Lee Aaker

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Lee Aaker
BornLee William Aaker
(1943-09-25) September 25, 1943 (age 71)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationActor, producer, carpenter
Years active1951–63 (actor)
Spouse(s)Sharon Ann Hamilton (1969-71) (divorced)
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Lee Aaker
BornLee William Aaker
(1943-09-25) September 25, 1943 (age 71)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationActor, producer, carpenter
Years active1951–63 (actor)
Spouse(s)Sharon Ann Hamilton (1969-71) (divorced)

Lee William Aaker (born September 25, 1943; Los Angeles, California)[1] is a former American child actor known for his appearance as Rusty "B-Company" in the television program The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.


On television as a young child, he started appearing unbilled at the age of 8 in films such as The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and High Noon (1952).[1] He quickly moved to featured status by the end of that year.

He showed talent as the kidnapped Indian "Red Chief" in a segment of the film O. Henry's Full House (1952) and another kidnap victim as the son of scientist Gene Barry in The Atomic City (1952).

In 1953 he co-starred in the John Wayne western classic Hondo (1953) as the curious blond son of homesteader Geraldine Page.[1]

He also appeared in other film styles such as the film noir thriller Jeopardy (1953) with Barbara Stanwyck, the hoss opera drama Arena (1953) with Gig Young and the comedies Mister Scoutmaster (1953) with Clifton Webb and Ricochet Romance (1954) with Marjorie Main.

In 1953-54, Aaker was among the many child actors who auditioned for the role of "Jeff Miller" on the Original 1954 Lassie series, which later aired as Jeff's Collie. That role went to Tommy Rettig. Two weeks later Aaker won the role of "Rusty" on The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin, co-starring James Brown (1920–1992) as Lieutenant Ripley "Rip" Masters.[1] Aaker and Rettig were friends, and both shows were popular with audiences.

Unable to find work as an adult actor, Aaker got involved as a producer and later worked as a carpenter.[1]

Lee Aaker has resided in Mammoth Lakes, California, for many years and is a special needs ski instructor.[1]

In 2005, Aaker won the Golden Boot Award as Kids of the West.


Film roles[edit]

1952The Greatest Show on Earth(uncredited) Boy
1952Something to Live For(uncredited) Alternate Boy
1952My Son John(uncredited) Boy
1952The Atomic CityTommy Addison
1952No Room for the GroomDonovan
1952O. Henry's Full HouseJ. B. Dorset aka Red Chief (The Ransom of Red Chief)
1952Desperate SearchDon Heldon
1952Hans Christen Andersen(uncredited) Little Boy
1953JeopardyBobby Stilwin
1953Take Me to TownCorney Hall
1953ArenaTeddy Hutchins
1953Mister ScoutmasterArthur
1953A Lion Is in the StreetsJohnny Briscoe
1953HondoJohnny Lowe
1954Ride Clear of Diablo(uncredited) Boy
1954The Raid(uncredited) Larry's Friend
1954Her Twelve Men(uncredited) Michael Elliot
1954Ricochet RomanceTimmy Williams
1954DestryEli Skinner
1954Black TuesdayLittle Boy
1955Spin and Marty: The MovieRussell the Muscle
1956Bigger Than Life(uncredited) Joe
1957The Challenge of Rin Tin TinRusty
1963Bye Bye Birdie(uncredited) Student leader

Television roles[edit]

1952Your Jeweler's Showcase(one episode only)
1953Fireside Theatre(one episode only) Sandy
1953 to 1954The Ford Television Theatre(two episodes) Joey
1954Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(one episode only)
1954General Electric Theater(one episode only) Tim Kelly
1955The Adventures of Spin and Marty on Walt Disney PresentsRussell
1955The Lone Ranger(one episode only) Tommy Righter
1953 to 1955Letter to Loretta(two episodes) Jimmy Preston; Myron Carrington
1955Screen Directors Playhouse(one episode only) Cowhide
December 20, 1956; December 19, 1957The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford(two Christmas episodes, with Rin Tin Tin)
1957Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers(one episode only)
1959The Millionaire(one episode only) Tommy Spencer
1954 to 1959The Adventures of Rin Tin TinRusty
1959Rescue 8(one episode only) Billy
1959The Donna Reed Show(one episode only) Kenny
1959 to 1962Disneyland(four episodes) Willy; Chuck Taylor
1960Make Room For Daddy(one episode only) Charles
1963The Lucy Show(one episode)


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