Pal, the first dog to play Lassie, was 18 years old when he died. Born on June 4, 1940, in North Hollywood, Calif., he passed away in 1958. Since then, the role has since been played by a number of other rough collies.
Pal retired in 1954 after filming two pilot episodes for the "Lassie" television series. Pal's son, Lassie Junior, took over the role of Lassie. In the 2008 "Lassie" program, the role of Lassie was played by a 10th generation lineage dog descended from the original star Pal. As of 2014, the character of Lassie continues to make public appearances.