K.c. Blumm
August 12, 2015 05:15 AM

Uggie the dog, who stole scenes in the 2011 Oscar-winning film The Artist, has died. He was 13.

The Jack Russell terrier, who also appeared in the Reese Witherspoon film Water for Elephants, was put down Friday in Los Angeles after battling a prostate tumor, TMZ reports.

Uggie, who was owned by animal trainer Oscar Von Muller, won the Palm Dog Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for his work in The Artist (in which he did almost all of his own stunts) and was the first canine to have his paw prints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Everybody thinks I am a great trainer,” Von Muller said in 2012 when Auggie retired from showbiz, “I don’t think so. I think he is just a great dog.”

Jean Dujardin paid tribute to Uggie the dog on Wednesday.

“Affectionate thoughts for my exceptional partner. Rest In Peace. Uggie … ” wrote the French actor, who took home both an Oscar and Cannes’ Best Actor award for his role alongside the pup as George Valentin in 2011’s The Artist.

Affectueuses pens es pour mon partenaire hors du commun. R.I.P Uggie…

A photo posted by Jean Dujardin (@jeandujardin) on Aug 12, 2015 at 1:45am PDT


The homage posted on Dujardin’s Instagram account is attached to a particularly favored image of Uggie with an announcement of the film’s selection at the 2011 Cannes film Festival.

Dujardin’s Instagram account is only about ten weeks old, with a little over 22,000 followers. Within about five hours of posting, his remarks about his well-loved partner garnered nearly 1,500 “likes.”

Fellow Uggie collaborator Reese Witherspoon also paid tribute to the pup on her Instagram account Wednesday.

RIP to my canine friend Uggie. I worked with him on Water for Elephants. What a special , sweet soul.

A photo posted by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on Aug 12, 2015 at 1:42pm PDT


“RIP to my canine friend Uggie. I worked with him on Water for Elephants. What a special , sweet soul.” she wrote in a message that quickly earned nearly 80,000 likes.

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