Chimp Vies for Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
This is the seventh time that the animal actor is trying to become the first monkey to receive such an honor. Cheeta's had starred in classics like "Tarzan" and in the 1967 comedy "Dr. Doolittle". Previously the Walk of Fame has honored dogs, cartoons and even a Muppet, so shouldn't the famous chimp earn a place on Tinseltown's famous path?
Cheeta's handlers even drew up an online petition.
Cheeta's "inclusion on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will not only give recognition to one of the international, animal megastars of all time, but focus attention on his fellow primates in the wilds of Africa who now face extinction," the petition reads.
The petition notes that Cheeta's canine colleagues Lassie, and 1920s stars Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart are immortalized on the boulevard, along with fictional animals Kermit the Frog, Godzilla and Donald Duck.
"He's up against really big celebrities," Ana Martinez-Holler, a spokeswoman for the Chamber of Commerce said.
Martinez-Holler said chamber members will announce their selections near the end of the month. She wouldn't speculate whether the seventh time will be a charm for Cheeta.
The 76-year-old chimp, who the Guinness World Records has called the oldest living, non-human primate, is retired and lives in Palm Springs. Cheeta also has a MySpace page, which lists painting "Ape-Stract Art" among his hobbies, and The Monkees his favorite band.