Remembering Uggie

A tribute to the talented Jack Russel that stole our hearts

By Patrick Cullen

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Looking back over the years, between legendary dog movie stars like Lassie and Toto and our best movie dogs of the year from 2014, we must take a moment to remember Uggie, the co-star of the Best Picture-winning movie, The Artist. Uggie sadly passed away last week at the age of 13. His owner, Omar Von Muller, took to Facebook to say the following:

“We regret to inform to all our friends, family and Uggie’s fans that our beloved boy has passed away… Thank you for your support, I will not be  reading any comments for a while as it is too painful at the moment.”Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.52.32 PM

Obviously Uggie’s relationship to his owner was a very important one. The Jack Russell Terrier went through two homes before settling with Von Muller when the prior owners didn’t think he was disciplined enough. When Von Muller took Uggie in, he had only planned to give the dog a temporary foster home, but his mind was quickly changed. Uggie went on to do great things and his filmography as an actor is a testament to that. His greatest role was in The Artist, which won five Academy Awards and shot the small, scrappy dog to stardom.

For his part in the film, Uggie personally won the Palm Dog award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, which goes to the best canine actor of the year. He also won “Best Performance by An Animal” at the Prix Lumière Awards, which are France’s Golden Globe awards. The lovable, photogenic pup had additional roles in Water for Elephants, The Campaign, and appeared on Key and Peele along with numerous talk shows as a featured guest. In 2012, his memoir was published entitled Uggie, My Story. He even lent his adorable face to a campaign in support of pet adoption, something incredibly important to his owner as he would not have come into his life had he not considered fostering first. 

Hollywood has lost a great four-legged actor with accolades not many others—human or dog–can claim.

Some of our favorite images from Uggie’s special life: