Teddy the Dog or Keystone Teddy (1910/11 – May 17, 1925) was the most famous canine actor associated with the Mack Sennett studios. The Great Dane was one of only three (with Mabel Normand and Roscoe Arbuckle) of the studio's stars whose name appeared in the title of a film (Teddy at the Throttle). He performed chiefly in Sennett comedies, but he also appeared in dramatic films including Stella Maris (1918), The Strangers' Banquet (1922) and A Boy of Flanders (1924).[1]: 549 

Teddy
Teddy, dog in silent film comedies (SAYRE 9685).jpg
Teddy in 1922
SpeciesDog
BreedGreat Dane
SexMale
Born1910 or 1911
DiedMay 17, 1925
OccupationActor
EmployerMack Sennett
Years active1915–1924
OwnerJoseph E. Simkins

According to film crews and fellow cast members, Teddy behaved on set as professionally as any human actor.[2][3] He is credited with appearing in at least 60 films, nearly all shorts, between 1915 and 1924.[4][5]

Owned and trained by Joseph E. Simkins, Teddy weighed 145 pounds and stood 42 inches tall.[1]: 76, 549  He died May 17, 1925, aged 14, at Simkins' home in Hollywood.

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Claire Windsor, Hobart Bosworth and Teddy in Marshall Neilan's The Strangers' Banquet (1922)
Year Title Notes
1916 The Road Agent [1]: 343 
1916 The Feathered Nest [1]: 335 
1917 The Nick of Time Baby [1]: 337 
1917 Teddy at the Throttle [1]: 338 
1917 The Betrayal of Maggie [1]: 340 
1917 A Dog Catcher's Love [1]: 340 
1917 The Sultan's Wife [1]: 342 
1917 A Bedroom Blunder [1]: 348 
1917 Roping Her Romeo [1]: 349 
1917 Are Waitresses Safe? [1]: 350 
1918 Stella Maris [1]: 549 
1918 It Pays to Exercise [1]: 351 
1918 Those Athletic Girls [1]: 352 
1918 Friend Husband [1]: 352 
1918 His Smothered Love [1]: 353 
1918 The Battle Royal [1]: 353 
1918 Her Screen Idol [1]: 353 
1918 Her Blighted Love [1]: 354 
1918 Whose Little Wife Are You? [1]: 354 
1918 Her First Mistake [1]: 355 
1919 Rip & Stitch, Tailors [1]: 356 
1919 Reilly's Wash Day [1]: 357 
1919 The Little Widow [1]: 358 
1919 Trying to Get Along [1]: 360 
1919 Treating 'em Rough [1]: 361 
1919 Uncle Tom Without the Cabin [1]: 361 
1919 Back to the Kitchen [1]: 361 
1920 The Star Boarder [1]: 364 
1920 Down on the Farm [1]: 462 
1920 Fresh from the City [1]: 364 
1920 Let 'er Go! [1]: 365 
1920 Great Scott! [1]: 365 
1920 It's a Boy! [1]: 365 
1920 My Goodness [1]: 365 
1921 A Fireside Brewer [1]: 366 
1921 Dabbling in Art [1]: 367 
1921 On a Summer's Day [1]: 367 
1921 The Unhappy Finish [1]: 368 
1921 Made in the Kitchen [1]: 369 
1922 The Duck Hunter [1]: 371 
1922 Step Forward [1]: 372 
1922 Ma and Pa [1]: 374 
1922 Bow Wow [1]: 375 
1922 The Strangers' Banquet [1]: 549 
1923 Where's My Wandering Boy This Evening? [1]: 378 
1923 Pitfalls of a Big City [1]: 378 
1923 Skylarking [1]: 378 
1923 Asleep at the Switch [1]: 378 
1923 The Extra Girl [1]: 466 
1924 A Boy of Flanders [1]: 549 
1924 The Hollywood Kid [1]: 383 

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References and notesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba Walker, Brent E. (2010). Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-7711-1.
  2. ^ "The Dog Fancier - Google Books". 1918. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  3. ^ "The National Geographic Magazine - Google Books". 1919. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  4. ^ "Teddy the Dog", filmography, Internet Movie Database (IMDb), a subsidiary of Amazon, Seattle, Washington. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  5. ^ Although Teddy’s IMDb filmography includes the 1913 short A Little Hero, a Dutch copy of the film that is available for viewing on YouTube shows no great dane breed in the story. Retrieved January 19, 2019.

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