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Phillip Alford
Born Philip Alford
September 11, 1948 (1948-09-11) (age 61)
Gadsden, Alabama, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1962–1972

Phillip Alford (born September 11, 1948) is an American actor best known for his role as Jeremy "Jem" Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.

Alford was born Philip Alford (Philip spelled with one "L") in Gadsden, Alabama. Alford appeared in three productions with Birmingham's Town and Gown Civic Theater, whose director called up Alford's mother to see if her son was interested in auditioning for the part of Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird.[1] Initially Alford had refused, but agreed to audition under the condition that he would miss half a day of school.[1] As one of the three finalists, he was called to New York for a screen test several weeks later[1] and won the role of Jem Finch.

During the filming, his parents and sister, Eugenia, drove to Hollywood to be with him, and his sister became the stand-in actress for Mary Badham, who played Jem's sister, Scout, in the film.[citation needed] He and Badham were constantly at odds with each other during most of the shoot; at one time after their worst argument, he had planned mischief against her.[1]

He is currently a successful businessman in Birmingham, Alabama.[citation needed]

Alford's other acting credits include: Fair Play (1972) (TV); The Intruders (1970) (TV); Shenandoah (1965); and Bristle Face (1964) (TV).


  1. ^ a b c d Fearful Symmetry: The Making of To Kill a Mockingbird. [DVD]. Universal Studios. 1998. 

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