Andy Griffith

Minor Celebrity: La Jolla exec's secret life as an ex-child star

Minor Celebrity: La Jolla exec's secret life as an ex-child star

Dennis Rush cracks open the yellowed scrapbook of publicity photos his mother made for him to take on casting calls. He leafs through the pages, revealing an “Andy Griffith Show” script and publicity stills marked with pencil to explain where each is from.

“This is the first time I’ve seen my mom’s handwriting in 25 years,” he says.

As a child, Rush didn’t dream of becoming a movie star when he grew up. He was one. The current director of operations for the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club starred in four movies and 18 TV series before his 15th birthday. James Cagney, Gene Kelly and Ron Howard were his work friends.

Ron Howard and Dennis Rush on the...

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