Meet the Real Dude Who Inspired The Big Lebowski

Anna Green

In the Coen brothers' cult classic The Big Lebowski (1998), Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski, a.k.a. "The Dude," an easygoing slacker with a penchant for White Russians and a rug that really ties his living room together. But while most of us think of The Dude as a mere movie character (albeit a beloved and incredibly quotable one), it turns out he’s based on a real person. And the real Dude may be even stranger than the fictional one.

In a recent video, UPROXXX met up with Jeff Dowd, the real-life film producer, marketing genius, and political activist who inspired the fictional Jeff Lebowski. Watching the interview, it becomes instantly clear just how closely Bridges imitated Dowd when he recreated the original Dude on screen: Fictional and real Dude share biographical details as well as many of the same mannerisms and habits.

Dowd also has a fascinating story of his own, though. He led protests against the Vietnam War, teaches at his own film school, and helped market popular indie films ranging from Chariots of Fire (1981) to The Blair Witch Project (1999). Check out the video above (which includes some adult language and content) to learn about Jeff Dowd, the original Dude.

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