Bart the Bear
|Bart the Bear|
Bart (right) with trainer Doug Seus, 1997
January 19, 1977|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Died||May 10, 2000
Park City, Utah, U.S.
|Years active||1980 – 2000|
Bart the Bear (January 19, 1977 - May 10, 2000) was an Alaskan Kodiak Bear that appeared in several Hollywood films. Previously, Bart appeared in the films The Bear, Legends of the Fall, and The Edge (1997 film). Animal trainers Doug Seus and Lynne Seus of Wasatch Rocky Mountain Wildlife, Inc., in Heber City, Utah, trained Bart. He grew to 9' 6" (2.90 m) tall and weighed 1,500 pounds (680 kg) throughout his life as an adult.
Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Daryl Hannah, Annette Bening, Ethan Hawke, Steven Seagal, Tchéky Karyo, Brad Pitt, Alec Baldwin, and Anthony Hopkins all appeared in films opposite the bear, the latter even twice. All of them were reportedly impressed with how well the bear was trained. Anthony Hopkins called Bart "The John Wayne of Bears".
Little Bart is Bart's namesake. Little Bart or Bart II, born in 2000 in Alaska, is an unrelated Alaskan brown bear raised by the same trainers, Doug and Lynne Seus. He has appeared in An Unfinished Life, Into the Wild (film), Evan Almighty, Without a Paddle, We Bought a Zoo. Bart the Bear II has appeared with his sister Honey Bump in Dr. Dolittle 2 and Zookeeper (film). Both bears were featured in the Animal Planet series, Growing Up Grizzly (2001) and Growing Up Grizzly 2 narrated by Jennifer Aniston in 2004.
Bart was the "spokes-bear" for the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University and an ambassador for the Vital Ground Foundation. Vital Ground procures threatened wildlife habitat along the Rocky Mountains on Kodiak Island in Alaska, and in the Gobi Desert.
- Windwalker (1980)
- The Gambler: The Adventure Continues (1983)
- The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)
- The Great Outdoors (1988)
- The Bear (1988)
- White Fang (1991)
- The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1991)
- On Deadly Ground (1994)
- Legends of the Fall (1994)
- Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)
- Walking Thunder (1997)
- The Edge (1997)
- Meet the Deedles (1998)
- Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills (1986)
- Lost in the Barrens (1990)
- The Young Riders - episode Decoy (1990)
- In 1998, Bart made an appearance at the 70th Academy Awards as part of a salute to animal actors.