Jed the Movie Dog
Meet Jed the Wolf Dog!
Jed the wolf dog is the much-loved star of the films White Fang and The Journey of Natty Gann. He is part wolf and part Alaskan Malamute.
Jed starred in three films, but is best known for portraying White Fang in the film of the same name, starring alongside a young Ethan Hawke.
I first encountered Jed (and, indeed, the young John Cusack) in The Journey of Natty Gann, and immediately fell in love with this canine star, even more so thanks to his later incredible portrayal of White Fang. Jed also appeared in the classic film The Thing.
Here is my tribute to Jed, the movie dog.
Who is Jed the Dog?
5 Facts About Jed
1. Jed is a hybrid breed known as the wolf-dog. He is wolf, crossed with Alaskan Malamute.
2. Jed starred in 3 films - White Fang, The Journey of Natty Gann and The Thing. He has a cult following for all these films and is still much loved to this day.
3. Jed played a Norwegian husky in The Thing. Although not officially the character's name, he is universally referred to as "Jed" by fans of the film and those who worked on it.
4. This superb animal actor was owned and trained by Clint Rowe, associated with films such as Turner and Hooch.
5. Jed passed away in 1995, but lives on in his iconic roles.
Jed in White Fang
The 1991 film White Fang is based on the 1906 novel by Jack London, and focuses on the journey of a wild wolf dog from the wilderness to domestication.
Jed put in a wonderful performance in this Disney movie, alongside a young Ethan Hawke in a film that is wild and beautiful.
An emotive performance from Jed in White Fang
White Fang on DVD
Jack London's immortal tale of courage and survival comes to glorious life amid the breathtaking beauty of the great Alaskan frontier! Ethan Hawke (DEAD POETS SOCIETY) stars as a young man trying to fulfill his father's dying wish to find gold in the treacherous Yukon valley. His incredible journey begins when he meets a veteran gold miner (Klaus Maria Brandauer), who guides young Jack to his father's claim. Along the way, Jack discovers a kindred spirit who will change his life forever -- a magnificent wolf-dog named White Fang. From the taming of a wolf, to the taming of the wild, he must find the courage to conquer his fears and become a man in this spectacular outdoor adventure!
Jed in White Fang
White Fang Video
Here is Jed at his finest in this beautiful tribute video to White Fang.
Jed in The Journey of Natty Gann
The 1985 movie The Journey of Natty Gann was also by Disney, and tells the story of Natty Gann (Meredith Salenger), a girl who embarks on a journey set in 1935.
Natty's father has had to travel further afield to find work, and Natty runs away to find him. Along the way, she befriends a wolf (Jed) and has a brief, innocent romance with a young traveller, Harry (John Cusack).
Jed with Meredith Salenger and John Cusack in The Journey of Natty Gann
The Journey of Natty Gann Video
Jed looking beautiful once again in this tribute video to The Journey of Natty Gann.
Jed & Natty (Meredith Salenger) in The Journey of Natty Gann
The Journey of Natty Gann on DVD
Set in Chicago during the Great Depression, this inspirational story is about a young girl's search for her father after he is forced to suddenly travel west to take a job. Along the way, she is befriended by a young drifter with whom she develops a romantic attachment.
Jed in The Thing
Jed also had a brief role in the 1982 sci-fi horror film The Thing, as the first form taken by the alien creature in the movie.
The Thing on Blu-Ray
Horror-meister John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York) teams Kurt Russell's outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic The Thing. In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.
Best Jed Movie?
Which is your favourite movie starring Jed?
Jed is a wolf-dog hybrid, just like White Fang
More about Jed the Movie Dog
- Jed the Movie Dog in Top 10 Dogs in Horror Films
Jed makes number 7 on the list for his appearance in The Thing. Describes his role in the film
- Jed the Movie Dog Natty Gann Blog Video
Blog post containing a fan video of Jed in Natty Gann. Some interesting comments in the thread which contain some facts about Jed and his origins.
- Jed the Movie Dog - about Wolf Hybrids
A detailed page on wolf hybrids, which is Jed's breed
- Jed the Movie Dog Trainer Clint Rowe
IMDB profile for the trainer of Jed, Clint Rowe, who also worked on Turner and Hooch and The X-Files, to name but a few.
- Petition for a Jed the Dog MTV Movie Award
"JED THE DOG was the consummate animal actor. As such, we (the members of this group) would like MTV to consider the creation of the JED THE DOG EXCELLENCE IN ANIMAL ACTING award for the MTV MOVIE AWARDS 2011."
Part Alaskan Malamute, part wolf - Jed's wild side comes out in White Fang
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