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8 iconic animal actors

Sept. 11, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
A dog wearing a beret and holding an Academy Award-looking statue

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Lights ... cameras ... PAWS!

In Hollywood, behaving like an animal may get you blacklisted or result in cancelled endorsement deals. At the very least, it will get your face splashed across a few tabloids.

That is, of course, unless you are an animal, in which case throwing stuff, taking impromptu naps, sniffing your co-stars in inappropriate places and relieving yourself next to the craft services table comes with the territory.

Even in this era of CGI-everything, well-behaved, camera-ready critters — and their dedicated trainers — still play a crucial role in the entertainment industry.

To celebrate all the hardworking animal actors out there, we’ve wrangled up a list of eight iconic animal thesps, domestic and wild, contemporary and dearly departed. In fairness, we’ve limited it to one animal actor per species as we certainly wouldn’t want hammy canines to rule the list. (We’re looking at you, Jack Russell terriers.) (Text: Matt Hickman)