Jon Provost ‘Grew Up’ With ‘Lassie’ — 72-Year-Old Fondly Remembers His Time As Timmy

 

 
It’s reasonable to argue that “Lassie” is on the list of unforgettable and
classic television programs. The program featured the exploits of a dog
named Lassie and her dependable human and animal friends. With its 17
seasons including syndication, the program, which aired from 1954 to 1973,
is the sixth longest-running primetime television series in the United
States.



“Lassie” won several honors and nominations when it was on television and
has a large following. Some of the show’s stars, including prominent
standouts Jan Clayton, Tommy Rettig, and Jon Provost, were also able to
further their professional careers as a result of the program.
Provost’s portrayal of Timmy on “Lassie” remains his most well-known
performance as an actor to this day. His debut appearance was in the fourth
season of the program in 1957, and he continued to star throughout the
majority of its life. Even though Provost was still a young child, his
addition to the show helped “Lassie” achieve some of its highest ratings
after Timmy’s arrival. Provost even made a comeback to television in 1989 to
play a new role in “The New Lassie.”
Provost’s career has been extremely successful since his stint on “Lassie.”
He is currently in his 70s and still has a lot to be happy about. He is
still involved in acting and is even working on a new project. Continue
reading to learn more about Provost’s ascent to popularity and his future
professional goals.
 
Provost was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 12, 1950. He was cast
in the classic film “The Country Girl,” starring Grace Kelly and Bing
Crosby, when he was just 4 years old. Following that, the budding actor
found further roles in various other movies.
Provost’s life saw one of its most significant changes in 1957. He was cast
in the “Lassie” television series as Timmy Martin. When he first appeared in
the fourth season, Lassie, his dependable canine friend, immediately
elevated him to the position of main character.
Provost’s audition included a test to assess how well he got along with
Lassie, according to Dogster. The dog’s trainer, Rudd Weatherwax, was unsure
of how the two would get along. Provost ultimately spent three days at his
ranch getting to know Lassie, and the rest is history.
We got along great,” Provost said. I basically got the part because Lassie
gave me the thumbs up.
 

 

Provost wasn’t only popular with Lassie. Once Timmy was made the show’s
star, the ratings went through the roof and Provost was overnightly famous.
But he decided not to have his contract renewed in 1964.
Provost talked with Fox News about his experience working on the well-known
show. He stated:
 
I produced the 249 half-hour episodes over a period of seven years. I had
three different Lassies with me at work. I spent five years working alone
with the last dog I had. On set, there was always one Lassie. I and the dog
shared an affection for one another. We shared a childhood.



 
Many people remembered an episode of “Lassie” where Timmy fell into a well,
but Provost insisted that “it never occurred.” This suggests that there may
be something of a Mandela effect surrounding “Lassie.” And I read the
summaries of each episode while I was writing my memoirs, “Timmy’s in the
Well,” he said. I never experienced a good fall incident.
 
Provost is still actively involved in the entertainment business today.
2019: In an interview with Fox News, he said:
“I’m still actively involved with the company. I do a little voice acting.
It never stops. Additionally, viewers from all around the world continue to
watch Lassie. I continue to receive fan mail from all around the world, and
it’s always really kind and says things like, “I didn’t have a childhood,
but I grew up with you and I escaped.
In Hollywood, it’s unusual for young actors to lose their popularity.
Provost, though, is a living example that people may succeed at any age. He
kept acting after his stint on “Lassie” until 1970, after which he took a
little hiatus from the spotlight. He made a brief comeback in 1989 to appear
on “The New Lassie,” then took a further hiatus.
 

 

 
Provost has worked seldom ever since, although he has kept accepting
assignments that he enjoys. He will play the lead role in the science
fiction movie “Colonials,” which is now in post-production, according to
IMDB. As he records the podcast series “Heroes of Extinction,” Provost has
expanded his abilities and is poised to become a podcast sensation.



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