Hollywood's Greatest Monkey Suits

Linda Harrison — Charlton Heston's cage mate in the first two ape films didn't disappear off the face of the earth. She was last seen in the Julia Roberts/Richard Gere romantic comedy The Runaway Bride.

Phil Hartman — Troy McClure character on The Simpson's stars in the musical adaptation Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off. Inspired lyric: "I hate every ape I see, From chimpan-A, to chimpan-Z, But you'll never make a monkey out of me." Charlton Heston — Need a good laugh? Consider Heston's best line from Planet of the Apes: "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!" Now picture some of the other actors considered for that role: Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon and Rock Hudson.

Kim Hunter — Hunter, who plays Dr. Zira in three Ape movies, won an Oscar for her portrayal of Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Memorable line: To Charlton Heston: "You're so damn ugly."

John Huston — It's unclear why this multiple Oscar-winner donned an orangutan outfit in the last and least of the original Ape movies. Around the same time, he acted in Roman Polanski's Chinatown, which seemed much more suited to his distinguished career.

Arthur P. Jacobs — The legendary publicist, whose clients included Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Gregory Peck, produced the Ape series. Jacobs also brought another talking animal movie to the big screen — Doctor Dolittle (the Rex Harrison version).

Gordon Jump — He played a slave auctioneer in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. You probably remember him as Mr. Carlson WKRP in Cincinnati and the Maytag repairman.

John Landis — The man who directed Animal House played an animal — a young chimp in Battle for the Planet of the Apes. He was a complete unknown at the time.

Mervyn LeRoy — A true Hollywood great, he directed such classics as Little Caesar and Mr. Roberts. He is also one of the slave apes who take over Century City, Calif., in the apocalyptic final scene in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

Roddy McDowall — Everyone remembers him as Cornelius. But in later and lesser Ape installments, he played the monkey-messiah Caesar, who rescues ape slaves from oppressive humans. When the film franchise was nearly spent, he led an ape-human army against a band of mutants. Who can forget his battle cry: "Now fight like apes!" Later, he emerged on the Planet of the Apes TV show as Galen.

Sal Mineo — The 1950s Hollywood heartthrob who played opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause was a super-intelligent chimpanzee astronaut in 1972's Escape From the Planet of the Apes. He hated putting on the simian makeup, and his character was killed off quickly. It turned out to be one of Mineo's last performances. He was killed a few years after the movie's release.

Ricardo Montalban — Years before William Shatner would be screaming his character's name in a Star Trek movie ("Khaaaaaaaaan!"), Montalban played the humble circus trainer who sided against his species and helped the apes take over. Traitor. He should be banished to a desert island with the ghost of Herve Villechaize.

James Naughton — Yup. Ally McBeal's dad was an astronaut who crash-landed near Ape City in the short-lived TV incarnation of The Planet of the Apes.

Burt Reynolds — He turned down the roll of the Charlton Heston clone, Brent, in the first Ape sequel. It went to James Franciscus.

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