The actor best known for playing Will Ferrell’s son Walker in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Houston Tumlin, has died at 28.
According to TMZ, Tumlin took his own life in his Alabama home on Tuesday. His girlfriend was reportedly present in the house at the time.
His role in Talladega Nights was his only acting credit to date, but it was one of the 2006 comedy’s most memorable scenes, including the raunchy dinner table banter where he and his brother Texas Ranger (played by Grayson Russell) taunt their grandfather.
As an adult, Tumlin went on to enlist and serve in the army.
A fellow army member named Geoff Carmichael tweeted a condolence that indicated Tumlin was a respected member of the military.
“SGT Houston Tumlin came to me as PVT Tumlin,” he wrote.
“He showed a lot of spirit, promise, positive energy and was (hands down) one of my best Soldiers in my company. Came ready to work.”
“Please check on each other,” he continued. “Get help if you need it. We need you.”
SGT Houston Tumlin came to me as PVT Tumlin. He showed a lot of spirit, promise, positive energy and was (hands down) one of my best Soldiers in my company. Came ready to work.
— Geoff Carmichael (@geoffcarmichael) March 24, 2021