Famous Ginger Cats

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Orlando (The Marmalade Cat) is the star of a series of picture books by Kathleen Hale, first published in the UK in 1938. There are 18 books in the series, following the adventures of Orlando and his family, with exquisite illustrations and humourous stories. Orlando's adventures were broadcast on BBC Radio's "Children's Hour" and an Orlando ballet was staged at the Festival of Britain in 1951. The final Orlando book was published in 1972 and Kathleen Hale was awarded an OBE in 1976.
Ginger Yellow tomcat from the "Ginger and Pickles" stories by Beatrix Potter. Ginger runs a small village shop with Pickles the terrier.

Ginger cat who starred in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with Audrey Hepburn in 1961. This sensational movie & television cat debuted in 1952 with the movie "Rhubarb" and won the Patsy Award in 1952 and in 1962. He also played in "Gigot", and in the television series "Our Miss Brookes".
Orion The ginger and white cat who has the galaxy around his neck in the 1997 film "Men in Black".

In the movie "Alien" made in 1979, the orange striped cat named "Jones" is one of two survivors of the attack on the doomed mining transport ship Nostromo. Sigourney Weaver stars in this classic Sci-Fi Horror film, directed by Ridley Scott.
Morris Orange-colored finicky and egotistical cat that appeared in a series of US television cat food commercials. The orginal Morris was rescued from a shelter. Although the character was played by a series of similar-looking cats over the years, Morris developed a loyal fan following. Morris won a PATSY in 1973.

The android Data's pet cat, from Star Trek The Next Generation. Data created at least 221 different foods for her. A malfunction of the ship's replicator system caused the ship's food slots to dispense cat food. Commander Riker once agreed to care for Spot while Data was away at a conference for three days. Unfortunately, Spot did not care for Riker, and made her dislike evident. Spot was first seen in the (TNG) episode "Data's Day". [link]

[thanks to Will Harper of GreyTrek for the info]

Cat from the Paul Gallico book "Thomasina: The Cat Who Thought She Was God", which became the 1963 Disney film "The Three Lives of Thomasina". Thomasina survives being "put to sleep" & therefore thinks she is an Egyptian cat goddess. The film was directed by Don Chaffey, starred Patrick McGoohan, and Thomasina was voiced by Elspeth March.
Thomas O'Malley

Walt Disney's The Aristocats was first released in 1970. Duchess, voiced by Eva Gabor, was an elegant cat from Paris who is kidnapped. She meets Thomas O'Malley, voiced by Phil Harris, who helps her return to Paris.
The Brain

As seen in Topcat, the Hanna & Barbera cartoon. Brain, an orange colored cat, wore a purple t-shirt and a watch. Despite his name, Brain was not a very bright cat. In fact, he couldn’t even read his own watch. (voiced by Leo de Lyon)

Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis, featuring the cat Garfield, the pet dog Odie, and their socially inept owner Jon Arbuckle. As of 2006, it is syndicated in roughly 2,570 newspapers and journals and it currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.

(There's a bit of controversy as to whether Garfield is a Ginger Cat or a Tabby - but I've included him anyway ;-)

Famous Owners
Sir Winston Churchill Winston Churchill owned several ginger cats in his lifetime.
At his home in Chartwell there was a ginger tom known as "Tango" or "Mr. Kat". Churchill commissioned a painting of his favourite orange tabby cat, Jock. Apparently Jock slept in his bed every night and was even taken to all the wartime cabinet meetings.
It seems a ginger kitten with the same name, another "Jock", stayed in his bed with him towards the end of his life. Jock was mentioned in the PM's will.

Other Ginger Cats on the web
The Gorgeous Gingers - 'A page full of links to Gorgeous Ginger Cats on the web'
Ferdinand - the diary of a ginger tom cat

Orange Cats Group - guess what, an Orange Cats group ;-) on the flickr.com photo site.
fluffytails.ca/boomer.asp Boomer - some great photos of a big ginger & white cat called Boomer, sadly now departed, but the site is a great tribute and has some important information about FUS and other Feline Health problems.
geocities.com/ginger_webring/ Ginger Cat Webring
webring.com/webring?ring=orangecats Outrageous Orange Cats Webring

Rolf, Terra & Friends - Rolf is a ginger cat owned by Marcel and Leonie van den Tweel, visitors to the Ginger Cat Page from the Netherlands. Rolf has a great friendship with a Rottweiler called Terra
Update: Sadly Rolf passed away, but Marcel, Leonie and Terra have a new ginger companion called Max. You can see Max on this page

Digby - a visitor to the Ginger Cat Page

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