CHAMPAIGN, IL - APRIL 21: Jeff Dowd attends the Roger Ebert Film Festival on Day four at the Virginia Theatre on April 21, 2018 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Roger Ebert's Film Festival)

The Guy Who Inspired ‘The Dude’ Needs Help

JEFF BRIDGES’ character ‘The Dude’ from “The Big Lebowski” was inspired by a guy named Jeff Dowd and he’s been going through some major health problems over the past couple months.

Jeff is 69.  He had a double hernia surgery in February, and there were some complications, including a bad infection, which led to his kidneys not working and him being unable to digest food.  He spent a week in ICU, and almost died.

Fortunately, he’s on the mend now.  But the medical bills have depleted his bank account and a GoFundMe has been set up for him, with a goal of $25,000.

Last we checked, it had raised more than $5,700.  (Just $5,700?  Where’s the money, Lebowski!) 

Jeff worked with the Coen Brothers’ on their first movie “Blood Simple”, and 14 years later, they based “The Big Lebowski”loosely on him.

By the way, Jeff’s real nickname IS ‘The Dude.’  He got the nickname back in the sixth grade from a few friends, and it stuck.

LAS VEGAS – JUNE 14: Producer Jeff “The Dude” Dowd attends the filmmaker bowling event sponsored by SAG Indie held at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino during the CineVegas film festival June 14, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for CineVegas)



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