Rusty Hamer (Russell Craig Hamer)

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Tenafly, New Jersey, USA
A deadpan, freckle-faced, curly-haired child actor of the late 50s, Rusty Hamer entered films at age 5 and became a precocious TV celebrity the very next year, trading quips with top comedian Danny Thomas as his lippy, obnoxious son, on the hit sitcom, Make Room for Daddy (1953), in 1953. Playing 'second banana' to the star was no easy task, but this boy showed an incredibly sharp comedy sense for one so young. The show ran a healthy eleven seasons and, in 1964, Hamer, at age 17, found himself out of work for the first time. Read more...