My Dad: Paul Petersen

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11 Comments on “My Dad: Paul Petersen”

  1. Morpfy Says:

    one of my favorite ones

  2. MT C Says:

    Add my name to your “well done” list for this one.


  3. im6 Says:

    Poor Paul should just change his name. *Everyone* misspells it.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks-I looked up the correct spelling and changed it.

      • im6 Says:

        I wasn’t trying to be a smarta@@ or anything. I just find it sort of sad for Paul that everyone — and I mean everyone — misspells his name. He actually turned out to be quite a neat man using his celebrity and influence as an advocate for making sure child stars don’t get taken advantage of (financially and otherwise). He must have navigated those waters successfully himself since I don’t know how else he’s survived all these years unless he invested well (he has very few credits on IMDb post Donna Reed).

      • katry Says:

        I never thought, at least in this instance, that you were being a smart a@@. I have heard him speak about advocating for child actors. He, as you’ve said, seems to have done well. There are no stories of drugs or sex.

        I think he owned limos at one point but that’s a bit hazy.

      • Idle Mind Says:

        “… at least in this instance…” HA!

        from his IMDb bio:

        Paul eventually was forced to give it all up and went through a period of great personal anguish and turmoil. Wisely, he enrolled at college (Mickey Rooney is said to have been the one to influence and encourage Paul) and started writing adventure novels (penning 16 books in all). For 10 years, he ran his own limousine service. His biggest accomplishment to date, however, has been to give back, selflessly, to an industry that unceremoniously dumped him. In essence, “A Minor Consideration” is an outreach organization that oversees the emotional, financial and legal protection of kids and former kids in show business. Among the issues Paul deals with are better education, and stricter laws regarding a 40-hour work week. For those who have “been there, done that” and are experiencing severe emotional and/or substance abuse problems, he offers a solid hand in helping them find a renewed sense of purpose. Today, Paul is rightfully considered “the patron saint of former child actors”.

      • katry Says:

        Thanks for that. I had no idea he was a writer though I did know some of what he was doing for child actors and former child actors.

        I did remember the limo.

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