Tommy Rettig

Actor, Farmer, Computer programmer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1941 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Lassie 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Salute to America's Pets 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Too Young 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Timmy and Lassie 1957 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Lassie 1954 - 1957 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Wagon 1956 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

At Gunpoint 1955 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

The Cobweb 1955 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

River of No Return 1954 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

The Egyptian 1954 (Movie)

Thoth (Actor)

The Raid 1954 (Movie)

Larry Bishop (Actor)

So Big 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T 1953 (Movie)

Bart (Actor)

The Jackpot 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Elopement (Movie)

Daniel Reagan (Actor)

For Heaven's Sake (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Panic in the Streets (Movie)

Tommy Reed (Actor)

Paula (TV Show)

Actor

Two Weeks With Love (Movie)

Ricky Robinson (Actor)

Biography

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).

Milestones

1994

Featured in the PBS special "The Story of Lassie"

1994

Featured in the ABC special "Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV"

1989

Returned to TV as an interview subject on "When We Were Young . . . Growing Up on the Silver Screen", a PBS documentary special

1980

Charges dropped for another drug-related indictment after an appeal

1975

Arrested on charges of smuggling cocaine and sentenced to five years in federal prison; charges dropped after an appeal

1972

Arrested for growing marijuana

1956

Last feature credit, "The Last Wagon"

1954

Starred as Jeff Miller, the first young master on the classic children's series "Lassie"

1953

Starring role in a feature, "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T", a children's fantasy scripted by Dr. Seuss

1950

Feature acting debut at nine, Elia Kazan's "Panic in the Streets"

1947

Acting debut at age six, touring with Mary Martin in the popular musical "Annie Get Your Gun" (date apoproximate)

Retired with his wife to a farm in California

Played a recurring role on the ABC daytime serial "Never Too Young"

Worked as a computer programmer and drug-addiction counselor

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