Younger readers will no doubt remember Buddy as the star of the popular 1997 film “Air Bud,” which told the story of a dog who comes into the life of a young boy dealing with the death of his father and eventually scores it big as a player on a local basketball team. But before his work in Air Bud, Buddy was one of the stars of the hit family TV show Full House—a long way from his rather modest and humble beginnings.
Buddy, who is one of the more popular “Hollywood” dogs of the 20th century, was not always living the high life of Hollywood glamour. He lived several years of his life as a stray dog. In 1989, he was found by Kevin di Cicco in the Sierra Nevada mountains; for the next few years, Buddy recuperated from his earlier rough start and went on to be well trained in vigorous activities. Di Cicco especially loved to train Buddy in sports–he learned how to “play” soccer, football, hockey, baseball and, of course, basketball. In the early 90s, he first came into fame by appearing on the popular show America’s Funniest Home Videos. He also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, where he dunked basketball baskets.
But Buddy’s first real “role” came when he was cast on the hit sitcom Full House. The show ran from 1987 to 1995–Buddy starred in 6 seasons, from 1989 to 1995, and was one of the long running cast members of the series. He played the role of Comet, the family dog. In the show, Comet arrived in the Tanner family via his mother, Minnie. Minnie was a dog who ran away from home and was eventually found in the backyard of the family–she was taken in, pregnant, and gave birth on the bed of Uncle Jesse! The owner of Minnie arrived and, grateful to the family for taking care of his dog, allowed them to keep a dog.
After his long stint in Full House, Buddy went on to star in the first Air Bud film. Shortly after filming, however, it was discovered that he had synovial cell sarcoma, a type of cancer that manifests in the joints of dogs. His right leg was amputated to help stave off the cancer, but he unfortunately died in February of 1998 due to compilations.