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R.I.P. Uggie, The Dog From 'The Artist'
Uggie, the beloved canine star of the Oscar-winner The Artist has passed away. He made it to the ripe, old age of 13.
The Jack Russell Terrier was owned and trained by "dog trainer to the stars" Omar von Muller, who announced on Tuesday night that he made the difficult decision to put down Uggie. "In short, Uggie had a cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place not feeling pain," he wrote on Facebook. Uggie was put down on Friday.
"I will forever hold him dearly in my heart and never forget his infinite love for chicken and hotdogs," Sarah Clifford, Uggie's trainer in The Artist, told TMZ.
Uggie had worked in movies since 2005, but broke through in 2011 with both Water For Elephants and the neo-silent film The Artist. With The Artist—a perfectly fine and enjoyable little movie—somehow going on to critical acclaim and beating The Tree Of Life for Best Picture at the Oscars, Uggie became the biggest star of the film. He was so beloved that a "Consider Uggie" campaign was launched with the hopes the Academy would recognize his performance.
Here's Uggie's sizzle-reel from The Artist:
Here he is totally stealing the spotlight after the film won at the Golden Globes:
Uggie snatched his newfound fame and glory and took off with it, becoming the first dog immortalized in cement at the Chinese Theatre and becoming Nintendo's first spokesdog:
Here he is on Ellen, showing off his mad skills:
Uggie would go on to cameo in the Will Ferrell comedy The Campaign before retiring from showbiz.
But more important than any of his Hollywood roles was Uggie's role as the face of a PETA campaign to encourage pet adoption. "I'm Uggie, and I was adopted," read the ads. Before eventually being adopted by von Muller from a shelter, two families had passed on Uggie.
Rest in peace, Uggie. You were a good boy.