Claude Jarman was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1934. At the age of ten, he was discovered in a classroom by director Clarence Brown who was looking for an unknown young boy to play Jody in THE YEARLING. Jarman was taken to California where he was selected for the part. After a year of filming, the picture was released in December 1946 and Jarman was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1947. Under contract at MGM, he was in six additional films through 1950: High Barbaree (1947); The Sun Comes Up (1949); Roughshod (1949); Intruder In The Dust (1949); The Outriders (1950); and Inside Straight (1951). After leaving MGM he continued to act: Rio Grande (1950, as John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara’s son), Hangman’s Knot (1952) and The Great Locomotive Chase (1956). Subsequently, Jarman returned to Nashville and graduated from Vanderbilt University. After graduation and three years as a Naval Officer, he lived in Birmingham, Alabama for two years before relocating to San Francisco in 1963—where he has lived ever since. In 1972 Jarman was Executive Producer for the documentary Fillmore, based on Bill Graham’s closing of that rock palace. In 1968 he was appointed Executive Director of the San Francisco International Film Festival, which he headed until 1980. Jarman has seven children scattered throughout the country, including two daughters who are graduating from college this year. He and his wife live in Marin County north of San Francisco.
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