Rex Downing

Rex Haddon Downing[1] (born April 25, 1925) is a former American child and youth actor.

Rex Downing
Rex Downing, 1940s
Born (1925-04-25) April 25, 1925
Years active1935–1948; 2007


Rex Downing started his film career in several Our Gang comedies, but his roles there and in feature films were usually small. He received first attention when he played Young Heathcliff in the 1939 William Wyler film Wuthering Heights (1939), which was nominated for eight Academy Awards. In the following time Downing had a major role in the B-Movie serial Mandrake the Magician (1939; serial) and played the younger version of Tyrone Power's character in Blood and Sand (1941).

After his service in World War II, he returned to film business in 1946, but only got small parts. He left film business in 1948 and later became a teacher around Los Angeles.

Personal life

His younger brother Barry Downing (1931–1995) was also a child actor.[2][3] Rex Downing lives today in Paso Robles, California.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1935Teacher's BeauOur Gang MemberShort
1936Branded a CowardYoung Billy Hume
1935Little SinnerOur Gang memberShort
1936Our Gang Follies of 1936Kid Sneaking Two Other Kids InShort
1936The Pinch SingerOur Gang MemberShort
1936Little Miss NobodyOrphanUncredited
1936Two Too YoungStudentShort
1936Pay as You ExitAudience MemberShort
1936General SpankyKid Army MemberUncredited
1937Glove TapsKidShort
1937Stella DallasMinor RoleUncredited
1937The Pigskin PalookaPhotographerShort
1937Love on ToastUncredited
1937Wells FargoChildUncredited
1938The Man on the RockShort, Uncredited
1938Black BanditYoung Don
1939Wuthering HeightsHeathcliff (as a child)
1939Mandrake the MagicianTommy HoustonSerial
1939Nurse Edith CavellFrancois
1939The EscapeTommy Rogers
1940Adventure in DiamondsButtonsUncredited
1941Men of Boys TownMiles FenlayUncredited
1941Blood and SandJuan (as a child)
1942The Vanishing VirginianNewsboyUncredited
1942The Mayor of 44th StreetBits McKarg
1946Gas House KidsMickey Papopalous
1947The Invisible WallBellhopUncredited
1947That Hagen GirlWestern Union BoyUncredited
1947The GangsterBoy with NoteUncredited
1948Call Northside 777Copy BoyUncredited
1948He Walked by NightYoung HoodlumUncredited
1948Act of ViolenceTeenage BoyUncredited
2007Harvest of RedemptionMr. Cutchings(final film role)


  1. Rex Downing at Lordheath
  2. "Barry Downing". IMDb. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  3. Leonard Maltin& Richard W. Bann: The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang (1992), S. 279
  4. Rex Downing at BeenVerified
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.