Houston Tumlin Dies: A former child star is best known for playing Will Ferrell’s son in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” who has died at the age of 28.
Shelby County Coroner Leena Evans said Houston Toomlin was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Officers responded to the Chase Creek Circle home in Houston Tumlin just after 4:30 pm on Tuesday evening. He had only lived in Pelham for about three months.
Houston Tumlin was born in 1992 in Pell City. His only film was the 2006 comedy film “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”, in which he played the character of Walker as the title character of Will Farrell. .
He graduated from Vijay Christian High School in 2011. He went on to serve in the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.
In the 2006 film “Talladega Nights”, the 10-year-old son of Nasler racecar driver Ricky Bobby (Farrell), Walker Bobby played the role of Walker Bobby.
Houston Tumlin and Grayson Russell, who played Walker’s younger brother Texas Ranger, played Farrell, John C. Reilly (as Cal Naughton Jr.), Leslie Bibb (as the boys’ mother Carly) and Ted Manson () showed memorable scenes at the family dinner table. As Chip, the boys’ grandfather).
Houston Tumlin Dies
At the age of 13, Houston Tumlin, who played the elder son of Will Ferrell’s titular character in 2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, died Tuesday night at his home in Pelham, AL. He was 28.
Shelby County Coroner Lena Evans confirmed to Deadline that Houston Tumlin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Toomlin played Walker Bobby, son of NASCAR driver Ricky and older brother of Texas Ranger Bobby (Grayson Russell), in his only acting credits.
“Really heartbroken and shocked at Houston’s demise,” taldega knights director and co-writer Adam McKay tweeted. “He was a cheerful and talented man. You will never forget the laughter and good times that happened to us. Sending love and prayers to your family and friends.
In a memorable Taldega Nights dinner scene, Tourmaline’s Walker and Russell’s Texas Ranger recalled their day at school for Daddy Ricky and the rest of the family. “I throw Grandpa Chip’s war bridges off the bridge,” says Dad, “Looks like a good day.” When Grandpa objects, the walker yells, “Shut up, Chip! Or I’ll run away with your ass!”
In his early 20s, Toomlin served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. Information on survivors was not immediately available.
Truly heartbroken and stunned at Houston’s passing. He was a joyful and talented person. Will never forget the laughs and good times we had. Sending love and prayers to his family and friends. https://t.co/qTeluYxNqH via @Deadline— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) March 24, 2021
SGT Houston Tumlin came to me as PVT Tumlin. He showed a lot of spirit, promise, positive energy and was (hands down) one of my best Soldiers in my company. Came ready to work.— Geoff Carmichael (@geoffcarmichael) March 24, 2021
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