Rex Haddon Downing (April 21, 1925 – November 18, 2020) was an American actor as a child and youth.
Downing attended Hollywood High School.
Rex Downing started his film career in several Our Gang comedies, but his roles there and in feature films were usually small. He received first attention when he played Young Heathcliff in the 1939 William Wyler film Wuthering Heights (1939), which was nominated for eight Academy Awards. In the following time Downing had a major role in the B-Movie serial Mandrake the Magician (1939; serial) and played the younger version of Tyrone Power’s character in Blood and Sand (1941).
After his service in World War II, he returned to film business in 1946, but only got small parts. He left film business in 1948 and later became a teacher around Los Angeles.
His younger brother Barry Downing (1931–1995) was also a child actor.
Downing died in November 2020 at the age of 95.
|1935||Teacher’s Beau||Our Gang Member||Short|
|1936||Branded a Coward||Young Billy Hume|
|1935||Little Sinner||Our Gang member||Short|
|1936||Our Gang Follies of 1936||Kid Sneaking Two Other Kids In||Short|
|1936||The Pinch Singer||Our Gang Member||Short|
|1936||Little Miss Nobody||Orphan||Uncredited|
|1936||Two Too Young||Student||Short|
|1936||Pay as You Exit||Audience Member||Short|
|1936||General Spanky||Kid Army Member||Uncredited|
|1937||Stella Dallas||Minor Role||Uncredited|
|1937||The Pigskin Palooka||Photographer||Short|
|1937||Love on Toast||Uncredited|
|1938||The Man on the Rock||Short, Uncredited|
|1938||Black Bandit||Young Don|
|1939||Wuthering Heights||Heathcliff (as a child)|
|1939||Mandrake the Magician||Tommy Houston||Serial|
|1939||Nurse Edith Cavell||Francois|
|1939||The Escape||Tommy Rogers|
|1940||Adventure in Diamonds||Buttons||Uncredited|
|1941||Men of Boys Town||Miles Fenlay||Uncredited|
|1941||Blood and Sand||Juan (as a child)|
|1942||The Vanishing Virginian||Newsboy||Uncredited|
|1942||The Mayor of 44th Street||Bits McKarg|
|1946||Gas House Kids||Mickey Papopalous|
|1947||The Invisible Wall||Bellhop||Uncredited|
|1947||That Hagen Girl||Western Union Boy||Uncredited|
|1947||The Gangster||Boy with Note||Uncredited|
|1948||Call Northside 777||Copy Boy||Uncredited|
|1948||He Walked by Night||Young Hoodlum||Uncredited|
|1948||Act of Violence||Teenage Boy||Uncredited|
|2007||Harvest of Redemption||Mr. Cutchings||(final film role)|