Higgins the Dog Death
Higgins passed away on November 11, 1975 at the age of 17 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Higgins's cause of death was natural causes.
When did Higgins the Dog die?November 11, 1975
How did Higgins the Dog die? What was the cause of death?Natural causes
How old was Higgins the Dog when died?17
Where did Higgins the Dog die? What was the location of death?Los Angeles, California, USA
Higgins the Dog Birthday and Date of Death
Higgins the Dog was born on December 12, 1957 and died on November 11, 1975. Higgins was 17 years old at the time of death.
Birthday: December 12, 1957
Date of Death: November 11, 1975
Age at Death: 17
Higgins the Dog - Biography
Higgins (December 12, 1957 – November 11, 1975) was one of the best-known dog actors of the 1960s and 1970s. Most people remember him as "Benji" or as "Dog" from Petticoat Junction, two of the most popular roles he played during a 14-year career in show business.
As an actor, Higgins first came to national attention as the uncredited dog who played the character of "Dog" on the television sitcom Petticoat Junction for six of the show's seven seasons, from 1964 to 1970, appearing in 149 episodes. He guest-appeared on the television sitcom Green Acres with Eva Gabor in 1965 and also made a guest appearance on the television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. Due to his work in Petticoat Junction, Higgins received a PATSY Award in 1966 in the television category, and he was cover-featured on an issue of TV Guide magazine.
Higgins had a close rapport with the actor Edgar Buchanan, who played Uncle Joe Carson on Petticoat Junction. In the official cast pictures taken each year during the run of Petticoat Junction, Buchanan is shown holding or petting Higgins. Buchanan guest-starred on 17 episodes of the sitcom Green Acres, and Higgins guest-starred in two of those appearances. Buchanan and Higgins crossed paths for the last time in Benji, which was coincidentally also the last film in which both actors starred. The two actors had an obvious fondness for one another, which is especially clear in Benji, because the movie's naturalistic pacing allowed them to interact as friends rather than requiring that Higgins perform a specific trick to which Buchanan would react.
Higgins died at age 17, just four weeks short of his 18th birthday. Inn had the dog's body cremated and saved the ashes in an urn on his mantelpiece. He then wrote a Christian poem in memory of Higgins called My Gift to Jesus. Inn died in 2002 and requested that Higgins' ashes be buried in his coffin with him. This request was not fulfilled due to legal reasons, and Higgins' ashes remain with Inn's daughters. Inn is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).