In his teenage years, Garber had taken a break from acting after his experience as a child star. He may have planned to return to the big screen later on in life, but unfortunately never got the chance to.
The young actor was on holiday in India in 1976 when he contracted hepatitis. Not knowing that he had the disease, by the time it had spread to his pancreas it was too late for any kind of treatment. He passed away one year later.
A rumour that Garber had contracted the disease after unsafe drug use, but his brother maintains that this is incorrect, saying that it was most likely caused by consuming bad meat.
Matthew Garber was named a Disney Legend in 2004.
The movie brought us wonderful performances from Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The 1964 movie was laden with iconic songs and incredible special effects and to this day it remains one of the greatest musicals in the history of cinema.
You may know the film like the back of your hand, but do you know these 12 facts about the film?
Mary Poppins was originally a series of eight children's books written by P. L. Travers and published over the period 1934 to 1988. Initially P.L Travers denied Walt Disney the rights to her story for over 20 years as she was very precious about the story of Mary Poppins, and hated the idea of it being animated. After years of persuasion, she finally agreed to the movie, providing that she could have script approval rights.
Walt Disney had a completely different idea about who he wanted cast in the role as Mary Poppins and Bert. He originally wanted to cast Angela Landsbury and Carey Grant. I'm so glad he didn't!
After resisting handing over the rights to her book for 20 years, Travers soon regretted doing so when she saw the film.
Though I'm not sure which are if I'm honest.
Walt Disney ordered his people to create a song that would wow over Julie Andrews, in order for her to say yes to the part. One of the songwriters told the rest about their children receiving the polio vaccine. He said they soaked a cube of sugar with the vaccine and let the children take them that way to make it easier. Boom- Spoonful of Sugar!
Try saying that first thing in the morning. The Sherman Brothers claimed to have wrote the song, but they were called out by Barney Young and Gloria Parker. They claimed to have wrote a similar song years before. They were unsuccessful in court however due to lack of evidence.
It was one of his greatest roles but he still doesn't believe he deserved the part. He believes there were serveral other actors who could have done a lot better than him.
Matthew Garber was scared of heights, so producers offered him an extra 10 cents for every take.
Julie had her heart set on taking the lead of Eliza in My Fair Lady, and nearly said no to Mary Poppins. When she learnt Audrey Hepburn landed the role of Eliza, Julie decided to take the part of Mary Poppins.
However there are rumours it took actually 3 years.
And after spending 20 years to get the rights to the book, I should hope so. He must have known it would be a hit quite early on, as he attended the film premier, something he's only ever done once before at Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Mary Poppins is well over 50 years old now but I think you'll all agree that the film is still practically perfect.