Happy Birthday, Paul Petersen


Donna Reed, Paul Petersen and Carl Betz

Paul Petersen (born September 23, 1945).

Paul William Petersen is an American actor, singer, novelist, and activist. He played the role of son, Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show. During the series he had hit records including “She Can’t Find Her Keys” and the big hit, “My Dad”, which he performs in “My Dad” (Season 5, Episode 6). As a child actor, he appeared in various movies before The Donna Reed Show, including the movie Houseboat (1958), starring Cary Grant and Sophia Loren.


In 1990, Petersen established the organization A Minor Consideration to support child stars and other child laborers through legislation, family education, and personal intervention and counseling for those in crisis.