The Dog Walk of Fame

September 19, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Some famous dogs have had the honor to be included on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; such as Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, and Strongheart. There are also memorials for dogs who participated in war efforts and one in Moscow for

Jerry Lee – “K-9”

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

The 1989 film “K-9” featured James Belushi as Mike Dooley, a narcotics cop who has been assigned to choose a canine partner from the K-9 unit’s training facility. He chooses a German Shepherd that he names Jerry Lee, after the

The Dogs of “Eight Below”

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

A true-life story from the late-1950s about a Japanese explorer expedition gone bad was made into a 2006 film titled “Eight Below”, starring the late Paul Walker and Bruce Greenwood. But arguably the true stars of the show were the

Bruiser (Legally Blonde)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Hollywood animal trainer Sue Chipperton had a dog named Gidget who was wildly famous as the Chihuahua in the Taco Bell commercials. She heard a new film was being cast starring actress Reese Witherspoon as law student Elle Woods and

Flash (The Dukes Of Hazard)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

When actor James Best signed on to play Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on the popular 1980s television show “The Dukes of Hazzard”, he hoped his character would be given a girlfriend. When that didn’t happen, he asked to have a

Fang (Harry Potter Movies)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Anyone familiar with the Harry Potter series of books and films will remember the enormous dog that belonged to the larger-than-life character of Rubeus Hagrid. In the books, his dog Fang was called a boarhound. When filming began, bringing the

Frank (Men In Black)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

When the sci-fi film “Men in Black” debuted in 1997, it became instantly popular. But no one expected a little pug to steal a scene from stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The pug was an animal actor named

Milo (The Mask)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Animal actor Max McCarter was 5 years old when he auditioned for the role of Milo in the 1994 film “The Mask”. Director Chuck Russell had seen many dogs and narrowed the field down to a Corgi, a Scottie, and

Uggie (The Artist)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

In 2011, the talk of the town, both with show business people and the general public, was a little Jack Russell Terrier named Uggie. He’d stolen scenes when he appeared in the popular and unusual silent film “The Artist” earlier

Marley (Marley And Me)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

THE MANY MARLEYS FROM “MARLEY AND ME” There were actually 22 dogs portraying Marley during the making of the engaging 2008 film starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. The real Marley, beloved pet of John and Jenny Grogan, had inspired

Papi (Beverly Hills Chihuahua)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Trainer Mike Alexander had auditioned many dogs when he got the word that a 2008 film titled “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” was being planned. But he didn’t find a Chihuahua in the bunch that he felt comfortable with for the role.

Asta (The Thin Man)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

The screen credits read “with Asta (the pooch)”, and with that, a film star was born. The dog in question was the on-screen pet of Nick and Nora Charles, the famous crime-solving couple played by William Powell and Myrna Loy

Rover (The First Canine Film Star)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

A 1905 British silent film made a fortune for director Cecil Hepworh, and launched his dog Blair (who played Rover) into stardom, as the first dog to be a lead character in a film. The film was “Rescued by Rover”

Buck “Married with Children”

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

The Bundy family was a fixture on the television series “Married with Children” for 10 years, and for most of those years, one of the main characters was Buck – the wise-cracking dog who provided sarcastic commentary on the family’s

Beethoven (aka Chris)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

The 1992 film “Beethoven” is one of the most popular and highest-earning dog-themed films in history.   The sequel, “Beethoven 2” was also a huge success. These films were followed by a series of 5 other Beethoven-related movies.  But the star

Spuds Mackenzie (Budweiser Dog)

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Party lovers and beer drinkers had a new mascot in the late 1980s by the name of Spuds MacKenzie. Billed as the “ultimate party animal”, Spuds debuted in a Bud Light commercial during Super Bowl XXI in 1987. Spuds-frenzy developed,

Hooch

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Film fans will always remember the clumsy, destructive, slobbery but completely lovable dog Hooch from the 1989 comedy/drama/crime film “Turner & Hooch.” It was an early film for Tom Hanks, who played a cop named Turner.  In the film, Hooch

Toto

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Carl Spitz had a thriving kennel where he trained dogs for films and other ventures. He was the innovator of using hand signals to teach dogs particular tricks or behaviors. One day, an owner dropped off a black Cairn terrier…and

Benji

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Many dogs have appeared in films and television shows over the years. But perhaps the most critically-praised canine for being an actual “actor” is Benji. The original Benji’s real name was Higgins and he was rescued from a Burbank, California

Strongheart – Canine Star of Silent Cinema

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Rin Tin Tin may have been the most famous German Shepherd film star, but there was a Shepherd who came before him, to pave the way. His screen name was Strongheart, though his real name was Etzel von Oeringer. The

Rin Tin Tin – Hollywood Superstar

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

The story of Rin Tin Tin begins in a bombed out dog kennel in Lorraine, France during WWI. History records the date as September 15th, 1918. But unlike other dogs that began their path to fame during the two wars

Eddie

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Eddie was the name of the most popular character played by Moose, a Jack Russell Terrier. His original owner could not handle his hyper personality so he was sent off to LA to live with a trainer who works with

Petey

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Petey was a character in The Little Rascals, known then as Our Gang, in the 1930s. The character was an American Staffordshire Terrier but in reality Petey was classified as an American Pit Bull Terrier. His trademark was a ring

Lassie

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Famous TV & Movie Dogs

Lassie is a fictional Collie that originated in a short story published in 1940. The studio MGM turned it into a film in 1943 and choose a dog named Pal to star. Although the character of Lassie is a female