Most well known for his childhood portrayal of Rusty Williams in the 1950s sitcom The
He began his screen acting career when he was just five years old.
After leaving Hollywood, he worked on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig and later became a cook.
Born in Tenafly, New Jersey, and raised primarily in Hollywood, he later settled in Louisiana to be near his mother and brother.
Hamer's suicide at the age of forty-two spurred Paul Petersen to form an organization called A Minor Consideration for the purpose of offering support to current and former child actors.