Lassie is considered to be the most famous dog in the world and his friend Timmy isn’t any less famous. The same applies to his actor, Jon Provost, who is coming to Comic Con Germany in June 2016.
Jon Provost is a national treasure. The check shirt and jeans he wore for seven years as Timmy on Lassiehang in the Smithsonian next to Archie Bunker’s chair. Lassie continues to air in 50 countries and Jon receives letters and email from fans of all ages around the world.
Jon was already a seasoned professional when he won the role of Timmy at age seven. He was not even three when cast as Jane Wyman and Sterling Hayden’s son in So Big. During his career as a child actor and teen heart throb, he worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood: Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby in The Country Girl, Natalie Wood and Robert Redford in This Property is Condemned, Rod Steiger and Anita Ekberg in Back from Eternity,Clint Eastwood in Escapade in Japan, Kurt Russell in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and on television with Kim Novak, Jack Benny, James Garner and even with that famous talking horse, Mr. Ed.
By the time Jon Provost was nineteen, he’d worked in film and television for sixteen years. With a strong desire to try something new, he headed for Northern California and college. The beauty of the wine country seduced him and Jon never returned to L.A., preferring eventually to raise a family in Sonoma County. Of his many accomplishments, he is most proud of his children, Ryan, 31, and Katie, 29; and his brand new granddaughter, Juliana.
Jon has also earned a nationwide reputation as a philanthropist, giving his time to: children’s hospitals, animal shelters, and humane societies and, closest to his heart, Canine Companions for Independence, providing service dogs to the handicapped. He served on their Board of Governors for close to 25 years. And he’s received many awards, among them, The Motion Picture Council’saward forOutstanding Contribution as a Humanitarian for his dedication in helping the physically challenged, the Allen Ludden Humanitarian Award presented by Betty White and the Lifetime AchievementAward from the Youth in Film Association.
In 1990, Jon returned to television as Timmy all grown up inThe New Lassie with Dee Wallace. He received a Genesis Award for Outstanding Television in a Family Series for a story he penned for the show focusing on the inhumane treatment of research animals. In recent years, Jon was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and added the internet to his resume, directing and hosting short videos about dogs and cats for a Purina website. 2008 marked Jon’s 50th anniversary as Timmy. He celebrated with the release of his autobiography, Timmy's in the Well which he wrote with his wife, Hollywood writer Laurie Jacobson.
Recently he had roles in two films, gave voice to an elf and a reindeer in a series of animated films and served as judge in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. He is excited to play Santa Claus in a children’s film to be shot in May. Still a sought-after celebrity guest, Jon appears at fund-raisers, comic cons, pet expos, cruises and special events throughout the year.