Houston Tumlin, ‘Talladega Nights’ Child Actor, Dies At 28

Houston Tumlin, ‘Talladega Nights’ Child Actor, Dies At 28

Former child actor Houston Tumlin best known for playing Will Ferrell’s son in the 2006 movie ‘Tallageda Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ passed away at 28 due to suicide. 

The Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans confirmed to USA TODAY Wednesday by suicide at his home in Pelham, Alabama. He took his own life with a gunshot to the head. 

Evans also said that Houston served in the army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell and suffered from PTSD and depression.

Tumlin's girlfriend, Charity Robertson, who was inside the home, discovered his body. No letter was found. 

Charity mourned Houston’s death on Facebook, 

"I’ve never experienced hurt like this before. I feel numb, I feel defeated, I feel lost. I feel empty. My heart is absolutely shattered," she captioned several pictures of the couple Tuesday. "My sweet, sweet baby. Our time together was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ll miss your big heart, caring spirit, infectious laughter, & oh man could the list go on. I love your smart mouth, your 'i’m always right attitude... your hugs, your kisses, your touch. Just YOU!"

She continued: 

"One thing is for sure though, I have the absolute best guardian angel a girl could ever wish for cause everybody knows you don’t play about me. I love you so much Houston Lee & thank you for loving me so passionately and unapologetically for the time we had each other."


I’ve never experienced a hurt like this before. I feel numb, I feel defeated, I feel lost. I feel empty. My heart is... Posted by Charity Robertson on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Houston, who played the role of Walker Bobby, the foul-mouthed 10-year-old son of Will Ferrell, was his only acting credit. 

In August 2019, Houston’s co-star Grayson Russell (Walker’s little brother in the movie) posted a throwback picture recalling their life on set in a tribute to the ‘Talladega Nights’ 13th anniversary.

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