Rin Tin Tin – Star of silent movies

Rin Tin Tin – German shepherd - Star of silent movies

Rin Tin Tin – German shepherd – Star of silent movies.

Rin Tin Tin (1918 – 1932) – On September 15, 1918, American Corporal Lee Duncan discovered a female German Shepherd with five puppies about a week old in a bombed-out French village. Together with other soldiers, they divided the puppies among themselves. Duncan took a puppy home to Los Angeles and named him Rin Tin Tin, taken from the chorus of a French song. He decided to raise him as a successor to the popular canine actor of the time, the German Shepherd Strongheart. He trained him with the actor Eugen Pallett. In 1922, he signed a contract with Warner Bros.

Rin Tin Tin has appeared in 27 Hollywood films, for example in “Shadows of the North”. At the height of his fame, he earned as much as $6,000 a week and had a personal chef. The mayor of New York gave him the key to the city. In 1929, when the first Oscars were awarded, he won the most votes in the category of best actor. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, wanting to avoid a scandal, decided that only a man could receive the award. Rin Tin Tin died in 1932 and was buried in the dog cemetery in Asnières-sur-Seine, France. In 1960, he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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