Jack Kehler Death: American actor Jack Kehler has died aged 75 following a battle with leukemia, his family confirmed yesterday (9 May). Kehler was best known to audiences for his role in the 1998 Coen Brothers film The great Lebowski, in which he played Marty, the owner of Jeff Bridges’ main character, Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski. Primarily a character actor, Kehler had over 170 credits to his name over nearly 40 years in the film and television industry.
Watch Kehler in a scene from The great Lebowski below:
Other films Kehler is featured in include Men in Black II, water world, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Fucked Me and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. On television, Kehler had small roles in several notable shows – among them Mad Men, 24, Monk and Blue NYPD. Before his death, he was working on a film called The Platinum Buckle.
TV writer Jay Faerber remembered Kehler as “a great character actor”, praising his role in the 1991s the last scout:
Sad to learn of Jack Kehler’s passing. Such a great character actor. I especially liked him as “the inventor of Scrabble” in THE LAST BOY SCOUT. pic.twitter.com/zdjNPm3FxC
— Jay Faerber (@JayFaerber) May 10, 2022
Actor and director Jeff Daniel Phillips – who worked with Kehler on the 2010 short errand boy – remembered Kehler as a “dear talented friend”, as well as a “dedicated artist” who “gave his all in all his roles”:
With a heavy heart I say goodbye to my dear talented friend #JackKehler died after a battle with leukemia. A professional and dedicated entertainer (and later father) who gave his all for all of his screen and stage roles. I will miss his infectious laugh the most. Keep calm Jack🖤 pic.twitter.com/3vBZ3pQ1qY
—Jeff Daniel Phillips (@JeffDanPhillips) May 9, 2022
Kehler is survived by his wife Shawn Casey, as well as his son Eddie, daughter-in-law Mari-Anne, and grandson Liam.