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Daisy (dog actor)

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Daisy
Born
Spooks

1937
OccupationCanine actor
Years active1938–1954

Daisy (originally named Spooks) was a canine actor who appeared in more than 50 Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s. He was especially well-known for appearing in the Blondie franchise.[1]

Biography

Daisy—a cocker spaniel–poodle-terrier mix—was originally named Spooks because his owners noted his timidness as a pup.[2] Born around 1937, he was owned by dog trainer Rennie Renfro, who bought him for $3.[3][4][5] He also learned tricks from legendary trainer Rudd Weatherwax.[4]

Reportedly, Renfro and his pup made $1,000 a week, and Renfro used the money to buy them a house in Toluca Lake, California.[6][7] He was also noted to have had a five-year feud with actress Rita Hayworth.[8] His last known film appearance came in 1954.

Daisy and his "pups" had their own dog food brand that they made public appearances to promote.

Selected filmography

References

  1. ^ Parsons, Louella O. (10 Mar 1946). "Animal Expert Tells of Handling Lions and Gulls". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  2. ^ Beck, Ken; Clark, Jim (2002-03-30). The Encyclopedia of TV Pets: A Complete History of Television's Greatest Animal Stars. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1-4185-5737-9.
  3. ^ Parsons, Louella O. (23 Aug 1939). "Tony Pastor Film Will Relive Times of Noted Troopers". The Courier-Post. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  4. ^ a b "Nondescript Pup Climbs to Film Film Fame in Movie". The Miami News. 11 Dec 1938. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  5. ^ "Dogs Get "Romp With" Instead of "Stand In"". The Evening Sun. 29 Jun 1937. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  6. ^ "High-Salaried Canine". The Record. 16 Sep 1941. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  7. ^ "Poor Raft Poisoned by Make-Up". The Detroit Free Press. 8 Oct 1943. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  8. ^ Todd, John (10 Aug 1944). "In Hollywood". The Times. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
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