What happened to these famous movie animals?
Famous movie animals. (Photo credit: MGM / Universal / Jörg Carstensen / Picture Alliance via Getty Images)
The old adage that no actor should ever work with children or animals does not seem to apply on the big screen. The history of cinema is littered with animals that have become even more famous than the people they work with, whether they're the heroes of their films, the bad guys, or adorable supporting actors.
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But what happens to these creatures when the cameras are turned off? Often these animals appear in other films and TV shows, but sometimes only their 15 minutes of fame are in the spotlight.
Here's what happened to some of the most famous and popular animals in film history after doing their big canvas sheets.
Bob (a street cat called Bob)
James Bowen and Bob attend the LondonCats International Show and Expo on May 4, 2019. (Photo by John Keeble / Getty Images)
This week, unfortunately, it was announced that Bob - the title character in the truth-based British drama A Street Cat Named Bob - had passed away at the age of 14. James Bowen met Bob while fighting addiction and lived on the streets. He ascribes to the cat that it gave him a reason to live and saved his life before inspiring the memoirs that would make A Street Cat Named Bob.
Bob, who has always been the star, played himself in the 2016 film based on Bowen's book and repeated the role in the Christmas sequel, A Gift From Bob, which was filmed in London late last year. The film will certainly be a fitting homage to the charismatic cat.
Uggie (The Artist)
Jean Dujardin holds Uggie after receiving the Oscar for Best Picture for "The Artist" during the 84th Academy Awards on Monday, February 27, 2012. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)
Dog scene stealers are not much more talented than Uggie, who was the breakout star of the Oscar-winning silent film The Artist in 2012. Adorable Jack Russell unfortunately died in 2015, but not before he appeared in both The Artist and Water For Elephants, receiving the coveted Palm Dog Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
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In even nicer news, Uggie was given the impressive nickname "Palm Dog of Palm Dogs" in a virtual ceremony at this year's Cannes Film Festival, reminiscent of the best puppy dog on the screen in the past 20 years.
Buddy (lassie come home)
"Lassie is coming home". (Photo credit: MGM)
Lassie, perhaps the most famous puppy dog in the history of the big screen, was the star of a handful of films throughout the 20th century. The most famous dog actor who played the famous dog was Pal, who starred in the classic Lassie Comes Home in 1943. Pal retired to a free time in 1954 after earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and fathering five puppies that also played Lassie. He died in 1958.
Charlie (the witch)
Black Phillip in "The Witch". (Credit: Universal / A24)
Black Phillip was the undisputed star of lively A24 horror The Witch, without respect for brilliant Anya Taylor-Joy. The 210-pound goat Charlie who was hired to portray the role was "terrible" according to human star Ralph Ineson. He told The Hollywood Reporter that it was "hate at first sight", which culminated in Charlie Ineson's ribs with his imposing horns ramming and moving a tendon during a particularly stressful scene. The actor took pain relievers for the rest of the shoot.
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However, the difficulties Ineson had with Black Phillip do not seem to have slowed the goat star's career. Charlie has become an icon of new fashion for A24's intelligent horror films and plays a smaller role in It Comes At Night in 2017. There is no telling where it will appear next.
Blanco (Lord of the Rings)
Shadowfax in the films "Lord of the Rings". (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)
Shadowfax was the horse that Gandalf rode and appeared in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and his subsequent return of the king. The real animal behind the portrayal in Peter Jackson's epic trilogy was the Andalusian horse Blanco.
After the films, Blanco was bought in Australia by horse trainer Cynthia Royal, who was unfortunately faced with her own health problems and financial difficulties. The animal fell ill in December 2013 and died in March 2014. Royal told the San Diego Union Tribune that Blanco was her "soul mate in a fur suit".
48 little pigs (babe)
'Infant'. (Credit: Universal)
It's not uncommon for multiple animals to play a single role on the big screen, but Babe has taken this to another level. No fewer than 48 piglets were used to portray the title character during the filming of the adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1995 children's book. After their work on the set was finished, they were all sent to spend their days on different farms. It is not clear whether they received a share of the film's impressive box office of $ 254 million (£ 205 million).
Crystal the Monkey (The Cat Part II)
Crystal The Monkey will attend the premiere of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb on December 11, 2014. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco / FilmMagic)
There are not many animal artists in the cinema who have the same productive work ethic as the Capuchin monkey Crystal. Her first earnings were as a baby in the 1997 Disney film George of the Jungle, but since then she has been seen in a number of important roles - perhaps most notably in The Hangover Part II. She has also appeared in American Pie, both in the films of Eddie Murphy with Dr. Dolittle as well in all three films from Night at the Museum. She is still working today and was featured in the Bollywood film Total Dhamaal last year.
In 2012, Crystal appeared on the Sitcom Animal Practice and earned $ 12,000 per episode for her owner Tom Gunderson - a salary double that of an average human actor who works in Hollywood. If you are the most sought after animal artist in the world, you can request a hefty salary package.
Manis (everywhere but easy)
This 1978 file photo shows Clint Eastwood and an orangutan named Clyde on the set of the film "Every Which Way But Loose". (AP photo)
Every Which Way But Loose saw Clint Eastwood in action comedy form with the orangutan Clyde at his side. The real monkey in the role was Manis, who was considered too old two years later when the sequel Any Any Way You Can was released.
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A documentary released by the animal rights organization PETA alleged that Manis had been subjected to repeated ill-treatment on the set, with reports that he was sprayed with maces and blows with an iron pipe. It was further alleged that Buddha - one of his successors in the sequel - was beaten to death by his trainer. None of these allegations have ever been proven and no criminal action has been taken.
After contacting Hollywood, Manis returned to Las Vegas to work with his trainer.
Keiko (Free Willy)
Keiko the killer whale in June 1999. He became famous in 1993 for his role in the film 'Free Willy'. (Photo by Colin Davey / Getty Images)
Keiko was captured off Iceland in 1979 and then transferred to a Canadian water park before moving to a rundown place in Mexico City. He was discovered in Mexico by Warner Bros. In 1993 he was the star of the film Free Willy about a boy trying to secure the freedom of a convicted whale.
After the film, Keiko was moved to an upscale setting and brought back into the wild in 2002. Unfortunately, Keiko couldn't get used to life because he had been in captivity for so long, and he died in December 2003.
Beasley (Turner and Hooch)
"Turner and Hooch". (Photo credit: Buena Vista Pictures)
Turner and Hooch shows a policeman played by Tom Hanks and picks up a French mastiff dog when its owner is murdered. The real Hooch was called Beasley and was bought for the film along with three other dogs from a Wisconsin kennel. He died in 1992 - three years after the film was released - at the age of 14, which is twice as long as the average French mastiff.
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It also seems that Beasley got on very well with the original director Henry Winkler, who left the project due to the old chestnut tree of "creative differences" and was replaced by Roger Spottiswoode. Winkler later told Howard Stern that his shot was partly due to the fact that "he had handled Hooch better than Turner." It seems Beasley was as professional as she was cute.
Terry / Toto (The Wizard of Oz)
Judy Garland considers Toto the dog for the film 'The Wizard Of Oz'. (Photo by MGM Studios / MGM Studios / Getty Images)
Toto, one of the most famous dog stars in cinema history, was the constant companion of Judy Garlands Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Toto was played by a Cairn Terrier named Terry, although she was later officially renamed Toto. Her first film credit came five years before Oz when she appeared in Ready for Love in 1934 and starred alongside Shirley Temple in Bright Eyes in the same year.
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Terry earned $ 125 a week - about $ 2,300 today - for her work on Wizard of Oz, more than many of the human actors Munchkins played in the film. She died in 1945 at the age of 11 and today has a permanent memorial at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Popcorn Deelites (sea biscuits)
Tobey Maguire in "Seabiscuit". (Photo credit: Buena Vista International)
In the 2003 film of the same name, several horses played the role of the overlooked racehorse Seabiscuit, each being selected for its own peculiarities. One was said to be selected only for scenes in which Seabiscuit was lying down. The main actors in the film were popcorn deelites. Popcorn was a fairly successful thoroughbred racing driver itself and portrayed Seabiscuit in the racing scenes. His specialty were the scenes in which the horse burst out of the starting gate.
Popcorn continued to race in Colorado after the Seabiscuit release before retiring from racing and living with several other former racehorses in the Old Friends age group in Kentucky.
Clyde (Marley and I)
Clyde will attend the premiere of "Marley & Me" on December 11th, 2008. (Photo by Lester Cohen / WireImage)
As is the case with many of these films, several Labradors have been hired to play the title role in Marley and Me. However, it was the wild and energetic Clyde that did about 80% of the work that can be seen on the screen. Trainer Mark Forbes described Clyde to People as a kind of nonsense on the set that started crying on a coffee table without explanation.
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Clyde has had a handful of film credits in his back pocket since Marley and me, most of them in direct-to-video films. His most recent appearance was in the 2015 film A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale, in which he played the less meaty-sounding role of "Dog in Park". It seems that they cannot all be leading men.
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