Actor David Huddleston, ‘The Big Lebowski,’ dead at 85

(CNN)David Huddleston, known for his role in “The Big Lebowski,” has died of advanced heart and kidney disease, according to his wife, Sarah Koeppe.

Huddleston, who died Tuesday at 85, starred in the 1998 crime comedy movie along with actors Jeff Bridges and John Goodman. Huddleston’s character was millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski — same name but very different lifestyle from Bridges’ character, Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski.”


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Since its premiere, the film has grown a cult following.


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Beyond film and theater, Huddleston also starred on the small screen. In 1990, he received an Emmy nomination for his role as Grandpa in the sitcom “The Wonder Years,” a popular family comedy set in the 1960s.
He ended his prolific career at the same place he started — on the stage. There was something about the live audience that drew him in. He loved it, according to Koeppe.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sarah C. Koeppe, and his son Michael Huddleston, according to the obituary Koeppe published this week.

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