Top 10 Dog Actors

15 Mar

Over the years I have been bewitched by certain dogs in movies, often the nuances and subtleties of their acting abilities can outshine their human counterpoints. Here are my top ten canine actors (in no particular order)

1. Uggie from the Artist

This pooch has excellent comic timing and delivery. Check out the synchronicity of Uggie and Oscar winner Jean Dujardin.


2. Hooch from Turner & Hooch

I especially love this clip because pre-acolade showered Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks remains clad in only bikini briefs for the duration of the whole scene. Hooch is a fantastic straight man to Tom’s wise-cracking, highly strung cop, they have a lot of chemistry.


3. Arthur from Beginners

Arthur might actually be favourite in this grouping (shhh don’t tell the others), his earnestness and authenticity in his search for love allows him to be the mirror into the soul of Oliver, played by Ewan McGregor. This film is a delight, if you haven’t seen it, please do!


4. Puffy from There’s Something About Mary

This clip is dubbed in French, but you still get the point… And this scene is a classic in an already classic screwball comedy. Puffy is a stand out in this all-star ensemble cast.


5. Toto from The Wizard of Oz

Toto, you were the only one who crossed over with Dorothy! You are her one true companion and soul mate. You are also very very good at being clutched awkwardly under the arm, but not shuffling about to break free or barking your discomfort. Kudos you old skool hound!


6. Marley from Marley & Me

I haven’t actually seen this film, but it is on my rental queue and it looks really lovely. I have postponed watching this movie because I know how it ends and I don’t really want to fall in love  with a character and then cry at the end…


7. Baxter from The Anchorman

Oh Baxter you little gentleman. You are so scrappy and lovable! Which makes this scene all the more heart rendering and hilarious. If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t worry, it all works out in the end.


8. Cody from The Life Aquatic

Cody the 3 legged dog was not harmed by Jeff Goldblum during the filming of this scene, which if you were concerned, is testament to his convincing portrayal and character development.


9. Dog from Mad Max 2

Dog! You are the only post-apocalyptical friend I would need by my side. You are the coolest.


10. Verdel from As Good As It Gets

This scene is a little like a funnier version of Krammer vs. Krammer only this custody battle has more bacon in it.


One Response to “Top 10 Dog Actors”

  1. S.Heffner March 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Note to self: Don’t have a canine co-star, they’ll just steal the show!

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