2009 - The Year of Valley History
The San Fernando Valley is and has been the home of thousands of child actors. While most are or have been Extras, some went on to major careers in entertainment. Many, like Johnny Whitaker, were successful as children but for a variety of reasons did not continue as adult performers.
Photo from the program for The Odessy of Runyon Jones - Program is a grift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gary Fredburg 2009
In the program, Johnny Whitaker's biography reads
"At the age of twelve, Johnny is already a veteran performer. He made his professional debut in a TV commercial at the age of 3 1/2 and has been busy ever since. His most recent film credits are Walt Disney's Snowball Express, and the new feature film, Tom Sawyer. Johnny also appeared in Disney's The Biscuit Eater and Napoleon and Samantha, as well as in The Russians are Coming. Television viewers know him as Jody in Family Affair."
Johnny Whitaker graduated from Sylmar High School. He was born in Van Nuys on December 13th, 1953. He graduated from BYU in communications and has not worked as a performer since that time.
The program for The Odessy of Runyon Jones - Program is a grift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gary Fredburg 2009
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