Uggie the Dog, 'Artist' canine star, dead at 13

Uggie the Dog, Star of "The Artist," Dies at 13

Jack Russell Terrier from the Oscar-winning film was put to sleep after battling a prostate tumor

Uggie the dog, who won the hearts of moviegoers for his performance in the 2011 Oscar-winning film "The Artist," has died. He was 13.

The beloved and talent Jack Russell Terrier was put to sleep on Friday, Aug. 7, after battling a prostate tumor, TMZ reported.

His owner, Omar Von Mueller, told the website that it was a difficult decision, but Uggie had been suffering with the tumor.

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Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' holds up his paw after pressing it into cement as he is honored with a hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actor Uggies attend Abercrombie & Fitch's presentation of their 2013 Stars on the Rise at The Grove on July 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' poses with Lassie (L) and Rin Tin Tin (R) at his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' gets help pressing his paw into cement as he is honored with a hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' poses on the red carpet at his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' is honored at his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actor Uggie , one of Abercrombie & Fitch’s 2013 Stars on the Rise, celebrated this year’s back to school campaign on July 11th at The Grove’s A&F store one of Abercrombie & Fitch’s 2013 Stars on the Rise, celebrated this year’s back to school campaign on July 11th at The Grove’s A&F store on July 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Abercrombie & Fitch)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25: Uggie, the canine star of form the film 'The Artist' which won an Academy Award for Best Picture, poses after the trained Jack Russell Terrier casted his paw prints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre during a ceremony marking his retirement from show business on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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"I will forever hold him dearly in my heart and never forget his infinite love for chicken and hotdogs," Sarah Clifford, the dog's trainer, told TMZ.

Uggie was most famous for his role in "The Artist," the silent French comedy-drama starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. It took home five Oscars at the 84th Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Dujardin, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score.

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The canine star was the focus of a campaign called "Consider Uggie" appealing for him to win an honorary Oscar nomination of his own. Uggie went on to win the Palm Dog Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the 2012 Golden Collar Award, and received a special mention at the Prix Lumière Awards, the French equivalent of the Golden Globes.

He also had his paw print immortalized on Hollywood Blvd. in a special ceremony (pictured above) outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Uggie was rejected by two owners and on his way to the pound before Mueller took him in. "He was a crazy, very energetic puppy, and who knows what would have happened to him if he [had] gone to the dog pound. But he was very smart and very willing to work," the animal trainer said.

Along with his starring role in "The Artist," Uggie appeared in "The Campaign," "Water for Elephants" and "Mr. Fix It."

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He was named as Nintendo's first-ever spokesdog in 2012 to promote their 3DS video game Nintendogs + Cats, and later became a spokesdog for PETA in an ad campaign that encouraged potential dog owners to adopt from shelters.

Aside from countless TV and red carpet appearances, Uggie also had his own Twitter account, Facebook page and released a memoir titled "Uggie, My Story."

After retiring from the film industry at age 10, he spent his senior years living with Mueller, his family and six other dogs in North Hollywood.

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