David Huddleston, the actor best known for his role in 1998's The Big Lebowski, has died at the age of 85. The Los Angeles Times reports that the actor passed away from advanced heart and kidney disease.
Huddleston will be recognized for playing the millionaire Big Lebowski, opposite Jeff Bridges (you can see him chewing him out in the video below). He's also starred in The Producers, Santa Claus: The Movie and in 1974's Blazing Saddles (you can see his speech from that movie above).
Huddleston was a mechanic in the Air Force and studied acting on the G.I. Bill. LA Times notes that "his knack was to play puffed-up dons, but with a wink."
He died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his wife of 32 years told the paper, saying, "Things were not important to him — people were... He loved entertaining and would rather sit down and talk with someone over dinner."
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