Jed (wolfdog)

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Jed Wolf
Bellingham, Washington, United States
DiedJune 1995 (aged 17–18)
Acton, California, United States
OccupationAnimal actor
EmployerWalt Disney Pictures. Universal Pictures.
Notable roleWhite Fang
Years active1982-1994
TrainingAction and stunt
OwnerGerhardt "Gary" Winkler
Clint Rowe
ResidenceUnited States
AppearanceGrey and white coat

Jed was an American-Canadian animal actor, known for his roles in the movies: White Fang (1991),[1] White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf (1994), The Journey of Natty Gann (1985), and The Thing (1982), he was born in 1977 and died in June 1995 at the age of 18.[2] He was a Canadian timber wolf-Alaskan Malamute.[3]

Jed was born at Whatcom Humane Society in Bellingham, Washington where Gerhardt "Gary" Winkler adopted him as part of his collection of Siberian Huskies and purebred Alaskan Malamutes, his first role was a brief one as a Norwegian dog in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). The character he played in the film was the first form to be taken by a shapeshifting alien creature. Jed's performance in The Thing has been lauded by the many fans of the movie; the character that Jed played is an alien disguised as a dog and some scenes required him to behave in an unsettling and unnatural way which he did to perfection. His next role was in The Journey of Natty Gann, starring alongside Meredith Salenger and John Cusack. In 1991, Jed starred as Jack London's titular character in the Walt Disney film of the same name, starring a young Ethan Hawke.

Jed was trained by Clint Rowe,[3] who was involved in the films that Jed was cast in and was also associated with the film Turner and Hooch.[4] Jed remained at Rowe's animal sanctuary until his death in June 1995.



  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (18 January 1991). "Review/Film; Wolf Meets Civilization". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. 16. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. ^ Crowe, Jerry (24 June 1995). "Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 11 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b Cagle, Jess (8 February 1991). "Big-screen wolves". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  4. ^ Wilmington, Michael (28 July 1989). "MOVIE REVIEWS : Hanks and His Dog Charm in 'Turner and Hooch'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 28 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2015.

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