Jeff Dowd

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Jeff Dowd
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Dowd in 2009
Born (1949-11-20) November 20, 1949 (age 72)
OccupationFilm producer

Jeff Dowd (born November 20, 1949) is an American film producer and political activist best known as a member of the "Seattle Seven,"[1] who went to jail (briefly, for contempt of court) following a violent protest against the Vietnam War.

He later moved to Los Angeles and became an independent movie producer and promoter, producing such films as Zebrahead.[2]

He met the Coen brothers while they were promoting their first film, Blood Simple. He is the basis for one of their most popular characters, Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski from The Big Lebowski.[3]

In 2009, Dowd was involved in an altercation with movie critic John Anderson at the Sundance Film Festival, after Anderson panned Dirt! The Movie, a film Dowd produced.[4] Anderson was eating breakfast when Dowd reportedly confronted him, and then incited a food fight and brief melee at the Yarrow Hotel Restaurant. Dowd did not press charges.[5]

In 2011, Dowd was the subject of an 18-minute documentary-short directed by Jeff Feuerzeig and broadcast on the USA Network as part of its "Character" series.[6]



  1. ^ Raz, Guy (May 25, 2008). "The Dude: A Little Lebowski, Alive in All of Us". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (October 8, 1992). "Zebrahead (1992) Review/Film Festival: Zebrahead; A Racial Chameleon In a Hidebound World". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Jennifer (July 21, 2009). ""The Dude" abides on light rail". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on July 25, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  4. ^ Ramos, Steve. "Critic Hits Dude at Sundance". Vulture.
  5. ^ Thompson, Anne. "Sundance Watch". Indiewire.
  6. ^ Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Kasia (August 28, 2012). "The Dude Who Inspired 'The Dude' in the Coen Brothers' 'The Big Lebowski'". The Atlantic. Retrieved September 2, 2012.

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