‘Big Lebowski’ Landlord, Character Actor in Dozens of Movies and TV Shows Was 75

Jack Kehler, a character actor who spent four decades in supporting roles on dozens of TV shows and movies, including The Dude’s Landlord in The Big Lebowski, has passed away. He was 75.

Kehler’s son, Eddie Kehler, told Deadline that his father died Saturday of complications from leukemia at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Born on May 22, 1946 in Philadelphia, the elder Kehler studied with Sanford Meisner and Wynn Handman and was a lifelong member of The Actors Studio. He was a regular on the short-lived ABC adventure series McKenna and in season 2 of ABC’s Murder One. He returned on shows like: The man in the high castle, 2000s ABC sitcom I’m with her and the star-filled 1986 miniseries Fresno.

He has also been a guest on dozens of popular series ranging from: Hill Street Blues, Hunter, Cagney & Lacey, L.A. Law, Newhart and St. Elsewhere in the 80s to IS, 24, NYPD BlueAngelMad men, monk, bones and most recently Love, Victor

Kehler in 'The Big Lebowski' - Credit: Warner Bros Photos

Kehler in ‘The Big Lebowski’ – Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

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Along the way, Kehler had dozens of big screen roles, including: Invincible, Pineapple Express, Love Liza, Fever Pitch, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Lethal Weapon 4, Waterworld, Wyatt Earp, Forces of Nature, Dudley Do-Right, The Last Boy Scout, point pause (1991), I love you to death, Man in Black II and Year of the Dragon.

To the legion of fanatics of the 1998 Coen Brothers cult classic The Big LebowskiKehler will be remembered as Marty, the stammering landlord of the Dude (Jeff Bridges), who first shows up to remind his tenant that “tomorrow is already the 10th,” noting that he “finally has the location that I wanted – I perform my dance quintet You know, my cycle?”

After that about 30 seconds of screen time, the photo returns to the character during that recital. His dance is part mime, part ballet, part slapstick, and all Coens—just another example of the duo’s characters only seen briefly in their films, but forever in the fans’ memory.

Along with his son Eddie, Kehler is also survived by his wife, Shawna Casey; daughter-in-law, Mari-Anne; and grandson Liam.

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'Big Lebowski' Landlord, Character Actor in Dozens of Movies and TV Shows Was 75

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