The True Faces Behind 5 Famous Logos

Did you know that Uncle Sam was once an actual person? How about Leo the Lion, or Colonel Sanders? Check out the list below to see!

Leo the Lion (MGM), 1928 – 1956
Actual Name: Jackie




Trained by a man named Mel Koontz, Jackie was the second lion that MGM used for their logo. During MGM’s first sound-based production, White Shadows in the South Seas (1928), Jackie became the first MGM lion to have his roar captured on both audio and film.

Going on to be nicknamed “Leo the Lucky”, Jackie ended up starring in hundreds of the earliest films, surviving many freak accidents and bringing great publicity to the studio.

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