The 11 Most Famous Animal Celebrities
Animals are great. They’re not as great as humans — allow that to be stated — but they’re great. And what makes animals even more great? When they book great jobs or become animal celebrities thanks to memes and social media. Sure, there is an unending list of animal celebrities in the realm of animation and puppets, but we’d like to offer a little love to the guys with biological hearts-a-beatin.’ Or hearts that were once beating. Here are 11 of the greatest celebrity animals in the history of celebrity animals.
“The underdog with the overbite.” How oddly cute is this guy? By far the closest this list will get to a cartoon character, Tuna is a rescue Chiweenie — as in rescued from the streets — that became an Internet sensation because of his recessed jawline, and really great front teeth. His Instagram enjoys over a million followers, and his owner, Courtney Dasher, recently wrote a book entitled, Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog With an Overbite. It all seems a little silly, but then you’re privy to a meet and greet with Tuna, and all bets are off the table. Who’s to say how long this fame will last, but once people fall in love with an animal, they’ll remain loyal to the grave.
10. Mr. Ed
“A horse is a horse, of course, of course…” It was a television show about a talking horse. How could any network producing black and white TV possibly go wrong with a talking horse? The comedy came from the relationship with Mr. Ed and his eccentric owner, Wilbur Post, who was the only person Mr. Ed would speak to… because Mr. Ed felt he was the only person worth speaking to. This show ran from 1958 to 1966 and featured a classic, two-man stand-up routine between Mr. Ed and Wilbur (Alan Young), and it also pushed the forward the idea of talking animals in the traditional sitcom. Most notably, Mr. Ed featured Clint Eastwood in his youth — as Clint Eastwood — a person who falls victim to prank phone calls from the talking horse. The best thing about Mr. Ed? When he was tired of working, he’d simply walk off set.