Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

His role as Duane Jackson in 'The Last Picture Show' (1971)

Background:

“I’ve always tried to mix up my roles as much as I can. To a large degree that
comes from my father, who was a wonderful actor, but he got typecast by his TV
show Sea Hunt. So, whenever I get a chance to go from the Dude to the Pres
that's a big plus for me. I enjoy that.” Jeff Bridges

Hailed for his tranquil, naturalistic performance style, actor/producer Jeff
Bridges has remained an A-list leading man for over four decades without the
advantage of being a box-office champ. A former child actor who has matured into
one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, Bridges made a name for himself
in the cinematic industry with such Academy Award-nominated performances as
playing appealing football hero Duane Jackson in The Last Picture Show (1971),
Lightfoot in the Clint Eastwood starring vehicle Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
(1974), the alien in Starman (1984, also won a Saturn for Best Actor) and an
aloof U.S. president in The Contender (2000, also took home a Broadcast Film
Critics Association award). In 1993, he was garnered an Independent Spirit Award
for his significant starring turn as an ex-con trying to merge with his naughty
son in the acclaimed independent American Heart (1992), in which the actor also
branched out into producing. Memorable performances in films like Fat City
(1972), Bad Company (1972), The Last American Hero (1973, The Iceman Cometh
(1973), Against All Odds (1984), the highly successful Jagged Edge (1985),
Fearless (1993), Wild Bill (1995), White Squall (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998),
K-Pax (2001), Seabiscuit (2003) and The Door in the Floor (2004) keeps Bridges
on top.

Recently staring as Burt Vickerman in Jessica Bendinger’s Stick It (2006),
Bridges will lend his voice for character The Greek in the upcoming animated
film Surf’s Up, which is slated for a 2007 release.

Off screen, Bridges co-founded a non-profit organization named End Hunger
Network. Originally focusing on world hunger, the organization, which had raised
about $4 million for community food banks through 1999, has now shifted its
center to America. The recipient of the 2000 Boston Film Festival award is also
known for his liberal political views. On a more private note, Bridges (also a
cartoonist) is the husband of Susan Bridges, with whom he has shared his life
outside the limelight since 1977, and the father of three daughters: Haley
Roselouise Bridges (born in 1985), Isabelle Annie Bridges (born 1981) and
Jessica Lily Bridges (born in 1983).


Child Actor

Childhood and Family:

In Los Angeles, California, Jeffrey Leon Bridges, who would later be famous as
Jeff Bridges, was born on December 4, 1949. His father is Lloyd Bridges, an
actor (born in 1913, died in 1998), and his mother is Dorothy Dean Bridges, a
former actress. He has two older brothers, Garrett Myles Bridges (born in June
1948; died of sudden infant death syndrome in August that same year) and Beau
Bridges, an Emmy-winning actor who was born in 1941, and a younger sister named
Lucinda Bridges (born in 1953).

Growing up watching his father work in front of the camera, Jeff developed an
interest for the performing arts. He even began his career at the age of four
months by being seen in the movie The Company She Keeps. As a child, he went on
to act with his brother Beau in his father Lloyd’s well-liked syndicated TV
series “Sea Hunt” (1957-61). During high school, Jeff reportedly overcame a
serious marijuana problem. With the family’s encouragement and the intervention
of a group called DAWN (Developing Adolescents Without Narcotics), he became
sober. Trained at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York, Jeffrey became a
professional actor after being in a military academy and the coastguard.

While filming Rancho Deluxe in 1975, Jeffrey met and subsequently fell in love
with Susan Bridges (photographer, born in 1954). Two years after the meeting, in
1977, the couple decided to tie the knot and welcomed their first daughter,
Isabelle Annie Bridges, on August 6, 1981. In June 14, 1983, their second
daughter, Jessica Lily Bridges, was born and their third daughter, Haley
Roselouise Bridges, followed on October 17, 1985.


Starman

Career:

The progeny of Hollywood actor Lloyd Bridges, Jeff Bridges started his film
career when he was a baby thanks to his father who brought the four-month old
Bridges in front of the film camera for the 1951 movie The Company She Keeps,
where he appeared as the infant in Jane Greer’s arms. When he was 9, along with
his actor-brother Beau, Bridges had a recurring role in his father’s popular
syndicated series “Sea Hunt.” Young Bridges went on to guest star in several TV
shows, including the CBS “The Lloyd Bridges Show” (1962-63, also with his
brother), but it wasn’t until 1969 that he got his first brush toward fame as
young John in the made-for-TV film Silent Night, Lonely Night, starring his
father.

Bridges soon moved on to film, making his acting debut in Hall of Anger (1970),
in which he was cast as Doug, a white student bused to a school predominately
teaching black students, and appeared as Nero Finnighan in Burgess Meredith’s
The Yin and Yang of Mr. Go, that same year. His big breakthrough, however,
arrived in the following year when director Peter Bogdanovich cast him in the
drama film The Last Picture Show, opposite Timothy Bottoms. As Duane Jackson, an
attractive high school football hero coming of age in a small Texas town during
the 50s, Bridges was so impressive that he was nominated for a Best Supporting
Actor Award at the Oscars. This success launched him as a flourishing leading
man in the Hollywood scene.

His rising status continued to rise in the subsequent years with roles in John
Huston’s Fat City (1972), Robert Benton’s directorial debut Bad Company (1972),
The Last American Hero (1973) and The Iceman Cometh (1973). In 1974, Bridges
solidified his reputation as a praised fledgling actor with his Academy
Award-nominated performance as Lightfoot in Michael Cimino’s superior caper film
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood. Predicted to be the next big
superstar, Bridges, however, suffered box office disappointments with films like
the 1976 remake of King Kong, Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978), Winter Kills,
The American Success Company (both 1979), Heaven’s Gate (1980), Cutter’s Way
(1981), Kiss Me Goodbye and Tron (both 1982).

The boyishly charming lead bounced back in 1984 with two high-profile pictures,
the successful Against All Odds and John Carpenter’s Starman. The first,
director Taylor Hackford’s remake of the 1947 film Out of the Past, paired him
with Rachel Ward and knocked audiences just right, while the latter, wherein he
starred as an Earth-bound alien, garnered Bridges his first Academy Award
nomination as Best Actor. In addition, his low-key performance won him a Saturn
for Best Actor and a Golden Globe nomination. The next year, Bridges scored a
huge box office success with the thriller Jagged Edge, portraying an affluent
publishing tycoon accused of murdering his wife.

The massive victory was followed by 8 Million Ways to Die (1986), The Morning
After (1986), Nadine (1987, opposite Kim Basinger), the Francis Ford
Coppola-helmed Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988, teamed with his father), See
You in the Morning (1989) and The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989, starred with
brother Beau and Michelle Pfeiffer). In 1990, Bridges reprised his Duane Jackson
role for Bogdanovich’s 20-years-later sequel Texasville, but the film failed to
find an audience. He next gave a fine performance opposite Robin Williams in the
mediocre The Fisher King (1991, earned a Golden Globe nomination) and took home
an Independent Spirit for Best Actor for his brilliant performance as a former
criminal attempting to do right by his son (played by Edward Furlong) in the
respectfully reviewed indie American Heart (1992), the Martin Bell-directed film
which also marked Bridges’ producing debut.

After The Vanishing (1993), Bridges earned positive reviews for playing
plane-crash survivor Max Klein in the Peter-Weir-directed Fearless (1993),
starred in writer-director Walter Hill’s Wild Bill (1995) and was seen in the
box office bomb White Squall (1996). He played a bomb force cop pitted against
Irish terrorist (played by Tommy Lee Jones) in the critical flop Blown Away
(1994), showcased his comic timing, opposite actor-director Barbra Streisand, in
Streisand’s The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) and served as an executive producer
for the Showtime Hidden in America, which starred his brother and was directed
by Martin Bell. The Hollywood native returned to the big screen in 1998 to star
as “The Dude,” the overweight, greasy-haired, burned out, beach bum of the Coen
brothers’ The Big Lebowski. He rounded out the decade by playing faintly
paranoid history professor Michael Faraday in the thriller Arlington Road
(1999), a renowned Hollywood screenwriter introducing his best friend (Albert
Brook) to Sharon Stone’s The Muse (1999) and costarring with Nick Nolte and
again with Stone in Simpatico.

Entering the new millennium, Bridges proved he was still on track with his
acclaimed portrayal of manipulative US President Jackson Evans in
writer-director Rod Lurie’s political thriller The Contender (2000), starring
Gary Oldman and Joan Allen. For his outstanding efforts, Bridges was handed a
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association award and received nominations for Best
Supporting Actor at the Oscars, Screen Actors Guild, and Golden Globe Awards.
2001-2004 saw roles in the charming sci-fi feature K-Pax (2001), the quirky
comedy-drama Masked and Anonymous (2003), starring and co-written by Bob Dylan,
the inspiring feature Seabiscuit (2003, earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination)
and John Irving’s The Door in the Floor (2004, received an Independent Spirit
Award nomination for Best Male Lead as children’s book author Ted Cole). He also
narrated the documentary Lost in Mancha (2003). In 2005, he added the
independent comedy The Moguls, where he starred opposite Tim Blake Nelson, and
Terrty Gilliam’s Tideland to his long, impressive acting resume.

Recently, the 57-year-old actor starred as the legendary Burt Vickerman, who
manages an elite gymnastic program, in the sport-themed film Stick It (2006),
directed and written by Jessica Bendinger. He is also scheduled to provide the
voice of The Greek in the animated film Surf's Up (2007).

In addition to being an actor, Bridges is also a musician. He released his first
album titled Be Here Now, in 2000. The album featured guest performances by such
accomplished musicians as Michael McDonald and David Crosby. In 1969, he
demonstrated his abilities by singing his own song, “Lost in Space,” for the
movie soundtrack of John and Mary.


Awards:

National Board of Review: Career Achievement Award, 2005
Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Modern Master Award, 2003
Broadcast Film Critics Association: Alan J. Pakula Award, The Contender,
2001
Boston Film Festival: Film Excellence Award, 2000
Independent Spirit: Best Actor, American Heart, 1993
NATO: Male Star of the Year, presented by the National Association of
Theater Owners, 1990
Saturn: Best Actor, Starman, 1985
What I learned most from my father wasn't anything he said; it was just the way he behaved. He loved his work so much that, whenever he came on set, he brought that with him, and other people rose to it.More Jeff Bridges quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My main teachers were my father and my mother and my brother.More Jeff Bridges quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For me and my wife, it was love at first sight.More Jeff Bridges quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't have one movie that is my favorite, I have about 25-30 favorites.More Jeff Bridges quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you change partners every time it gets tough or you get a little dissatisfied, then I don't think you get the richness that's available in a long-term relationship.More Jeff Bridges quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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