Movie fans around the world know Jack Kehler as the landlord of “The Dude” in the classic comedy “The Big Lebowski.” Kehler has appeared in several other movies and television shows since breaking out in the 1980s. Sadly, Jack passed away on Monday at the age of 75.
Jack Kehler’s son, Eddie Kehler, told Deadline that his father passed due to complications with leukemia. He was being treated at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. Kehler’s loss marks the end of a fine career in both film and television.
Kehler’s first big break came in a 1986 episode of the classic cop show, Hill Street Blues. From there, he starred in the miniseries Fresno and went on to a series of memorable character roles that spanned nearly five decades. Jack’s most famous film roles included spots in “Lebowski,” “Lethal Weapon 4,” and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.”
The more recent work of Jack Kehler includes the critically acclaimed period drama, “Mad Men.” Jack was a well-regarded actor and was frequently called upon when strong character work was needed in a project. His library of work is incredibly extensive.
Jack Kehler might not have been a household name, but virtually anyone who is a fan of TV or the movies has seen him act. Jack appeared in some of the most beloved television and big screen productions of all time. He will be sorely missed.
Jack leaves behind his son, Eddie Kehler, along with his wife, Shawna Casey, daughter-in-law Mari-Anne, and grandson Liam. Everyone at Thirsty is keeping Jack Kehler’s family, friends, loved ones, and co-stars in our thoughts in this difficult time.