Uggie, dog in ’The Artist’, put down

LOS ANGELES: The adorable dog Uggie, famous for his role in the academy award-winning film “The Artist,” had to be put down due to a tumor, celebrity website TMZ reported.

The brown and white Jack Russel Terrier won over audiences with his stage tricks and cute demeanor in the film alongside Jean Dujardin.

Uggie was diagnosed with a prostate tumor and put down last week, TMZ reported. He was 13 years old.

Uggie garnered a “Palm Dog” award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the 2011 film.

The dog appeared in a dozen films and in ads, but is best known for its role in the silent French-made flick “The Artist.”

The comedy-drama tribute to Hollywood’s golden age won five Oscars including best picture and best actor for Dujardin.

In a tweet, Dujardin said: “Fond memories of my extraordinary colleague: R.I.P. Uggie.”

The dog achieved one of Hollywood’s top honors — his four paw prints are embedded in the hallowed Walk of Fame.

Source: AFP