Uggie, 'Artist' canine co-star, to retire from film

Jan. 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Uggie, the scene-stealing pooch from "The Artist," will retire from film acting after awards season ends, his U.S. trainer said.

Sarah Clifford of the Animal Savvy animal actor agency in Los Angeles told The Hollywood Reporter the 10-year-old Jack Russell will continue to appear in short films and commercials, but not movies.

"We don't force our dogs to do this," Clifford told the entertainment industry trade newspaper. "And it always has to be fun for them. Uggie's still enjoying it, but he's getting up there and he's slowing down a little."

"The Artist" was nominated this week for 10 Oscars. The awards are to be handed out Feb. 26.

Uggie took the stage with his co-stars when "The Artist" won Best Musical or Comedy Feature at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month.

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