Uggie, the breakout star of The Artist who showed up every trick he was in a scene with, has floated up to the great, big Hollywood dog park in the sky where he’s sniffing the b-holes of the original Lassie, Ubu, Moose and Honey Tree Evil Eye (aka Spuds McKenzie). TMZ says that Uggie was sent to heaven on Friday in Los Angeles by his human/trainer Omar Von Mueller. Omar made the hard decision to put Uggie to sleep, because he’s been in a sick way for a while. Uggie had a mean ass prostate tumor that wouldn’t let him be great and the past few weeks were really hard for him. Uggie was 13 in human years and 68 in Jack Russell Terrier years (according to the Pedigree dog age calculator).
Uggie’s showbiz career started when he was rescued by Omar. Uggie was headed to the pound at the time. Omar trained Uggie and he started his career by performing in a dog talent show that toured all over the US and South America. Uggie went on to star in commercials and movies. Uggie’s IMDB page says that he made his movie debut in What’s Up, Scarlet? opposite the Queen of the Oscars Sally Kirkland. Uggie was in Water for Elephants before he gave the performance of a lifetime in The Artist. Uggie’s work in The Artist won him the Palm Dog Award for best canine performance at Cannes.
Uggie was in an episode of Key & Peele before he retired from the acting game in 2012.
Jean Dujardin paid tribute to his former co-star on Instagram. I’m not going to translate it, because it just sounds more poetic when read in Jean Dujardin’s French speaking voice.
Affectueuses pensées pour mon partenaire hors du commun. R.I.P Uggie…
Rest in peace, Uggie. You are now in heaven where all the angels look like Jean Dujardin and let you lick their faces anytime you want.