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ManimalManimal - Privy to the secrets that "divide man from the animals," Professor Jonathan Chase (Simon MacCorkindale) morphed into a variety of animal species on each episode of the police drama/fantasy MANIMAL/NBC/1983. His powers apparently came from his father, "sole heir to the secret link that binds man and animal."

Working as a consultant for a special investigative unit of the New York Police Department, Professor Chase frequently transformed into a snarling black panther (actually a black leopard).

Five leopards were used for the show. Owned by animal trainer Mark Harden, they included Magic, Dusty, Stormy, Stark and Ivory. Ivory was used for sitting scenes; Magic for leaping; Dusty hit the mark for the camera; Stark was a stand-in and Stormy did the snarling scenes. The cats were paid $1,000 a day.


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