What Happened to Matthew Adam Garber?

Matthew Adam Garber (25 March 1956 – 13 June 1977) was the child actor who played Michael Banks in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins.
What did he do after Mary Poppins you ask? Well, he only acted in one more movie after that. Matthew Garber again paired up with Karen Dotrice (his sister from Mary Poppins, Jane Banks) in the 1967 Disney movie, The Gnome-Mobile. They played the grandchildren of a rich lumber mogul (that's original) who stumble across a gnome forest and are asked to help keep the gnomes from dying off.

Well, if he didn't act, what happened to him then? I'm glad you asked. On June 13, 1977, Garber died of hemorrhagic necrotising pancreatitis at the age of 21. How did this happen? Well, he contracted hepatitis. According to Fergus Garber, Matthew Garber's younger brother (by eight years), it was probably the result of eating "bad meat" while traveling in India in 1976. Apparently it had already spread to his pancreas when their father brought Garber back to England the following year.

Farewell sweet prince, we barely knew thee. Next time, eat the fish.


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