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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rin Tin Tin...100 years of movie stars

The original Rin Tin Tin is still considered the finest dog actor in history. Why? He is a war hero. Having served in Hollywood he, with little training, gave his heart and soul to his silent movie roles. Most of the Rin Tin Tin's since are direct lineage, however only his great-great-grandson came clost as a performer.


Several of his descendants did not go into "the business", but served on battlefields, as rescue dogs and as police dogs. One descendant became well known as a companion and helper dog who also won dog shows.

From the jacket dustcover of a recent biography of Rin Tin Tin, the elder:


He believed the dog was immortal. So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving account of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from abandoned puppy to war dog to movie star and international icon. Spanning almost one hundred years of history, from the dog’s improbable discovery on a battlefield in 1918 to his tumultuous rise through Hollywood and beyond, Rin Tin Tin is a love story about "the mutual devotion between one man and one dog" (The Wall Street Journal) that is also a quintessentially American story of reinvention, a captivating exploration of our spiritual bond with animals, and a stirring meditation on mortality and immortality.


Who is your choice (and which generation)?

Rin Tin

Lassie

Uggie (The Artist and other films)

Moose and Enzo (the two dogs who played Eddie on "Frazier" and "Cheers")

________(name your own)


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