The child actor that yelled "Shane, come back!" in the 1953 film "Shane" was Brandon De Wilde. Born Andre Brandon De Wilde (April 1942 – July 1972), De Wilde was a popular film, TV, and theater actor. He came from a theatrical family from Brooklyn, New York. He debuted on Broadway, NY at the age of 7 and became a national phenomenon by the time he completed his 492 performance of 'The Member of the Wedding'. He was the first child actor to win the Donaldson Award, a set of theater awards established (1944 - 1955) by the drama critic Robert Francis in honor of W. H. Donaldson (1864–1925), the founder of The Billboard (now Billboard) magazine.

In "Shane", as the blond-haired, blue-eyed Joey Starrett, who idolizes the strange gunman, (played by Alan Ladd), De Wilde stole the picture and received an Oscar nomination for his astute performance. After the big Western directed and produced by George Stevens, De Wilde starred in his own TV series "Jamie" (1953). He would next make his mark as a screen adolescent during the 1960s, playing a younger brother in "All Fall Down" (1962) and nephew in "Hud" (1963), starring Paul Newman.

De Wilde managed to keep his career actively going, until he and his career were tragically ended. While en route to visit his wife at a hospital where she had recently undergone major surgery, he was killed in a motor vehicle crash. The camper van he was driving struck a parked truck. He died at 30 years old in July 1972 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

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