Jackie was the second of five lions used to film that iconic roar that would preface MGM's films. He was captured live in Sudan, and was trained with affection-based reinforcement, rather than the stool-and-whip charade that was so popular at the time. As such, he became very docile, even affectionate, and famously easy to work with.

He also told Death to go f* itself on at least six separate occasions.

Seriously, it's like Unbreakable if Bruce Willis played a lion, and didn't have a nemesis, because no one would dare mess with Jackie. Here's his story:

Jackie was the first to have his iconic roar recorded. It was played before MGM's first production with sound, making him instantly and outrageously p

He was shipped all over the world for his world tour' and other press events. LEO THE M-G-M LION IS COMING TO TOWN IN PERSON! You've seen him on all

Jackie survived an earthquake, a studio explosion, a sinking ship, two train wrecks, and this plane crash: CRACKED COM

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In 1928, The studio wanted to mimic Charles Lindbergh's recent flight across the Atlantic. LEO M.G.M. FLYING LION So they built a cage into a single-e

Five hours into the flight, the plane crash-landed in Arizona. M.G.MLIDN

The pilot left to find help and drum up a search POsSe Jackie survived for almost a week with nothing but some water and a few sandwiches.

It was a publicity stunt gone horribly wrong. M.G.M. LEO FLYING LION But since Jackie survived, and no one cared about animals' rights yet, it was a h

So, Jackie had a tough life. But according to trainer Melvin Koontz, he had a heart of gold. A family of stray cats once took shelter in Jackie's ca

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