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Cheeta, chimpanzee and Tarzan movie star, dies at 'roughly 80'
Entertainment Weekly ^ | Dec. 27, 2011 | Annie Barrett

Posted on 12/27/2011 11:28:26 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Cheeta the chimpanzee, who starred in Tarzan movies alongside Olympic swimmer-turned-actor Johnny Weissmuller in the 1930s and ranked #1 on EW.com’s list of the 10 Best Monkeys at the Movies, died of kidney failure Saturday. According to the Suncoast Primary Sanctuary’s outrach director, Cheeta was “roughly 80 years old, loved fingerpainting and football and was soothed by nondenominational Christian music.”

Roughly 80?! Way to live, chimp! That’s amazing! (Cheeta was an anomaly; the average zoo chimp dies around age 35-45.) I sure hope my favorite chimp lives that long.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: animals; cheeta; cheetah; chimp; movies; tarzan; workingdogs

1 posted on 12/27/2011 11:28:34 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

But he wasn’t a zoo chimp. He worked for a living and learned things during his lifetime.

What this shows is having interesting things to do in one’s life can be a life extender, even if you’re considered just “an animal”.


2 posted on 12/27/2011 11:36:43 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: SatinDoll; All

What is the average age of death of convicts in cages?


3 posted on 12/27/2011 11:44:17 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

That depends on whether they have to spend their time with an angry ape or not.


4 posted on 12/27/2011 11:48:40 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I thought he died years ago.


5 posted on 12/27/2011 11:55:23 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Free ThinkerNY


6 posted on 12/28/2011 12:00:50 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
If Tarzan only knew what Cheeta was doing behind his back! Perhaps now the truth will finally come out.


7 posted on 12/28/2011 12:09:09 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Zoo and acting chimps sometimes were prone to emotional upset and acting-out because of the way that they were caught (IIRC they’re bred now, but that wasn’t the case in the past). Some of them caught in the wild were in their mother’s arms when their mother was shot. They are intelligent enough that an experience like this can seriously weird them out. If Cheeta managed to live without this kind of trouble he was fortunate.


8 posted on 12/28/2011 12:10:39 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Whoa... I grew up watching those Tarzan movies on Saturday afternoons in the ‘60s.
I cannot believe Cheeta has been alive all this time.
Just freaking wow.


9 posted on 12/28/2011 12:17:41 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Astonishing and wonderful long life!


10 posted on 12/28/2011 12:29:41 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

!


11 posted on 12/28/2011 12:31:05 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, $pend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: ETL
& this was before, "LAS VEGAS"
"what happens in Vegas, Nevada stays in Vegas"

12 posted on 12/28/2011 12:37:23 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, $pend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Instead of “Rosebud” he reportedly said “Oongawa”
(for you Far Side fans)


13 posted on 12/28/2011 1:18:29 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; null and void; Jeremiah Jr; Tax-chick
Cheeta was “roughly 80 years old, loved fingerpainting and football and was soothed by nondenominational Christian music.”

He lived a constructive peaceful life, with no chip on his shoulder apparently. And then there was... Travis.

14 posted on 12/28/2011 1:32:19 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; ETL

I too had thought Cheeta had been long dead. 80 years old....amazing. RIP, Cheeta.

Also, thanks to ETL for posting the pics. Had a crush on Mareen O’Sullivan since I was a kid.....


15 posted on 12/28/2011 1:39:05 AM PST by myheroesareDeadandRegistered
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To: F15Eagle

....even at 10, I always questioned why a chimp was named after a cat


16 posted on 12/28/2011 2:00:24 AM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ve always admired Cheetah because, unlike so many, he kept his politics to himself.


17 posted on 12/28/2011 2:04:06 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

WOW! As a kid growing up in the 70s the Tarzan movies on Weekend TV were some of the only black and white films that could actually hold my attention. Being Black & White I had assumed that Cheeta was most likely already dead by the time I ever saw them! I never would have imagined his being alive still - he was only Middle-Aged at that time though! LOL

RIP Cheeta - you were probably my first exposure to a chimpanzee and you represented your species very well!


18 posted on 12/28/2011 2:17:35 AM PST by LibertyRocks
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To: ETL

LOL.

I forgot how ‘HOT’ Jane was. No wonder Tarzan was always in a hurry to get home.


19 posted on 12/28/2011 3:33:31 AM PST by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
An 80 year old chimp? Not likely. It seems the role of “Cheeta” was played by several different animals just as “Lassie” the dog was.
20 posted on 12/28/2011 3:42:57 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: panaxanax
I forgot how ‘HOT’ Jane was

Her first Tarzan movie was pre-Hays Code

CHANGE


21 posted on 12/28/2011 3:46:28 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Whatever happened to that Amy Summerland sailing chick?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Didn’t he have like a two-pack a day habit?

LNAO!!!


22 posted on 12/28/2011 4:07:38 AM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is Shirley Temple (that other child star of the ‘30s) next?


23 posted on 12/28/2011 4:26:36 AM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I was just thinking of Tarzan this week after watching the previews for John Carter which comes out in March. Both were written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.


24 posted on 12/28/2011 4:32:49 AM PST by Mercat (It's Christmas until Jan. 6th)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wow. I had no idea he was still alive.


25 posted on 12/28/2011 4:39:24 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
acting chimps sometimes were prone to emotional upset and acting-out

"Several episodes featured a pet female chimp named "Bingo", who was dressed exactly the same as Costello. Bingo was fired from the show after biting Costello."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Abbott_and_Costello_Show

26 posted on 12/28/2011 4:46:24 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wow, such a long life. Had no idea he was with us for so long.

That said I have a question - how can one have ‘non-denominational’ Christmas music. CHRISTmas is a CHRISTian holiday which just by it being ‘CHRISTmas’ music makes it Denominational.


27 posted on 12/28/2011 4:49:53 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: commish

“Non-denominational” is what you hear on your local Christian radio station. It cannot be identified as distinctively Catholic, Orthodox, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc., as a rule.


28 posted on 12/28/2011 4:54:38 AM PST by Tax-chick (Two women in one house ... and one of 'em a redhead!)
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To: Ezekiel
He lived a constructive peaceful life, with no chip on his shoulder apparently.

A good example.

29 posted on 12/28/2011 4:56:40 AM PST by Tax-chick (Two women in one house ... and one of 'em a redhead!)
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To: myheroesareDeadandRegistered
thanks...for posting the pics. Had a crush on Mareen O’Sullivan since I was a kid.....

You're welcome.

I don't recall watching the show much as a young kid, but after seeing Mareen O’Sullivan in these photos, my crush starts today.

30 posted on 12/28/2011 4:57:36 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Oztrich Boy

There was a pre-Hays version of the Maltese Falcon that was a lot steamy than the Bogart version.


31 posted on 12/28/2011 4:59:42 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: count-your-change
An 80 year old chimp? Not likely. It seems the role of “Cheeta” was played by several different animals just as “Lassie” the dog was.

Or Arnold the Pig from Green Acres. Many pigs, male and female, were used.

From Wiki...

"The character of Cheeta was a composite role created through the use of numerous animal actors. According to journalist R. D. Rosen, "In each Tarzan movie, the Cheeta role [was] played by more than one chimp, depending on what talents the scene called for."[1] Known and alleged performers of the role include: (See link for details)"

ie: "Cheetah-Mike, a male chimpanzee owned by Suncoast Primate Sanctuary after being donated from Noell's Chimp Farm in Palm Harbor, FL.[14] Alleged to have been born about 1931 (claimed age in February 2008 was 77)"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheeta#The_Cheeta_role

32 posted on 12/28/2011 5:11:20 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Tax-chick
“Non-denominational” is what you hear on your local Christian radio station. It cannot be identified as distinctively Catholic, Orthodox, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc., as a rule.

Oh DUH on me, that sounds reasonable. LOL..... Here I was trying to imagine a Muslim CHRISTmas song --- Jingle bombs Jingle Bombs, Bomb the infidels, Oh what it is to blow christians all to hell........

33 posted on 12/28/2011 5:14:02 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: Lancey Howard
I grew up watching those Tarzan movies on Saturday afternoons in the ‘60s. I cannot believe Cheeta has been alive all this time.

And supposedly 35 years prior to the 60s!

34 posted on 12/28/2011 5:14:41 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: commish

LOL - good effort on non-Christian Christmas music ;-).

It was an odd choice of words in the article - as if they’d done experiments and found that Cheeta really didn’t like Catholic pop music, or went crazy if they tried Baptist Hymnal tunes.


35 posted on 12/28/2011 5:17:22 AM PST by Tax-chick (Two women in one house ... and one of 'em a redhead!)
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To: panaxanax
I forgot how ‘HOT’ Jane was. No wonder Tarzan was always in a hurry to get home.

Some notes on the first chimp to play Cheeta...

"Jiggs, a male chimpanzee born about 1929 owned and trained by Tony and Jacqueline Gentry,[3][4][5][6] who originated the role and appeared in the first two Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan films, Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) and Tarzan and His Mate (1934),[7][8] as well as the Tarzan serials Tarzan the Fearless (1933), starring Buster Crabbe,[8][9] and The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935), starring Herman Brix, which was also released in feature-film form as Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938).[8][10] In the Brix films, which were more faithful to Edgar Rice Burroughs' original stories than the Weissmuller ones, Jiggs was cast as Nkima, not Cheeta. He also appeared in Her Jungle Love (1938), starring Dorothy Lamour, his last film..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheeta

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Dorothy Lamour

36 posted on 12/28/2011 5:26:04 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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more Dorothy Lamour...


37 posted on 12/28/2011 5:34:50 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: count-your-change

“It seems the role of “Cheeta” was played by several different animals just as “Lassie” the dog was.”

But not this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheeta


39 posted on 12/28/2011 5:46:34 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: dayglored

Not really:

“Cheeta, a male chimpanzee born about 1960, formerly owned by Tony Gentry and now residing at the C.H.E.E.T.A. Primate Sanctuary (Creative Habitats and Enrichment for Endangered and Threatened Apes) in Palm Springs, California. Claimed by Gentry to have been born in 1932 or later in the 1930s and to have portrayed Cheeta in most of the Johnny Weismuller and Lex Barker Tarzan films, and for that reason long celebrated as the longest-lived chimpanzee. Both claims were debunked by journalist R. D. Rosen in 2008 in an article that settled the animal’s true age and established that he had not appeared in any movies, let alone in the role of Cheeta.”


40 posted on 12/28/2011 5:52:00 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6
Re: “It seems the role of “Cheeta” was played by several different animals just as “Lassie” the dog was.”

But not this one

The link you provided (same as mine in post 32 above) states the role of 'Cheeta' was played by numerous other chimps. The one that just died apparently was "Cheetah-Mike".

41 posted on 12/28/2011 5:58:21 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: traderrob6
"long celebrated as the longest-lived chimpanzee. Both claims were debunked by journalist R. D. Rosen in 2008 in an article that settled the animal’s true age and established that he had not appeared in any movies, let alone in the role of Cheeta."

Thanks, didn't catch that in the Wiki piece.

42 posted on 12/28/2011 6:03:41 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Cheetah was known for his ability to stand up and walk like a person, sanctuary volunteer Ron Priest told WFLA.

Another distinguishing characteristic: “When he didn’t like somebody or something that was going on, he would pick up some poop and throw it at them,” Priest said. “He could get you at 30 feet with bars in between.”...”

http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/28/showbiz/obit-tarzan-cheetah/index.html?eref=rss_mostpopular


43 posted on 12/28/2011 6:11:10 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Considering that the oldest known living chimp (Gregoire) died a few years back at age 66, this article becomes even more incredulous.


44 posted on 12/28/2011 6:18:20 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6

Appears Cheeta and Obama have something in common:
both need to produce a LEGIT birth certificate.


45 posted on 12/28/2011 6:29:15 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: traderrob6
There it says this last one was born in the 60’s, if so then others played the role. The author Rosen claims this one in fact never played the part.
46 posted on 12/28/2011 6:42:21 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Cheetah did go off the rails and become a bit senile & misguided in his old age:


47 posted on 12/28/2011 9:57:04 AM PST by twister881
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To: count-your-change
IMHO, this Cheeta was not the one who played in the early Tarzan movies, although he could have played in other movies in the 1950-60 era.

Also this one was not a true chimpanzee. Likely he was a bonobo, a relative of the chimpanzee. They are slightly smaller in size than a chimpanzee and a much calmer personality. A male chimp can become very violent(see Travis).

48 posted on 12/28/2011 2:08:55 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: panaxanax; Oztrich Boy

How come she’s so hot and her daughter is so blah?


49 posted on 12/28/2011 3:49:16 PM PST by nickcarraway
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