is saddened to report the passing of David Huddleston, the veteran character actor who was best known for his role as the Big Lebowksi in The Big Lebowski, and who made his mark in the Star Trek universe as The Conductor in The Next Generation episode "Emergence." Huddleston died on Tuesday, August 2, at the age of 85, succumbing to advanced heart and kidney disease in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Huddleston's career spanned 50-plus years and his many stage, screen and TV credits included 1776, Bewitched, Rio Lobo, Brian's Song, Charlie's Angels, Blazing Saddles, Capricorn One, Santa Claus: The Movie, The Wonder Years (for which he earned an Emmy nomination), The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Locker 13.

Huddleston is survived by Sarah, his wife of 32 years, his son, Michael, and daughter-in-law, Nancy. Please join in offering our condolences to Huddleston's family, friends, colleagues and fans.

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