On this Day in Movie History, June 26, 2001: Wishbone Dies

We should all give kudos to the animal actors who have entertained us over the years. Many of them have shown truly exemplary talents. One of the most talented perhaps was a Jack Russel Terrier known for playing many parts on the PBS TV series Wishbone. His real name was Soccer. He passed away on this day, June 26, 2001. He will be remembered.

Chosen from out of more than 100 dogs who auditioned for the role, Soccer appeared in almost every episode of the show during its 1995-1998 run. He was also a veteran of many television commercials for companies like Nike Athletics and Mighty Dog Dog Food.

Wishbone aired from 1995 to 1998 and reruns from 1998 to 2001 in the United States. The main character, the talking dog Wishbone, lives with his owner Joe Talbot in the fictional modern town of Oakdale, Texas. Known as “the little dog with a big imagination” he tends to daydream about being the lead character of stories from classic literature, drawing parallels between the stories and events in the lives of Joe and his friends.

The show won four Daytime Emmies, a Peabody Award, and honors from the Television Critics Association. The show has won four Daytime Emmies, a Peabody Award, and honors from the Television Critics Association.

Soccer lived with his trainer, Jackie Kaptan, on the Plano, Texas ranch where the Wishbone series was filmed.

1904 – Peter Lorre (L’szl’ L’wenstein) (actor: The Maltese Falcon, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Casablanca, The Raven; died Mar 23, 1964)

1916 – Alex Dreier (actor: The Boston Strangler, What’s It All About, World?, Murdock’s Gang, Invisible Strangler, It Takes a Thief, Mannix; died Mar 11, 2000)

1922 – Eleanor Parker (actress: The Sound of Music, Of Human Bondage, Caged, The Man with the Golden Arm, Dead on the Money)

1934 – Dave Grusin (composer: film scores: On Golden Pond, Heaven Can Wait, Tootsie)

1951 – Pamela Bellwood (actress: Airport ’77, Dynasty, Double Standard, Cellar Dweller, Deadman’s Curve, Choices of the Heart)

1956 – Chris Isaak (actor: Little Buddha, Silence of the Lambs, Married to the Mob, Twin Peaks; singer, songwriter: Wicked Game, Blue Hotel, LP: Silvertone)

1970 – Chris O’Donnell (actor: The Three Musketeers, Dead Poets Society, Scent of a Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes, Circle of Friends, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Bachelor, Vertical Limit)

1970 – Matthew Letscher (actor: The Mask of Zorro)

1980 – Jason Schwartzman (actor: Rushmore, Slackers; musician: group: Phantom Planet)


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