Our Favorite Canine Movie Stars
Take a look at our favorite pups from the big screen!
This giant, lovable St Bernard, who is named Chris in real life, was the star of the 1992 movie which sparked no less than seven spin-off movies and a TV show. In the hilarious movie caper, the Newton family fight to get their dog back from an evil group of pet thieves who are using the dogs for unethical experimentation.
Lassie, the rough collie, made her first on-screen appearance in the 1943 MGM movie Lassie Come Home, based on the 1940 novel of the same name by Eric Knight. Then in 1954 the movie and it’s star debuted as a TV show which ran for 19 years and won multiple Emmys. Ten more movies were also made, making Lassie the world’s most famous, and most awarded canine character in history. Pal, a male rough collie born in North Hollywood in 1940, was the first dog to portray the character on screen with many of his descendants taking on the role since his passing.
In the 1989 comedy classic Turner and Hooch, Tom Hanks’ character Scott Turner, a police investigator, is joined by a rambunctious, slobbering Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff), Hooch, as he attempts to solve the murder of Hooch’s owner. Hooch was played by dog actor Beasley, who was born in Merrimac, Wisconsin and lived to the age of 14!
‘Marley’ from the movie ‘Marley and Me’ – the 2008 comedy/drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson – was actually played by 22 different dogs in order to cover the entire 14-year lifespan depicted in the movie.
Jerry-Lee played predominantly by a German Shepherd called Koton, is the headstrong but lovable police dog that stars alongside Jim Belushi in the 1989 comedy action movie K-9. Before his starring role, Koton worked for the Kansas City Police Department as a K9 Officer and was responsible for over 24 felony arrests during his career. In 1991 he located 10 kilos of cocaine, worth over US$1.2 million!
Toto, the feisty companion of Dorothy Gale in the Wizard of Oz series of children’s books, made his first appearance as a character way back in 1900. In the 1939 Hollywood movie adaption of the books Toto is played by a female Cairn Terrier called Terry.
Benji has been the star of 8 movies and a TV show between 1974 and the mid 2000’s. The first dog to ever play Benji was actually a shelter dog named Higgins, whose offspring ‘Benjean’ actually played him for some of the later films.