Uggie, the canine star of 2011 Oscar-winning film ‘The Artist’, has been put to sleep, aged 13.
The Jack Russell terrier died on Friday (August 7) after suffering a prostate tumor. According to TMZ reports, the decision was made by his owner, Omar Von Mueller, after Uggie endured a difficult few weeks with the condition.
The beloved dog will be best remembered for his performance in ‘The Artist’, Michel Hazanavicius’s romantic comedy-drama shot in the style of a black-and-white silent film. He also appeared alongside Robert Pattinson in 2011’s ‘Water for Elephants’ and in the 2013 TV movie ‘Holiday Road Trip’, among other projects.
Uggie remains the only ever winner of the ‘Palm Dog’ award after picking up the tongue-in-cheek gong for best canine actor at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. He was also the first dog to leave his paw prints on the cement outside the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Sarah Clifford, who trained Uggie for his role in ‘The Artist’, has paid tribute to the terrier, calling him “a perfect little terrier” with boundless energy.