Jon Provost, who starred in the 1954 classic television series, "Lassie" as "Timmy Martin," has turned 70-years-old and bears no semblance with the young boy his audience once knew.
Actor Jon Provost turned 70 years old on March 12, 2020. He embodied the character of "Timmy Martin," the prominent human companion of the famous titular dog, Lassie. The series had followed the adventures of the canine and his human friends. Recalling the long-gone days, Jon said:
"Truthfully, the adults, the actors, made more mistakes than Lassie did. The dog and I, we enjoyed it..."
Lassie was already four seasons gone when Timmy joined the cast at seven-years old, but he had brought color and vibrance to the scene, and he quickly became an integral part of the story.
The actor spoke about his days in the series as though they happened just days ago and not decades away in the past. Jon revealed that over the several seasons, he had the opportunity of working with three different Lassies as they succeeded each other.
Once he started approaching his mid-teenage years, the actor left the scene. Several decades after, at 70-years old, Provost had changed drastically from the little boy "Timmy" that fans had grown to love, while the classic film was still running.
The canine character became so popular that she even had a "Lassie" riveting radio series.
Although Jon's love for the television show never waned, he did not expect many other fans to still be in love with it like he was. The actor revealed that the show's popularity stood the test of time. He said that people often approached him at comic-con to praise him for his work.
Provost confessed that the show even caused people to have a special affection for Lassie's breed of dogs. Lassie was a female Rough Collie. Describing an experience he had at National Collie Convention, Jon said:
"People come up to me when I'm in a venue like that, and they will say, 'I want to thank you because you're the reason I've been raising Collies for 45 years."
"Lassie" was inspired by a story told by the author, Nigel Clarke, in his book titled "The Shipwreck Guide to Dorset and South Devon."
He told an inspiring story of a collie in England named Lassie, who saved the life of a savior. This similar act was the acting dog's debut scene in the book, "The Half Brothers."
After the dog featured in the book, she began to feature in many other books, some of which were novels and even picture books. The fictional canine character quickly became a sensation.
The canine character became so popular that she even had a "Lassie" riveting radio series, which was broadcast from 1947-1948 on ABC Radio, and 1948-1950 on NBC Radio.
The actor has managed to remain relevant and has been remembered for his role in the classic film. Even after so many years, he still keeps the franchise close to his heart.