Lee Aaker, greatest referred to as the 1950s youngster star of The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin, has died at 77. The information comes through a social media put up by former youngster actor and activist Paul Petersen. Petersen mentioned Aaker “handed away in Arizona on April 1st, alone & unclaimed, listed as an ‘indigent decedent.’”
Aaker was 11 when The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin first appeared on ABC. The western’s unique run on Friday evenings lasted from October 1954 to May 1959. Aaker performed Rusty, a boy orphaned in an Indian raid being raised at Fort Apache. He starred reverse James E. Brown’s Lieutenant Ripley “Rip” Masters and, after all, plenty of German shepherds who portrayed the titular canine.
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Aaker’s profession started propitiously. Even earlier than Rin Tin Tin, on the age of eight he had uncredited appearances in movies resembling The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and High Noon (1952). Aaker then appeared reverse Barbara Stanwyck in director John Sturges’ noir thriller Jeopardy (1953). That identical yr he co-starred in 5 different movies, together with Hondo alongside John Wayne and Geraldine Page.
But it was Rin-Tin-Tin that solidified him within the public creativeness. ABC reran the sequence in from 1959 to 1961. It was then picked up by CBS from 1962-1964. A brand new spherical of reruns started in 1976 and continued into the 1980s.
In the early ’60s, Aaker appeared in episodes of The Donna Reed Show, Route 66, The Lucy Show, Make Room for Daddy and The Magical World of Disney, amongst different reveals.
His profession thereafter didn’t proceed apace. By the mid-sixties, the roles dried up.
According to Petersen, Aaker served within the Air Force, however died this month “alone & unclaimed…indigent.” Petersen indicated that he was engaged on a correct burial, which Aaker is entitled resulting from his service in uniform.