Leo the Lion MGM

Zeichnung, 2013


Leo, the seventh lion, is MGM’s longest-lived lion, having appeared on most MGM films since 1957. He was also the youngest at the time his roaring was filmed (hence his smaller mane). Leo was purchased from famous animal dealer Henry Trefflich, and trained by Ralph Helfer. In addition to being used as the MGM lion, Leo also appeared in other productions such as the religious epic King of Kings (1961), Zebra in the Kitchen (1965), Fluffy (1965), and Napoleon and Samantha (1972); as well as a memorable TV commercial for Dreyfus Investments in 1961.