American child star of stage, screen, radio, and TV who reached a career peak as Jeff Miller, the first young master of CBS-TV's "Lassie" from 1954-57. Rettig started performing at age six, touring wi...
Everyone loves pets! They’re cute, adorable, and sometimes they do something funny on camera that can get you a billion hits on Youtube. But cats and dogs get boring sometimes, you know? Even hamsters loose their charm when you realize all they do is sit around all day and they never play with the wheel even after you train him to run on the stupid wheel, DAMMIT MR. HAMSTER-PANTS WHY ARE YOU NOT RUNNING ON YOUR WHEEL?! Awww, he’s so cute when he drinks water!
Anyway, sometimes people change it up with odd pets and no one does it better than these movie characters, so here’s our collection of our favorite odd pets on film:
The Penguins in Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Ok, so he has a bunch of penguins and he teaches them to dance to Vanilla Ice? Awww.
Rodolfo in Along Came Polly
The only reason this movie makes the list because the funniest thing about it is how Jennifer Aninston drags the blind ferret around and it runs head first into thing.
Hedwig in Harry Potter
How popular was Harry’s owl Hedwig? (Spoiler but if this is honestly spoiled for you then you should have your internet rights revoked) When Hedwig died, the audience in my theater cried out in a chorus of awws.
K-9 in Doctor Who
True, this might not be a living “pet” but how many of these other pets can shoot lasers out of their nose? Didn’t think so.
Everything else in Ace Ventura
Missing your favorite animal on this list? Ace probably has it.
Yoshi in Super Mario
Pfft, you think a ferret or an owl is cool? Mario’s pet is a DINOSAUR and he RIDES it.
Donald in The Falconer
A good pet is loyal, playful, and a companion. A great pet has a gambling problem.
Shep in George of the Jungle
An elephant that thinks he’s the dog? We’re gonna need more peanut butter.
Bubastis in Watchmen
What is that? I wants one!
Charges dropped for another drug-related indictment after an appeal
Played a recurring role on the ABC daytime serial "Never Too Young"
Retired with his wife to a farm in California
Featured in the ABC special "Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV"
Arrested for growing marijuana
Starring role in a feature, "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T", a children's fantasy scripted by Dr. Seuss
Feature acting debut at nine, Elia Kazan's "Panic in the Streets"
Starred as Jeff Miller, the first young master on the classic children's series "Lassie"
Arrested on charges of smuggling cocaine and sentenced to five years in federal prison; charges dropped after an appeal
Last feature credit, "The Last Wagon"
Acting debut at age six, touring with Mary Martin in the popular musical "Annie Get Your Gun" (date apoproximate)
Returned to TV as an interview subject on "When We Were Young . . . Growing Up on the Silver Screen", a PBS documentary special
Worked as a computer programmer and drug-addiction counselor
American child star of stage, screen, radio, and TV who reached a career peak as Jeff Miller, the first young master of CBS-TV's "Lassie" from 1954-57. Rettig started performing at age six, touring with Mary Martin in "Annie Get Your Gun". He started in films at ten with a small role in Elia Kazan's medical crime drama, "Panic in the Streets" (1950), and went on to amass 20 feature credits over the course of the 1950s in films directed by such luminaries as Douglas Sirk ("Weekend With Father" 1951), Michael Curtiz ("The Egyptian" 1954), Otto Preminger ("River of No Return" 1954), and Vincente Minnelli ("The Cobweb" 1955). The film for which he will probably always be remembered is one of the quirkiest children's films ever made--"The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T." (1953).<p>Scripted by Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, the semi-musical cult film presented Rettig as the day-dreaming son of a single mother who so deeply resents his daily piano lesson that he escapes into a surreal world that allows him to act out his frustrations. Retting brought an admirably straight-faced sincerity to the decidedly odd goings-on. He gained fame playing another boy without a father in "Lassie", in stories that were fairly conventional but heartwarming tales of canine heroism. Jon Provost's Timmy was the first of many people who inherited the wonder dog after Retting aged out of the part.<p>Retting failed to make the transition to adult roles and retired with his wife to a California farm. His name resurfaced several times over the 70s in relation to drug arrests, convictions, appeals, and dropped charges. Rettig went on to work as a computer programmer and drug addiction counselor and periodically popped up in specials about grown-up child stars and profiles of Lassie until his death in 1996.