One of the first horses to ever be referred to as ‘The Wonder Horse’, Tony was the companion of actor Tom Mix. Becoming a celebrity in his own right, he starred in over two dozen silent and sound films during his career. He was the first horse to be given equal billing with his human costar, and was featured in the title of three movies: Just Tony (1922), Oh! You Tony (1924), and Tony Runs Wild (1926). Tony is listed as appearing in 34 films between 1922 and 1932.
When Tom Mix was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1927, Tony’s hoof prints were placed in the cement beside Tom’s hands. You can still see these today outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Tony is most known for his intelligence and ability to perform remarkable stunts, many of which would not be allowed today. These included untying Mix’s hands, opening gates, loosening his own reins, rescuing Mix from fire, jumping from one cliff to another, and running after trains.
At the age of twenty-two, Tony retired from the film industry when he sustained a small injury on the set of his last movie, The Fourth Horseman (1932). He died in 1942, two years to the day after Mix was killed in a car accident. I have a funny feeling he decided it was time to see his friend again, don’t you Globetrotters?