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Jeff Bridges stars as The Dude in "The Big Lebowski." (credit: Gramercy Pictures)

ARLINGTON (AP) - The Dude has won a bowling honor without having to roll a real frame.

Actor Jeff Bridges, who starred in the 1998 comedy “The Big Lebowski,” has won an online competition sponsored by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

The Dallas area-based association on Friday announced its Hall of Fame Legacy Award winner as chosen by bowling fans.

Bridges portrays Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski in a movie about a laid-back bowler who is mistaken for a millionaire. The BPAA says voters backed Bridges over actor Bill Murray, who portrayed Ernie McCracken in the 1996 film “Kingpin.”

Pop star Britney Spears was crowned champion in the overall 2012 Celebrity Bowler Contest.

The winners will be invited to accept a crystal bowling pin during the association’s convention in June in Reno, Nevada.

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