Jack Kehler, a prolific character actor, died Saturday from complications from leukemia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He was 75 years old.
Kehler’s death was confirmed by his son Eddie Kehler.
Born May 22, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pa., Kehler began his acting career at the age of 24 by starting working in theater. In 1982, Kehler married Sanford Meisner and Wynn Handman, beginning his term as a lifelong member of the Actors Studio.
Shortly afterwards, Kehler moved to Los Angeles where he began getting supporting roles in film and television. His first film came in 1983 with a sci-fi edition of Michael Laughlin’s “Strange Invaders” starring Paul Le Mat and Nancy Allen. Kehler is credited in the film as an employee at a gas station.
Kehler spent the rest of the 1980s primarily working in television, appearing in “Hill Street Blues,” “Fresno,” “Cagney & Lacey,” and “St. Elsewhere. ”In the’ 90s, he became vividly featured in action films, including “The Last Boy Scout,” “Wyatt Earp,” and “Water World.” Kehler also found himself in the spotlight of the cult film for his role as Jeff Bridges ’landlord The Dude in the crime comedy Joel and Ethan Cohen’s 1998 “The Big Lebowski.”
Kehler continued to work until late in life, with a recurring role in “The Man in the High Castle” and guest appearances in various television series. His latest credit is as a landlord in the Disney + series “Love, Victor”. He will star in the crime film “The Platinum Loop”, which is currently in post-production.
In addition to film acting, Kehler has also produced a solo play in which he is himself.
Kehler is survived by his wife, Shawn Casey; his son, Eddie Kehler; his daughter-in-law, Mari-Anne; and his grandson Liam.