When I moved to Los Angeles in 1985, my mother called every week, usually early Saturday morning, and asked "What stars have you met?" But she wasn't familiar with most of the actors of my generation, so "Michael J. Fox" got a polite murmur, "Robin Williams" a vague "Oh yeah, I've heard of him," and "Lee H. Montgomery" a blank "Who's that?"
But Lee had more than enough claims to fame (and he was a lot friendlier than Robin Williams).
He played the boy who taught his pet rat to kill in Ben (1972). If you separate it from the premise, the theme song, sung by Michael Jackson, is a touching evocation of same-sex love:
Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for.
With a friend to call my own, I'll never be alone,
And you, my friend, will see, you've got a friend in me.
Mark Lester and Scott Jacoby specialized in, David (Lee) is shipwrecked on a desert island, along with his Dad (George C. Scott) and Mom. David eventually morphs into the bodybuilding hunk John David Carson (left), and tries to kill his Dad so he can mate with Mom. About the same plot as What the Peeper Saw, but with more nudity.
In Burnt Offerings (1976), a married couple (Oliver Reed, Karen Black) moves into a California mansion with their son David (Lee) and elderly Aunt Elizabeth (film legend Bette Davis). As the house starts asserting itself, it tries to drown David, and then drops a pillar on him.
Was there a fad for threatening half-naked kids in the 1970s? It also happened in The Possession of Joel Delaney and The Omen.
By the way, the hunky Oliver Reed hangs out in a swimsuit.
His characters are often uninterested in women, though a girl is usually thrown in, almost as an afterthought, to provide a heterosexist fade-out kiss.
In 1986, Lee retired from acting to concentrate on his music.
I met him at a party in 1987, and assumed he was gay, but I don't really have any evidence one way or the other. The story is on Tales of West Hollywood.