Born Thomas Noel Rettig
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 (the first program I ever learned!).
Tommy Rettig on the set of "The Egyptian (1954)," posing with Peter Ustinov and Jean Simmons.