Asta - Wire-haired terrier on the
detective comedy THE THIN MAN/NBC/1957-59. Asta
resides with Nick and Nora Charles (Peter
Lawford & Phyllis Kirk), a pair of wealthy
socialites who spent their spare time solving
crimes with the assistance of Asta (who helped
them sniff out the clues).
Nora, Asta and
The THIN MAN was based on a story by Dashiel
Hammett. In the novel the dog was described as a
schnauzer. In the movie version, Asta was played
by Skippy who was trained by Rudd Weatherwax
(died in 1985). Asta won the 1959 & 1960 PATSY
Award (the Oscar of the animal world).