David Huddleston, star of 'The Big Lebowski,' dies at 85

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'Big Lebowski' Star David Huddleston Dead at 85

"My advice to you is to do what your parents did. Get a job, sir! The bums will always lose! Do you hear me, Lebowski?" David Huddleston's character said in "The Big Lebowski."

Actor David Huddleston, best known for his title role in "The Big Lebowski," has died. He was 85 years old.

Huddleston's wife told the Los Angeles Times he died Tuesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after battling advanced heart and kidney disease.

While Huddleston only appeared in a few scenes in 1998's "The Big Lebowski," they were arguably some of the most memorable.

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And the same can be said for the rest of his decadeslong career.

See photos of David Huddleston throughout his career:

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David Huddleston poses with cigar in mouth in a scene from the film 'The Greatest', 1977. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
John Alderson, David Huddleston and Cameron Mitchell organize a rally in a scene from the film 'Klansman', 1974. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 13: BENSON - 'Old Man Gatling' - Season One - 2/13/80 The Governor's loudmouth father comes to visit and wreaks havoc among the staff. Benson then gets so fed up with the arrogance and the idea of the father breathing down his son's back that he traps him in the kitchen. Benson supervises him until the Governor's speech is over., David Huddleston, Missy Gold (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 20: Actor David Huddleston and date attend 'Santa Claus: The Movie' New York City Premiere on November 20, 1985 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actors Dudley Moore and David Huddleston on the set of the film 'Santa Claus', 1985. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: THE WONDER YEARS - 'Grandpa's Car' 1/15/92 David Huddleston (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: THE WONDER YEARS - 'Grandpa's Car' 1/15/92 David Huddleston, Fred Savage (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - DECEMBER 02: Actor David Huddleston attends the 40th Anniversary Reunion Of 'The Waltons' at Landmark Loew's - Jersey City on December 2, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: THE WONDER YEARS - 'Grandpa's Car' 1/15/92 Fred Savage, David Huddleston (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
NBC MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES -- 'Sherlock Holmes in New York' -- Pictured: (l-r) Charlotte Rampling as Irene Adler, David Huddleston as Inspector Lafferty, John Huston as Professor Moriarty, Gig Young as Mortimer McGraw, Geoffrey Moore as Scott Adler, Patrick Macnee as Doctor Watson, Roger Moore as Sherlock Holmes -- (Photo by: Bud Gray/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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In addition to guest starring on many well-known TV shows, Huddleston starred in films such as "Blazing Saddles," "Santa Claus" and, most recently, "The Producers."

"Springtime for Hitler in Germany!" sang one of the cast members in "The Producers."

But his wife told the Los Angeles Times his impressive career wasn't the most important thing in his life.

She told the outlet: "Things were not important to him — people were. He loved entertaining and would rather sit down and talk with someone over dinner."

Huddleston is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter-in-law and an adopted dog named Dooley.

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