List of fictional primates in film

This is a list of fictional primates in film, and is a subsidiary to the list of fictional primates. The list is restricted to notable non-human characters from in film including monkeys, lemurs, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, gibbons, and other primates.

Name Species Origin Notes
Aldo Gorilla Planet of the Apes The leader of the gorilla factions (and the ape revolution, by extension) during the rise of the ape society prior to humanity's downfall, as the "lowest species" of the planet.
Bonzo Chimpanzee Bedtime for Bonzo The subject of an attempt by a psychology professor (played by Ronald Reagan) to teach human morals to a chimp in order to solve the "nature versus nurture" question.
Caesar Chimpanzee Planet of the Apes The leader (and chief instigator) of the ape revolution in the fourth entry, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and the ruler of Ape City in the fifth and final film, Battle for the Planet of the Apes. He was portrayed in both movies by actor Roddy McDowall, who had also played Cornelius. Along in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, played by actor Andy Serkis.
Cheeta Chimpanzee Tarzan A chimpanzee character appearing in numerous Hollywood Tarzan movies of the 1930s–1960s as well as the 1966–1968 television series, as the ape sidekick of the title character, Tarzan. Cheeta's role in these films is to provide comic relief, convey messages between Tarzan and his allies, and occasionally lead Tarzan's other animal friends to the ape-man's rescue.
Clyde Orangutan Every Which Way but Loose / Any Which Way You Can An Orangutan won in a bet by Clint Eastwood's character, Philo Beddoe, who helps him out in fist fights and looking for love.
Jonny the monkey Monkey Borat Most famous celebrity in Kazakhstan, according to Borat[1][2][3]
King Kong Gorilla King Kong A giant movie monster resembling a gorilla, that has appeared in several movies since 1933. These include the groundbreaking 1933 movie, the film remakes of 1976 and 2005, as well as various sequels of the first two films. The character has become one of the world's most famous movie icons and, as such, has transcended the medium.
Manis Orangutan Cannonball Run II An orangutan that can drive a car.
Mighty Joe Young Gorilla Mighty Joe Young (1949) / (1998) An oversized gorilla in the care of Jill Young.
Raffles Chimpanzee The Barefoot Executive A pet chimpanzee with the ability to pick hit TV shows.
Spike Capuchin monkey Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ace's pet and sidekick.
Dr. Zaius Orangutan Planet of the Apes An orangutan and although given a minor role devoid of dialogue in the novel, he becomes the main antagonist of the story in the subsequent film adaptation. Zaius was portrayed in the first and second films of the series by actor Maurice Evans.

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