ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

It's been 17 years since Joel and Ethan Coen gave the world their most precious gift: The Big Lebowski.

Few films have received the heralded cult status that The Big Lebowski now enjoys. Although it flew relatively under the radar when it was first released, The Big Lebowski now has an annual festival and even its own religion - Dudism. It's also personally affected me in a big way, introducing me both to the glories of White Russians and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Of course, The Big Lebowski featured many big name and rising stars, including Tara Reid, David Huddleston, Peter Stormare, Sam Elliott and even The Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Flea. However, with the 17th anniversary last week, let's remind ourselves of what some of the film's principle stars have been up to since.

Jeff Bridges - Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski - A.K.A His Dudeness, Duder or El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

Fun Fact: The Dude has his own inspired fashion sense, including the combination of Pendleton sweaters, Jellies sandals and loose fitting pants. However, in reality, much of his wardrobe were clothes actually worn and owned by Jeff Bridges.

What Else Can I See Him In? Bridges was already an established name by the time he appeared in The Big Lebowski, however his performance as The Dude certainly moved him towards a God-like status. Since Lebowski, he has appeared in several critically acclaimed films, including Crazy Heart (for which he won an Oscar), True Grit and even Iron Man. He has also, unfortunately, appeared in some more forgettable fair, such as R.I.P.D and the recently released Seventh Son. Other than acting, Bridges is also a prolific musician, and most recently released an album designed to help those who have trouble sleeping - Jeff Bridges: Sleeping Tapes.

John Goodman - Walter Sobchak

Fun Fact: One of John Goodman's most famous lines in The Big Lebowski also received a now equally famous redub for its television broadcast version. Walter's line of "This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass!" was changed to "This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!" and alternatively, "Do you see what happens when you feed a stoner scrambled eggs?" You can check out the altered version below.

What Else Can I See Him In? A longtime collaborator with the Coen Brothers, Goodman also appeared their 2000 film O Brother Where Art Thou, as well as the more recently released Inside Llewyn Davis. Other than this, he has appeared in a wide range of films and television shows since The Big Lebowski, including Speed Racer, Beyond The Sea, Red State, Argo and Treme. He's also provided voices in films such as Cars, Monsters, Inc. and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Julianne Moore - Maude Lebowski

Fun Fact: For Maude's nude scene, a prosthetic butt was actually used since Julianne Moore refused to do on screen nudity. A body double was originally planned for the scene, however she quit before filming could take place. Eventually, Moore agreed to shoot the scene, but only with the prosthetic derrière.

What Else Can I See Her In? Julianne Moore was a relatively rising star at the time of The Big Lebowski, having stared a year earlier in Steven Spielberg's The Lost World. Since her role as Maude Lebowski, she has clearly gone on to a great success, eventually bagging an Oscar this year for her performance in Still Alice. Recently she also appeared beside Lebowski co-star Jeff Bridges in Seventh Son, while she also has credits in Maps to the Stars, Magnolia and, the indisputable greatest film ever created, Children of Men.

Steve Buscemi - Theodore Donald 'Donny' Kerabatsos

Fun Fact: The only time Donny doesn't get a strike while bowling is immediately before his fatal altercation with the nihilists in the parking lot. You can see that heart-wrenching, but hilarious scene, below.

What Else Can I See Him In? Another frequent Coen collaborator - having appeared in Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink prior to The Big Lebowski - Buscemi's post-Lebowski career is another that barely needs any introduction. He appeared in films such as Big Fish and The Island, while he also voiced a character beside Goodman in Monsters, Inc. More recently he also made the successful move to television, headlining HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Brandt

Fun Fact: Throughout the adventure to get his rug back, The Dude meets many individuals from outside his 'tribe.' However, only three of them, Brandt (played by Seymour Hoffman), Jackie Treehorn and The Stranger (Sam Elliott) show enough 'respect' to call him "Dude." You can watch him in action below.

What Else Can I See Him In? Of course, the late and great Philip Seymour Hoffman had a stellar career following The Big Lebowski, eventually winning his Oscar for his portrayal of author Truman Capote in 2005's Capote. Other great roles include Caden Cotard in Synecdoche, New York, Father Brendan Flynn in Doubt and Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.

John Turturro - Jesus Quintana

Fun Fact: When John Turturro's character is forced to go door to door to announce to local resident's he is a convicted sex offender, you can spot a large bulge in his tight pants. In reality, the bulge was formed by a bag of birdseed. See if you can spot it below.

What Else Can I See Him In?: Following The Big Lebowski, John Turturro continued his collaborations with the Coens by also appearing in 2000's O Brother Where Art Thou (he had previously starred in Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink). He also moved into the big budget franchise market by grabbing the comic relief role of Agent Simmons in three of the Transformers series of movies. More recently he has lent his voice to Cars 2, as well as appearing beside Woody Allen in Fading Gigolo.


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