For fictional dogs named Spike, see Spike (character)#Dogs.
|Died||1962 (aged 9–10)|
|Nation from||United States|
|Notable role||King in The She Creature |
Old Yeller in Old Yeller
Patrasche in A Dog of Flanders
Pete in The Silent Call
Spike (1952–1962) was a lop-eared yellow Mastador (Mastiff/Labrador Retriever crossbreed) and a dog actor best known for his performance as the title character in the 1957 film Old Yeller, in which he co-starred with Tommy Kirk, Beverly Washburn, Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, and Kevin Corcoran. Spike was rescued as a pup from a shelter in Van Nuys, California, and became the pet and pupil of animal trainer Frank Weatherwax.
Spike also appeared as Patrasche in 20th Century Fox's A Dog of Flanders with Donald Crisp and David Ladd in 1959 and as King in the 1956 film The She-Creature. In 1961, Spike was the star of The Silent Call, playing as Pete with Roger Mobley, David McLean and Gail Russell; the entire film focused on his efforts to reunite with his human family who had been forced to leave him behind while traveling from Nevada to California.
- The She-Creature (1956, uncredited)
- Old Yeller (1957, uncredited)
- Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre (1959, uncredited)
- A Dog of Flanders (1960, uncredited)
- The Westerner (1960, uncredited)
- Tales of Wells Fargo (1961, uncredited)
- The Silent Call (1961)
- Disney anthology television series (1967)
- Hondo (1967)
- What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969)
- Kelly, Kate (19 August 2014). "Old Yeller Played by Spike, a Lab/Mastiff Mix". America Comes Alive!. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
- "Old Yeller". Weatherwax, Dogs and the Movies. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
- Smith-Rodgers, Sheryl (21 September 2008). "Honoring Old Yeller". American Profile. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2018.