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Rusty Hamer (1947-1990)

Rusty Williams, Make Room for Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show.

Shot himself to death January 18, 1990, with a .357 Magnum. He was 42.


  • His death, along with those of Tim Hovey and Trent Lehman, inspired Paul Petersen to found the child-actor advocacy group, A Minor Consideration, in 1991.
  • Post-acting career, held jobs with a messenger service, a retauraurant and Exxon Oil.
  • Reprised his Rusty Williams self for the 1970-71 sitcom, Make Room for Granddaddy.
  • Shot himself in the stomach with a .22 pistol in 1966, at age 19, following a hunting trip. The incident was ruled a "freak accident."
  • Became his family's main breadwinner following the 1953 death of his father. He was 6.


  • A Minor Consideration
  • TV Tome: Make Room for Daddy
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