Sunday, October 25, 2009


Orangey, a red tabby cat, was a talented animal actor owned and trained by the well-known cinematic animal handler Frank Inn.

Orangey had a career in film and television in the 1950s and early 1960s and was the only cat to win two Patsy Awards (Picture Animal Top Star of the Year, an animal actor's version of an Oscar).

Orangey won his first Patsy in his film debut for his title role in Rhubarb (1951), a story about a cat who inherits a fortune and a baseball team.

He won his second Patsy for his portrayal of "Cat", Audrey Hepburn's "poor slob without a name" in Breakfast at TIffany's (1961).

Other films that Orangey the Cat appeared in during his 15 year career, include This Island Earth (1955), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), Gigot (1962), The Comedy of Terrors (1964), and Village of The Giants (1965).

Orangey's longest gig was a recurring role as Minerva the Cat in the TV series "Our Miss Brooks" from 1952 through 1958.

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