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Rusty Hamer (1947–1990)

A deadpan, freckle-faced, curly red-haired, highly talented child actor of the late 50s, Rusty Hamer entered films and TV at age 5 and became a precocious TV celebrity the very next year, trading clever quips with volatile top comedian Danny Thomas as his smart-alecky son, Rusty Williams, on the hit sitcom, The Danny Thomas Show (1953), in 1953. ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Danny Thomas Show Rusty Williams
(1953-1964)
The Danny Thomas Hour Rusty Williams
(1967)
The Joey Bishop Show Rusty Williams
(1965)
Make Room for Granddaddy Rusty Williams
(1970-1971)

Filmography

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 1970-1971 Make Room for Granddaddy (TV Series)
Rusty Williams
- Monument for Uncle Tonoose (1971) ... Rusty Williams
- The Big Hang-Up (1971) ... Rusty Williams
- The Teen Idol (1970) ... Rusty Williams
- He Did It His Way (1970) ... Rusty Williams
- Tonoose, the Exile (1970) ... Rusty Williams
 1969 Green Acres (TV Series)
Alfred Newton
- Oliver's Schoolgirl Crush (1969) ... Alfred Newton
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Rusty Williams
- Make More Room for Daddy (1967) ... Rusty Williams
 1965 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Rusty Williams
- Joey Entertains Rusty's Fraternity (1965) ... Rusty Williams
- Rusty's Education (1965) ... Rusty Williams
- Rusty Arrives (1965) ... Rusty Williams
 1953-1964 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Rusty Williams
- The Persistent Cop (1964) ... Rusty Williams
- Rusty and the Chorus Girl (1964) ... Rusty Williams
- Call Off the Hounds (1964) ... Rusty Williams (credit only)
- Beautiful Lady (1964) ... Rusty Williams
- Pupa Loves Rusty (1964) ... Rusty Williams
 1958 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Rusty Williams
- Lucy Makes Room for Danny (1958) ... Rusty Williams
 1956 Dance with Me, Henry
Duffer
 1954 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Rusty
- Entertainment on Wheels (1954) ... Rusty
 1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Dickie
- Vote of Confidence (1954) ... Dickie
 1953 Fort Ti
Jed's Nephew (uncredited)
 1953 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
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 1955-1961 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series) (performer - 10 episodes)
- The Trumpet Player (1961) ... (performer: "My Blue Heaven" (uncredited), "Ach Du Lieber Augustin")
- The Rum Cake (1961) ... (performer: "(Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey" - uncredited)
- Danny and the Dentist (1960) ... (performer: "I Whistle A Happy Tune" - uncredited)
- Kathy Crashes TV (1959) ... (performer: "My Mother Never Let's Me Cross The Street" - uncredited)
- Rusty, the Weight-Lifter (1959) ... (performer: "High Hopes" - uncredited)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (7 credits)
 1965 Danny Thomas Reunion Special (TV Special)
Rusty Williams
 1962 Here's Hollywood (TV Series)
Self
- Episode #2.250 (1962) ... Self
 1961 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Self
- With Danny Thomas (1961) ... Self
 1959 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series)
Self - Actor
 1954 The Jimmy Durante Show (TV Series)
Self
- Episode #1.2 (1954) ... Self
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 2008-2014 Pioneers of Television (TV Series documentary)
Rusty Williams - Make Room for Daddy / Self / Rusty Williams
- Breaking Barriers (2014) ... Rusty Williams - Make Room for Daddy
- Sitcoms (2008) ... Self / Rusty Williams
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Personal Quote:

My life as a child bore no resemblance to what I believed was normal--i.e., the way people lived on television, a medium I mistook for my window on reality. Even on TV, though, peer models were scarce, which is why I ended up identifying with a kid I didn't even like.

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Profiled in the 2016 book, "X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?", by Kathy Garver and Fred Ascher. See more »

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