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Jed the Movie Dog

Updated on May 30, 2012

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.

White Fang DVD on Amazon
White Fang DVD on Amazon

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 and Ethan Hawke in White Fang
Jed and Ethan Hawke in White Fang

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

An emotive performance from Jed in White Fang
An emotive performance from Jed in White Fang

White Fang on DVD

White Fang
White Fang

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

Jed in White Fang
Jed in White Fang

White Fang Video

Here is Jed at his finest in this beautiful tribute video to White Fang.

Watch Jed in the Journey of Natty Gann
Watch Jed in the Journey of Natty Gann

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

Jed with Meredith Salenger and John Cusack in The Journey of Natty Gann
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

Jed & Natty (Meredith Salenger) in The Journey of Natty Gann
Jed & Natty (Meredith Salenger) in The Journey of Natty Gann

The Journey of Natty Gann on DVD

The Journey of Natty Gann
The Journey of Natty Gann

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.

 
The Thing
The Thing

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

The Thing  [Blu-ray]
The Thing [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?

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Jed is a wolf-dog hybrid, just like White Fang

Jed is a wolf-dog hybrid, just like White Fang
Jed is a wolf-dog hybrid, just like White Fang

Part Alaskan Malamute, part wolf - Jed's wild side comes out in White Fang

Part Alaskan Malamute, part wolf - Jed's wild side comes out in White Fang
Part Alaskan Malamute, part wolf - Jed's wild side comes out in White Fang

What do you think of Jed? Have you seen any of his films? Please leave your feedback here and show some love for Jed!

Shout Out for Jed!

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      Margarete 17 months ago

      i still miss you Jed

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      Margarete 2 years ago

      I loved Jed i am so sorry he is dead but he lived a long time. He was the reason i bought White Fang and the Journey of Natty Gann.

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      zeus211 3 years ago

      awesome dog, great acting, R.I.P

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome dog! I especially loved him in "White Fang" :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      incredible actor

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Jed you are the best actor ever!

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      Missmerfaery444 4 years ago

      @anonymous: How wonderful! I think I was about 9 or 10 when I saw Natty Gann and then loved seeing White Fang as well. Fell completely in love with Jed and both movies. You were so lucky to meet Jed! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was an extra in White Fang and I watched The Journey of Natty Gann before I was in White Fang. I remember being more excited about seeing the Natty Gann dog than Ethan Hawke. I was 11 at the time. I got to pet Jed as he walked by me. I wish I had pictures of him with me. I was an extra in the native village and I loved it and have great memories from that time.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Jed I have a wolf dog and he is the double of Jed. And I called him Jed because they are beautiful animals. And Jed will always be white fang I love the film its what made me get a wolf dog. And I cry my eyes out at the end.

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Pawtastic talent in my opinion!!! Love Jed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Loved the film white fang, Jed was fabulous, his memory lives on :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the film White Fang, Jed was fabulous and his memory lives on :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Legend! I love Jed. Xxx

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Loved him so

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      Missmerfaery444 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I would imagine he probably did, but I don't know for sure I'm afraid!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Did he have any descendants?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just watched "White Fang". love it sooo much! Jed made me cried a lot in this movie, I wish I could see him in person and touch him.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just watched White Fang. Didn't realize that was Ethan Hawke, but not like it mattered cuz I was fully smittened with Jed. I can't believe how time has flown by and Jed has already left the world for 17 years. Jed's so, so natural in this movie...I am absolutely in love with this beautiful figure. Makes me teary eyed all the time, watching movies like these. Thank god they didn't make him die or anything in this one!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I only saw 'The Thing' with him in which he portrayed one of the most haunting movies scenes ever - in a typical John Carpenter long sequence shot. I am talking about the scene where he enters the hallway and slowly walks down it. He wants to go into the room to the left but decides to go further and instead enters a room to the right where we see the shadow of a man sitting on a chair/bed on the wall. And Jed (The Thing) enters that room and we see the man's shadow turning to him him before the scene fades off.

      How fitting also that he is a 'hybrid' as he portraits an alien that only looks like a dog.

      Kudos for giving that wonderful 'actor' a little shrine on the web. He was great.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What's up JED? Just watched White Fang on Showtime just now.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      I love him! Beautiful and smart dog

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Tom. Thats really interesting to know. Im thinking about getting a wolf dog, the same kind as Jed. Did you ever find if Jed has a bloodline?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Mike, Do u know if Jed was buried? And where? Would really like to know. thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a beautiful dog,Jed, was..I have seen him in two of his films,and was amazed at his acting skills, what an intelligent animal, and what skills his trainer has.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Does anyone know how Jed died? And where he is buried?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i really love the movie WHITE FANG. .i only watched it last night and i was already a fan of JED! He is really great! I want to have a dog like JED! I really got curious about JEd, that's why i surf him in the internet. He made me cried a lot in his movie! I love you JED! You're the best!

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      Vladimir 5 years ago from Australia

      I've seen Jed in White Fang and admired him. For a dog, he's very, very good. Handsome too

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Jed was the best! Thanks for all the great info on him!!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      What heartwarming movies these are. Congrats on being featured in the dogs Squidoo thing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Leaving some love for Jed. Congratulations on making Squidoo's 50 Dogs We Love list!

      Blessed by a puppy luvin Squidoo Angel

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been watching White Fang since I was a kid and now I'm 29 and I still love that movie so very much. So much in fact, that I have my own wolf-dog. Jed was such a beautiful and amazing creature. Jed is the reason why I am such a big lover of wolves today. I'm going to spend some time at a wolf sanctuary for the birthday and I'll be thinking of Jed while I'm there. The world misses you Jed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I watched White Fang again and it brought back memories. This last year I lost my Malemute/Wolf dog after being a member of my family for 13 years. Jed will always be a reminder to my daughter and I of our beloved Silver Mist. Maybe they are romping around together...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have a husky and a malumute i love them to bites but i have always loved jed from when i was a kid im now 29. and love them like they were my own kids

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      entertainmentev 6 years ago

      I love Jed! These dogs are stunning to me. They are powerful yet regal.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sorry for my english... it's not my mother-language.

      I saw both "The Thing" and "White Fang" ... in both films I was amazed by how good was the dog that starred the "thing" in Carpenter's movie, and "White Fang", the wolf-dog made ââfamous by Jack London's novel, in the film with Ethan Hawke, however, ... I did not know it was the same dog!

      Really... a great actor! Many of those who today call themselves "actors" would have much to learn from him ... ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My family and I absolutely fell in love with this perceptive and beautiful wolf-dog in The Journey of Natty Gann and we're looking forward to seeing his performance in White Fang!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I saw both white fang films and the journey of natty gang i thought jed was beautiful! i wondered what type he was now i know thank you so much for showing this beautiful hybrid creature.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      What a magnificent wolf dog...I saw both Journey of Natty Gann and White Fang and though both were good, loved Journey of Natty Gann. Thanks for featuring this wonderful animal.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I watched Whit Fang today and I remembered that I love this movie and wanted to live in Alaska and have a strong spiritual bond with a wolf like ethan hawke had in the movie I love Jed, he was an amazing, beautiful wolf ( to me he is more wolf then dog, even though I know he's a hybrid) I absolutely love the movie and cried when is mother died when he had to go because his owner was going away and when he came back:D I hope one day I will own an alaskan malamute who's bloodline traces back to Jed:D lots of love Jed!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was flipping through the movie channels today and came across White Fang and had to stop and watch it again, Jed is so beautiful and amazing in this film. I have not seen his other movies but after seeing him in White Fang I can't wait to see the others films. He is absolutely captivating!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Mike, I'd like for you tell Clint, thank you. From a wolfdog owner, for the light he's shined on a breed that has gotten a bad rep that is undeserved. As a boy I read White Fang, and have had many dogs in my life. About 14 years ago I had a chance to adopt a wolf dog. In the last 14 years, I've had my Dog (Beau), has been one of the best experinces of my life. You'll never experience anything in life like a wolf dog. There personalities are unlike any dog and loyalty unsurpased. That being said to anyone that reads this, a wolf dog is not for a person who doesn't plan on spending tons & tons of time with them, doesn't plan on going away for long vacations and can not be a pushover. They are like having a teenager that constantly test the boundaries. My dog was my dog, and only listen to myself and my wife, And only after my wife and I were together for 2 to 3 years would he even acknowledge her existence. But after that, she was in love with him and him her Until his dying days 11/19/2010. I could never own a regular dog again, and when I'm ready will find another. That's why I started looking for Clint to see if Jed has a blood line. If you have any info on this it would be greatly appreciated. Again thank clint for me.

      Thanks,

      Tom

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi, i was just wondering from mike..if you knew who jed's breeder was?

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      @anonymous: That is wonderful to know! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge of Jed here.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I knew Jed am still friends with his owner Clint. It is ironic that Clint also played the cruel owner with the whip in the Natty Gann movie. In reality Clint loved Jed dearly all his life. Jed was always well cared for, and was allowed to wander freely on the property where he lived until the ripe old age of 18.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      nice lens.... remember, my cute little dog.......

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like Jed hes very good wolf

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      littlezotz 6 years ago

      Omg! When I saw the title of this lens, I knew IMMEDIATELY who it was about! haha. Journey of Natty Gann is one of my all-time fave films (and it wouldn't be the same without Jed)! :3

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; lensrolled to my page, The Five Best Dog Movies on Blu-ray .

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love Jed, love the movies he played in and still think that he is incredible! Thanks Jed for the experience!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      That explains why I have always thought the dog in White Fang is beautiful! You know I love wolves! Today I leave my April Blessings on this animal lens! Yes, I selected animals for my April 1 neighborhood. Imagine that! LOL

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great lens, nicely put together. I love dogs in movies. Blessed by an angel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      White Fang is one of my absolute favorite movies, Jed was incredible and I have always been fascinated with Hybrids and hope to enjoy the expierience of owning one. Wolf Dogs are wonderful and this one in particular is very talented<3

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i cried in the movie "whitefang". Jed was the best.

      ⥠JED

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I Wastched White Fang Today And It Was AMAZING !! And I Just Had To Look Up Jed Cos He Is Such An Amazingly Talented Wolf-Dog !! I Cried A Liitle At The End But A Very Good Film !!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I LOVE JED!!!!

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      moorecaroline 7 years ago

      wow he's a really beautiful animal, talented too!

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      awakeningwellness 7 years ago

      I love both of those movies but didn't know it was the same dog in both. I love this tribute to Jed!

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      Ann 7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      he's a beautiful dog/wolf. featured on my new squidpaw lens

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Jed was awesome. Thanks for introducing him to me. :)

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      I have not seen the movies. Thanks for the info. Jed is very beautiful.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Well I have seen those movies but I didn't know it was Jed doing all the work! Thanks for the introduction to this spectacular wolfdog.