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Billy Brown

In Buffalo ’66, Billy Brown (Vincent Gallo) is finally released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Sensibly, the first thing he does when he gets out is kidnap a tap dancer named Layla and “span time” with her at the bowling alley.

Jesus Quintana from The Big Lebowski

In The Big Lebowski, Jesus Quintana (played by John Turturro) is a bowler who competes against the Dude, Walter, and Donny.  Jesus’ personality is flamboyant and over-the-top, highlighted by his bright purple wardrobe.  While Jesus wears a one-piece purple jumpsuit, a similar look can be created using track pants and a polo shirt, while allowing for greater comfort and ease when nature calls. If you have to go against someone in bowling it might as well be “The Jesus”. His choice of jumpsuits and bowling ball shining skills make him, at the very least, an entertaining opponent.

Ernie McCracken

In Kingpin, Bill Murray plays Ernie “Big Ern” McCracken, a professional bowler who’ll backstab anyone to get ahead including bowling prodigy Roy Munson. That rose bowling ball is his gravy train with biscuit wheels.

Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

Jeffrey Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), or as he would prefer to be called, the Dude, is an avid bowler and otherwise total slacker. He gets caught up in a kidnapping scheme after getting confused with millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski. That sweater really ties the outfit together, Dude.

Walter Sobchak from The Big Lebowski

In The Big Lebowski, Walter Sobchak (played by John Goodman) is a Vietnam veteran with a temper who is on the same bowling team as the Dude and Donny. It’s hard to decide whether you want Walter on your side or if you want to stay away from him. With his military vest and random weapons, Walter is ready to go to war over anything. He’ll even take you out over a game of bowling. Walter is the Dude’s best friend, though his tendency to use his pistol to settle an argument can be stressful for the Dude’s pacifist nature.  Walter often talks down to Donny, but when Donny dies, Walter takes the initiative to try and spread his ashes at the beach. Some of the most iconic pieces of Walter’s costume include his yellow aviators, tan vest, and his pistol.  If you don’t have an old metal Folgers can lying around in your basement or garage, a metal urn shaped like a coffee can will certainly do the trick.