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Marmaduke: Marmaduke, 20101 of 11
By Robin Sayers
With today's release of the film Marmaduke, the so-called canine (voiced by Owen Wilson and played by several Great Danes) joins an illustrious list of beloved movie dogs. Here, a look at some furry favorites who've been Hollywood's best friends.
Petey: Our Gang, 1922-19382 of 11
The Little Rascals' four-legged cohort was originally played by Pal the Wonder Dog, an American Pit Bull Terrier. Pal's eye ring was reportedly natural, with future Peteys (including some American Staffordshire Terriers) getting theirs courtesy of makeup artist Max Factor.
Rin Tin Tin: Various Films, 1922-19313 of 11
This German Shepherd's big-screen break came when he replaced a disobedient wolf in 1922's The Man from Hell's River. He went on to headline both silent films and talkies. Tinseltown lore has it that R.T.T. died in Jean Harlow's arms.
Toto: The Wizard Of Oz, 19394 of 11
Moviedom's favorite male Cairn Terrier was, in fact, played by a bitch named Terry, who earned $125 a week — more than many of her human colleagues. And talk about wicked: During filming, a "Witch of the West" guard broke Terry's foot!
Lassie: Various Films, 1943-20055 of 11
Pal, a male Rough Collie, starred in the first Lassie films between 1943 to 1951; future Lassies up to 1997 were his descendants. Trainer Rudd Weatherwax co-authored Pal's "biography," The Story of Lassie: His Discovery and Training from Puppyhood to Stardom.
Benji: Various Films, 1974-20046 of 11
Hollywood's most famous mutt, Higgins was believed to be a Cocker Spaniel, Schnauzer and Miniature Poodle mix. Rescued from a shelter, Higgins play the title character in the first Benji; his progeny, Benjean, followed in her father's paw-steps for future films.
Hooch: Turner & Hooch, 19897 of 11
A beer guzzler, super-drooler and ripper-upper, Beasley the Dogue de Bordeaux was Oscar to Tom Hank's Felix, and together they were the most famous interspecies Odd Couple ever. Spoiler alert: A Hooch replica was created for the 10-hankie death scene.
Hubert: Best In Show, 20008 of 11
This Bloodhound thespian named Quiet Creek's Stand By Me delivered a stellar performance. The Independent wrote, "with his furrowed brow, flapping jowls and seen-it-all eyes, [Hubert] offers the most memorable essay in weathered, weary maleness, this side of Gene Hackman."
Baxter: Anchorman, 20049 of 11
Ron Burgundy's sidekick is a hybrid dog — a cross between two different purebreeds (in this case, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a West Highland White Terrier, a.k.a. a Cavestie). Ron's love for his so-called "Little Gentleman" knows no bounds.
Papi and Chloe: Beverly Hills Chihuahua, 200810 of 11
Life imitates art, when it comes to the story of these two love-dogs: Their off-screen counterparts Rusco (a Chihuahua-mutt shelter rescue) and Angela (full Chi) are now living happily ever after together at the home of the film's animal trainer.
Marley: Marley & Me, 200811 of 11
Twenty-two yellow Labrador Retrievers played the incorrigible, but lovable, title character in this film; but one stands out: Rudy, who was once just 24 hours away from being euthanized in a Florida dog shelter. Now that's a true Holly-woof ending.