Roger Smith

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Lancaster CA 93539
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Began with big cats in 1960.  Worked as assistant to Clyde Beatty, 1964.  Trained and worked cats at Jungleland, 1965-1969, apprenticed to Dick McGraw, Benny Bennett, Mabel Stark.  Re-broke mixed lion-and-tiger act,  Hubert Castle Circus 1971-1973.  Broke 12-lion act, Ringling 1974.  Wroked 7-tiger act, 3 elephants, Howard Suesz Circuses, 1975.  Senior Lion Ranger, Texas Safari Park, 1976.  Free-lance trainer 1977-1979.  Supt. of Wild Animals, Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, 1980-81.  Free lance trainer 1982-1997.  Have written Mabel Stark's film bio TIGER QUEEN - The Life of Mabel Stark.  Have filmed interview in Leslie Zemeckis's docu on Mabel, due out this year, with my continued consultation.  Currently screenwriter, film, circus and wild animal act historian.  Looking forward to exploring this website. 

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