Many of you might know Paul Peterson from the original Mickey Mouse Club or as Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show. But did you also know he’s an author? In fact, after his years as an actor, he earned a degree in literature and wrote sixteen adventure novels! He also published his autobiography in 1977 entitled Walt, Mickey and Me: Confessions of the First Ex-Mouseketeer.
Furthermore, in 1990, following the suicide former child star Rusty Hamer (who played Rusty in Make Room For Daddy with Danny Thomas), Mr. Petersen founded “A Minor Consideration.” AMC is a support group for child actors to improve their working conditions and to assist in their transitions between working as child actors and their adult life, whether in acting or in other professions.
He was born on September 23, 1945 in Glendale, California.
Happy 69th Birthday, Paul Petersen!