Animals are often seen acting in Hollywood movies. We have seen cats, dogs, chimpanzees, mouse and other animals stealing the show with their spectacular acting.
Today we are going to talk about one such animal actor, a chimpanzee named Cheeta who had acted in over twenty Hollywood movies.
10 Lines on Cheeta – Set 1
1) Cheeta is a chimpanzee character that had appeared in several Hollywood movies.
2) Cheeta is a female chimpanzee and was born in 1948.
3) The Chimpanzee character Cheeta appeared in several Hollywood Tarzan films from the 1930s to 1960s.
4) It also appeared in the television series named ‘Tarzan’.
5) Ironically in the original Tarzan novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, there was no chimpanzee character mentioned.
6) However Cheeta can be closely associated with a fictional character Nkima, associated with Tarzan in the novel.
7) In every Tarzan movie, the role of Cheeta was actually played by different chimpanzees depending on the scene’s requirement.
8) There were around twenty chimpanzees that played the role of Cheeta in several Hollywood movies.
9) Jiggs, a male chimpanzee born in 1929 is considered the original Cheeta.
10) Jiggs was owned by Tony & Jacqueline Gentry.
Following is the list of original chimpanzees and their names who played the role of Cheeta.
|Name||Sex||Species||Born||Died||Owner(s)||Trainer(s)||Period as Cheeta|
|Jiggs||M||Chimpanzee||ca.1929||1938-02-28 or 1938-03-01||Tony & Jacqueline Gentry||Tony & Jacqueline Gentry||1932–1934|
|Jacky I||M||Chimpanzee||ca.1930||Unknown||Gertrude Davies Lintz||Gertrude Davies Lintz||1932|
|Cheetah-Mike (a.k.a. Org)||M||Chimpanzee||Unknown; ca.1931 claimed||2011-12-24||See comments||Unknown||Possibly never; 1930s–1940s claimed|
|Jiggs, Jr. (a.k.a. Jiggs II)||M||Chimpanzee||ca.1935||Unknown||Tony & Jacqueline Gentry||Tony & Jacqueline Gentry||1930s–1940s?|
|Jacky III||M||Chimpanzee||Unknown||Unknown||Gertrude Davies Lintz||Gertrude Davies Lintz||1942|
|Unknown 3||?||Chimpanzee||1940s||Unknown||Unknown||See comments||1944–1945?|
|Unknown 4||?||Chimpanzee||1940s||Unknown||Unknown||Albert Antonucci||1946–1949?|
|Cheeta||?||Chimpanzee||1940s||Unknown||Pinky Jackson||Pinky Jackson||1950|
|Zippy||M||Chimpanzee||ca.1951||Unknown||Ralph Quinlan||Ralph Quinlan||1950s|
|Cheeta (a.k.a. Jiggs IV)||M||Chimpanzee||ca.1960; ca.1932 claimed||Living||See comments||Tony Gentry||2007, 2014; 1930s–1950s claimed|