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CLAUDE JARMAN, JR.

Claude Jarman Jr. was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1934. At the age of 10, he was discovered in his fifth-grade classroom by director Clarence Brown, who was looking for an unknown young boy to play Jody in the film The Yearling (1946). Jarman was taken to Hollywood where he was selected for the part.  After two years of filming, the picture was released in December 1946 and Jarman was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1947. Under contract at MGM, he was in six additional films: High Barbaree (1947), The Sun Comes Up (1949), Roughshod (1949), INTRUDER IN THE DUST (1949), The Outriders (1950) and Inside Straight (1951). After leaving MGM he continued to act in Rio Grande (1950, as John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara’s son); Hangman’s Knot (1952), with Lee Marvin; and The Great Locomotive Chase (1956). Jarman returned to Nashville and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1956. After graduation and three years as a Naval Officer, he lived in Birmingham, Alabama for two years before relocating to San Francisco in 1963. In 1965, Jarman was appointed Executive Director of the San Francisco International Film Festival, which he headed for 15 years. Under his leadership, the SFIF became one of the premier film festivals in the world. His last film project was in 1972, when he was Executive Producer of the documentary Fillmore, based on legendary music promoter Bill Graham’s closing of the rock palace, The Fillmore. Jarman just published his memoir, My Life and the Final Days of Hollywood. He and his wife live in Marin County north of San Francisco.

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