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Paul Petersen

Biography

Prior to starting a singing profession, Paul Petersen was an effective child actor, starting his present business career being a Mouseketeer at age ten and landing the function of teenager Jeff Rock in the Donna Reed Present in the past due ’50s. Petersen’s popularity heading in to the early ’60s was in a way that he begun to receive several recording offers, a few of which were proved helpful into moments on the tv screen display. His debut one, a novelty tune in the teenager idol style known as “She Can’t Discover Her Tips,” was highlighted on the present and eventually became popular, reaching amount 19 on Billboard’s Scorching 100. His follow-up one, sung with Donna Reed Display co-star Shelley Fabares, was another lighthearted affair known as “What Did THEY ACTUALLY Before Rock and roll ‘n’ Move,” and both had been included on his 1962 debut record, Lollipops and Roses on Colpix Information. The record also highlighted a tune from famous Brill Building composing team Carole Ruler and Gerry Goffin known as “MAINTAIN YOUR Appreciate Locked.” Petersen’s following LP, Teenage Triangle, will be a joint record with Fabares and another pop idol called Adam Darren, who guested several times in the Donna Reed Display. Released in the springtime of 1963, the record fared well, netting each of its youthful stars several Top 40 strikes. That same season he released the sentimental one “MY FATHER,” that was also highlighted on this program, with Petersen performing the monitor to his onscreen dad, performed by Carl Betz. Following My Dad record, he rejoined Fabares and Darren for 1964’s Even more Teenage Triangle, after that spent the rest from the ’60s concentrating generally on his performing while delivering periodic singles towards the Motown and Tamla brands. From the 1970s, Petersen experienced transitioned from display business and started a second profession as an experience novelist. He also became an outspoken advocate for the privileges of child stars, and in 1990 founded the support group A Concern, which fought for better operating circumstances and helped ageing child stars changeover into new professions.

Quick Facts


Full Name Paul Petersen
Profession Actor, Singer, Novelist
Nationality American
Spouse Rana Jo Platz, Hallie Litman, Brenda Benet
Siblings Patty Petersen
Music Songs My Dad, She Can't Find Her Keys, My Dad/Paul Petersen, Keep Your Love Locked, A Little Bit for Sandy, She Rides With Me, Girls in the Summertime, Be Everything to Anyone You Love, Mama, Your Little Boy Fell, Lollipops and Roses, Little Boy Sad, Poorest Boy in Town, Your Love's Got Me Burning Alive, The Cheerleader, What Did They Do Before Rock & Roll, Hey There Beautiful, You Don’t Need Money, Penny Is Seventeen, Where Is She, Don't Let It Happen to Us, Storms May Come, Rhythms N Things, Very Unlikely, Cat in a Room of Rocking Chairs, Goody Goody, Kids, Groovy Times, The Girl Next Door, Watch Your Footwork, Two Little Boys, Midnight Walk in the Rain, Little Dreamer
Albums Teenage Triangle, The World is a Ghetto, Rhythms N Things, Slow Dancin', My Dad/Lollipops and Roses, Lollipops and Roses, Hits & Rarities 1961 – 1968, Teenage Triangle Revisited, Noble Blue, Fabulous Creature, Golden Hits, Secret Meeting, Art Collection, Man At His Leisure, My Dad, Mega Hits For You, Into The Countryside, Peasant Tasting Christmas Dinner, Black Or White, Hit It, Id Like To Hear That Song Again, Always The Best Hits, Bitter And Sweet, In That Golden Summer Time, Freedom Loving, Adrift, Confectioner's, Expanse, Love Caught, Greatest Hits, Open Stage, Imposingly, Favourite Dish, All Over The World, Gaudy Colours, Quiescent Point, Expensive Bling, The Best of Paul Petersen, Colorful Garden, As Light As Straw, Very Unlikely, A Bouquet Of Hits, Lansdowne Road, Beach Promenade, Enjoy Your Time
Movies Houseboat, The Happiest Millionaire, A Time for Killing, In the Year 2889, Journey to Shiloh, Something for a Lonely Man, Gidget Grows Up, Mommy 2: Mommy's Day, Swamphead
TV Shows The Donna Reed Show, The Mickey Mouse Club


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#Fact
1 Williamsburg, VA, USA: Attended the annual film festival. [March 2011]
2 Paul is still heading up the growing advocacy group, A Minor Consideration, protecting young professionals. [December 2001]
3 Board Member for the Donna Reed Foundation, and works at the Donna Reed Festival in Denison, Iowa the third week in June every year.
4 In addition to playing siblings "Jeff" and "Trisha" on The Donna Reed Show (1958), he is the real-life big brother of Patty Petersen.
5 He, Shelley Fabares and James Darren recorded a "Bye Bye Birdie" album in the 1960s.
6 Served the United Nations as a delegate for the World Safety Organization, and represented 300,000 film workers as Vice President of the Hollywood Entertainment Labor Council.
7 Mickey Rooney was the main influence on Paul to get him to leave Hollywood after his career crashed and burned and getting an education. He eventually earned college degrees in English and history.
8 Was allegedly fired from The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) by Walt Disney himself for "conduct unbecoming"--for bad behavior. One incident included punching the casting director in the stomach for being called a "mouse" one too many times.
9 He has one daughter born in 1987 from a brief affair.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Executive filming Harvey
Suspense 2016 TV Series Castlebury
Soupernatural 2010 CNN Producer
The Portal 2010/I Manager Rick
An American Journalist 2009 Short News Jock Paul / 1950s TV Voice
The Will 2007 Short Mark
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 Paul Petersen
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction 1998 TV Series
Mommy's Day 1997 Paul Conway
Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All 1989 TV Movie Stanfield
The New Mike Hammer 1984-1987 TV Series Clerk / Officer
The A-Team 1986 TV Series
Finder of Lost Loves 1985 TV Series Policeman
Trapper John, M.D. 1985 TV Series Bailey
Matt Houston 1982-1985 TV Series Cop / Policeman / Officer Fredicks / ...
High School U.S.A. 1984 TV Movie The Coach (as Paul Peterson)
Strike Force 1982 TV Series Officer Daley / Bluecoat / Jameson
Scout's Honor 1980 TV Movie Ace's Dad
Fantasy Island 1979 TV Series Eugene Bodine
The Next Step Beyond 1978 TV Series Mitch
Cannon 1972 TV Series Pete Farrell
Love, American Style 1971 TV Series Harold (segment "Love and the Bashful Groom")
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury 1971 TV Series Fred Cope
The Smith Family 1971 TV Series Paul
Lassie 1968-1970 TV Series Billy Cameron / Dave Loka
Gidget Grows Up 1969 TV Movie Moondoggie Griffith
My Three Sons 1969 TV Series Ted Winks
Something for a Lonely Man 1968 TV Movie Peter Duren
The Big Valley 1968 TV Series Roy Sanders
The Flying Nun 1968 TV Series Sonny Howard
Journey to Shiloh 1968 J.C. Sutton
Mannix 1968 TV Series Dean Devlin
In the Year 2889 1967 TV Movie Steve Morrow
The Happiest Millionaire 1967 Tony
Iron Horse 1967 TV Series Frank Wyatt
Custer 1967 TV Series Lieutenant Cox
A Time for Killing 1967 Blue Lake
Please Don't Eat the Daisies 1967 TV Series Jerry
F Troop 1966 TV Series Johnny Eagle Eye
The Donna Reed Show 1958-1966 TV Series Jeff Stone
The Virginian 1964 TV Series Dan Grant
General Hospital 1963 TV Series John Carruthers (1988)
Houseboat 1958 David Winters
Day of the Badman 1958 Little Boy (uncredited)
The Monolith Monsters 1957 Bobby - Paperboy (uncredited)
The George Sanders Mystery Theater 1957 TV Series
This Could Be the Night 1957 Joey (uncredited)
The Ford Television Theatre 1956-1957 TV Series Lookout Boy / Jim Hawk as a Boy
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1956 TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 "Child Stars on Your Television"
Mommy's Day 1997 performer: "Little Ice Princess"
The Flying Nun 1968 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Happiest Millionaire 1967 performer: "Watch Your Footwork" - uncredited
Where the Action Is 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1964-1965 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Donna Reed Show 1962 TV Series performer - 3 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Bilderberg Club: Meet the Shadow One World Government 2009 Short storyline consultant
All the Sins of the Past 2009 Documentary writer
The Donna Reed Show 1965 TV Series written by - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All the Sins of the Past 2009 Documentary script supervisor / technical advisor

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All the Sins of the Past 2009 Documentary collaborating director

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All the Sins of the Past 2009 Documentary

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All the Sins of the Past 2009 Documentary executive producer

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All the Sins of the Past 2009 Documentary production manager

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baby Peggy, the Elephant in the Room 2012 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That Guy Dick Miller 2014 Documentary Himself
Baby Peggy, the Elephant in the Room 2012 Video documentary Himself
The Tragic Side of Fame 2011 TV Movie Himself
The Hollywood Complex 2011 Documentary Himself
The Actor's Journey 2011 Video documentary Himself
The Actor's Journey for Kids 2011 Video documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1998-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Totally Tracked Down 2010 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009 TV Series Himself
All the Sins of the Past 2009 Documentary Himself
Child Stars: Their Story 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! Mysteries & Scandals 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Himself / Interviewee / Jeff Stone
Biography 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Carrie on Hollywood 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Vicki! 1993 TV Series Himself
The Joan Rivers Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Our Time 1985 TV Series Himself
Dream Girl of '67 1966-1967 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Bachelor Judge
The Dating Game 1966 TV Series Himself
The 38th Annual Academy Awards 1966 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Where the Action Is 1965 TV Series Himself / Himself - musical guest
Shindig! 1964-1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Hollywood Deb Stars of 1965 1965 TV Movie Himself - Escort for Donna Loren
New American Bandstand 1965 1964 TV Series Himself - Interview
Celebrity Party 1963 TV Special Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1963 TV Series Himself - Actor / Singer
The Dick Clark Show 1959 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Yearbook 1960-1963 2015 TV Movie Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Jeff Stone - Donna Reed Show
Svengoolie 2014 TV Series Bobby the Paperboy
The Mickey Mouse Club Story 1995 TV Special documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997 Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award Young Artist Awards The Donna Reed Show (1958)


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#Quote
1 [on the 1982 suicide of ex-wife Brenda Benet] In Hollywood, people make a great pretense at understanding the human condition. Particularly people on the soap operas. And they themselves are so poisoned by false values that they cannot, even with a co-worker, see the pain and lonliness [sic] and suffering.
2 [on losing wife Brenda Benet to Bill Bixby] I was so angry I couldn't see straight, and what doubled this pain was that Bill was really visible. You know, he was going great guns and I was going in the toilet.
3 [on his work with A Minor Consideration] People on the "utside", people who have not lived the life . . . "civilians", as we call them . . . are not equipped to deal with the masterful deceptions of former kid stars. For God's sake, when you don't know what to do with a former child star, call on the only group of people who DO know. We never say, "I told you so". We never seek retribution. We do not judge lest we be judged. We simply help.
4 I became a child actor because my mom was bigger than I was.
5 [on being fired from The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) for punching a casting director] I was rambunctious and confrontational and undisciplined. Heck, my third-grade teacher said that "while Paul was one of the smartest boys in his class, his behavior is abominable". And that pretty much explains why I was fired. I didn't know that kid actors aren't supposed to be children.
6 They say children in [the Hollywood acting] industry are protected. Bullshit. Hollywood would save Bosnia before the life of a single child actor.


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