Hollywood has been good to Uggie, the 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier who turned in a scene-stealing performance in the Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning “The Artist.” But, says his trainer, Uggie is set walk away from his red hot career.
“I’m retiring him,” Omar von Muller, Uggie’s trainer, tells Life & Style. “He may do a couple of little things here and there because he enjoys them, but I don’t want to put him through long hours anymore. He’s getting tired.”
Since the movie about a silent film star became an awards season favorite, Uggie’s popularity skyrocketed, with fans even starting a campaign to get him nominated for an Academy Award. That didn’t pan out, but von Muller still hopes Uggie gets an invite to the Oscar ceremony.
“I hope he gets to go. They should give him an envelope to bring to Billy Crystal.”
Fear not, Uggie won’t be leaving a Jack Russell talent pool vacuum — his younger brother Dash, who for years has worked as Uggie’s stand in, will step up and take the lead.