‘Talladega Nights’ child actor, who served in the Army, reportedly commits suicide

Houston Tumlin is pictured with his Talladega Nights co-star, Will Ferrell, at a premiere back in 2006 (left) and in his Army uniform in a picture posted in 2019. (Instagram)

Geoff Herbert


A former child star best known for playing Will Ferrell’s son in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is dead at age 28.

TMZ reports Houston Tumlin died Tuesday by suicide. Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans said Tumlin took his own life with a gunshot to head at his home in Pelham, Alabama.

His girlfriend was reportedly inside the home at the time of death, according to TMZ.

No note was found and no other details have been released.

Tumlin played Walker Bobby, the 10-year-old son of NASCAR racecar driver Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) in the 2006 movie “Talladega Nights.” He and Grayson Russell, who played Walker’s younger brother Texas Ranger, had memorable scenes at the family dinner table with Ferrell, John C. Reilly (as Cal Naughton Jr.), Leslie Bibb (as the boys’ mother Carley) and Ted Manson (as the boys’ grandfather Chip).

According to the New York Post, the racing comedy film is Tumlin’s only acting credit. As an adult, he enlisted in the military and served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

See two scenes from “Talladega Nights” featuring Tumlin below. Note: Some language may not be suitable for younger audiences.


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