From Hollywood stardom to bestselling books, there are only a handful of dogs who have risen to the top of celebrity ranks more than most of their human friends are able to do. We are not talking about simple popularity or quick glimpses of the limelight. These famous pups have long resumes, world renowned projects, and a long list of distinguished accomplishments that rival other famous dogs in history.
Take a look at the six of the most famous four-legged celebrities in America.
Rin Tin Tin
As one of only three dogs with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, “Rinty,” is perhaps the first true canine Hollywood star. The loveable German Shepherd, who was actually a rescue pup from the battlefields of World War I, appeared in over 25 films before his passing in 1932. Rin Tin Tin was so popular from his role in movies such as Where the North Begins, that in 1929 he received the most votes for the very first Academy Award for Best Actor. Ultimately the Academy decided to award the inaugural prize to a human, but Rinty will always be an Oscar winner.
Another one of the lucky three dogs to have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is the world-famous Lassie. The original Collie to play Lassie, affectionately named Pal, introduced the character of Lassie to the world in 1943. Since then, 10 generations of Pal’s direct descendants have portrayed Lassie in film and on tv. The most recent Lassie was in 2007, which shows that the love for the dog has withstood the test of time and remains loved across many generations.
A list of canine starlets can never be without Toto. After all, think of what the Wizard of Oz be without Dorothy’s best bud. Terry, the Cairn Terrier lucky to score the coveted role, was paid $125 a week for her acting chops. That may seem like pocket change now, but it was more than many of the human actors made at the time.
In the new millennium where the internet become the new Hollywood, fame and fortune has been achieved by loveable pups in a bunch of new, and often odd, ways. Teddy Hilton, the shaggy pet of infamous gossip blogger Perez Hilton, may just be more famous than most people. He even has his own website and a legion of devoted fans.
No other dog has reached the heights of notoriety as much as this ball of cuteness, which is another testament to the power of the internet. Boo, the Pomeranian pet of a Facebook employee, became an internet sensation back in 2010. Since then Boo has collected over 16 million Facebook fans, written two bestselling books, become a model for a stuffed animal, and been appointed as spokesdog for Virgin America airlines. Not bad for the adorable ball of fur.
Ok so Snoopy is not a real dog per say. but he deserves to be in the ranks because his fame is so huge, he may as well be real. Just think, no other canine can say they have a special Nasa honor, a United States Air Force B-58 Hustler bomb, an Apollo lunar module, and a 280-degree tributary loop in Vietnam’s Mekong River, all named after him. Actually, not many humans can say that either. This lovable Beagle is more than 50 years old, but his extensive fame and smitten fans of all ages is likely to remain for many years to come.