Actor THOMAS ROSS BOND died in a Northridge, California hospital on Saturday (24SEP05). He was 79.

The Texan actor died in Northridge Hospital following complications from heart disease, his manager FRANK MARKS confirmed.

Bond was best known for playing gang member TOMMY and later BUTCH the bully in 1930s TV shows OUR GANG and THE LITTLE RASCALS.

He went on to play Daily Planet photographer JIMMY OLSEN in THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN and ATOM MAN VS SUPERMAN in 1948 and 1950 respectively.

Bond quit acting in 1951 to direct and produce TV shows, before retiring in 1991.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years PAULINE and producer son THOMAS ROSS BOND III.