10 Most Famous Dogs in History: Dog Star #3 "made 2 x the $ of Elizabeth Taylor!"
#3: Lassie, the Rough Collie
This long-coated, unique dog was of the most popular canine movie stars of the ‘40’s and ‘50’s, solidifying his name as one of the most famous dogs in history. Of course, there have been many other canine characters – Shiloh, Wishbone, Benji – but none endure quite like Lassie. Even up to the recent 40 years, Lassie has been re-envisioned by a ‘90’s TV Series and 2005 full-length film being made about the famous Collie.
Although Lassie’s character is female, the part has always been given to male Collies. The original was a Rough Collie named Pal. Since Pal’s death in 1958, all Lassie roles have been held by pups of his bloodline. And it’s quite the lucrative family business to go into, as reports show Pal made twice what his human co-star, Elizabeth Taylor, made in Lassie Come Home.