Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier who took Hollywood by storm in The Artist, has passed away at the age of 13.
The Water For Elephants star was diagnosed with canine prostate cancer and had to be put to sleep last Friday, August 8th.
The four-legged charmer first gained major notoriety as Jean Dujardin’s on-screen sidekick in The Artist, but his history was far from black and white. Rejected by his first two owners for being a bit too energetic, Uggie was destined for the dog pound when trainer Omar Von Mueller came to his rescue.
His road to fame began with minor roles in films including Wassup Rockers (2005) and Mr Fix It (2006), before landing his first big role in Water For Elephants (2011) opposite Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.
But it was his stellar turn in The Artist that won Uggie international stardom and inspired a campaign to award him a canine Oscar.
It never happened but he did manage to scoop a prestigious award – Cannes handed him the Palm Dog, one of film’s greatest accolades for creatures great and small.
Uggie became more popular than many Hollywood heartthrobs, appearing on chat shows and receiving invitations to awards ceremonies like The Golden Globes.