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Buddy Swan
Paul Benjamin Swan

(1929-10-24)October 24, 1929
DiedMarch 21, 1993(1993-03-21) (aged 63)
Other namesBuddy Swann
Years active1940–1952

Paul "Buddy" Swan (October 24, 1929 – March 21, 1993) (also credited as Buddy Swann) was an American child actor, best known for playing the title character of the 1941 film Citizen Kane as an eight-year-old boy.[1]

He also appeared in the horror film The Ape,[2] the horror comedy Scared Stiff, and the Academy-Award nominated film The Fighting Sullivans, playing one of the Sullivan brothers in their youth.[3]

Swan also appeared as a young actor in Broadway plays including Mr. Sycamore (1942) and The World We Make (1942).[4]


Title Year Role Notes
Haunted House 1940 Junior Henshaw
The Ape 1940 Willie Brill Uncredited
Citizen Kane 1941 Kane, age eight
The Fighting Sullivans 1944 George Sullivan as a Child Uncredited
The Seventh Cross 1944 Boy Uncredited
The Soul of a Monster 1944 Second Newsboy Uncredited
Sweet and Low-Down 1944 Tony Birch Uncredited
Strange Affair 1944 Newsboy Uncredited
The Horn Blows at Midnight 1945 Kid Uncredited
Scared Stiff 1945 Oliver Waldeck
Centennial Summer 1946 Dudley Rogers
Gallant Journey 1946 Sharkey Uncredited
Command Decision 1948 Flyer Uncredited
Shockproof 1949 Teenage Boy Uncredited
Roaring Westward 1949 Perry Andrews
Prejudice 1949 Eddie Uncredited
Military Academy with That Tenth Avenue Gang 1950 Williams Uncredited
Destination Murder 1950 Arthur - Blue Streak Messenger
A Modern Marriage 1950 Spike
One Minute to Zero 1952 Uncredited


  1. ^ Nissen, Axel (2013). The Films of Agnes Moorehead. Scarecrow Press. p. 6. ISBN 9780810891371. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-07-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Buddy Swan". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 21 September 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018.

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