David Huddleston

David Huddleston

  • Highest Rated: 91% Blazing Saddles (1974)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Something Big (1971)
  • Birthday: Sep 17, 1930
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Big-framed character actor (and sometime leading man) David Huddleston worked in virtually every film and television genre there is, from Westerns to crime dramas to science fiction. Born in Vinton, Virginia, he attended the Fork Union Military Academy before entering the United States Air Force, where he received a commission as an officer. After returning to civilian life, Huddleston enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He made his television debut in 1961, at age 31, in an episode of the Western series Shotgun Slade. Two years later, the actor made his first big-screen appearance with a small role in All the Way Home (1963). A year later, he showed up in Black Like Me; and in 1968, Huddleston was back on the big screen in the thriller A Lovely Way to Die. He got considerably busier in the years that followed, mostly on television series such as Adam 12, Then Came Bronson, and Room 222, in roles of ever-increasing size. These were broken up by the occasional film job, of which the most notable at the time was the part of the comically helpful town dentist in Howard Hawks' Western Rio Lobo (1970), which gave Huddleston some extended (and humorous) screen-time alongside John Wayne. At the time, his feature-film work was weighted very heavily toward Westerns, while on television Huddleston played everything from service-station attendants to teachers to devious executives, primarily in crime shows. With his deep voice and prominent screen presence, plus a sense of humor that never seemed too far from his portrayals -- even of villains -- Huddleston was one of the busier character actors of the 1970s. Indeed, 1974 comprised a year of credits that any actor in the business could envy: John Wayne used Huddleston in McQ, one of the aging star's efforts to get away from Westerns, but Huddleston was back doing oaters in Billy Two Hats and aided Mel Brooks in parodying the genre in Blazing Saddles (all 1974). As comical as Huddleston could be, he could play sinister equally well, as he proved in Terence Young's The Klansman (1974) -- and that doesn't even count his television roles. By the end of the 1970s, he had graduated to a starring role in the series Hizzoner (1979), about a small-town mayor; and in the 1980s he had recurring roles in series such as The Wonder Years. Huddleston's big-screen breakthrough came with the title role in Santa Claus: The Movie (1985), and he became a ubiquitous figure on the small screen with a series of orange-juice commercials. His subsequent big-screen appearances included Frantic (1988) and The Big Lebowski (1998), playing the title character, and he continued working into the first decade of the 21st century. In 2004, Huddleston essayed one of the most interesting and challenging roles of his screen career, in the short film Reveille. Working without dialogue alongside James McEachin (with whom he'd previously worked in the series Tenafly), he helped tell the story of a sometimes comical, ultimately bittersweet rivalry between two veterans of different armed services. Huddleston died in 2016, at age 85.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

13% Locker 13 Floyd Marley (segment "The Byzantine Order") 2014
70% Coffin Rock Producer 2009
9% Postal Peter 2007
50% The Producers Judge $19.2M 2005
No Score Yet G-Men From Hell Dr. Boifford 2001
83% The Big Lebowski The Big Lebowski 1998
No Score Yet Double Date Night: The Big Lebowski Actor 1998
19% Joe's Apartment P.I. Smith 1996
27% Life with Mikey Mr. Corcoran 1993
No Score Yet James Cagney: En la Cima del Mundo Actor 1993
No Score Yet Margaret Bourke-White Remis 1989
78% Frantic Peter 1988
No Score Yet Spot Marks the X Doc Ross 1986
No Score Yet When the Bough Breaks Actor 1986
20% Santa Claus: The Movie Santa Claus 1985
No Score Yet On the Run Actor 1985
No Score Yet Finnegan Begin Again Jack Archer 1984
No Score Yet Go For It Tiger 1983
No Score Yet M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Actor 1983
No Score Yet Family Reunion Winfield 1981
17% Smokey and the Bandit II John Conn 1980
No Score Yet GORP Walrus Wallman 1980
62% Capricorn One Hollis Peaker 1978
17% The World's Greatest Lover Bakery Owner 1977
80% Smokey and the Bandit Actor 1977
No Score Yet I due superpiedi quasi piatti Cap. McBride 1977
No Score Yet The Greatest Cruikshank 1977
No Score Yet Shark Kill Actor 1976
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in New York Inspector Lafferty 1976
64% Breakheart Pass Dr. Molyneux 1975
No Score Yet Country Blue Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Gun and the Pulpit Mr. Ross 1974
No Score Yet Billy Two Hats (The Lady and the Outlaw) Copeland 1974
91% Blazing Saddles Olson Johnson 1974
50% McQ Edward M. `Pinky' Farrow 1974
33% The Klansman Mayor Hardy 1974
No Score Yet Nightmare Honeymoon (Deadly Honeymoon) Mr. Carroll 1973
91% Bad Company Big Joe 1972
No Score Yet Fools' Parade Homer Grindstaff 1971
68% Rio Lobo Dr. Jones 1971
0% Something Big Malachi Morton 1971
85% Brian's Song McCaskey 1970
No Score Yet WUSA Heavy Man 1970
No Score Yet Slaves Holland 1969
No Score Yet All the Way Home Actor 1963

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

95% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2005
Eugene
  • 2010
  • 2007
54% Jericho
2006-2008
E.J. Green Grandpa Green
  • 2008
  • 2007
92% Andy Barker, P.I.
2007
George Bender
  • 2007
88% The Tick
2001-2002
Judge Kenudsen
  • 2002
82% Gilmore Girls
2000-2016
Harrison Porter
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
J. Barton Connelly
  • 2000
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Sen. Lobell
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Judge Bender
  • 1999
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
Judge
  • 1997
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Conductor
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
1988-1993
Grandpa Arnold
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Sheriff Ten Eyck
  • 1990
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Frank Peterson
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
A.J. Covington
  • 1977
  • 1972
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Sheriff Clint
  • 1976
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
1st Cop
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Whitlaw
  • 1975
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Shelby Cross Nathaniel
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Freddy
  • 1974
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Emmett Goodpastor Arno Asa
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1971
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Smithers Harris Davis
  • 1974
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Doc Myles
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Flanagan Dave Attendant
  • 1971
  • 1970

QUOTES FROM David Huddleston CHARACTERS

The Big Lebowski
What makes a man? Is it doing the right thing?
The Dude
Sure, that and a pair of testicles.
The Dude
We dropped off the money.
The Big Lebowski
*We*!?
The Dude
*I*; the royal we.
The Big Lebowski
What makes a man, Mr. Lebowski?
The Dude
Dude.
The Big Lebowski
Huh?
The Dude
Uh...I don't know, Sir.
The Dude
Uh... I don't know, Sir.
The Big Lebowski
Is it being prepared to do the right thing, whatever the cost? Isn't that what makes a man?
The Dude
Hmmm... Sure, that and a pair of testicles.
Howard Johnson
Think of it men, hoof and mouth disease a thing of the past!
Olson Johnson
Never mind that shit, HERE COMES MONGO!!!
Olson Johnson
Never mind that shit, here comes Mongo!
The Big Lebowski
You see this leg, i got it chopped off by some china men in Vietnam
The Big Lebowski
You see this leg, I got it chopped off by some china men in Vietnam
The Big Lebowski
I didn't blame anyone for the loss of my legs. Some Chinaman took them from me in Korea.