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6 Amazing real-life dogs immortalized in film


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Paul Asay - published on 04/21/18

Rin Tin Tin (1918-1932)

Film(s): Numerous

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You may have heard of the Barrymores and the Redgraves, two of the most famous acting families in history. But the Tins — as in Rin Tin Tins — may outshine them both. The original Rin Tin Tin already had a distinguished career in the military before coming to Hollywood in the early 1920s. His first on-screen role came in 1922’s The Man From Hell’s River, when he replaced a prima-donna wolf. He went on to appear in nearly 30 films — often playing himself — and allegedly would’ve won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1929 had the Academy not insisted he was ineligible. (Rumor has it that “Rinty” actually got the most votes.) Rin Tin Tin died in 1932, but his son (Rin Tin Tin Jr.) became a big star, too, appearing in 14 movies. Rin Tin Tin III had his own starring role in 1947’s The Return of Rin Tin Tin, but was perhaps better known for his work helping to train around 5,000 other dogs for World War II. After that, the Tin acting genes appeared to get a little … ruffer? Rin Tin Tin IV nominally starred in his own television show, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, but most of his alleged screen time was actually taken by a pooch named Flame Jr.

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