TRIBUTE TO DAN WESTFALL



The Palm Springs Walk of Stars
Honors
DAN WESTFALL
WITH
the 332nd STAR ON
THE PALM SPRINGS WALK OF STARS




DAN WITH CAROL CHANNING
 

Entertainer, beloved caretaker of Cheeta the Chimp and Coachella Valley resident Dan Westfall, will be honored with the 332nd Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. The star will be unveiled at 100 South Palm Canyon Drive on Saturday October 9, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. Robert AlexanderPresident of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, will preside over the eventThe public and media are invited to attend. Several celebrities have been invited and are expected to attend. A time capsule will be placed under the star.





DAN WITH KAY STARR
 
 
Dan Westfall began working in the entertainment industry in 1964 and, through 1969, worked at ABC Television Studios in HollywoodCaliforniaDan was a page on the Joey Bishop Show, The Lawrence Welk Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, General Hospital, and the Academy Awards - just to name a few.





DAN, THE HERO AND LEGEND

 
In 1975, Dan started working with the Marquis Chimps, an act created by his uncle,performing in nightclubs, circuses, and theaters. Dan moved to Palm Springs in 1989 and continued to perform with the chimpsCarol Channing worked with Dan’s olive baboon, Maxine, and rhesus monkeySandy, in Circus of the Stars




DAN WITH HIS BEST PAL, CHEETA



   
 
 

CHRISTINA BUSH PHOTOGRAPHY



In 1991, Dan began performing with the Palm Springs Follies as their opening act with the chimpsOverall, Dan performed with the Follies for 11 years adding singing, dancing, and comedy to his repertoire with the show



Photo courtesy of the CHEETA Primate Sanctuary


In 1991, Dan "adopted" Cheeta from his uncle and, in 2004, created the non-profit Cheeta Primate Sanctuary. As President and 
caretaker, Dan has done many interviews for television, radio, magazines and newspapers, both nationally and internationally. 





SIDE BY SIDE


Over the years, many countries have shown great interest in Cheeta and the Sanctuary. They have upcoming projects with independent film crews and have enjoyed working with many American and foreign crews in the past. Dan is currently working on a documentary with PBS and has been filmed with Dr. Jane Goodall for an upcoming television broadcast. 



Photo courtesy of the CHEETA Primate Sanctuary


The Cheeta Sanctuary donated two of Cheeta's paintings to The Goodall Institute which brought in $20,000.00 for the wild chimps ofGombi in Tanzania. They have also donated paintings to fundraisers for The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve and other local and national charities.



 

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WHAT A FRIENDSHIP!


 
 

       

Dan's Walk of Stars Ceremony in Palm Springs, CA  
October 9, 2010

CHRISTINA BUSH PHOTOGRAPHY