The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, as a great character actor has passed away. David Huddleston
, best known as the title character in the Coen Brothers' classic The Big Lebowski
, died at the age of 85. The actor's wife, Sarah Koeppe
, confirmed that her husband died on Tuesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He had passed from advanced heart and kidney disease.
The Los Angeles Times confirmed the actor's death with his wife. David Huddleston
was born September 17, 1930 in Vinton, Virginia
, which is part of the Blue Mountains region. He would act in local community productions before he attended the Fork Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia
. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft engine mechanic, and when his service had ended, he went to New York to study acting on the G.I. Bill.
He trained at the American Academy of Dramatic