Child star and teen heart-throb GARY GRAY died of cancer at his home in Brush Prairie, Washington on 4 April (06). He was 69. Gray starred in MGM's final LASSIE movie and appeared on screen with the original Lassie in the 1951 family western THE PAINTED HILLS. The actor's other films included Randolph Scott's RETURN OF THE BAD MEN in 1948 and he was William Holden's son in the 1948 film RACHEL AND THE STRANGER. He appeared with Bob Hope in THE GREAT LOVER, Ronald Reagan in THE GIRL FROM JONES BEACH and in THE PARTY CRASHERS with Connie Stevens. His TV work included FIRESIDE THEATRE, STUDIO 57, ANNIE OAKLEY, I LOVE LUCY and THE LEGEND OF WYATT EARP. Gray was a popular speaker at western film festivals and received a Golden Boot Award from the Motion Picture and Television Fund for his contribution to film and television westerns. He is survived by his wife Jean, four children and numerous grandchildren.
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.