Walter Sobchak
Portrayed by John Goodman
Gender Male
Occupation Presumably owner of Sobchak Security
Other Relations Best friend to The Dude

Walter Sobchak (played by John Goodman) is The Dude's best friend, and bowling teammate. Walter has a temper and often pulls out a handgun or crowbar to settle arguments. Walter was raised Polish Catholic but converted to Judaism when he married his ex-wife Cynthia (whose Pomeranian he babysits throughout the film, while she and Marty Ackerman are in Honolulu). He is a proud Vietnam veteran, possibly with PTSD, who watched his buddies die face-down in the mud. 

Walter owns (presumably) a security shop--when The Dude picks him up to deliver the ransom, Walter is standing in front of a storefront with a sign which reads: Sobchak Security.


"Eight year olds, Dude."

"You see what happens, Larry?"

"Shut the fuck up, Donny!"

"Smokey my friend, You're entering a world of pain"

"This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass Larry!"

"Shomer Shabbos!"

"You think I'm fucking around here?! Mark it zero!"

"Life does not stop and start at your convenience you miserable piece of shit."

"Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism--at least it's an ethos!"