'Talladega Nights' Actor Houston Tumlin Dead At 28 By Suicide

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Mar. 26 2021, Updated 6:32 p.m. ET

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Another tragic loss.

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Houston Tumlin, who as a child actor starred in the 2006 hit comedy film Talladega Nights, has died by suicide at the age of 28.

The actor, who lived in Pelham, Ala., took his own life with a gunshot to the head on Tuesday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m., according to Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans.

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His girlfriend, whose identity was not disclosed, was reportedly inside the home at the time of death. No suicide letter has been found.

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In Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Tumlin memorably played 10-year-old Walker Bobby, the foul-mouthed son of Will Ferrell's race-car driver character. According to IMDB, the film is his only acting credit.

The film also starred John C. Reilly, Leslie Bibb, Sacha Baron Cohen, Grayson Russell and Ted Manson.  

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In his post-Hollywood life, he enlisted and served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. He also worked a number of other jobs in his adult life, including repairing telephone lines.

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Looking back at Tumlin's Instagram account, the late star seemed to be all smiles in photos, regularly posting pics with his family and friends and of himself at work.

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His final post, on Tuesday, March 2, was a tribute to one of his beloved dogs. Capturing a sweet close up of the pup, he wrote, "My daughter’s prettier than yours 💙."

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TMZ was the first to report the news of Tumlin's untimely death.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). You can find a list of additional resources at


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