‘Game of Thrones’ Star Bart the Bear II Has Died

by Maggie Schneider

The beloved bear from “Game of Thrones” has passed away at 21 years old. The animal actor leaves a great legacy behind.

Animal actors are special creatures. It is amazing to watch them perform in movies and on television. This month, we lost one of these wonderful animals. “Game of Thrones” star Bart the Bear II dies at 21 years of age.

The Alaskan grizzly bear weighed 1400 pounds and is known for his uncanny performances in multiple projects. In the third season of “Game of Thrones,” he shares a pit with Brienne of Tarth. He also appears in “Dr. Doolittle 2,” “An Unfinished Life,” and “Into The Wild,” among others. Appearing alongside famous actors such as Matt Damon and Kevin James, Bart the Bear II is recognizable from head to paw.

The bear also leaves a legacy of environmental conservation efforts behind. The Vital Ground Foundation works to conserve grizzly bear habitats, as well as train bears to live at peace with people. Bart the Bear II is their long-running ambassador, as well as his father Big Bart The Bear (who is just as famous). In a sweet statement, the foundation praises the bear for his job well done.

“He was destined to continue the mission of his namesake and became the ambassador for The Vital Ground Foundation,” the obituary says. “The Seus Clan is forever humbled and grateful to have shared our lives with this noble grizzly. Fly free Beloved Giant.”

Bart The Bear II died of natural causes in his home of Heber City, Utah. He is survived by a loving family of bears.

Bart The Bear II’s Background and Training

Bart The Bear II and his story are miraculous. The story begins as a rescue mission made by a “dedicated bear biologist.” He finds Bart The Bear II and takes him to the Seus family. This occurs just after the death of his mother. Nicknamed “Little Bart,” the bear grows quickly and is ready for training by the Seus clan. His predecessor, Big Bart the Bear, is a trained actor as well, earning himself a moment at the Oscar Awards. Bart The Bear II has big paws to fill but does so with a lot of heart.

The death of this 8 foot tall, grizzly bear reminds us not to take animals (or their environments) for granted. We should all continue the foundation’s efforts in conserving its environments for its future inhabitants. For The Vital Ground Foundation, this protection of private land is crucial. The organization saves over 620,000 acres of land – and counting – for grizzlies and other wildlife.

For more information, visit https://www.vitalground.org/ – Let’s honor Bart The Bear II and make a difference.