In photos, famous cats and dogs from movie history

Hollywood names, big budgets and special effects aren’t always the big draw for movies. Sometimes, it’s the animals that steal the show—and for good reason.

From smart Uggie the Jack Russell Terrier in the 2011 silent film The Artist, to the destructively loveable labrador retriever in Marley & Me, on-screen animals provide excellent entertainment.

Here are 15 of the most famous cats and dogs who stole the limelight from their human co-actors.


The 1992 classic Beethoven follows the antics of giant Saint Bernard as he navigates life with his new family. With the exception of the father, George, the family fall in love with the slobbery giant and chaos ensues when an evil veterinarian tries to kill Beethoven for his latest experiment. A total of eight movies were made in the Beethoven series.

Beethoven the Dog during Beethoven the Dog appears on Good Morning America in 1995
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The Mask

Animal actor Max McCarter was five years old when he auditioned for the role of Milo in the 1994 movie The Mask. The Jack Russell Terrier nearly lost out to a Corgi and a Scottie, but finally won the role to star alongside Jim Carry for a fee of $2,000 a week.

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Mile the Jack Russell Terrier in The Mask (1994)
New Line Productions

Legally Blonde

Moonie became a Hollywood star after he appeared alongside Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 movie Legally Blonde as Bruiser Woods. In real life, he lived with another chihuahua called Gidget, famous for appearing in Taco Bell commercials.

Legally Blonde Chihuahua
Bruiser the dog from “Legally Blonde” poses on Reese star at the Reese Witherspoon Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Induction Ceremony in 2010
Barry King/FilmMagic

Marley & Me

Few people can get through Marley & Me without shedding a tear or two. The movie follows the life of newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) and their destructive but cute labrador retriever, Marley. Because the movie covers 14 years in the life of the dog, 22 different yellow labradors played the part of the dog.

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Marley the Dog from “Marley and Me” visits Centennial Olympic Park in 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia
Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Allied Advertising

Wizard of Oz

The role of Toto was played by Terry, a female Cairn Terrier who was born in 1933 and lived to 1945. She was actually the mother of another movie star dog, Rommy, who appeared in Reap the Wild Wind in 1942 and Air Force in 1943.

Judy Garland, as character Dorothy Gale, holds Toto in a publicity still for “The Wizard of Oz”
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Princess Diaries

Fat Louie, who was actually Anne Hathaway’s pet, starred in the Princess Diaries as Mia Thermopolis’ chubby cat. Four different cats played the role for the film, including one who allowed people to carry it, one who could sit still and another who would jump.

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Fat Louie in The Princess Diaries (2001)
Walt Disney Pictures


Baxter is Ron Burgundy’s beloved pet dog and confidante, with whom he has enlightening conversations with at home. Towards the end of the movie, Baxter returns to save Ron and Veronica from being attacked by bears.

Anchorman Baxter
Baxter attends the “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” premiere in 2013 in New York City
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The Artist

Uggie, who sadly died at the grand age of 18 in 2015, was a trained Parson Russell Terrier famous for his roles in Water for Elephants and The Artist. He was rejected by at least his first two owners as being too out of control and was about to be sent to a pound, but was adopted by animal trainer Omar Von Muller after his friends alerted him to the dog. His memoir Uggie, My Story was published in October 2012.

Actor dog Uggie attends Abercrombie & Fitch’s presentation of their 2013 Stars on the Rise in 2013 in Los Angeles
Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

Homeward Bound

The 1993 childhood favourite Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey follows a group of pets left behind while their owners go on a holiday. Thinking they have been abandoned, the pets embark on a journey to California to be reunited with them.

Homeward Bound
The stars of the 1993 film Homeward Bound
Walt Disney Pictures


The fictional female Rough Collie dog Lassie was originally featured in a short story by Eric Knight, which was expanded to a full-length novel in 1940. The book sparked movie and TV series featuring the dog, making it arguably one of the most famous pets in history.

Actor Roddy McDowall with Lassie in the 1943 film Lassie Come Home
Archive Photos/Getty Images

Turner & Hooch

The 1989 American buddy cop comedy movie stars Tom Hanks and Beasley the Dog, a Dogue de Bordeaux. He was owned and trained by Clint Rowe who makes a brief appearance in Turner and Hooch as an ASPCA officer.

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Turner & Hooch (1989)
Touchstone Pictures

The James Bond series

Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a villain from the James Bond series of novels and films, sparked the well-known trope of the evil character with a cat. His trademark white, long-haired cat is a Persian breed, but doesn’t have a name.

Blofeld cat
Blofeld was a villain in the James Bond series
Eon Productions

The Harry Potter series

Mrs Norris was the pet cat of Argus Filch, the widely disliked caretaker of Hogwarts. The feline was described as having a strong connection with her master, alerting him to any students misbehaving inside the school castle so they could be rounded up and punished.

Mrs Norris cat
Mrs Norris was played by a Maine Coon cat in the Harry Potter series
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Spoiler alert: Jonesy the cat is one of two characters who lives to the end of the 1979 science fiction horror movie Alien. While the cat’s official job was to control mice and rats on board the ship, he was also much loved by the crew.

Jonesy in the 1979 science fiction horror film Alien
20th Century Fox

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Cat, the orange tabby who appeared in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, was played by the male cat Orangey. He had a long career in film and television in the 1950s and early 1960s and was the only cat to win two PATSY Awards (Picture Animal Top Star of the Year). He also appeared in the movie adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank as the family pet Butch.

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard star as Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images

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