in Jackson Heights, New York
on December 10, 1941
Tommy Rettig started his career on stage at age six, appearing with Mary Martin in Annie Get Your Gun. While he is probably best remembered for his role as Jeff Miller in the Lassie TV series, he had a distinguished list of movie credits, including a starring role with Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return. Perhaps his most significant role was that of the reluctant pianist in The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. In his later life he was a respected computer programmer, writing applications in the pioneering database program, dBase II.