Houston Tumlin, Who Played Walker Bobby in ‘Talladega Nights,’ Dies by Suicide at 28

by Jon D. B.

The hit ‘Talladega Nights’ actor and Army veteran, known for playing Will Ferrell‘s son, Walker Bobby, has reportedly taken his own life.

Young actor Houston Tumlin is gone. Rising to fame as Walker Bobby, son of Ricky Bobby, in the acclaimed NASCAR comedy ‘Talladega Nights,’ committed suicide. He was 28-years old.

It has been 15 years since the release of Tumlin and Will Ferrell‘s wildly successful comedy. The film retains a strong following today, with fans, friends, and family grieving the loss of Houston Wednesday. Afterwards, Tumlin would go on to serve as part of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

Tumlin took his own life Tuesday, March 23, 2021. A self-inflicted gunshot wound is to blame, taking place at 4:30 pm yesterday, TMZ reports. Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans says the young man died in his Pelma, Alabama home.

His girlfriend was reportedly present at the time of his death. One Tumlin’s recent Instagram post shows the ‘Talladega Nights’ star posing with his “momma dearest” just four weeks ago:

Remembering ‘Talladega Nights’ Houston Tumlin

As fans of the comedy know, some of ‘Talladega Nights’ best scenes include Tumlin’s Walker Bobby. He would not pursue acting afterwards, however, choosing instead to enlist in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, TMZ reports circa 2015.

After his service, Tumlin would go on to work on telephone lines as a technician. Photos of the 20-year-old on the job circulate social media. Family, fans, and friends, are currently paying their respects to Tumlin at locations of his work, Pop Culture cites.

Against the odds and early criticism, ‘Talladega Nights’ would go on to be a smash hit with both Will Ferrell fans and NASCAR followers alike.

“We were real adamant upfront that our goal wasn’t to make fun of NASCAR,” the actor told ESPN back in 2016. “We were fascinated by this idea of drivers being teammates but also competing, like Ricky and Cal [Naughton Jr.]. Shake and bake, by the way. So, we said give us the inside jokes from the people who do this for a living and we’ll roll with it.”

Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Houston Tumlin during this tragic circumstance.