The Meanest Cat in the Entertainment Industry

A male marmalade tabby cat named Orangey had a prolific career in entertainment industry in the 1950s, appearing in films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Incredible Shrinking Man. He gained the moniker of “the world’s meanest cat” after scratching and biting actors. You might be wondering why the cat was kept around if he was so mean. The answer is simple: He was prized for his ability to stay put for several hours. Occasionally, he would flee after filming a scene and production would have to be shut down until he could be found. Eventually, owner and trainer Frank Inn had to post guard dogs at the studio entrance to keep Orangey from running away. The exact date or cause of Orangey’s death is unknown, but it’s suspected that old age-related illness was likely the cause, since the span of his film appearances made him at least 16 years old at the time of his death. He was buried at the famous Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood, which is only fitting.

Orangey in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Orangey in "The Diary of Anne Frank"

Orangey in "The Incredible Shrinking Man"