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 Grizzly and Day of the Animals. 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.
John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Daryl Hannah, Annette Bening, Ethan Hawke, Steven Seagal, Gregory Peck, 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.
Little Bart is Bart's namesake. Little Bart, born 2000 in Alaska, is an unrelated Alaskan brown bear raised by the same trainers, Doug and Lynne Seus. He has appeared in Dr. Dolittle 2, along with his sister Honey-Bump Bear, and in episodes of CSI, Scrubs, and Yogi Bear Adventures.
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 and on Kodiak Island.
- Windwalker (1980)
- 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)
- 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.