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Cheetah, memorable co-star of Johnny Weissmuller in 1932's Tarzan the Ape Man and 1934's Tarzan and His Mate, passed away Wednesday, December 28th, at the age of 80. The former animal actor was living at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, where he succumbed to kidney failure.
Debbie Cobb, the sanctuary's outreach director, remarked that Cheetah was an outgoing chimp that loved finger painting and watching football. He was also a lover of Christian music. Cheetah had been living at the sanctuary since 1960, where he resided with 15 other primates.
Debbie Cobb made the following statement in regards to the passing of Cheetah.
"He was very compassionate. He could tell if I was having a good day or a bad day. He was always trying to get me to laugh if he thought I was having a bad day. He was very in tune to human feelings. When he didn't like somebody or something that was going on, »
'Cheeta', the chimpanzee that performed in the "Tarzan" films of the 1930's, has died at the age of 80.
"It is with great sadness that the community has lost a dear friend and family member on December 24, 2011," the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida announced.
The average life span of a wild chimpanzee is 45 years.
According to the sanctuary where he lived, Cheeta loved finger-painting and watching football, walking upright with a straight back like a human.
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- Michael Stevens
Maureen O'Sullivan (Jane), Cheeta, Johnny Weismuller (Tarzan): MGM in the '30s Cheeta, Tarzan's chimp in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) and Tarzan and His Mate (1934), died of kidney failure during the week of December 19 according to Florida's Suncoast Primate Sanctuary. Sad news — and curious news as well. The Associated Press reports that chimps in captivity live between 40 and 60 years. Cheeta, oftentimes spelled as Cheetah, would have been 80. Also, more than one chimp played Cheeta in the various Tarzan movies. One of those, known as either Jiggs or Mr. Jiggs, is supposed to have died of pneumonia at a very young age in 1938, the year he co-starred with Dorothy Lamour in Her Jungle Love. (Actually, Ray Milland, not Jiggs, was Lamour's paramour in that movie.) And finally, according to Suncoast's outreach director Debbie Cobb, MGM's Tarzan Johnny Weismuller donated Cheeta to the sanctuary back in 1960. But did olympic swimmer Weismuller »
- Andre Soares
If Tarzan's co-star had been human, it is safe to assume that news of his demise would have been greeted with glowing tributes, a Hollywood funeral and perhaps a retrospective season of his greatest cinematic moments.
As it was, the death of an 80-year-old chimpanzee called Cheetah was announced quietly by the Florida animal sanctuary where he had spent the past five decades in retirement. There was no grand send-off for the venerable Cheetah. Even his purported role as Johnny Weissmuller's regular primate sidekick remains shrouded in mystery.
The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor claims the primate arrived there in 1960 and was donated by Weissmuller's estate. He is believed to have been born in 1930 or 1931 and was one of a number of chimpanzees whose owners vied »
- Ben Child
Cheetah, who played the chimpanzee sidekick in the early "Tarzan" films, died Saturday. It is estimated that he was 80 years old. Cheetah died of liver failure at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida. The chimp is regarded as one of the best-known animal actors in Hollywood history. Cheetah was intended to provide comic relief in the "Tarzan" films. He appeared in the 1932-1934 installments, including "Tarzan the Ape Man" and "Tarzan and His Mate," which starred Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller as the titular character. Cheetah was succeeded by other apes »
- Kurt Orzeck
Cheetah, the impish chimpanzee who starred in the Tarzan films of the 1930s alongside Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan, died on Christmas Eve of kidney failure at the Florida primate sanctuary where he had been living since his retirement from showbiz. He was 80. ”It is with great sadness that the community has lost a dear friend and family member,” the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor announced on its website. Cheetah had performed in such classic films as Tarzan The Ape Man (1932) and Tarzan And His Mate (1934) and was one of several chimpanzees who appeared in the franchise. Sometime around 1960, Cheetah came to the sanctuary from Weissmuller’s estate in Ocala, the sanctuary said. Cheetah stood out because of his ability to stand up – shoulders tall, back straight – and walk like a person as well as his ability to vocalize on cue. Condolences poured into the sanctuary today like »
- NIKKI FINKE
A chimpanzee which starred in the Tarzan movies has died at an animal sanctuary in Florida.
Cheeta was first seen onscreen in the 1930s jungle films with swimmer-turned-actor Johnny Weissmuller in the title role, and his movie appearances include turns in Tarzan and His Mate and Tarzan the Ape Man.
The famous chimp, believed to be around 80 years old, died of kidney failure on Saturday at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida, according to the Tampa Tribune. »
Each year New York residents can look forward to two essential series programmed at the Film Forum, noirs and pre-Coders (that is, films made before the strict enforcing of the Motion Picture Production Code). These near-annual retrospective traditions are refreshed and re-varied and re-repeated for neophytes and cinephiles alike, giving all the chance to see and see again great film on film. Many titles in this year's Essential Pre-Code series, running an epic July 15 - August 11, are old favorites and some ache to be new discoveries; all in all there are far too many racy, slipshod, patter-filled celluloid splendors to be covered by one critic alone. Faced with such a bounty, I've enlisted the kind help of some friends and colleagues, asking them to sent in short pieces on their favorites in an incomplete but also in-progress survey and guide to one of the summer's most sought-after series. In this entry: what's playing Friday, »
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