Canine Star of the Big Screenby MSO
Rin Tin Tin is recognized as one of the most famous German Shepherds in history. He was just five days old when he was found in a bombed-out dog kennel in Lorraine, France during the first World War.
An American named Lee Duncan found the pup in September of 1918 and named him after a tiny French puppet named Rin Tin Tin, that the French children gave to the American soldiers for good luck.
Rin Tin Tin returned home with Duncan to Los Angeles and quickly started learning tricks and performing in dog shows. He started getting roles in movies cast as a wolf. Rin Tin Tin was in 26 Warner Brothers films and became a huge success, receiving over 10,000 fan letters a week.
Rin Tin Tin died suddenly on August 10, 1932 at the age of 14. Duncan arranged for Rin Tin Tin to be sent back to his country of birth and for him to be buried in the Cimetiere des Chiens. Rin Tin Tin was adored by fans and even honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rin Tin Tin left behind 48 pups, several also having success in the film industry.