Jack Kehler, the character actor identified for his roles in The Large Lebowski and Males in Black II, has died. Kelher handed away Monday, Might 9 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart in Los Angeles, California from issues on account of leukemia, his son, Eddie Kehler, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Kehler was 75.
Born Might 22, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kehler started his on-screen performing profession as a fuel station attendant in Michael Laughlin’s sci-fi launch Unusual Invaders in 1983. That position was adopted by a recurring position as Sergeant Cooper within the comedic TV collection Fresno. All through the remainder of the ’80s, Kehler primarily labored in tv, showing on collection together with Hill Avenue Blues, Cagney & Lacey, and St. Elsewhere.
RIP Jack Kehler— Tom Reagan’s Hat (@RufusTSuperfly) May 10, 2022
Immortalised as Marty the owner in The Large Lebowski who performs his ‘dance quintet’ on stage at a tiny theater, primarily based on Mussorgsky’s ‘Photos At An Exhibition’.
He doesn’t disappoint. pic.twitter.com/fWtcGd2bkO
Within the ’90s, Kehler appeared in various titles, together with Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller Level Break, The Final Boy Scout, Wyatt Earp, Waterworld, ABC journey TV collection McKenna and ABC thriller collection Homicide One, and Lawrence Kasdan’s crime drama Grand Canyon. It was throughout this decade that the actor landed considered one of his most identified roles, showing as Dude’s Landlord in The Large Lebowski. Though he was solely featured briefly within the Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult traditional, his character was beloved by followers.
Following his look in The Large Lebowski, Cohen went on to seem in TV exhibits together with seventh Heaven, NYPD Blue, 24, and Mad Males, in addition to movies like Males in Black II and Fever Pitch all through the 2000s. He additionally starred within the recurring position of Harlan Wyndam-Matson in Amazon Studios’ The Man From Excessive Fortress. His most up-to-date credit score is as a landlord within the Disney+ collection Love, Victor. His different credit embody Pineapple Categorical, Love Liza, Fever Pitch, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Deadly Weapon 4, Dudley Do-Proper, The Final Boy Scout, and 12 months of the Dragon, amongst others. Kehler can be set to seem within the crime film The Platinum Loop, which is at present in post-production, in accordance with Selection.
Kehler is survived by his spouse, Shawn Casey, and his son, Eddie Kehler, daughter-in-law Mari-Anne, and grandson Liam. Information of his passing was met with an outpouring of tributes on social media, the place followers remembered him as “a pleasant character actor.” Reflecting on his position in The Large Lebowski, one individual tweeted, “for his efficiency in Lebowski alone, Jack Kehler will probably be remembered eternally.”