Matisse - Nasty, neurotic
forty-two-pound, black-and-white Scottish border collie featured on
the sitcom DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS/FOX/1987.
Matisse lives in the posh Beverly Hills mansion with millionaire
Dave Whiteman, (Hector Elizondo) a successful clothes hanger
manufacturer; his wife, Barbara (Anita Morris); their
social-climbing 20 year-old daughter, Jenny (Eileen Seeley); their
awkward 17 year-old son, Max (Evan Richards); Carmen the maid (April
Ortiz) and Jerry Baskin, a middle-aged, philosophical tramp (Tim Thomerson) whom the family adopts after his attempted suicide in the
family's swimming pool.
Mike the dog played the role of Matisse on the series. Owned and
trained by Clint Rowe, Mike was found at a ranch in Northern
California. Mike has one blue-eye, one floppy ear and can perform
hundreds of tricks. He first appeared in the feature film version of
the series Down and Out In Beverly Hills (1985) based on the
1932 French movie Boudu Saved From Drowning.
Mike is a veteran of a number of commercial including spots for
Toyota and Doublemint Chewing Gum. Mike also appeared in Little
Richard's music video "Great Gosh a' Mighty, It's a Matter of Time."
You can also find Mike's paw prints (as of February 1986) in the
cement sidewalk at the Tail O' the Pup, a famous Hollywood
restaurant shaped like a large hotdog.
Mike (now deceased) was the co-host of the very last PATSY Awards
(defunct as of 1986) and the TV movie Spot Marks the X
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