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Gary Gray (1937 -- 2006)

Gary Gray, whose career as a child actor in the 1940s and '50s included MGM's final Lassie movie, died April 4 of cancer in Brush Prairie, Wash. He was 69.

Gray's role as the son of Nancy Davis and James Whitmore in "The Next Voice You Hear" (1950) led to a contract at MGM, where he appeared with the original Lassie in the 1951 family Western "The Painted Hills."

Gray appeared in many Westerns as a child actor, including "Return of the Bad Men" (1948) and "Rachel and the Stranger" (1948). His credits include "The Great Lover," starring Bob Hope, and "The Girl From Jones Beach," starring Ronald Reagan and Virginia Mayo.

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