Slats b. 1915 d. 1938 Animal Star. The first to portray Leo the Lion, the corporate logo of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio. Allegedly born in Sudan (other sources claim Ireland's Dublin Zoo), he was brought to Hollywood in 1917 by animal trainer Volney Phifer and initially used as the mascot for Goldwyn Pictures. When that company was merged into the newly formed MGM in 1924, Slats was kept on to introduce its films, debuting with "He Who Gets Slapped" (1924). His image was used in all MGM releases until 1928...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) McPherson Town Museum*, McPherson, McPherson County, Kansas, USA *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.