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David Huddleston, ‘Big Lebowski’ Star, Dies at 85

August 5, 2016

David Huddleston, the actor who played the title character in the 1998 film “The Big Lebowski,” died Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 85. According to his wife, Sarah Koeppe, Huddleston suffered from advanced heart and kidney disease. Born in Vinton, Virginia, in 1930, the veteran actor boasted credits that also included 2005’s “The Producers,” “Santa Claus: The Movie” and the 1974 Mel Brooks classic “Blazing Saddles.” Also Read: Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender Stage ‘Big Lebowski’ Live Reading in Montreal Huddleston’s decades-long career also included Broadway work, as well as television roles on programs such as “The West Wing,” “Jericho,” “Gilmore Girls” and “The. »

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