David Huddleston, who played the ‘big’ Jeffrey Lebowski in the Coen brothers comedy ‘The Big Lebowski’, has died at the age of 85.
He was suffering from heart and kidney disease and passed away on Tuesday, his wife Sarah Keoppe confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.
As Lebowski, opposite Jeff Bridges’ The Dude, Huddleston was the millionaire caught up in a ludicrous case of mistaken identity.
Though not a hit at the time, it has since become a cult classis, with a fanatical fanbase.
Huddleston was perhaps best known for the role, but starred in a wealth of other movies and TV shows.
He featured in movies including ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘The Producers’ with Mel Brooks, ‘Santa Claus: The Movie’ and ‘Capricorn One’.
Meanwhile on the small screen, he starred in episodes of ‘Murder, She Wrote’, ‘The West Wing’, ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Walker Texas Ranger’.
However, his wife told the Times that he considered his role as President Benjamin Franklin in the 1998 Broadway production of the play ‘1776’ to be his ‘crowning achievement’.
Image credits: Gramercy Pictures/Sarah C. Koeppe