- Shaggy briard sheep dog seen on MARRIED...WITH
CHILDREN/FOX/1987-97, a domestic comedy that poked fun at marriage
and its ramifications.
During the opening credits of the program,
Buck joined in line to get money from the head of the household, Al
Bundy (Ed O'Neill), a former high school football star now tied down
to the banality of married life. Buck's favorite magazine was
Bitches in Heat.
On episode No. 168 "Change for a Buck" Buck -
feeling neglected - decides to run away from home but gets put in the
dog pound as a stray. After a week, the Bundy's realize Buck is gone
and retrieve him from the pound just as he is about to be put to
When Buck's character retired from the series after nine
years of loyal service, the show's writer killed off Buck's
character. Returning home from Buck's funeral, Al Bundy lamented the
cost of the $1200 burial by saying, "They buried King Tut for less
and he got to take his wives with him." Still in mourning, Kelly
Bundy sighed "Where for art thou Buckio?"
Where did Buck go when he
died? To Animal Heaven. Unfortunately, he was judged guilty for a
life of abusing cats and then reincarnated into the body of a cocker
spaniel named Lucky which miraculously appeared in the living room
of the Bundy's. So,
once again Buck (now Lucky) was sentenced to suffer the indignities
of his former owners.
Much the same as Buck, the audience was still
treated to the sound of Lucky's thoughts as he routinely insulted
the Bundy family. Buck's replacement, Lucky was discovered in a
Ventura Dog Show.
Buck's real name was Michael "Mike," a 3 and 1/2
year old briard, a breed of French sheep dog. Mike was trained by
Steven Ritt, who originally found Buck through an ad in The Los
Angeles Times. A veteran trainer, Ritt apprenticed for several years
under animal trainer Bob Weatherwax (of Lassie fame). During the
fourth season, Ritt officially changed Mike's name to Buck.
Buck talks for the first time in episode No.
421. While Peggy is sitting on the couch, she asks: "What channel is
'Wheel of Fortune' on?" Buck answers: "Uhh, it's seven, just like
yesterday and the day before."
The voice of Buck the dog & Lucky was
provided by staff writer/producer Kevin Curran (except for special
episodes No. 513, 811, 824, when it was done by Richard "Cheech"
Buck's last episode No. 1003 "Requiem for a Dead Briard" ends
with the following message on the screen: "Dedicated to Buck the Dog
who with this episode begins a well earned retirement and hopefully
a nice gig at stud. We'll miss you, Buddy, lift a leg. - The
Retired at the age of twelve-and-a-half, Buck died about nine months
later on May 28, 1996.
rock star Janet Jackson used Michael in the opening of her video
"When I Think Of You." Buck later appeared with Bill Murray in the
film Scrooged (1988).
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