Tarzan's Chimpanzee Cheeta Celebrates 74th Birthday

Tarzan's chimpanzee star Cheeta with his owner and caretaker, Dan Westfall, receives in Palm Springs, CA, an award on behalf of the International Comedy Film Festival of Peniscola in Spain. This the only cinematographic award that Cheeta has ever received. Cheeta, famed for his appearances in the 1930's and 1940's Tarzan movies starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan, turned 74 years old today and remains the world's oldest living primate. He lives happily at the C.H.E.E.T.A Primate Foundation in Palm Springs, California, a home for primates who have retired from the movie industry and the show business.
© 2005 Photo Frédéric Neema

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