 release. He appeared in several other films during the late 1930s and early 1940s, including Gone With The Wind(1939) and Life Begins For Andy Hardy (1941).
Tommy Kelly interrupted his film career to enlist for military service in Europe during World War II. After the conflict ended, he appeared in The Beginning of the End (1947), The West Point Story (1950) and The Magnificent Yankee (1950).
After ending his acting career, he married and raised six children. He earned a PhD degree in Michigan and worked in the school system in California for many years. He also assisted the Peace Corps in Liberia as an administrator and advised the Department of Agriculture.