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Actor, Tommy Rettig, was born Thomas Noel Rettig on Dec 10, 1941 in Queens, NY. Rettig died at the age of 54 on Feb 15, 1996 in Marina del Rey, CA .

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TV folklore has it that when the producers had narrowed the casting down to three boy juveniles for the part of Lassie's young master, they allowed Lassie herself to make the final decision. Supposely the dog walked straight over to Tommy and affectionately nuzzled the boy, thus winning him the role.

Was Marilyn Monroe's youngest date ever when he escorted her to the premiere of "River of No Return" in 1954.

After appearing with Mary Martin in "Annie Get Your Gun" for 22 months, Tommy was offered more stage roles, including "Peter Pan" and "The Member of the Wedding," the latter play made famous by Brandon de Wilde. His strong-willed mother, however, decided Tommy should go for the movies. Ironically, Tommy won the boy role on "Lassie" after de Wilde turned it down.

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