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David Huddleston
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Actor
    (September 17, 1930-August 2, 2016)
    Born in Vinton, Virginia
    Birth name was David William Huddleston
    Acted in 'Blazing Saddles,' 'Crime Busters,' 'Santa Claus: The Movie,' 'McQ,' 'Brian's Song,' 'The Klansman,' 'Breakheart Pass,' 'The Kallikaks,' 'Smokey and the Bandit II,' and 'The Big Lebowski'
    Portrayed Albert 'Gramps' Arnold on The Wonder Years (1990 - 92)
    Guested on episodes of 'Then Came Bronson,' 'Gunsmoke,'<12571> <12546>'Bewitched,' 'Cannon,' 'Bonanza,' 'McMillan & Wife,' 'The Rookies,' 'Medical Center,' 'Kung Fu,' 'Emergency!,' 'Spencer's Pilots,' 'Sanford and Son,' and 'The Rockford Files'
    His wife was his casting agent.
    His hobby was collecting cookbooks.
    He was typecast as crime bosses and kingpins.
    He filmed a series of corny commercials for Citrus Hill's orange juice in the 1980s.
    He received third billing despite playing the title role in 'Santa Claus: The Movie.'
    'Santa Claus: The Movie' proved to be a historic commercial and critical disaster, widely derided as 'one of the worst Christmas movies' in the genre's history.
    He said: 'Even when I play heavies I try to play them with a twinkle in my eye. Besides, it makes him seem much meaner when he does kill.'
    He studied acting under the G.I. Bill.
    He trained at the AADA after serving with the Air Force.
    He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor for 'The Wonder Years' (1990).
    He was a versatile character actor; equally adept at playing vicious outlaws and doting grandparents.
    He granted the 'Santa Claus' film what little dignity it had by playing Kris Kringle with a straight-face (most critics took more issue with the overacting by John Lithgow and Dudley Moore anyway).
    His most memorable role came late in his career - millionaire whom Jeff Bridges' character was mistaken for in 'The Big Lebowski.'
    He had a semi-recurring part on The West Wing as a Republican senator who allies with Jed Bartlet on a campaign finance reform bill.
    The role he cited as being most proud of was his run playing Benjamin Franklin in the Broadway revival of '1776' (and later in Washington D.C.).

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