The Fast Talking Dude Who Was the Real Life Inspiration for The Big Lebowski Title Character

In celebration of their celebration of Big Lebowski Week, comedian Vince Mancini of Uproxx profiled the wonderfully eccentric, extremely verbose Jeff O’Dowd, whose likeness, personality and experiences were the inspiration for the iconic “Dude” character of the Coen Brothers 1998 cult film The Big Lebowski.

The similarities between Bridges-Dude and Dowd-Dude are uncanny. As Dowd — who, by the way, claims he’s been called the Dude since sixth grade, when “classmates would ‘twist around the name Dowd, and in Irish-Gaelic my name actually is Duda, and was later switched to Dowd’” — describes it, “the physicality is about 80 percent me.”

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