Jon Provost

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Jon Provost
Jon Provost & Teddy.jpg
Provost reading his autobiography Timmy's in the Well in 2009
Born Jonathan Bion Provost
(1950-03-12) March 12, 1950 (age 67)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1953–present
Spouse(s) Sandra Goosens (1979-1993; divorced) 2 children
Laurie Jacobson (1999-present)
Website Official 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 to 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 though Campbell's Soup Company, the sponsor, wanted three more years.[2]

Provost continued working in television and in 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 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 memoirs, Timmy's in the Well: The Jon Provost Story, were 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.

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  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". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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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