Jon Provost

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Jon Provost
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Provost reading his autobiography Timmy's in the Well in 2009
Jonathan Bion Provost

(1950-03-12) March 12, 1950 (age 69)
Years active1953–present
Spouse(s)Sandra Goosens (1979-1993; divorced) 2 children
Laurie Jacobson (1999-present)
WebsiteOfficial website

Jonathan Bion "Jon" Provost (born March 12, 1950) is an American actor, best known for his role as young Timmy Martin in the CBS series Lassie.

Life and career[edit]

Provost was born in Los Angeles. At the age of four, Provost was cast in the film The Country Girl (1954), starring Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly. He then appeared in Back from Eternity (1956) with Anita Ekberg and Escapade in Japan (1957), with Teresa Wright, Cameron Mitchell, and an unknown and uncredited Clint Eastwood.

In 1957, Provost won the role of Timmy Martin in the CBS television series Lassie. He joined the show at the top of the fourth season as co-star with Tommy Rettig, Jan Clayton, and George Cleveland. Midpoint in the season, George Cleveland died and the show was completely revamped with Provost becoming the primary human star after the departures of Rettig and Clayton. The following year, he met June Lockhart on the set, who would play his mother, Ruth Martin, on the set, and would remain close friends. On December 25, 1958, Provost and Lassie were holiday guests on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Provost as Timmy Martin in the television series Lassie, c. 1962

For seven seasons, 1957–1964, audiences grew to love Timmy and his adventures with Lassie. Timmy's canine companion was played by three dogs that were all descendants of Pal, the original Lassie from the MGM films: Pal's son Lassie Jr. and his grandsons Baby and Spook. In a 2014 interview, Provost said: "I worked with Baby for five years straight. Obviously, he and I really bonded. He was my favorite and I also thought he was the most intelligent of the ones I worked with. They were all great dogs."[1]

In 1964, however, Provost was 14 and chose not to renew his contract, although Campbell's Soup Company, the sponsor, wanted three more years.[2]

Provost continued working in television and films, including This Property is Condemned with Natalie Wood and Robert Redford and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes with Kurt Russell. Jon left Hollywood for college at Sonoma State University and chose to remain there, returning for occasional roles. Later, he sold real estate in Sonoma County, California and donated his time to various causes.[citation needed]

In 1990, Provost was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award for his role as Timmy Martin on the original Lassie series,[3] and in 1989, he returned to television with a recurring role on The New Lassie series as real estate agent Steve McCullough.

He also attends celebrity conventions and autograph shows and works for animal causes.[citation needed]

In 1994, Provost received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Blvd. His memoir, Timmy's in the Well: The Jon Provost Story, was released in December 2007 (Cumberland House Publishing, ISBN 1-58182-619-2). In August 2008, Provost was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Pocono Mountains Film Festival.


Year Title Role Notes
1953 So Big Dirk - Age 2 Uncredited
1954 The Country Girl Johnnie Elgin Uncredited
1956 He Laughed Last Child Uncredited
1956 Back from Eternity Tommy Malone
1956 Toward the Unknown Joe Craven Jr. Uncredited
1957 All Mine to Give Robbie Eunson - age 6
1957 Escapade in Japan Tony / Tony Saunders
1957-1964 Lassie Timmy Martin / Timmy Claussen TV Series, 249 episodes
1963 Lassie's Christmas Tail Timmy Martin
1963 Lassie's Great Adventure
1966 This Property Is Condemned Tom
1969 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Bradley starring Kurt Russell
1970 The Secret of the Sacred Forest Jimmi
1992 Star Time Paramedic #2
1998 Playing Patti Himself
2013 Susie's Hope Don Vaughan, a former member of the North Carolina State Senate (last film role to-date)


  1. ^ Armstrong, Richard (July 2014). "An Interview with Jon Provost from Lassie". Classic Film & TV Cafe.
  2. ^ Provost, Jon. Timmy's in the Well: The Jon Provost Story. Cumberland, 2007.
  3. ^ "11th Annual Youth in Film Awards". Archived from the original on 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2011-03-31.


  • Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. pp. 233–241. ISBN 1476613702.
  • Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich: Michael Russell, p. 279-280.

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