Friday, September 17, 2010
Happy 80th Birthday David Huddleston
David William Huddleston was born on September 17, 1930 in Vinton, Virginia. David attended Fork Union Military Academy before entering the U.S. the Air Force during World War II. He then entered the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. A character actor, his first major role was in the 1968 film “A Lovely Way to Die”. He was a featured guest star on many TV series during the 1960s and '70s. He was the manager of country and western star Roy Clark of “Hee-Haw” fame. A producer and stage actor, some of his best remembered film roles were in “Santa Claus: The Movie” (1985), “Blazing Saddles” and “McQ” (1974), “Breakhart Pass” (1975), “The Greatest” (1977), “Smokey and the Bandit II” (1980) and “Go For It” (1983). During the 1980s Huddleston was seen in commercials as well as films such as “Family Reunion” (1981) and “Frantic” (1988). After an appearance in 1998's “The Big Lebowski” he returned to television with appearances in “The West Wing”. Huddleston appeared in only one Euro-western “Billy Two Hats” (1973) with Gregory Peck. He also had a guest appearance in Terence Hill's TV series “Luck Luke” (1990) in the episode “Ghost Train”. David has a son Michael who is also an actor and has appeared in several of Terence Hill's TV series and films. Today we celebrate David Huddleston's 80th birthday.