Cosmo (dog)

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Species Dog
Breed Jack Russell Terrier
Sex Male
Nation from American
Occupation Actor
Years active 2009-present
Known for Hotel for Dogs and Beginners
Owner Mathilda DeCagny

Cosmo is a canine actor. He is a Jack Russell Terrier that is best known for his roles in the movies Hotel for Dogs and Beginners. He was adopted from a breed rescue society by animal trainer Mathilda DeCagny.

Early life and career[edit]

Cosmo was adopted by dog trainer Mathilda DeCagny from a Jack Russell rescue society in 2007. DeCagny had previously owned and trained other Jack Russell dog actors Moose and his son Enzo, who had played Eddie in Frasier.[1] DeCagny described Cosmo as being skittish and lacking confidence when she first adopted him, but he was very friendly towards people and very playful.[2] When not appearing in films, Cosmo lives with DeCagny and her family in Venice, California.[3]

Whilst on the books of Hollywood pet agency Birds and Animals Unlimited,[4] he made his on screen debut in Hotel for Dogs where he played "Friday".[1] Of the seventy dogs hired for the film, including two doubles for his role, he was described as producer Ivan Reitman's favourite.[5] He subsequently appeared in Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

In Beginners, his fur was dyed using non-toxic vegetable colouring to make him look more similar to Bowser, a dog owned by writer/director Mike Mills as the story was based on Mills' early life.[1] Working with Cosmo inspired actor Ewan McGregor to get a dog of his own. "I was looking for a replacement for Cosmo because I couldn’t stand the idea of not having him around," said McGregor,[1] who adopted a poodle mix called Sid. "I found my dog on the last day of the shoot. He is gorgeous and my little Cosmo replacement."[1] McGregor stated that he takes Sid for walks with DeCagny and Cosmo in Venice on occasion.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Frame Grab: Who's that adorable dog in 'Beginners'?". Los Angeles Times (Eddy Hartenstein). 6 June 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Beginners' Animal Trainer Extraordinaire". The Bark. Summer 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cast and Crew: Cosmo". Focus Features. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Szabo, Julia (18 January 2009). "Mutts for Film". New York Post (Paul Carlucci). Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Berkowitz, Lana (13 January 2009). "Stars of 'Hotel for Dogs' are ready for their close-ups". Houston Chronicle (Jack Sweeney). Retrieved 24 September 2011.