Lee Aaker

  1. Brandon De Wilde, Shane, 1952.   The Inglewood Kid seen that year  in The Greatest Show On Earth and High Noon  was promised young Joey Starrett by director George Stevens. Two days later, he was told: Sorry, kid, we’re going with Brandon.  Probably because he wasn’t so chubby…  Fat or not, Aaker  was soon an early top TV star – as  the orphan adopted by a US Cavalry unit at Fort Apache for 164 episodes as Corporal Rusty, the master of the pooch in The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, 1954-1959. 

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