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Tim Considine
Considine and Meredith MacRae in My Three Sons, 1965
Timothy Daniel Considine

(1940-12-31)December 31, 1940
DiedMarch 3, 2022(2022-03-03) (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actor
  • author
  • photographer
Years active1953–2015
(m. 1965; div. 1969)
Willett Hunt
(m. 1979)

Timothy Daniel Considine (December 31, 1940 – March 3, 2022) was an American actor, writer, photographer, and automotive historian. He was best known for his acting roles in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Early life[edit]

Considine was born in Los Angeles on December 31, 1940.[1] His mother, Carmen (née Pantages), was the daughter of theater magnate Alexander Pantages; his father, John W. Considine Jr., was an Oscar-nominated movie producer for Boys Town. Considine's grandfather, John Considine, was Alexander Pantages' rival vaudeville impresario, while one of his uncles, Bob Considine, was a columnist and author.[1] He had two siblings: John, who was also an actor, and Erin.[1][2]


Considine made his film debut in 1953, co-starring with Red Skelton in The Clown (1953), a remake of the 1931 movie The Champ.[1][2] Credited as Timmie Considine, a review by The New York Times characterized his performance as "properly wistful, serious, and manly".[1]

In 1954, Considine appeared in the feature film, Her Twelve Men (1954) alongside David Stollery.

1955–1959: Disney[edit]

Considine's first acting performances included roles in the 1955–1957 Disney TV serials which appeared as 15-minute segments on The Mickey Mouse Club.[1]

Based on the 1942 novel Marty Markham by Lawrence Edward Watkin, Disney adapted the novel into a serial, with the working title The Marty Markham Story. Considine was originally cast as the main lead of Marty, but preferred the secondary character, Spin. The project was retitled to Spin and Marty, and expanded the role of Spin to a lead character. Considine personally recommended his friend and actor, Stollery, for the role of Marty.[3] The serial was made into three seasons, The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1955), The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty (1956), and The New Adventures of Spin and Marty (1957).

In the 1956 serial, The Hardy Boys, Considine played older brother Frank Hardy, opposite Tommy Kirk as Joe Hardy. It aired for two seasons, The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure (1956) and The Mystery of Ghost Farm (1957).

In 1957, Considine played the role of Ned Nickerson in a television unaired pilot made for CBS based on the popular Nancy Drew series of books by Carolyn Keene. He co-starred with Roberta Shore and Frankie Thomas.[4]

Also as part of The Mickey Mouse Club, Considine starred in the 1958 serial, Annette, which featured the Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. Considine played a character called Steve, and once again, co-starred with Stollery.

In 1959, he appeared in the Disney show The Swamp Fox as Gabriel Marion, nephew of Francis Marion.

In the Disney motion picture The Shaggy Dog (1959), Considine was cast as Buzz Miller, and appeared alongside his Disney co-stars Funicello, Kirk and Stollery.

1959–1970: Television and film[edit]

Considine appeared as the eldest son, Mike Douglas, in the first years of the long-running television series My Three Sons, when it aired on ABC. In both The Shaggy Dog and My Three Sons, he starred with Fred MacMurray.[1][2]

On December 31, 1959, his 19th birthday and before the debut of My Three Sons, Considine appeared as Jamie Frederick in the episode "Bound Boy" on CBS's Johnny Ringo western television series, starring Don Durant in the title role. In the story line, a rancher is investigated for turning orphaned boys into virtual slaves.[5][6]

The following year, Considine played the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt's eldest son James between ages 14 and 17, in the 1960 feature film Sunrise at Campobello.[1]

In a 1966 episode of The Fugitive he acted as a helper for Dr. Kimble.[2][7] He played young rebel Billy Penn in the Bonanza episode "The Reluctant Rebel", which aired on November 21, 1965.[8] Considine played the role of "Scott Coleman" in the 1970 Gunsmoke television film series (S16.E6 and S16.E7), "Snow Train" parts 1 and 2.

Considine later featured in the 1970 film Patton, portraying the shell-shocked soldier slapped by General George S. Patton, Jr. The role is credited as "Soldier Who Gets Slapped".[9][10]

Post acting-career[edit]

As an adult, Considine was an automobile historian, photographer, and writer who specialized in motor sports. He was the author of The Photographic Dictionary of Soccer (1979, ISBN 0-446-87953-3), The Language of Sport (1982, ISBN 0-87196-653-0), and American Grand Prix Racing: A Century of Drivers and Cars (1997, ISBN 0-7603-0210-3). He also filled in for the late William Safire as writer of the "On Language" column in The New York Times Magazine.[1] His photography work included the cover of Joni Mitchell's 1971 album Blue.[11]


In 2000, Considine and David Stollery, his co-star in the Spin and Marty serials, made cameo appearances in The New Adventures of Spin and Marty: Suspect Behavior, a made-for-TV movie on the ABC network.[10] A DVD version of the Adventures of Spin & Marty was released in December 2005 as part of the fifth wave of the Walt Disney Treasures series.[12] On the 50th anniversary of the serial's premiere, Considine and Stollery were interviewed by Leonard Maltin as a DVD bonus feature about their experiences filming the hit series.[13] Considine later participated in the My Three Sons 50th-Anniversary Reunion at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California, on June 19, 2010. He was a panelist at the event alongside most of the surviving cast members.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Considine married his first wife, Charlotte Stewart, in 1965. They did not have children and divorced in 1969. Ten years later, he married Willett Hunt. They remained married until his death and had one son, Christopher.[1]

Considine died on March 3, 2022, at his home in Mar Vista, California. He was 81 years old.[1][16][17]



Year Title Role Ref
1953 The Clown Dink Delwyn [2][9]
1954 Executive Suite Mike Walling [2][9]
1954 Her Twelve Men Richard Y. Oliver, Jr. [2][9]
1955 Unchained Win Davitt [2][9]
1955 The Private War of Major Benson Cadet Lt. Gerald Hibler [2][9]
1959 The Shaggy Dog Buzz Miller [2][9]
1960 Sunrise at Campobello James Roosevelt [2][9]
1970 Patton Private First Class Charles Kuhl [2][9]
1973 The Daring Dobermans Warren [2][9]


Year Title Role
1955 The Adventures of Spin and Marty Spin
1956 The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty Spin
1956 The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure Frank Hardy
1957 The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Ghost Farm Frank Hardy
1957 The New Adventures of Spin and Marty Spin
1958 Annette Steve
1959 The Swamp Fox Gabriel Marion
1959 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre Peter Owens
1959 Cheyenne Billy McQueen
1959 Johnny Ringo Jamie Frederick
1960 My Three Sons Michael Douglas
1963 The Untouchables Arnie Mizo
1965 Bonanza Billy Penn
1966 The Fugitive Howie Keever
1969 Medical Center Charlie Filbey
1969 Ironside Richie
1970 Gunsmoke Scott Coleman
1971 The Smith Family Jim York
1983 Simon & Simon Photographer Jean-Claude
1995 Legend Edgar Taggert



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Gates, Anita (March 4, 2022). "Tim Considine, Young Star of 'My Three Sons,' Is Dead at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Tim Considine". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 5, 2022.
  3. ^ A Word On Westerns (December 23, 2019). "Tim Considine (1940-2022) Exclusive Interview with TV's SPIN & MARTY! A WORD ON WESTERNS!". YouTube. Retrieved February 2, 2024.
  4. ^ Terrace, Vincent (September 28, 2018). Encyclopedia of Unaired Television Pilots, 1945–2018. McFarland. p. 169. ISBN 9781476672069.
  5. ^ Lentz 1997, p. 230.
  6. ^ Gianakos, Larry James (1983). Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle, 1980–1982. Vol. 4. Scarecrow Press. p. 346. ISBN 9780810816268.
  7. ^ Deane, Bill (February 1, 2006). Following The Fugitive: An Episode Guide and Handbook to the 1960s Television Series. McFarland. p. 166. ISBN 9780786426317.
  8. ^ Lentz 1997, p. 49.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Tim Considine". American Film Institute. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Tim Considine – Filmography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  11. ^ Arnold, Chuck (June 22, 2021). "Joni Mitchell's ex talks heartache as her masterpiece 'Blue' turns 50". New York Post. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  12. ^ King, Susan (December 4, 2005). "Rare Disneyana, out of the vault". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  13. ^ Liebenson, Donald (October 14, 2021). "A Lucky Film Buff: Leonard Maltin Reflects on His Life". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  14. ^ "PaleyFest Rewind: My Three Sons: 50th Anniversary Celebration". Paley Center for Media. Archived from the original on March 8, 2022. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  15. ^ "'My Three Sons' celebration to cap PaleyFest Rewind event". Pasadena Star-News. June 18, 2010. Archived from the original on March 8, 2022. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  16. ^ "Remembering Disney Legend Tim Considine". D23. March 4, 2022. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  17. ^ Barnes, Mike (March 4, 2022). "Tim Considine, Actor on 'My Three Sons' and 'Spin and Marty,' Dies at 81". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 4, 2022.


External links[edit]

  1. ^ Rowan, Terry (April 17, 2015). Whodoneit! A Film Guide (1st ed.). USA: Rowan. p. 100. ISBN 9781312308060. Retrieved April 27, 2019.