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Danny Mummert

Note From The Webmaster (December 14, 2008):  I have known for over three years the long "unknown" fate of Danny Mummert, but have had an extremely difficult time of updating this feature.  He did not have an entirely happy life after the Blondie years, and it ultimately ended in suicide.  As everyone knows, Polar Blair's Den is about happy, good-time things.  I'm not into sensationalism and I'm certainly no tabloid.  So it's been a personal challenge for me to revamp this feature in a way that we can celebrate his life and work while downplaying the tragedy.

I say his fate was "unknown" because it was not widely known outside his family and those who might have known him personally.  At the time he died he was long since out of Hollywood's eye.  What you read here about his life was NOT on the Internet Movie Database, or any other fansite.  Most fans never knew what became of Danny Mummert, and I was in contact with many people who were trying to solve this mystery.  My information comes from his surviving family, but I have heard from MANY fans who have also come across the same information.  I thank all of you for your contributions, and apologize to those who I have not responded.  To revamp Danny Mummert's page was a hard decision for me, as I don't like to think of "Alvin Fuddle" in this light, but YOU, the fans, have demanded it.  Even Danny's relatives felt we should know about his post-Blondie years, and I've promised them that I would be as respectful as possible.

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Birthname:  Danny Mummert
Born:  February 20, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, USA
Died:  August 10, 1974 (Saturday) in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, USA
Cause of Death:  Suicide by Gunshot

Biography:  Mrs. Mummert took her son Danny to Hollywood shortly after she divorced Mr. Mummert.  Danny was 3 to 4 years old at the time.  A relative says his mother never remarried.  After the Blondie films wrapped, he went to live with his half-brother and his  half-brother's wife for a short time where he finished high school.  It is unknown by Michele (Danny's niece) where his mother was at the time.  He did return to Hollywood, but work dried up.  This is not an uncommon occurence in the world of child actors, but it's always a sad one.  After 1956 he dropped out of the movie business altogether.  In the 1960s, Danny and a friend started a production company called Green Tree Productions that produced commercials.  Despite a lot of rumors out there, Danny Mummert was NEVER in the military.

    Danny Mummert married at least 4 times, to:
  •     Joan H. Hummel
  •     Helene L Harnett (2 children. Mark E (born 1959), and Janna H (born 1961)
  •     Mae Louise Horwitz Helms (February 28, 1967)
  •     Linda Louise Earl Moreno (September 8, 1972 in Monterey, California)

    While Linda was in the process of divorcing Danny, he was known as Dan, or Don, Easton.  Danny did not appear at various divorce proceedings, but was mailed the proceedings care of his mother Winnifred Mummert, at 2710 1/2 N.W. 12th St., Oklahoma City, OK.

    On Saturday, August 10, 1974...the day before his divorce would become final with Linda Moreno...and after having heard some upsetting news about his mother's latest boyfriend, took her car and a double-barreled shotgun outside the town of Kingfisher, Oklahoma.  He placed the gun in his mouth and used a pencil to span the two triggers.  That was it.

    Danny Mummert's body was cremated at the Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Home in Oklahoma City.  He was buried in Noble 100F Cemetery plot E-4-R38-9 in Cleveland County, Oklahoma.

    This isn't a life story that really brings you up, but we can all appreciate and celebrate the wonderful body of work he made, and the endearing character he gave us with "Alvin Fuddle".  If I've upset any Danny fans, I'm sorry.  He was an important player in the Blondie series, a great child actor, and I felt, along with many others, that the most significant aspects of his life story should be told, so we can  know and love him as a person.

Fun Facts
:  He appeared with Arthur Lake in a non-Blondie movie from 1942 called "The Daring Young Man".  He also appeared in a non-Blondie movie with Larry Simms from 1946 called "It's a Wonderful Life".


Blondie Films-
He appeared in 24 of the 28 Blondie movies.

1. Blondie (1938)

2. Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)
3. Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939)
4. Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)
5. Blondie on a Budget (1940)
6. Blondie has Servant Trouble (1940)
7. Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)
8. Blondie Goes Latin (1941)
9. Blondie in Society (1941)
10. Blondie Goes to College (1942)
11. Blondie's Blessed Event (1942)
12. Blondie for Victory (1942)
13. It's a Great Life (1943)
14. Footlight Glamour (1943)
15. Leave it to Blondie (1945)
18. Blondie Knows Best (1946)
19. Blondie's Big Moment (1947)
21. Blondie in the Dough (1947)
23. Blondie's Reward (1948)
24. Blondie's Secret (1948)
25. Blondie's Big Deal (1949)
26. Blondie Hits the Jackpot (1949)
27. Blondie's Hero (1950)
28. Beware of Blondie (1950)


MORE TO COME!  For now, please check out his photos in the "Blondie Film Series" feature.