Jeff Dowd (born November 20, 1949) is an American film producer and political activist best known as a member of the "Seattle Seven," who went to jail (briefly, for contempt of court) following a violent protest against the Vietnam war.
He later moved to Los Angeles and became an independent movie producer and promoter.
He met the Coen Brothers while they were promoting their first film, Blood Simple. He is the basis for one of their most popular characters, Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski from The Big Lebowski. In 2011, Dowd was the subject of an 18-minute documentary-short directed by Jeff Feuerzeig and broadcast on the USA Network as part of its "Character" series.
Radio host and comedian Phil Hendrie voices a character, Jeff Dowder, who is very similar to Jeff Dowd's inspired character "The Dude".
- The Last Game (2002) (TV) (executive producer)
- Cement (1999) (co-executive producer)
- FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) (co-executive producer)
- Zebrahead (1992) (producer)
- Raz, Guy (May 25, 2008). "The Dude: A Little Lebowski, Alive in All of Us". All Things Considered (National Public Radio). Retrieved July 23, 2009.
- Sullivan, Jennifer (July 21, 2009). ""The Dude" abides on light rail". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
- Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Kasia (August 28, 2012). "The Dude Who Inspired 'The Dude' in the Coen Brothers' 'The Big Lebowski'". The Atlantic. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- Jeff Dowd at the Internet Movie Database
- The Dude's Film School
- Official MySpace Site
- Jeff Dowd's Guest DJ Set on KCRW KCRW Guest DJ Set