Houston Tumlin, Who Played Ricky Bobby’s 10-Year-Old Son In ‘Talladega Nights,’ Dies At 28

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The young actor who played one of Will Ferrell’s sons in the 2006 hit movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby has died.

Multiple reports say that 28-year-old Houston Tumlin, who played foul-mouthed 10-year-old Walker Bobby in the movie, passed away by suicide on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Pelham, Alabama.

It was the only credit on IMDB that Tumlin ever had. He served in the Army’s 101st Airborn Division at Fort Campbell, according to TMZ.

Tumlin’s girlfriend, Charity Robertson, confirmed Tumlin’s death in a Facebook post. She wrote: “I’ve never experienced a hurt like this before.”

“Our time together was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ll miss your big heart, caring spirit, infectious laughter, & oh man could the list go on.”

The director of the film Adam McKay took to Twitter to pass along his condolences.

“Truly heartbroken and stunned at Houston’s passing,” McKay, wrote on Twitter.

“He was a joyful and talented person. Will never forget the laughs and good times we had.”

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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