Houston Tumlin Dies: ‘Talladega Nights’ Child Star Was 28; Director Adam McKay Remembers “Joyful And Talented” Actor

Houston Tumlin, 2006 and 2020 Everett Collection/Instagram

Houston Tumlin, who at 13 played the elder son of Will Ferrell’s title character in 2006’s Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, died Tuesday night at his home in Pelham, AL. He was 28.

Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans confirmed to Deadline that Tumlin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Tumlin, in his sole acting credit, played Walker Bobby, son of NASCAR driver Ricky and older brother of Texas Ranger Bobby (Grayson Russell).

“Truly heartbroken and stunned at Houston’s passing,” tweeted Talladega Nights director and co-writer Adam McKay. “He was a joyful and talented person. Will never forget the laughs and good times we had. Sending love and prayers to his family and friends.”

Ferrell, Tumlin Instagram

In a memorable Talladega Nights dinner scene, Tumlin’s Walker and Russell’s Texas Ranger recount their day in school for dad Ricky and the rest of the family. “I threw a bunch of Grandpa Chip’s war medals off the bridge,” Walker says, to which Dad responds, “Sounds like a good day.” When Grandpa objects, Walker yells, “Shut up, Chip! Or I’ll go apeshit on your ass!”

In his early 20s, Tumlin served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. Information on survivors was not immediately available.

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