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In The Big Lebowski, Donny is always shown wearing a bowling shirt bearing different names (which are never his own name):

Donny

When The Dude and Walter are at the funeral home making the necessary arrangements for Donny's funeral, The Dude is shown wearing a bowling shirt bearing the name "Art" on it (which is obviously not his name):

dude

Is there any evidence from filmmakers that The Dude is wearing one of Donny's bowling shirts? Was this some kind of memorial to Donny?

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    What about the size difference of the shirt? Obviously Dude may need much bigger shirt than Donny
    – Vishwa
    Jun 21, 2018 at 5:53
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    It's not that much of a different size and Donny's shirts are really loose fitting. I could understand if Walter was wearing the shirt, but it's not that much of a stretch for The Dude to wear one of his shirts, imo. Jun 21, 2018 at 14:39
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Donny's full name was Theodore Donald Kerabatsos.

According to a local newspaper in Akron, Ohio, the "Medina Sod" bowling shirt The Dude wears in the movie is a real 1960s bowling shirt found in a thrift store in Los Angeles. It belonged to a man named Art Myers, who was the foreman at Medina Sod in Medina, Ohio.

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    Great! Do you have a link to the source of this information? :) Jul 14, 2018 at 4:50
  • ohio.com/akron/entertainment/… Jul 23, 2018 at 19:45
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    Awesome! Thanks for providing the link! I edited it into your answer :) Jul 24, 2018 at 17:02
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    That explains why the shirt has that name IRL, but neither confirms nor denies whether it's also a reference to Donny. I wouldn't be surprised if they're all vintage shirts.
    – sirjonsnow
    Jul 24, 2018 at 20:14

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