Cheetah The Chimpanzee Dead At 80


He liked to paint, watch football, listen to Christian music, make people laugh and fling poop — just like a lot of other retirees we know living in Florida. But Cheetah the chimpanzee, who died on Saturday of kidney failure, was still pretty famous for his early acting career, co-starring in the Tarzan movies of 1932-34. The actor/comedian/primate had lived with his co-star, Johnny Weissmuller, before moving to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida, in 1960, according to the Tampa Tribune. He lived twice the average life expectancy of the average chimp in the wild, proving that not all child actors are doomed from the start. Though from the clips below, it looks like he (and the other chimps who took on the role) narrowly avoided becoming an alcoholic.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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