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Newswire: R.I.P. David Huddleston of The Big Lebowski and Blazing Saddles

As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, actor David Huddleston—probably best known for playing the actual Big Lebowski in the classic Coen Brothers film—has died. According to a statement from his family, he had been suffering from heart and kidney disease. Huddleston was 85.

Born in Virginia in 1930, Huddleston initially seemed set up for a career in the military. He attended the Fork Union Military Academy and became an officer in the Air Force, but he officially entered the world of acting after attending the historic American Academy Of Dramatic Arts. Most of Huddleston’s first acting roles were bit parts on TV shows, including Harrigan And Son, Adam-12, Then Came Bronson, Bewitched, and McMillan & Wife. His first big role in the movies came in 1972’s Bad Company, which starred a young Jeff Bridges—who Huddleston would memorably run into again later in his career.

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