Manimal - 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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