Jack Kehler

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Jack Kehler
Born(1946-05-22)May 22, 1946
DiedMay 7, 2022(2022-05-07) (aged 75)
Years active1983–2022
Spouse(s)Shawna Casey

Jack Kehler (May 22, 1946 – May 7, 2022) was an American character actor. He was best known for his role of Marty, a landlord in The Big Lebowski.[1] He also appeared in Men in Black II, The Last Boy Scout, Point Break, Wyatt Earp and Waterworld.[2]


Kehler started to act in theatre at the age of 24.[3] He studied with Sanford Meisner and Wynn Handman and became a member of the Actors Studio.[4] His first film role was in Strange Invaders, released in 1983.[3]

In the 1980s, he worked primarily on television, appearing in Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey and St. Elsewhere.[3] In the 1990s, he had roles in several action films, including The Last Boy Scout, Wyatt Earp and Waterworld. He appeared in the Coen brothers' 1998 cult film The Big Lebowski as Marty, the stammering landlord to Jeff Bridges' the Dude.[2]

He recurred as Harlan Wyndam Matson on Amazon Prime's The Man in the High Castle.[4]

Personal life

He was married to his wife Shawna Casey and had a son, Eddie Kehler, and a grandson Liam.[2]


He died from complications due to leukaemia on May 7, 2022.[5]


  1. ^ ‘The Big Lebowski’ actor Jack Kehler dead at 75
  2. ^ a b c Erik Pedersen (10 May 2022). "Jack Kehler Dies: 'Big Lebowski' Landlord, Character Actor In Dozens Of Films & TV Shows Was 75".
  3. ^ a b c "Jack Kehler, Character Actor in 'The Man in the High Castle' and 'The Big Lebowski', Dies at 75". 10 May 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Jack Kehler, the Dude's dancing landlord in The Big Lebowski, dies at 75". Entertainment Weekly.
  5. ^ "Jack Kehler, actor in 'The Man in the High Castle' and 'The Big Lebowski,' dies at 75". NBC News. May 10, 2022. Archived from the original on May 12, 2022. Retrieved May 12, 2022.

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