When he became famous, his birth parents surfaced and tried to regain custody (and control of his income), and the legal fees used up a large part of his fortune, but his aunt won the court case and formally adopted him.
The acting parts dried up when he became an adolescent, and he returned to a more normal life, avoiding the despair and psychological traumas that afflicted many other child stars. He joined the US Air Force during the War, and after the War he did try to return to show business and a performer and director, but was unsuccessful, although he produced the CBS soap opera As the World Turns in the 1970s. Instead, he went into advertising and eventually became vice-president of the large Benton and Bowles agency in New York.
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