Star Quality

Meet Silas Archer Gustav, the canine star of the new film, “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot,” starring Sam Elliot, opening in the US in early 2019.

This hunky canine star is a medical alert dog and companion by day, and a movie star at night! Now, three years old and almost 90 lbs, his owner, Mikhaila Waldman, and her family, realized pretty quickly that Silas was so easy going and intelligent (not to mention, handsome!) that he had what it takes to be a star. He did so well at following commands and performing on cue that everyone deemed him a natural. He has since landed two film roles prior to “Bigfoot” and now has his own IMDB account!

 Silas, with his owner Mikhaila, director Robert D. Krzykowski, and Jan Waldman (l-r) at the premiere of “The Man Who Killed Bigfoot and then Hitler.” Photo credit: Carolyn Ross

Silas, with his owner Mikhaila, director Robert D. Krzykowski, and Jan Waldman (l-r) at the premiere of “The Man Who Killed Bigfoot and then Hitler.” Photo credit: Carolyn Ross

A FAMILY AFFAIR

Silas - and his work - inspired his owner to study animals and public policy at Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Now, a graduate, Mikhaila has started an animal casting company with her mom, Jan Waldman, a film and commercial actress. Critter Casting is an agency specializing in placing animal actors in films that don’t have the benefit of a big budget.

Silas has recently welcomed a new sibling, a Malinois puppy who will be following in his footsteps as a movie actor. We can’t wait to see more from these two animal actors!

 Silas has previously appeared in “Code 13: Unreadable (2018),” and “Lifted” (2018).

Silas has previously appeared in “Code 13: Unreadable (2018),” and “Lifted” (2018).

Silas is the first dog who has liked everyone in the family equally. We’ve had other dogs, but they always seem to favor one person.
— Jan Waldman

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