|I will never be in a picture even 1/4 this awesome|
The chimps you see in TV and movies not played by Andy Serkis or Roddy McDowell are usually very young chimpanzees, usually younger than 5 or 6. After that, its a highly intelligent and willful animal with hands that can tear your arms out of the sockets. So, getting them to hit their marks can be a bit of a challenge. I think casting juveniles in movies also gives people funny ideas about how big chimps actually get.
So, in his way, Cheetah was a child actor when starring in Tarzan movies between 1932-34. He has just passed at the age of 80. That's pretty old for a chimp, most of which don't make it to 40.
Godspeed, Cheetah. You were one awesome primate.
Like many retirees, Cheetah had lived in Florida in recent years.
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