David Huddleston - Rotten Tomatoes

David Huddleston

Highest Rated:   92% Brian's Song (1970)
Lowest Rated:   7% Postal (2007)
Birthday:  
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
7% Postal
  • Peter
2007
50% The Producers
  • Judge
$19.2M 2005
No Score Yet G-Men From Hell
  • Dr. Boifford
2001
81% 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
20% 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 When the Bough Breaks
  • Actor
1986
17% 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
61% Capricorn One
  • Hollis Peaker
1978
20% The World's Greatest Lover
  • Bakery Owner
1977
81% 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
78% 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
90% Blazing Saddles
  • Olson Johnson
1974
50% McQ
  • Edward M. `Pinky' Farrow
1974
No Score Yet 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
71% Rio Lobo
  • Dr. Jones
1971
92% 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
No Score Yet It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2005
  • Eugene
  • 2010
0% Gilmore Girls
2000-2016
  • Harrison Porter
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Sen. Lobell
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
  • Judge Bender
  • 1999
90% 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

Quotes from David Huddleston's Characters