‘Talladega Nights’ Child Star Dies by Suicide at 28

Houston Tomlin death

Instagram Houston Tumlin, who starred in the hit comedy film, 'Talladega Nights' died on March 23 at age 28.

Houston Tumlin, best known for portraying the role of Will Ferrell‘s son in the movie, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, died on March 23, as first reported by TMZ. He was 28.

Tumlin was born on December 27, 1992, in Pell City, Alabama. His starring role as 10-year-old Walker Bobby in the 2006 hit comedy was his only acting credit, according to IMDB. Tumlin went on to graduate from Victory Christian High School in 2011 and served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Alabama.com reported.

Tumlin died by suicide on Tuesday, according to TMZ. “Houston shot himself in the head inside his home in Pelham, Alabama around 4:30 p.m.” Shelby County Coroner Linda Evans told the outlet. He did not leave a note.

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He is survived by his family and girlfriend, the latter of whom was inside the home when Tumlin died.

Tumlin’s Final Instagram Post Before Death Featured His ‘Daughter’

While Tumlin did not have children, he was very proud of his dog named ALlie. In his last Instagram post before dying, Tumlin shared a photo of Allie on March 2. He captioned the picture, “My daughter’s prettier than yours.”

Tumlin also posted photos with his family, including his father, mother, and sister, along with pictures from his time serving in the army.

Tumlin returned to the U.S. following his military duty in September 2019. According to TMZ, he worked numerous different odd jobs around his Alabama town such as repairing telephone lines.

Tumlin Loved Sharing Throwbacks Photos from ‘Talladega Nights’

While Tumlin moved on from the entertainment industry, he loved sharing throwbacks of his child acting days. On February 18, he posted a picture from when he walked the red carpet for the premiere of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby with the co-star who played his brother in the film, Grayson Russell.

Russell portrayed Ferrell’s other son, Texas Ranger Bobby in the movie. According to his IMDB profile, Russell continues to act and recently made an appearance on the TV series, Tell Me a Story, which stars Danielle Campbell and Paul Wesley.


In August 2019, Russell shared on Instagram his own memories of filming Talladega Nights alongside Tumlin, a movie which also starred Leslie Bibb, John C. Reilly, Amy Adams, Jane Lynch, Sascha Baron Cohen, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Molly Shannon.

Russell wrote in part:

3 years ago today my life changed inevitably. The audition was in a high school auditorium just outside of Birmingham. They had put an add in the paper and Dad had gone fishing so we didn’t have anything else to do. 4 weeks and 2 phone calls later, we rolled up to this huge blue warehouse in North Carolina in a van with @_tumlin_ to begin rehearsals at Silver Hammer Studios for a NASCAR film titled ‘High, Wide, and Handsome.’ I was seven.

I remember a ton of Connect Four, numerous apologies to Ted Manson for allegedly “throwing his old war medals off the bridge,” acting like Legolas running around with @mslesliebibb ‘s hair extensions, and being carried around atop the broad shoulders of Michael Clarke Duncan. I was 10 feet tall. I think that’s why I always carry the kids up top…

I remember singing the chorus of ‘Hot in Here’ to Will because he always managed to end up in his underwear in the middle of a scene. So naturally, me and Hootie stripped down to ours took off running. Why? Because you only live once and mama said I could.

I remember snagging hot hands from the crew when we shot the Applebee’s exteriors.
Most of the crew were Louisiana natives who’d just lost their homes from Katrina earlier in the year. Production reached out and gave them a new start in NC. They have me one too, one that I’ll be forever thanking God for. It hit theaters today. I was wearing a silver vest.

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