Born August 20, 1933, Child Actor Ted Donaldson!
Child actor Ted Donaldson made his screen debut in 1944, at age 11, opposite Cary Grant in the wonderful fantasy film, Once Upon a Time, about a boy, his dancing caterpillar Curly, and a conniving showman (yes, that would be Cary Grant) who would do anything to achieve fame and fortune. Over the course of Donaldson’s 9-year film career (1944-1953), he appeared in 20 films and shorts including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (as Neeley Nolan) and eight ‘Rusty’ the dog films (as Danny Mitchell).
Ted Donaldson also played Bud (son of Robert Young‘s character) in the radio version of Father Knows Best (1949–1954).
(about Curly the dancing caterpillar to Cary Grant):
“I just don’t wanna sell him, that’s all. Not even for a dollar, not even for two dollars. He’s my pet.” -Ted Donaldson as Arthur ‘Pinky’ Thompson in Once Upon a Time
The Radio Cast of Father Knows Best, from left to right: Norma Jean Nilsson (as Kathy), Ted Donaldson (as Bud), Robert Young (as Jim), Rhoda Williams (as Betty), and June Whitley Taylor (as Margaret). The audition show was called “Meet the Hendersons” (12/20/1948) but by the time the radio show premiered on August 25, 1949, the family name was changed to the one we all know and love “The Andersons.” The show aired on Thursday evenings through March 25, 1954.
–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub