Bart The Bear
In loving memory of Bart The Bear
Bart the Bear. Bart has starred in "The Great Outdoors", "On Deadly Ground" and "The Edge". Bart's co-stars included John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Steven Seagal, Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin, all of whom were very impressed with how well a bear could be trained to act, and enjoyed the experience of working with animals. Sadly, Bart died in 2000 of cancer at the age of 23 during filming of Animal Planet's "Growing Up Grizzly".
Bart the Bear... I read Doug Seus's biography before I ever saw Bart in a movie, but my family never fails to roll their eyes when I point out Bart, Tank, Bart JR or Honey Bump.... I generally recognize each correctly too..... Meaning. Save space in my memory banks for bears, but still haven't memorized my work phone number.
Photo by Joel Sartore What looks frightening is actually all in a day's work for Doug Seus and his Kodiak bear, Bart. Until the bear's death in 2000, the two trained together almost daily in order to perform in dozens of commercials, television shows and movies. Their efforts also produced Vital Ground, a non-profit group dedicated to saving critical grizzly bear habitat. For more information, visit www.vitalground.org.
Doug Seus looks into the open jaws of Bart 2 in Heber City, Utah. For the last four decades, Doug and wife Lynne have shared their ranch in the with their four bears. The bears' ease in human company has helped them carve out an impressive showreel working alongside Hollywood stars including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Anniston and Eddie Murphy, while Bart 2 recently starred in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones
Doug Seus works with Bart the Bear during a recent training session at their ranch in Heber City. Bart 2, seen here, and his predecessor, Big Bart, have an impressive list of movie credentials and helped start and continue to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving grizzly bear populations by conserving wildlife habitat. (Brett Prettyman | The Salt Lake Tribune)