Thursday, April 25, 2024

Uggie, Best Supporting Dog from “The Artist,” Passes Away at 13


Uggie, the amazing Jack Russell terrier who stole the Oscar winning movie “The Artist,” has passed away at age 13. Well, he was put to sleep apparently according to a Facebook post. Uggie became an overnight sensation after starring in “The Artist” with Jean DuJardin and Berenice Bejo. He danced on stages all over the world, and attended the Academy Awards. The night before the Oscars he was feted at The Weinstein Company party at Soho House in Los Angeles, where he posed all night for pictures and signed autographs. I’ll never forget his trainer carrying him around on a pillow. The word was that Uggie had picked up a publicist and agent, wouldn’t do interviews, and had become very difficult. But really, he was a charmer. He even published a memoir in 2012.
from Facebook:
We regret to inform to all our friends, family and Uggie’s fans that our beloved boy has passed away. We were not planning on posting anything until we healed a little more but unfortunately somebody leaked it to TMZ and they will be announcing it. In short, Uggie had a cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place not feeling pain. Thank you for your support, I will not be reading any comments for a while as it is too painful at the moment.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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