Uggie the dog is best known for his work in the Academy Award-winning film, the Artist. Since he began working in Hollywood, Uggie has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and other types of media; he has even won several Hollywood-related awards for his work in the film industry. But how much do you know about this famous and well-loved dog actor? Read on for some surprising trivia about Uggie the dog!
He has won several awards
Uggie is one of a few dog actors who have been given the honor of special “dog” awards at various film festivals and awards shows. Uggie won the Palm Dog Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for his work as “Jack” in The Artist; he was also given a special nomination for his work in the film at the famous Prix Lumiere Awards. The Dogs News Daily hosted its premiere Golden Collar Awards in 2012, and Uggie won the coveted award of Best Dog in a Theatrical Film.
He is the first dog to be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Uggie’s performance–and subsequent praise for–in The Artist earned him international attention. In June of 2012, Uggie began the first dog in history to have his paw prints imprinted on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He was saved from a dog pound
Uggie was on his way to a dog pound after being sent back by two owners for his wild behavior when he was rescued by Omar Von Muller, a famous animal trainer. Von Muller was initially only going to foster Uggie while looking for a permanent owner, but he decided to adopt the dog and train him for work in film.
He had stunt doubles for “The Artist”
Although Uggie did most of his own stunts in the film, the production team behind The Artist did hire two stunt doubles–named Dash and Dude–for some of the very complicated tricks that required more experience. The stunt doubles were artifically colored with non-toxic dyes to resemble Uggie more closely, but they were–according to the director–only needed for a handful of scenes.
He is technically retired
In 2012, Uggie’s owner announced that Uggie was in retirement from movie making due to the long hours and physical stress of production. He has since only appeared in a few print campaigns and small cameo roles.