‘Beaut’ worked well into his 20s with guest roles in Rin Tin Tin, Bonanza and The Monkees before retiring at McCutcheon’s Sand Canyon Ranch in Santa Clarita, California. He died in 1973 aged 29.
By the time he retired he ranked second only to Lassie in net earnings by an animal actor (The Lassie character had a 30-year run in Hollywood, played by seven generations of male collies trained by a man with the brilliant name of Rudd Weatherwax. Male collies were always used because they were considered to have more stamina and more luxurious coats than bitches).
Fury was syndicated from 1959 under the title Brave Stallion and to this day episodes are being screened on classic TV networks and streaming services such as Stirr.
When it comes to feel-good horse pictures, there will always be an audience.
Next month in Equestrian Life’s Horses & Movies: ‘Dream Horse’ starring Toni Collette, presently screening in Australia. EQ
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