Frank Inn, 86, who helped train Lassie and Rhubarb the...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 06, 2002

Frank Inn,

86, who helped train Lassie and Rhubarb the cat and discovered and made actors of Arnold the pig on Green Acres, the 500 or so animals on The Beverly Hillbillies and Benji, the cuddly movie dog, died July 27 at a nursing home in Sylmar, Calif.

Mr. Inn may have been television's greatest animal star maker. In the early 1950s, he trained his first big star, Cleo, the basset hound on The People's Choice who appeared with actor Jackie Cooper. He followed up with Tramp, the mutt on My Three Sons, and Higgins, the canine star of Petticoat Junction, and also trained animals for shows including I Love Lucy, Ozzie and Harriet, The Addams Family and Barnaby Jones.

His crowning success was Benji, who starred in four feature films and assorted television shows. Mr. Inn rescued him from an animal shelter in 1960.

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