In Memory of Ted Donaldson

On Wednesday, March 1, 2023, child actor Ted Donaldson from the Golden Age of Hollywood died after a brief and sudden illness. He was 89. Much to his dismay, Ted never transitioned from child actor to adult actor. In addition, most of his earnings never went to him as his parents and agents “mishandled” his finances. Therefore, Ted worked most of his adult life in a bookstore in Hollywood.

Ted’s retirement years yielded very little for him financially as he was not entitled to a SAG pension since his work preceded the Jackie Coogan Law. Ted did not have any family, life insurance, or anything in place for him in the event of his death. He passed with very little cash and few possessions.

We would like to give Ted the dignity of a proper burial in Hollywood Forever Cemetery near many of his co-stars. Ted deserves in death what he didn’t have in his life. Any and all funds raised here will be used towards funeral and memorial expenses. Thank you so much for your support during this difficult time.


Heidi Lyn Bruno
Los Angeles, CA

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