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Lee Aaker (1943–2021)

As Rusty, the boy whose parents were killed by Native Americans, and who was subsequently adopted by a cavalry unit at Fort Apache on the popular adventure The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954), tyke actor Lee Aaker left a lasting mark in the early days of television, but he had in fact appeared in several major films prior to this series. He was ... See full bio »


(age 77) in Mesa, Arizona, USA

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Known For

Hondo Johnny Lowe
Jeopardy Bobby Stilwin
O. Henry's Full House J.B. Dorset (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")


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 1963 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Cadet Blake
- Lucy and the Military Academy (1963) ... Cadet Blake
 1963 Bye Bye Birdie
Student Leader
 1959-1962 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Willy / Chuck Taylor
 1961-1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Tony / Newsboy
- Only by Cunning Glimpses (1962) ... Tony (uncredited)
- Mon Petit Chou (1961) ... Newsboy (uncredited)
 1962 Mooncussers
 1959-1961 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Walter the Wizard / Kenny
- The Electrical Storm (1961) ... Walter the Wizard
- That's Show Business (1959) ... Kenny
 1961 Tallahassee 7000 (TV Series)
Eddie Forsyth
- The Crossroads (1961) ... Eddie Forsyth
 1960 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Charles Crane
- Rusty Meets Little Lord Fauntleroy (1960) ... Charles Crane
 1959 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
- Runaway (1959) ... Billy
 1954-1959 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Cpl. Rusty
- The Failure (1959) ... Cpl. Rusty
- The Luck of O'Hara (1959) ... Cpl. Rusty
- Apache Stampede (1959) ... Cpl. Rusty
- The Ming Vase (1959) ... Cpl. Rusty
- Pillajohn's Progress (1959) ... Cpl. Rusty
 1959 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Tommy Spencer
- Millionaire Henry Banning (1959) ... Tommy Spencer
 1959 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Wilbur Van Owen
- Cauliflower and the Kidnappers (1959) ... Wilbur Van Owen
 1957 Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (TV Series)
- The Glass Necklace (1957) ... Govinda
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
- Mimsel's Man (1956)
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Brush Roper (1955) ... Cowhide
 1953-1955 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Jimmy Preston / Myron Carrington
- The Refinement of 'Ab' (1955) ... Jimmy Preston
- Kid Stuff (1953) ... Myron Carrington
 1955 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Tommy Righter
- The School Story (1955) ... Tommy Righter
 1954 Black Tuesday
Little Boy (uncredited)
 1954 Destry
Eli Skinner
 1954 Ricochet Romance
Timmy Williams
 1954 Her Twelve Men
Michael Elliott (uncredited)
 1954 The Raid
Larry's Friend (uncredited)
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Tim Kelly
- Wild Luke's Boy (1954) ... Tim Kelly
 1953-1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Tony Evans / Joey
- For Value Received (1954) ... Tony Evans
- And Suddenly, You Knew (1953) ... Joey
 1954 Ride Clear of Diablo
Boy (uncredited)
 1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Pearl-Handled Guns (1954) ... Tim
 1953 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- The Boy Down the Road (1953) ... Sandy
 1953 Hondo
Johnny Lowe
 1953 A Lion Is in the Streets
Johnny Briscoe (uncredited)
 1953 Mister Scoutmaster
 1953 Footlights Theater (TV Series)
 1953 Arena
Teddy Hutchins
 1953 Take Me to Town
Corney Hall
 1953 Jeopardy
Bobby Stilwin
 1952 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series)
 1952 Hans Christian Andersen
Little Boy (uncredited)
 1952 Desperate Search
Don Heldon
 1952 O. Henry's Full House
J.B. Dorset (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")
 1952 High Noon
Boy (uncredited)
 1952 The Atomic City
Tommy Addison
 1952 No Room for the Groom
 1952 My Son John
Boy (scenes deleted)
 1952 Something to Live For
Alternate Boy (uncredited)
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
Little Boy Spectator (uncredited)
 1951 Benjy (Short)
 1949 Fantastic Studios, Inc. (TV Series) (1949)
 1948 Sandy Dreams (TV Series) (1949)
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Lee William Aaker

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Suddenly after the [The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954)] series was canceled and I began doing guest shots, I realized that something had changed--I wasn't the center of attention any more. My folks had always told me that my career might not last, but when it happened, it was still a hard thing for me to adjust to.


Interviewed in "Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Classic Film and Television" by Tom Goldrup and Jim Goldrup (McFarland, 2002). See more »

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