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Tommy Rettig (1941–1996)

Tommy was a successful child actor in 1954 when he was chosen out of a field of 500 to play Jeff Miller in the TV series Lassie (1954). He was with the show for four years, after which Lassie acquired a whole new family. Rettig, the only child of Elias Rettig, a Lockheed aircraft-parts inspector, and his wife, Rosemary, began his career at age 5, ... See full bio »

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Lassie Jeff Miller
River of No Return
River of No Return Mark Calder
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
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 1966 Never Too Young (TV Series)
- Episode #2.49 (1966) ... JoJo
- Episode #2.36 (1966) ... JoJo
 1965 The Fugitive (TV Series)
J.J. Eckhardt
- Trial by Fire (1965) ... J.J. Eckhardt
 1965 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
- The Firebrand (1965) ... Frank
 1965 Many Happy Returns (TV Series)
- The Diamond (1965) ... Eddie
 1964 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series)
- Curse of Smoky Ridge (1964) ... Nathan
 1962 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Joel Robison
- Davy's Friend (1962) ... Joel Robison
 1958-1961 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Jimmy Benbow / Steve Carter
- Trouble at Sand Springs (1961) ... Jimmy Benbow (as Tom Rettig)
- The Ghost (1958) ... Steve Carter (as Tom Rettig)
 1961 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Kevin Daniels
- I Know It's Murder (1961) ... Kevin Daniels
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Billy Gentry
- Weight of Command (1961) ... Billy Gentry
 1960 Lawman (TV Series)
Dean Bailey
- The Town Boys (1960) ... Dean Bailey (as Tom Rettig)
 1960 The Man from Blackhawk (TV Series)
- The Ghost of Lafitte (1960) ... Pierre
 1949-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Johnny Weber / Boy / Michael Banks
- No Place to Run (1958) ... Johnny Weber (as Tom Rerttig)
- Presence of the Enemy (1958) ... Boy
 1958 Whirlybirds (TV Series)
- Unwanted (1958) ... Bobby
 1954-1957 Lassie (TV Series)
Jeff Miller
- Transition (1957) ... Jeff Miller
- The Tooth (1957) ... Jeff Miller
- The Wolf Cub (1957) ... Jeff Miller
- Happy (1957) ... Jeff Miller
- The Spartan (1957) ... Jeff Miller
 1956 The Last Wagon
 1955 At Gunpoint
Billy Wright
 1955 The Cobweb
Mark McIver
 1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
John Kelly
- Mr. Ears (1955) ... John Kelly
 1954 The Egyptian
 1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
- Long, Long Ago (1954) ... Johnny
 1954 The Raid
Larry Bishop
 1954 River of No Return
Mark Calder
 1952-1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Larry Hartley / Robin Glenn / Fitzjames Lindsey
- The Good of His Soul (1954) ... Larry Hartley
- The First Born (1953) ... Robin Glenn
- Heart of Gold (1952) ... Fitzjames Lindsey
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Shall Not Perish (1954) ... Jody
 1954 Omnibus (TV Series)
 1953 Your Play Time (TV Series)
- Long, Long Ago (1953)
 1953 The Lady Wants Mink
Ritchie Connors
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- No Identity (1953) ... Tommy
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- The Dancing Tree (1952)
- Alannah (1952)
- The Tin Bridge (1952)
- Long Long Ago (1952)
 1952 Paula
David Larson
 1952 Gobs and Gals
 1951 Week-End with Father
David Bowen aka Shorty
 1951 Elopement
Daniel Reagan
 1950 For Heaven's Sake
Joe Blake
 1950 Two Weeks with Love
Ricky Robinson
 1950 The Jackpot
Tommy Lawrence
 1950 Panic in the Streets
Tommy Reed (uncredited)
 1950 Escape (TV Series)
- The Myth Makers (1950)
 1949 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
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In 1965, he co-starred in an unsold pilot for a television series called "See Here, Private Hargrove" which was based on producer Marion Hargrove's true-life difficulties adapting to military life in World War II.

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When I found out it was my last season on 'Lassie' I was ecstatic. I had gotten to the point where I really resented not being able to go out except on Saturday nights. Of course, when I did date girls their parents always trusted me because of my goody-goody TV image. The fools! See more »


TV folklore has it that when the producers had narrowed the casting down to three boy juveniles for the part of Lassie's young master, they allowed Lassie herself to make the final decision. Supposely the dog walked straight over to Tommy and affectionately nuzzled the boy, thus winning him the role. See more »

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