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Paul Petersen ACTOR

Paul Petersen was born on September 23rd, 1945 in Glendale, California with the first name William.  He became involved in acting from a young age.  His mother pushed him into pursuing a career in the industry at the age of eight.
He first began performing as a 'Mouseketeer' on, "The Mickey Mouse Club" (1955) and was a child actor in such films as, "The Monolith Monsters" (1957) and "Houseboat" (1958) starring Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer, Charles Herbert, Harry Guardino, Werner Klemperer, John Litel and Mimi Gibson.  By the age of twelve he received his first real big break when he was cast on the television show, "The Donna Reed Show" (1958).  He gained such a huge fan base that he was even pushed into starting a singing label and although he did not have excelling vocal talents his music sold.
Some of his songs were, "She Can't Find her Keys", "Amy", "Lollipops and Roses" and "My Dad".  During the 1960's he was also involved in recording for Motown, such singles as, "Chained" and "A Little Bit For Sandy".
However, in 1966 the show was cancelled and his popularity began to decline.  Plus he was having a hard time transitioning in the industry from child actor to adult actor.  He was cast in a couple films such as, "In the Year 2889" (1967), "A Time for Killing" (1967), the television movie, "Something for a Lonely Man" (1968) and guest appearances on such television series as, "The Virginian", "The F.B.I.", "Fantasy Island", "Love, American Style" and "The New Mike Hammer".
Although he had a successful career as a child, it took a toll on him and in 1990 he started a support group for child actors called, "A Minor Consideration" which supports helping to protect child actors presently from being taken advantage of.  He helps monitor laws to protect children from being overworked and making sure they receive proper education. 
He retired from the industry, went to college and earned a degree in English and History.  He ended up becoming a writer publishing a total of sixteen books.  He also found work running a limousine company for a number of years.
Currently he resides in Los Angeles and serves on the Board of the Donna Reed Foundation as well as serving on the Board for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists known as AFTRA.
Paul Petersen has married three times throughout his lifetime.  His first wife was Brenda Benet whom he wed in 1967 but by 1970 this marriage came to an end.  He then married Hallie Litman in 1974 and together they had two children before this marriage also ended in divorce in 1988.  His third and current wife is Rana Jo Platz whom he married in 1992.  He also has one other daughter from another relationship born out of wedlock.   


2010   The Portal

2010   Soupernatural

2009   An American Journalist

2007   The Will 

1998   Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction 

1997   Mommy's Day

1989   Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All 

1988   General Hospital

1984-1987  The New Mike Hammer 

1986   The A-Team 

1985   Finder of Lost Loves 

1985   Trapper John, M.D. 

1982-1985  Matt Houston 

1984   High School U.S.A. 

1980   Scout's Honor 

1979   Fantasy Island 

1978   The Next Step Beyond 

1972   Cannon

1971   Love, American Style 

1971   O'Hara, U.S. Treasury

1971   The Smith Family 

1969   Gidget Grows Up 

1969   My Three Sons 

1968   Something for a Lonely Man 

1968   The Big Valley 

1968   Lassie

1968   The Flying Nun

1968   Journey to Shiloh 

1968   Mannix

1967   The Happiest Millionaire

1967   Iron Horse 

1967   Custer 

1967   A Time for Killing

1967   Please Don't Eat the Daisies 

1967   In the Year 2889 

1966   F Troop 

1958-1966  The Donna Reed Show

1964   The Virginian 

1958   Houseboat 

1958   Day of the Bad Man 

1957   The Monolith Monsters

1957   The George Sanders Mystery Theater

1957   This Could Be the Night 

1956-1957  The Ford Television Theatre 

1956   Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 

1955   The Mickey Mouse Club

Matinee Classics - The Donna Reed Show starring Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares and Paul Peterson
Matinee Classics - The Donna Reed Show starring Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares and Paul Peterson

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