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Tommy Rettig

Highest Rated:   95% Panic in the Streets (1950)
Lowest Rated:   62% River of No Return (1954)
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Birthplace:   Jackson Heights, Queens, New York
Tousle-haired Tommy Rettig was 5 years old when he was cast opposite Mary Martin in the touring version of Annie Get Your Gun. Rettig was first seen on screen in 1950, playing Richard Widmark's son in Panic in the Streets. The youngster's most celebrated screen role was the mischievous piano-playing protagonist in the Dr. Seuss-inspired fantasy The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953). When Brandon de Wilde proved unavailable for the role of Jeff Martin on the upcoming TV series Lassie in 1954, Rettig was among the hundreds of juvenile actors who auditioned for the part. The producers narrowed the casting down to three hopefuls, then allowed Lassie herself to make the final decision; the noble collie instantly walked over to Rettig and affectionately nuzzled the boy. Rettig remained with Lassie for 103 episodes; when he outgrew the role in 1957, he was replaced by Jon Provost as Timmy Martin. In the wake of Lassie, the teen-aged Rettig received several guest-star assignments, but these had dried up by the early 1960s. Rettig worked as a salesman and disc jockey before being cast in the 1966 TV daytime drama Never Too Young, in which he appeared with another ex-child star, Leave It to Beaver's Tony Dow. After this brief spurt of activity, Rettig retired to the life of a farmer. In the 1970s, he went on to work as a drug addiction counselor and later as the head of his own successful computer software service. In 1990, Rettig was invited to make a showbiz comeback as director of the syndicated TV series The New Lassie -- which co-starred his successor on the old Lassie, Jon Provost. Tommy Rettig died in his Marina del Rey home of unknown causes at the age of 54.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Last Wagon
  • Billy
1956
No Score Yet At Gunpoint (Gunpoint!)
  • Bill
1955
80% The Cobweb
  • Mark
1955
No Score Yet The Egyptian
  • Thoth
1954
62% River of No Return
  • Mark Calder
1954
No Score Yet The Raid
  • Larry Bishop
1954
No Score Yet So Big
  • Dirk (age 8)
1953
79% The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
  • Bart
1953
No Score Yet Paula
  • David Larson
1952
No Score Yet Week-End with Father
  • David Bowen
1951
No Score Yet The Strip
  • Artie
1951
No Score Yet Two Weeks with Love
  • Ricky Robinson
1950
No Score Yet The Jackpot
  • Tommy Lawrence
1950
95% Panic in the Streets
  • Tommy Reed
1950

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