Strongheart | The German Shepherd
One of only two German Shepherd dogs to grace the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a star, Strongheart did not appear in only one film, but was rather a celebrity in his own right, appearing in a variety of black-and-white films in the 1920's. Born “Etzel von Oerigen,” Strongheart lived from October 1-1917 to June 24, 1929 – a respectable lifespan – and in that time came to be known as one of the most popular and best-trained canine actors. Strongheart was originally trained as a police dog in Germany before being brought to America by husband-and-wife filmmaking duo Lawrence Trimble and Jane Murfin. While he was best known for his 1925 adaptation of White Fang, which is now unfortunately lost along with the majority of his films, Strongheart also appeared in 1921's The Silent Call, 1922's Brawn of the North, 1924's The Lone Master, 1925's The Lone Star, and 1927's The Return of Boston Blackie, believed to be the only one of Strongheart's films still in existence.