Douglas Croft

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Douglas Croft
Born Douglas Malcom Wheatcroft
(1926-08-12)August 12, 1926
Seattle, King County, Washington, US
Died October 24, 1963(1963-10-24) (aged 37)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, US
Resting place Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, San Diego, San Diego County, California, US
Nationality American
Occupation Actor and soldier
Employer movie studio, U.S. government
Military career

 United States of America

 United States Army
Battles/wars World War II

Douglas Croft (born Douglas Malcom Wheatcroft; August 12, 1926 – October 24, 1963) was an American child actor who is best remembered for being the first actor to portray the DC Comics character Dick Grayson/Robin, the Boy Wonder as well as his secret identity Dick Grayson in the 1943 serial Batman, at sixteen years of age.

Early life

Douglas Croft was born in Seattle, Washington.

Acting career

During his brief career, besides portraying the first screen appearance of the comic book character Robin in the 1943 movie serial Batman, Douglas Croft was involved in many feature film roles playing the younger versions of characters or famous people. These includes portrayals of George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and Lou Gehrig as a boy in The Pride of the Yankees (1942).

World War II service

Douglas Croft served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Later life and death

Douglas Croft died at age thirty-seven in Los Angeles, California from undisclosed causes.


  • Remember The Day (1941)
  • Kings Row (1942)
  • Not A Ladies Man (1942)
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  • Flight Lieutenant (1942)
  • The Pride Of The Yankess (1942)
  • George Washington Slept Here (1942)
  • Harrigan's Kid (1943)
  • Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
  • Batman (1943)
  • River Gang (1945)
  • Killer McCoy (1947)
  • The Three Stooges Follies (1963)

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Preceded by
Actors to portray Robin
Succeeded by
Johnny Duncan
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