Feb 17, 1996 · Tommy Rettig, 54, the first boy who tagged after Lassie during the famous collie's 20 years on the CBS television network, was found dead Feb. 15 at his home in Marina del Rey, Calif.
On February 15, 1996, Rettig died of heart failure at age 54. He was cremated through Inglewood Park mortuary, and his ashes were scattered at sea, three miles off Marina del Rey, California, with the ashes of his friend Rusty Hamer in a combined burial ceremony. Filmography Rettig with Robert Mitchum in River of No Return (1954) References
Tommy Rettig, the first boy to star alongside Lassie when the collie's television series made its debut, has died, it was reported Saturday. Rettig, 54, died Thursday of natural causes at his home...
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Tommy was a successful child actor in 1954 when he was chosen out of a field of 500 to play Jeff Miller in the TV series Lassie (1954). He was with the show for four years, after which Lassie acquired a whole new family. Mr. Rettig was the first boy who tagged after Lassie during the famous collie's 20 years on the CBS television network. An alread...
Rettig, the only child of Elias Rettig, a Lockheed aircraft-parts inspector, and his wife, Rosemary, began his career at age 5, after he was spotted by an acting coach who lived in the family's apartment building in Queens, N.Y. After touring with Mary Martin in Annie Get Your Gun, he landed roles in movies, among them River of No Return (1954), st...
Followinig his death from a heart attack at the age of fifty-four, his ashes were spread on the ocean off Marina del Rey, California, from the boat LaSea, with one of Lassie's descendants present to say goodbye.
- Thomas Noel Rettig
- 5' 4" (1.63 m)
- December 10, 1941 in Queens, New York, USA
Tommy Rettig (1941–1996) Tommy Rettig. This video file cannot be played. (Error Code: 102630) Tommy Rettig was a successful child actor in 1954 when he was chosen out of a field of 500 to play Jeff Miller in the TV series Lassie (1954), which premiered on September 12, 1954, making him the first boy who tagged after Lassie during the famous collie's 20 years on the CBS television network.
Feb 19, 1996 · Tommy Rettig, the first boy to play Lassie's master on television, was found dead in his home in Marina del Rey on Thursday. He was 54. The cause of death was not known, the Los Angeles County...