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Rusty Hamer (1947–1990)

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, The Danny Thomas Show (1953), in 1953. Playing 'second banana' to the star was no easy task, but... See full bio »

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The Danny Thomas Show Rusty Williams
The Danny Thomas Hour Rusty Williams
The Joey Bishop Show Rusty Williams
Make Room for Granddaddy Rusty Williams


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 1970-1971 Make Room for Granddaddy (TV Series)
Rusty Williams
- Monument for Uncle Tonoose (1971) ... Rusty Williams
- The Big Hang-Up (1971) ... Rusty Williams
- The Teen Idol (1970) ... Rusty Williams
- He Did It His Way (1970) ... Rusty Williams
- Tonoose, the Exile (1970) ... Rusty Williams
 1969 Green Acres (TV Series)
Alfred Newton
- Oliver's Schoolgirl Crush (1969) ... Alfred Newton
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Rusty Williams
- Make More Room for Daddy (1967) ... Rusty Williams
 1965 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Rusty Williams
- Joey Entertains Rusty's Fraternity (1965) ... Rusty Williams
- Rusty's Education (1965) ... Rusty Williams
- Rusty Arrives (1965) ... Rusty Williams
 1953-1964 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Rusty Williams
- The Persistent Cop (1964) ... Rusty Williams
- Rusty and the Chorus Girl (1964) ... Rusty Williams
- Call Off the Hounds (1964) ... Rusty Williams (credit only)
- Beautiful Lady (1964) ... Rusty Williams
- Pupa Loves Rusty (1964) ... Rusty Williams
 1961 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
- Episode #10.12 (1961) ... Boy
 1958 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Rusty Williams
- Lucy Makes Room for Danny (1958) ... Rusty Williams
 1956 Dance with Me, Henry
 1954 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- Entertainment on Wheels (1954) ... Rusty
 1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- Vote of Confidence (1954) ... Dickie
 1953 Fort Ti
Jed's Nephew (uncredited)
 1953 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
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 1955-1961 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series) (performer - 10 episodes)
- The Trumpet Player (1961) ... (performer: "My Blue Heaven" (uncredited), "Ach Du Lieber Augustin")
- The Rum Cake (1961) ... (performer: "(Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey" - uncredited)
- Danny and the Dentist (1960) ... (performer: "I Whistle A Happy Tune" - uncredited)
- Kathy Crashes TV (1959) ... (performer: "My Mother Never Let's Me Cross The Street" - uncredited)
- Rusty, the Weight-Lifter (1959) ... (performer: "High Hopes" - uncredited)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (6 credits)
 1965 Danny Thomas Reunion Special (TV Special)
Rusty Williams
 1962 Here's Hollywood (TV Series)
- Episode #2.250 (1962) ... Himself
 1959 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series)
Himself - Actor
 1958 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series)
 1958 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
 1954 The Jimmy Durante Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1954) ... Himself
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 2008-2014 Pioneers of Television (TV Series documentary)
Rusty Williams - Make Room for Daddy / Himself / Rusty Williams
- Breaking Barriers (2014) ... Rusty Williams - Make Room for Daddy
- Sitcoms (2008) ... Himself / Rusty Williams

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Personal Quote:

My life as a child bore no resemblance to what I believed was normal--i.e., the way people lived on television, a medium I mistook for my window on reality. Even on TV, though, peer models were scarce, which is why I ended up identifying with a kid I didn't even like.


Profiled in the 2016 book "X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?" by Kathy Garver and Fred Ascher. See more »

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