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Dog actor Uggie dies after battling prostate tumor

Posted at 8:40 AM, Aug 12, 2015

One of the world's most famous dogs has passed away after a career that included award-winning acting roles and a published memoir.

Uggie, 13, was the Jack Russell terrier featured heavily in 2011's Academy Award-winning film "The Artist." He also had roles in 2011's "Water for Elephants" and 2012's "The Campaign," among other films.

According to TMZ, Uggie was put down on Friday after battling a prostate tumor.

Uggie's performance in "The Artist" won him a Golden Collar Award and the Cannes Film Festival's Palm Dog Award. Those are considered the world's top honors for canine actors.

In June 2012, Uggie retired from acting after imprinting his paws in the iconic cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, according to the Washington Post. That year, the pup also released a memoir titled "My Story," which was co-written by best-selling author Wendy Holden.

Shortly after "The Artist" was released, Uggie appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," performing tricks for the host. See his performance on the show below.

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.