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Fun Facts About Famous Pit Bulls



Pit bulls have been a big part of the entertainment industry and the lives of celebrity owners. Here are some of our favorite pit bull stars of the movies and TV and some of the celebrities who took them home.


Pit Bulls on TV, Movies, and Print

  • The pit bull was so respected in the early 1900s that the military chose an image of a dignified pit bull to represent the country on World War I propaganda posters.
  • The pit bull is the only breed to have graced the cover of Life Magazine three times
  • Tige from Buster Brown shoe advertisements
  • Petey from The Little Rascals/Our Gang shorts
  • Grunt played Jennifer Beals’ dog from the 1983 movie Flashdance
  • Jennifer Lopez used a pit bull in the music video "I'm Glad" as a tribute to Grunt from Flashdance, which the video was inspired by
  • Veronica Mars from the show of the same name owns a pit bull named Backup
  • Champion, a three-legged pit bull, is the newest character on Parks and Recreation
  • Pit bulls have been featured in the films Snatch, Homeward Bound, Oliver, Babe: Pig in the City and No Country For Old Men

Celebrities Who Own Pit Bulls

  • Jon Stewart of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart owns two pit bulls: Shamsky & Monkey.
  • Ken Howard, award-winning actor from Crossing Jordon, was saved by his pit bull Shadow during a medical crisis.
  • Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, TV Personality Rachael Ray and Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker Joey Porter all own two pit bulls!
  • Two out of two Jessicas agree: Alba and Biel both own pit bulls (Come on Lange, time to step up!)
  • President Theodore Roosevelt, President Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, Thomas Edison, John Steinbeck, General George Patton, Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, Mary Tyler Moore, Michael J. Fox, Madonna, Brad Pitt, Bernadette Peters, Alicia Silverstone, Linda Blair, This American Life host Ira Glass, Usher, Pink, Eliza Dushku, Anthony Robbins, Ashley Olsen, Orlando Bloom, Serena Williams, and Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen are just a few other celebrities who own or have owned a pit bul.

Fun Facts about Pit Bulls Daddy and Junior

  • Rapper Redman was Daddy's original owner. He gave the four-month old dog to Cesar to care for at the center, because he didn't feel he could take care of him properly in his environment
  • Daddy picked out Junior from a litter belonging to a vet tech from Cesar’s hometown
  • Junior has been involved with Dog Whisperer since he was three months old

Have you rescued a pit bull? Share your experience with us in the comments.

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