From The NEW Mickey Mouse Club Funbook, Copyright © 1977, Walt Disney Productions.
"Good-bye, 'Rhoda' -- Hello, Mickey Mouse," shouts new Mouseketeer Todd Turquand. Formerly Rhoda's
stepson on the first season of "Rhoda," Todd is now a member of the "New Mickey Mouse Club."
A show business veteran at the age of twelve, Todd has also appeared in numerous other television
shows including "Carol Burnett," "Kojak," Dick Cavett Special, "Backlot, U.S.A.," and movies for
television, as well as a half dozen commercials. He recently made his movie debut in United Artists' "Burnt
"But I haven't decided if I want to be an actor or an athlete when I grow up," says hazel-eyed, black-
haired Todd. "Football, basketball, singing, dancing and acting all interest me a lot."
A typical all-American boy, Todd hopes to be starting his fifth season of Pop Warner Football ("If the
producers let me," says Todd. "They're afraid I might break my arm or something.") He has also been
playing Biddy Basketball for the past two years and is crazy about judo and horseback riding.
"Todd seems to have a million and one things going at the same time," says his mother Dee Turquand.
"But since the taping of the 'New Club' he's had to slow down considerably because of the tight production
In addition to his television work, Todd is a member of an entertainment group called "The Showtimers"
(his older brother, Greg, is also in the group), in which he performs as both singer and dancer for local civic
functions and charitable organizations.
Todd first was bitten by the acting bug at the age of five when he tagged along with Greg for an
interview for a role in a movie. The casting director of the show saw Todd through the crack in the door
and asked him to com in. Todd didn't get that part, but the casting director recommended him to one of the
leading children's theatrical agents. The agent signed Todd and he has been working ever since. By the time
he was eight, Todd was also doing little theater work. His first legitimate stage role was Winthrop in "The
Music Man" at the Morgan Theatre. From there he went on to appear in "The Sound of Music," "All My
Sons" and "The Miracle Worker" at the Westchester Playhouse.
Between athletics and entertaining, Todd finds time to take tap, jazz, trombone and guitar lessons, as well as being a member of the Boy Scouts and active in his church. He resides in Westchester, California with his mother, Dee Turquand, and his brother.