Uggie, the canine star of The Artist, is retiring from acting.
The perky Jack Russell, who appears in the hugely acclaimed silent movie homage, will take his final public appearances this awards season, with an appearance rumoured at next month’s Oscars.
Before that he will compete at canine movie awards show the Golden Collars in February, where he is nominated for two awards for his work in The Artist and Water For Elephants, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
After that, according to his trainers Omar Von Muller and Sarah Clifford of the Animal Savvy agency, the 10-year-old will retire from the limelight. Clifford said: “We don’t force our dogs to do this. And it always has to be fun for them. Uggie’s still enjoying it but he’s getting up there and he’s slowing down a little.”
He’s at the stage where he just says, ‘I think I want to go and lay in the sun by the pool’.
Uggie would work 15 hour days on the set of The Artist with his trainers, and 10 is a regular age for canine actors to retire. However, he has a protege in the form of his brother Dash who is currently in training to follow in his footsteps.
The Artist is in the running for 10 Academy Awards.