JUDGES OF 2021

Johnny Whitaker

Screening Host

Johnny (John) has been on screen, stage or in front of an audience from the age of “3 ½ ” and now at “61” hasn’t stopped yet. At 14 years old, Johnny Whitaker as a teen heartthrob, had a successful clothesline named after him, was the associate producer and star of his own television series, produced an album along with the series “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” and making the equivalent of about $500,000 a year in today’s money. A t 14 , he had recently starred in the classic feature film, “Tom Sawyer” the musical, wherein he gave the then 10-year-old and future double Academy Award-winning actress, Jodie Foster, her first on-screen kiss. He had completed four Walt Disney films and was the male half of the television twin’s sensation “Buffy & Jody” who had become world-wide super stars from the CBS series, “Family Affair”. During all of its’ 5-year run. the show always aired in the Neilson’s top 10 in the U.S. from 1966-1971. It was well received all over the world especially in Germany, France, Israel, and in Italy American-Looking boys were given the nickname “That’s a Jody!!”

For nine months, Johnny and the “Family Affair” cast filmed 5 seasons with Brian Keith as Uncle Bill and Sebastian Cabot as Mr. French. However, while on hiatus (the other 3 months of the year), Johnny continued to work and in 1969, he starred in the Star-studded Cast of “The Littlest Angel” a Christmas Musical directed by Joe Layton costarring Fred Gwynne, Connie Stevens, Tony Randal, Cab Calloway and E.G. Marshall to name only a few. He was also asked to do guest-star roles on other series including, “The Virginian”, “Bonanza”, and 3″Gunsmoke” episodes playing the ever-present orphan waif. He guest starred on “Bewitched”, “Marcus Welby M.D.”, “Adam 12” and two episodes of “Green Acres”. He also worked with the then newcomer, Stephen Spielberg on his 2nd Movie Of The Week, “Something Evil” wherein Johnny played a boy possessed and was recognized with an honorable mention Emmy nomination.