David Huddleston

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David William Huddleston (born September 17, 1930) is an American actor, best known for his roles in Blazing Saddles, Santa Claus: The Movie and The Big Lebowski. Huddleston was born in Vinton, Virginia, the son of Ismay Hope (née Dooley) and Lewis Melvin Huddleston. He was briefly an officer in the United States Air Force before beginning his formal education in acting at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Huddleston attended Fork Union Military Academy for high school (Class of 1949) and is listed among the school's prominent alumni. Known mainly as a character actor, Huddleston starred in the title role of 1985's big-budget film Santa Claus: The Movie, which featured a top-billed Dudley Moore as an elf. Huddleston's first major role came in the 1968 drama A Lovely Way to Die.
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