David Huddleston, star of Big Lebowski and Santa Claus, dies during 85

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Huddleston is best famous for his scathing opening in a Coen brothers’ cult comedy

David Huddleston, a US actor who played a pretension roles in The Big Lebowski and Santa Claus: The Movie, has died in New Mexico aged 85.

Born in 1930, a former US Air Force automechanic played a millionaire Jeff Bridges’ Jeff Lebowski was mistaken for in a Coen brothers’ 1998 comedy.

He formerly starred with Dudley Moore in a 1985 film about a Christmas gift-giver.

His widow pronounced he died on Tuesday of modernized heart and kidney disease.

“He’d always make we laugh,” Sarah Koeppe told a Santa Fe New Mexican, observant her late father had been “so vacant as he looked behind during what happened in his life”.

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The actor’s genocide was announced by his widow Sarah Koeppe

Huddleston’s other roles enclosed a mayor in Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles and a Republican senator in The West Wing.

He was nominated for an Emmy in 1990 for his guest coming as Granpa Arnold in The Wonder Years.

Fellow actor Wilford Brimley remembered him as “a smashing tellurian being” who was “honest and kind and loyal”.

Besides Koeppe, he is survived by a son, a daughter-in-law and a recently adopted dog named Dooley.

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