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TOMMY RETTIG BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Tommy Rettig was born on December 10th, 1941 in Queens, New York with the birth name Thomas Noel Rettig.  He was a child actor and began first performing at the age of six on stage in the touring company, "Annie Get Your Gun" he then followed this with his screen debut at the age of nine and worked on a total of seventeen films throughout his acting career.
 
His big break in the industry was when he was picked out of 500 applicants to portray the character, Jeff Miller in the television series, "Lassie" (1954).  He remained as part of the cast on Lassie for a total of four years.

Also in 1954 he appeared in a dramatic role with stars Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum and Rory Calhoun in the western titled "River of No Return" which turned out to be one of Marilyn Monroe's best performances in her career.
 
As he grew up and tried to stay as a working actor, the transition from childhood actor to adult did not go so well.  It was difficult for him to obtain roles and he also had a bout with an addiction to drugs and alcohol.  He worked a number of other jobs to support himself such as a photographer, tools salesman, a health club manager and a computer programmer which was actually his most successful job since he developed products Dbase and Foxpro which were later used by hundreds of other developers.
 
He did make one screen comeback in 1991 on, "The New Lassie".  Rettig married only once in 1959 to Darlene Portwood and together they had two sons before ending their marriage in 1977.  He never remarried again and passed away on February 15th, 1996 in Marina Del Rey in California from natural causes. 

 
Filmography

1991 The New Lassie
1965 The Fugitive
1965 Never Too Young 
1965 Mr. Novak
1965 Many Happy Returns
1962 Death Valley Days
1958-1961 Sugarfoot
1961 Peter Gunn
1961 Wagon Train
1960 Lawman
1960 The Man from Blackhawk 
1949-1958 Studio One in Hollywood 
1954-1957 Lassie
1957 Whirlybirds
1956 The Last Wagon 
1955 At Gunpoint 
1955 The Cobweb 
1955 Schlitz Playhouse
1954 The Egyptian 
1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse 
1954 The Raid
1954 River of No Return 
1952-1954 The Ford Television Theatre
1954 Lux Video Theatre
1954 Omnibus
1953 So Big 
1953 Your Play Time
1953 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. 
1953 The Lady Wants Mink 
1953 Four Star Playhouse
1952 Paula 
1952 Gobs and Gals 
1951 Week-End with Father 
1951 Elopement 
1951 The Strip 
1950 For Heaven's Sake 
1950 Two Weeks with Love
1950 The Jackpot 
1950 Panic in the Streets 
1950 Escape
1949 Kraft Theatre   





Matinee Classics - The Strip starring Mickey Rooney, Sally Forrest, William Demarest, James Craig, Kay Brown, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Rettig, Tom Powers, Jonathan Cott, Tommy Farrell, Myrna Dell, Jacqueline Fontaine, Vic Damone and Monica Lewis
Matinee Classics - River of No Return starring Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig, Douglas Spencer and Murvyn Vye
Matinee Classics - River of No Return starring Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig, Douglas Spencer and Murvyn Vye
Matinee Classics - River of No Return starring Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig, Douglas Spencer and Murvyn Vye
Matinee Classics - So Big starring Jane Wyman, Sterling Hayden, Steve Forrest, Nancy Olson, Walter Coy, Elisabeth Fraser, Jacques Aubuchon, Martha Hyer, Roland Winters, Ruth Swanson, Richard Beymer and Tommy Rettig
Matinee Classics - The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T starring Tommy Rettig, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Peter Lind Hayes, John Heasley, Robert Heasley, Noel Cravat and George Chakiris


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