American actor Jack Kehler died at the age of 75 after a battle with leukemia, his family confirmed yesterday (May 9).
Kehler introduced the audience to his role in Coen Brothers ‘1998 film The Big Lebowski, in which he played Marty, the landlord of Jeff Bridges’ title character, Jeffrey “The Dandy” Lebowski. Kehler, a primarily character actor, had more than 170 credits in the film and television industry for nearly 40 years.
See Kehler in a scene from The Big Lebowski below:
Other films in which Kehler starred are Men In Black II, Waterworld, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Stalked Me and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. On television, Kehler played small roles on a number of notable series, including Mad Men, 24, Monk, and NYPD Blue. Prior to his death, he was working on a film called The Platinum Loop.
TV writer Jay Faerber remembers Kehler as a “great character actor”, praising his role in The 1991 Last Boy Scout:
Actor-director Jeff Daniel Phillips – who worked with Kehler on the 2010 errand_boy short film – has hailed Kehler as a “talented dear friend” and a “dedicated artist” who “did his part in all his roles “:
Kehler is survived by his wife Shawn Casey, as well as his son Eddie, daughter-in-law Mari-Anne and grandson Liam.