Lethargic, mangy dog on the spy spoof GET SMART/NBC/CBS/1965-70.
Fang worked for the spy organization CONTROL. His code names was
K-13; his under cover name was Morris. Fang frequently helped
bumbling secret agent, Maxwell Smart (Don Adams). When Fang retired,
the Chief of Control (Ed Platt) assigned him to burying evidence.
The dog who played Fang was eventually written out of the show
because of his inability to take commands. Consequently, the dog's
undisciplined behavior caused the director to do multiple takes and
run up the cost of each production.
Barbara Feldon who played Agent
99 on the series related a small anecdote about Fang in the book "The
Life and Times of Maxwell Smart" by Donna McCrowan:
"I was in a rowboat, and he had to untie my bonds. At first he
(Fang) wouldn't jump into the boat, and he wouldn't do what he as
supposed to do with the ropes. Finally, someone had to stand off
camera and throw Fang into the boat. But still he wouldn't go for my
wrists, not until we put meat between them, This time we couldn't
keep Fang off camera long enough. And then, he didn't stop at
nibbling the meat from my wrists. He began to search me. He was
thinking, 'You never know where else there might be meat. So I had
to fend off Fang."
"Red" the dog who played the role of
Fang was owned by Rudd and Frank Weatherwax (of The Studio Dog
Training School) but trained by their brother Bill Weatherwax.
Red also played the role of Jasper in the TV series BACHELOR FATHER
replacing the older dog, Tramp, who first played the role of Jasper.
Red's breed has been reported to be part briard as well as a
Labradoodle (a cross between a Labrador and a poodle).
Fang appeared with Don Adams and Barbara Feldon on the front cover
of TV Guide (August 27, 1966).
Agent K-13 ("Fang") with the Chief
Fang was also the name of the basset hound of
police detective Lt. Columbo on the police drama COLUMBO/NBC/ABC/1971-91.
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