Talladega Nights Star Houston Tumlin Dead by Suicide at 28

Houston Tumlin, who played Walker Bobby in the 2006 movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, died by suicide on March 23, according to the coroner in Shelby County, Alabama.

By Elyse Dupre Mar 24, 2021 7:59 PMTags
Watch: "Talladega Nights" Star Houston Tumlin Commits Suicide at Age 28

Hollywood has lost a rising star.

Lina Evans of the Coroner's Office in Shelby County, Alabama told E! News Houston Tumlin died by suicide in his Pelham home on March 23. The former actor was 28 years old. Evans told TMZ, which was first to report the news, the late star shot himself in the head at around 4:30 p.m. that day.

The Pelham Police Department also told E! News it conducted a death investigation the evening of March 23 and noted Tumlin as the decedent. 

When he was a child, Tumlin appeared in the 2006 movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. He played Walker Bobby, the son of Will Ferrell's title character. The film appears to be Tumlin's sole acting credit.

Over the years, Tumlin occasionally referenced his role in the comedy on Instagram. Back in February, for instance, he posted a childhood photo of himself with Grayson Russell, who played Ricky Bobby's other son Texas Ranger Bobby, at a red carpet event and wrote, "@graysoncrussell tell me a set of 'brothers' more handsome. I'll wait." And in 2017, he shared an old picture of himself with Ferrell and captioned it, "Throwback to me and my dad, Ricky Bobby."

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According to AL.com, Tumlin was born in Pell City, Alabama on Dec. 27, 1992 and graduated from Victory Christian High School in 2011. Per his Instagram, he went on to serve in the U.S. Army and was promoted to sergeant in 2017. AL.com reported in 2015 that Tumlin was serving in the Army's 101st Airborne Division.


Afterwards, Tumlin appeared to work fixing telecommunication lines. 

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).