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The actor died of kidney and lung disease in Santa Fe, according to his wife Sarah Koeppe

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August 04, 2016 08:40 PM

David Huddleston – known for playing the titular role in The Big Lebowski – has died, according to reports. He was 85.

The actor died of kidney and lung disease in Santa Fe, according to his wife Sarah Koeppe, who spoke with The Los Angeles Times.

As well as having a prolific career as a character actor on television, Huddleston also starred in big screen movies such as Blazing Saddles, Crime Busters and Santa Claus: The Movie.

He will be remembered by a generation of movie fans for playing millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski in the now cult-classic 1998 movie The Big Lebowski.

Huddleston’s acting career spanned over half a century and also included stints on Broadway.

His wife told the Times that he said he never made money off doing “cult films” but added: “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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