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(actual name - Raymond Tanva) Born 14 December 1933 in Danville, Illinois. Died 8 July 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Donn Gift appeared in 5 films during his lifetime, most notably the 1946 production of The Yearling, starring; Gregory Peck as the father, Ezra 'Penny' Baxter; Jane Wyman as the mother, Orry Baxter; Claude Jarman, Jr. (who won an Academy Award [Juvenile]) as the son Jody; Chill Wills as Buck Forrester; Henry Travers (Clarence from It's a Wonderful Life) as the store owner Mr. Boyles; and Forrest Tucker as the dangerous Lem Forrester. Donn Gift played Fodderwing, the crippled friend of Jody. Man Alive (1945) His first film work was small, appearing uncredited as a messenger boy in 1945's "Man Alive", directed by Ray Enright, and written by John Tucker Battle. This film starred Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou, Ellen Drew, Rudy Vallee, Jonathan Hale and Jason Robards, Sr. The Yearling (1946) His second film was certainly his most famous role; that of Fodderwing in the 1946 production of The Yearling. In this film he played the crippled and animal-loving friend of Jody (Claude Jarman Jr.), who won an Academy Juvenile Award for his performance.