David Huddleston

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David Huddleston
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David Huddleston in trailer to Breakheart Pass (1975)
Born David William Huddleston
(1930-09-17) September 17, 1930 (age 84)
Vinton, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor

David William Huddleston (born September 17, 1930) is an American actor. He has appeared in films including Blazing Saddles, Santa Claus: The Movie and The Big Lebowski.

Early life[edit]

Huddleston was born in Vinton, Virginia, the son of Ismay Hope (née Dooley) and Lewis Melvin Huddleston.[1][2] He was briefly an officer in the United States Air Force before beginning his formal education in acting at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Huddleston attended Fork Union Military Academy for high school (Class of 1949) and is listed among the school's prominent alumni.[3]

Career[edit]

Known mainly as a character actor, Huddleston starred in the title role of 1985's big-budget film Santa Claus: The Movie, which featured a top-billed Dudley Moore as an elf.

Huddleston's first major role came in the 1968 drama A Lovely Way to Die. Shortly afterward the actor became a frequent guest star on several of the leading television series of the 1960s and 1970s, among them, Adam-12, Then Came Bronson, Gunsmoke, Bewitched, Bonanza, Cannon, McMillan & Wife, The Waltons, The Rookies, Medical Center, Kung Fu, Emergency!, Spencer's Pilots, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Police Woman, Hawaii Five-O, Walker, Texas Ranger, Charlie's Angels, Sanford and Son, The Practice, and The Rockford Files. He appeared in an unaired episode of the short-lived 1974 series The New Land and in the episode "The Nomads" from the 1977 series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale).[4] He starred as J. T. Kallikak in the short-lived NBC situation comedy The Kallikaks later in 1977, and in 1979 he played the title role in the short-lived situation comedy Hizzonner as a small-town mayor. Among Huddleston's notable feature film credits prior to Santa Claus: The Movie are his co-starring roles in Bad Company (1972), Blazing Saddles (1974); Billy Two Hats (1974); McQ (1974); Breakheart Pass (1975); The Greatest (1977); The World's Greatest Lover (1977); Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Go for It (1983).

Huddleston resumed his television career with roles in various television movies, among them Heat Wave! (1974); The Oregon Trail (1976); Shark Kill (1976); Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (1978); Family Reunion (1981); Computercide (1982); and M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (1983). For much of the 1980s, Huddleston also starred in a series of television commercials for the Citrus Hill brand of orange juice. Huddleston's post-Santa Claus career has found him making occasional co-starring roles, in Spot Marks the X (1986); Finnegan Begin Again (1985); Frantic (1988); Life with Mikey (1993); The Big Lebowski (1998) in which he played the title role; and G-Men from Hell (2000). Later, he also had a recurring role as Albert "Gramps" Arnold, the paternal grandfather of the protagonist in The Wonder Years (1988–1993). Huddleston even appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation as the train conductor in the episode "Emergence". He appeared twice on The West Wing as Max Lobell, a Republican Senator who allies with Jed Bartlett on the issue of campaign finance reform. His performance as Benjamin Franklin in a Boston stage production of 1776 is referenced in the book Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell, referring to him as "the actor who played The Big Lebowski in The Big Lebowski." In 2009 he appeared in the thriller Locker 13. Huddleston was also featured in the 2010 special It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: It's a Very Sunny Christmas released directly to DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download.

Filmography[edit]

  • Rio Lobo - Dr. Ivor Jones (Dentist) (1970)
  • Brian's Song - TV movie - Ed McCaskey (1971)
  • McQ - Farrow "Pinky" (1974)
  • Blazing Saddles - Olson Johnson (1974)
  • Sherlock Holmes in New York - TV Movie - Inspector Lafferty NYPD (1976)
  • Crime Busters (Italian: I due superpiedi quasi piatti also known as Trinity: In Trouble Again and Two Supercops) - Captain McBride (1997)
  • Capricorn One - Congressman Hollis Peaker (1978)
  • Smokey and the Bandit II - John Conn (1980)
  • Santa Claus: The Movie - Santa Claus (1985)
  • The Big Lebowski - The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • The Great Christmas Movies - TV Movie documentary - Himself (1998)
  • Best Ever Christmas Films - TV Movie documentary - Himself (2005)
  • The Producers - Judge (2005)
  • The Accidental President - TV Movie - Vice President Barker (2014)

Television[edit]

  • Adam-12 - episode - Log 63: Baby - Station Attendant (1969)
  • Then Came Bronson - episode - Your Love Is Like a Demolition Derby in My Heart - Bear Hudson (1969)
  • Bewitched - episode - Samantha's Pet Warlock - Dog Pound Attendant (1970)
  • Bewitched - episode- Out of the Mouths of Babes - Sean Flanagan (1971)
  • Bonanza - episode - Bushwacked - Doc Scully (1971)
  • Cannon - episode - Country Blues - Jimmy Winters (1971)
  • Bewitched - episode - The Return of Darrin the Bold - Dave (1971)
  • McMillan & Wife - episode - Murder by the Barrel - Pylant (1971)
  • Gunsmoke - episode - Lavery - Arno (1971)
  • Ironside - episode - The Priest Killer - Harrison Davis (1971)
  • Bonanza - episode - The Hidden Enemy - Myles Johnson (1972)
  • The New Dick Van Dyke Show - episode - He Who Steals My Friends - Gordon (1973)
  • Tenafly - episode - The Cash and Carry Caper (1973)
  • Tenafly - episode - Pilot - Lieutenant Sam Church (1973)
  • The New Perry Mason - episode - The Case of the Deadly Deeds - Stephen Elder (1973)
  • Hawkins - episode - Hawkins on Murder - Joseph Harrelson (1973)
  • Kung Fu - episode - The Salamander - Nathaniel (1973)
  • Gunsmoke - episode - The Widowmaker - Dad Goodpastor (1973)
  • The Snoop Sisters - episode - A Black Day for Bluebeard - Arwin Shanks (1974)
  • Gunsmoke - episode - In Performance of Duty - Emmett (1974)
  • Gunsmoke - episode - The Disciple - Asa (1974)
  • Ironside - episode - Come Eleven, Come Twelve - Smithers (1974)
  • The Rockford Files - episode - The Reincarnation of Angie - Sherm (1975)
  • Police Woman - episode - The Purge - Milton Brooks (1975)
  • Emergency! - episode - 905-Wild - Barney 'Doc' Coolidge (1975)
  • Kung Fu - episode - One Step to Darkness - Shelby Cross (1975)
  • Barnaby Jones - episode - Jules Takes a Partner - Dr. Michael Harrigan (1976)
  • Once an Eagle - TV Mini-Series - Earl Preis (1976)
  • Spencer's Pilots - episode - The Explosives - Willie Hunt (1976)
  • Charlie's Angels - episode - Angels in Chains - Sheriff Clint (1976)
  • Hawaii Five-O - episode - Love Thy Neighbor, Take His Wife - Vincent Rhoads (1976)
  • Sanford and Son - episodes - The Hawaiian Connection: Parts 1 & 2 - First Cop (1976)
  • Barnaby Jones - episode - Copy-Cat Killing - Sheriff Roland G. Bradden (1977)
  • How the West Was Won - TV Mini-Series - episodes - #1.1- #1.4 - Christy Judson (1977-1978)
  • Vega$ - episode - Mixed Blessings - Diamond Jim Oneal (1979)
  • Trapper John, M.D. - episode - Truth and Consequences: Parts 1 & 2 - Wallace Surtees (1982)
  • Magnum, P.I. - episode - Going Home - Frank Peterson (1985)
  • J.J. Starbuck - episode - Pilot - Bullets (1987)
  • Columbo - episode - Columbo Cries Wolf - The Mayor (1990)
  • Murder, She Wrote - episode - Good-Bye Charlie - Sheriff Ed Ten Eyck (1990)
  • The Wonder Years - 4 episodes - Grandpa Arnold (1990-1992)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - episode - Emergence - The Conductor (1994)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger - episode - The Road to Black Bayou - Ferris Clayton (1994)
  • The West Wing - episode - Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics - Sen. Max Lobell, R (2000)
  • The West Wing - episode - Posse Comitatus - Sen. Max Lobell, R (2002)
  • Andy Barker, P.I. - episode - Dial M for Laptop - George Bender (2007)

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