“I didn’t blame anyone for the loss of my legs. Some Chinaman took them from me in Korea.”
It’s a fact. You can’t watch The Big Lebowski without cracking up at David Huddleston’s performance. In a cast littered with heavyweight comedy actors, Huddleston stole his scenes without even bothering to stand up. He was one of “those guys,” a face you knew immediately with a name you could never remember. Although the world will probably remember him as the titular Big Lebowski, David Huddleston was gracing the camera long before then (and long after). From the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles to 2005’s The Producers (which also starred Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, and Will Ferrell), David Huddleston was a part of decades’ worth of pop culture.
On August 2, 2016, David Huddleston died in New Mexico after a long fight with heart and kidney disease. He was 85 years old. According to his wife, he was a man who lived as large as the roles he played, but who never hesitated to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. Here’s to you, Dave. Because strong men also cry.