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Lee Aaker, Child Star of ‘The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin’, Dies at 77

Lee Aaker, Child Star of ‘The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin’, Dies at 77

Lee Aaker, who starred in the ABC series “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin,” died this month near Mesa, Arizona of a stroke, according to a Facebook post from fellow former child actor Paul Petersen. He was 77.

Petersen confirmed Aaker’s passing to TheWrap and said that no service was currently planned.

Born in Inglewood, California, in 1943, Aaker was first found by director Fred Zinnemann and cast for his short film “Benjy,” which was commissioned as a fundraiser video by Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital and featured Aaker as a boy with scoliosis who is offered the chance to undergo a medical procedure that could cure him, but must first get permission from his parents whom have rejected him because of his condition. Despite being based on dramatized scenes, it qualified for the Best Documentary Short category at the Oscars and won in 1951.

Later that year, Zinnemann brought Aaker back for

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