Subject: ARCHIVE: January 18, 1982 ~Former child actor Trent Lehman, whose early efforts in 1960s TV, led him to his best remembered role as 'Butch Everett' on TV's "Nanny and the Professor", who at age 20, tragically hung himself on the schoolyard fence of the school he had attended as a youth. ...
Trent Lehman was an average kid growing up in California's San Fernando Valley (just north of L.A.), attending Vena Avenue Elementary School. His young career started very quickly at age 8, when he was cast in a made-for-TV movie called "Fear No Evil" in small uncredited role as 'Boy on Bench', leading to role as a 'Boy Scout' in the 1969 Don Knotts farce "The Love God?". After a speaking role in TV's "Gunsmoke", Lehman soon got he attention of producers, when he was cast as young 'Christine Jorgensen' in "The Christine Jorgensen Story".
...This led to Trent Lehman best known role as 'Butch Everett' on the "Nanny and the Professor", an ever-cheerful Nanny (played by Juliet Mills) helps the Everett family (starring Richard Long) with her subtly magical abilities, such as seemingly reading minds, seeing the future or making fortunate coincidences happen. The story was a subtle play on the "Mary Poppins" film success of a few years before. The series earned mild success, ending after only two seasons. Following the show's cancellation at the end of 1971, two animated adaptations of the series (Nanny and the Professor and Nanny and the Professor and the Phantom of the Circus) aired as part of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie. Members of the original cast provided voices for their respective characters. Other than a small part in an episode of "Emergency!", soon after Lehman's young career had ended.
After Trent's career ended, and by the late 1970s his mother moved the family to Colorado. Trent worked some odd jobs for a while, and wasn't interested in returning to show business. By summer 1981, Trent decided to return to California at the request of a girlfriend, he was very interested in. A short time later, they broke up on bad terms, and he had difficulty coping with the rejection. Sadly, around this time, Lehman's small apartment in North Hollywood, was burglarized, losing many of his possessions, resulting of more feelings of serious depression.
Soon after, Lehman decided to stay with an a childhood school classmate named Joseph Allen, who had a home in Arleta, near North Hollywood, but Allen was away that night. But on the morning of January 18, 1982, when returning to his home (located opposite the Vena Avenue Elementary School, where they both attended years earlier), Allen parked his car. He noticed a body hanging from the chain link fence of the school, just off the street. It was Trent, who climbed the chain-linked fence of the school, tied a belt to the top and pushed himself off. A suicide note was in his pocket. He was 20. Lehman's autopsy later revealed alcohol and drugs in his system, and his cremated remains were later returned to his mother. …
Lehman's suicide, along with those of two other former child actors Tim Hovey in 1989, and Rusty Hamer (on the same anniversary death of Lehman) in 1990, inspired another former child actor Paul Petersen to found 'A Minor Consideration', an advocacy group for former child stars.