David Huddleston

Actor, Producer, Songwriter
A portly, often bespectacled veteran character actor, David Huddleston knew from an early age he wanted to pursue a career as an actor. The Virginia native participated in school and church productions and after ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1930 in Vinton, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (86)

Locker 13 2014 (Movie)

Floyd Marley (Actor)

Law Abiding Citizen 2009 (Movie)

Newscaster at Execution (Actor)

Postal 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Andy Barker, P.I. 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Judging Amy 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1996 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1990, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tick 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1989 - 1990, 1994 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

G-Men From Hell 2000 (Movie)

Doctor Boifford (Actor)

The West Wing 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Christmas Movies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Newton's Apple 1983 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

The Big Lebowski (Actor)

Wild Wings Heading South 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe's Apartment 1996 (Movie)

P I Smith (Actor)

River of Stone 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cultivating Charlie 1994 (Movie)

Ed Thundertrunk (Actor)

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

Mr Corcoran (Actor)

James Cagney: Top of the World 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Coconut Downs 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Margaret Bourke-White 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Blacke's Magic 1985 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Frantic 1988 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

J.J. Starbuck 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tracker 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Finnegan Begin Again 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 (Movie)

Santa Claus (Actor)

M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Reunion 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Act 1981 (Movie)

Corky (Actor)

Smokey and the Bandit II 1980 (Movie)

John Conn (Actor)

G.O.R.P. 1979 (Movie)

Walrus Wallman (Actor)

Hizzoner 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Capricorn One 1978 (Movie)

Hollis Peaker (Actor)

The Young Pioneers 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kallikaks 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The World's Greatest Lover 1977 (Movie)

Boss (Actor)

Due superpiedi quasi piatti 1976 (Movie)

Captain McBride (Actor)

Oregon Trail 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Petrocelli 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greatest 1976 (Movie)

Cruikshank (Actor)

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

Olson Johnson (Actor)

Breakheart Pass 1974 (Movie)

Doctor Edward Molyneux (Actor)

Country Blue 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hawkins 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Heatwave! 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Two Hats 1973 (Movie)

Copeland (Actor)

McQ 1973 (Movie)

Pinky (Actor)

Tenafly 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Klansman 1973 (Movie)

Mayor Hardy (Actor)

Bad Company 1972 (Movie)

Big Joe (Actor)

Brian's Song 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Comedy Bowl 2 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare Honeymoon 1971 (Movie)

Mr Carroll (Actor)

Plimpton! Showdown at Rio Lobo 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Sarge: The Badge or the Cross 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Fools' Parade 1970 (Movie)

Homer Grindstaff (Actor)

Rio Lobo 1970 (Movie)

Dr Jones (Actor)

Wusa 1970 (Movie)

Heavy Man (Actor)

Norwood 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Slaves 1969 (Movie)

Holland (Actor)

Black Like Me 1964 (Movie)

Young Man in Car (Actor)

Amy and the Angel (TV Show)

Actor

Brock's Last Case (TV Show)

Actor

Columbo Cries Wolf (TV Show)

Actor

Computercide (TV Show)

Actor

Gunsmoke (TV Show)

Actor

Hawkins on Murder (TV Show)

Actor

In a Child's Name (TV Show)

Actor

Once an Eagle (TV Show)

Actor

Shark Kill (TV Show)

Actor

Sherlock Holmes in New York (TV Show)

Actor

Spot Marks the X (TV Show)

Actor

Suddenly Single (TV Show)

Actor

Tenafly (TV Show)

Actor

The Gun and the Pulpit (TV Show)

Actor

The Homecoming (TV Show)

Actor

The Oklahoma City Dolls (TV Show)

Actor

The Priest Killer (TV Show)

Actor

When the Bough Breaks (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A portly, often bespectacled veteran character actor, David Huddleston knew from an early age he wanted to pursue a career as an actor. The Virginia native participated in school and church productions and after military service headed to NYC's American Academy of Dramatic Arts for his training. Almost immediately after graduating, he found work. appearing in touring companies of musicals and plays. He began to make inroads in film in the 1970s, supporting John Wayne in "Rio Lobo" (1970), James Stewart in "Fools' Parade" (1971) and Gregory Peck in "Billy Two Hats" (1973). As the vicious gang leader who is not without humor in "Bad Company" (1972), Huddleston earned much critical praise, but the film's lack of box-office did not advance his feature career. Mel Brooks used the actor to good effect in "Blazing Saddles" (1974) but he was relegated to inferior material for much of the next decade. In 1985, Huddleston was tapped for the title role in "Santa Claus: The Movie", a less than magical telling of the story of the Christmas icon. It took more than another ten years before the actor found a worthy role, this time as a wheelchair-bound Southern California millionaire known as "The Big Lebowski" (1998) in the Coen brothers feature.

Huddleston also found time to make numerous guest appearances on TV shows, in everything from sitcoms to dramas. He co-starred in several series, including "Tenafly" (NBC, 1973-74) and "Petrocelli" (NBC, 1974-76). Huddleston created, co-executive produced and starred in the short-lived sitcom "Hizzoner" (NBC, 1979), about a Southern mayor, He earned an 1990 Emmy nomination for his recurring role as Grandpa Arnold on ABC's "The Wonder Years" and lent strong support as the father of a suspected murderer fighting for custody of his grandchild in the superior "In a Child's Name" (CBS, 1991). Throughout his career, Huddleston has returned to the stage. Among his more notable credits are co-starring as Branch Rickey in "The First" (1981), a musical biography of baseball player Jackie Robinson, appearing in support of Dustin Hoffman in "Death of a Salesman" (1984) and replacing Pat Hingle as Benjamin Franklin in the 1998 Broadway revival of the musical "1776".

Relationships

Lewis Melvin Huddleston

Father

Ismay Hope Huddleston

Mother

David Huddleston

Son
appeared together in "The World's Greatest Lover" (1977)

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1957

Milestones

2005

Played a Judge in the movie musical "The Producers," based on the stage musical by Mel Brooks and starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick

1998

Succeeded Pat Hingle as Benjamin Franklin in the Broadway revival of "1776"

1998

Cast in title role of the Coen brothers "The Big Lebowski"

1991

Co-starred in the above-average TV miniseries "In a Child's Name" (CBS)

1990

Had recurring role as Grandpa Arnold on ABC's "The Wonder Years"; earned 1990 Emmy nomination

1988

TV directorial debut, an episode of the NBC series "Our House"

1985

Had title role in "Santa Claus: The Movie"

1984

Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman"

1981

Played Branch Rickey in the short-lived Broadway musical "The First"

1979

Played title role in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Hizzoner"; also was series creator and co-executive producer

1977

Headed the family in the short-lived NBC summer sitcom "The Kallikaks"

1974

Co-starred in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles"

1974

Portrayed policeman friend to Barry Newman's "Petrocelli" (NBC)

1973

TV series debut as regular, played Lt. Sam Church on the NBC detective series "Tenafly"

1973

Played the district attorney in the CBS pilot "Hawkins", starring James Stewart; reprised role on the series spin-off

1969

Had featured role in "Rio Lobo"

1968

Toured in the stage musical "Mame"

1965

NYC stage acting debut, "Harry, Noon and Night"

1964

Film debut in bit role in "Black Like Me"

1950

Served in the US Air Force

Spent one season with the Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland

Toured in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Began performing as a child in school and local theater productions

Had featured role in the touring company of "The Music Man"

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