Jeff Bridges

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Jeff Bridges



Jeffrey Leon Bridges, born on December 4, 1949, is an esteemed American actor known for his versatile performances in film and television. With a career spanning over seven decades, Bridges has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, along with nominations for three BAFTA Awards. In 2019, he was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry.


Bridges was born into a renowned acting family and made his early television appearances alongside his father Lloyd Bridges and brother Beau Bridges in the series "Sea Hunt" (1958–1960). He rose to prominence with acclaimed performances in the dramas "The Last Picture Show" (1971) and "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974), both of which garnered him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Transitioning to leading roles, Bridges showcased his talent in a diverse range of genres, starring in adventure films like "King Kong" (1976), science fiction classics such as "Tron" (1982) and "Starman" (1984), the latter earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.


Throughout his career, Bridges has delivered compelling performances in thrillers like "Jagged Edge" (1985) and "The Morning After" (1986), as well as in dramas like "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989), "The Fisher King" (1991), and "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996). He achieved cult status for his iconic portrayal of "The Dude" in the Coen Brothers' film "The Big Lebowski" (1998). Bridges also starred in several high-profile projects, including "The Contender" (2000), "Seabiscuit" (2003), "Iron Man" (2008), and "Tron: Legacy" (2010), earning multiple Academy Award nominations along the way, notably for "True Grit" (2010).


In 2009, Bridges won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his poignant portrayal of an alcoholic country singer in "Crazy Heart" (2009), showcasing his musical talents as well. He has also been recognized for his work in television, earning Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for his roles in the HBO film "A Dog Year" (2009) and the Hulu series "The Old Man" (2022). Bridges continues to captivate audiences with his exceptional performances and remains a respected figure in the entertainment industry.


Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949, in Los Angeles, California. He was born to actor Lloyd Bridges (1913–1998) and actress and writer Dorothy Bridges (née Simpson; 1915–2009). Jeffrey is one of four children, with an older brother named Beau Bridges (born 1941), who is also an actor, a younger sister named Lucinda, and a brother named Garrett, who tragically died of sudden infant death syndrome in 1948. Their maternal grandfather hailed from Liverpool, England.


The Bridges family resided in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. Jeffrey shared a special bond with his brother Beau, who served as a father figure during their father's busy acting career. Jeffrey graduated from University High School in 1967. At the age of 17, he embarked on a stage tour with his father in a production of "Anniversary Waltz." Subsequently, he moved to New York City to pursue his passion for acting, studying at the Herbert Berghof Studio. Additionally, Jeffrey served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve as a boatswain's mate from 1967 to 1975, stationed in San Luis Obispo, California, achieving the rank of Boatswain's Mate Second Class.


Jeffrey Bridges made his first screen appearance in "The Company She Keeps" (1951) at just over a year old. Throughout his youth, Bridges and his brother Beau occasionally appeared on their father's show "Sea Hunt" (1958–1961) and the CBS anthology series "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1962–1963). In 1965, he had a supporting role alongside his father in an episode of "The Loner." Four years later, in 1969, he portrayed Cal Baker, a Job Corps crew member, in an episode of the "Lassie" TV series titled "Success Story."


In 1971, Bridges played the lead role of Mike in the TV movie "In Search of America." His breakthrough came in 1971 with the film "The Last Picture Show," where he earned his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He followed this success with a co-starring role in the gritty boxing film "Fat City" (1972), directed by John Huston. The following year, Bridges starred as Junior Jackson in "The Last American Hero" (1973), based on the true story of NASCAR driver Junior Johnson.


He received another Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance opposite Clint Eastwood in "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974). Bridges then portrayed the protagonist Jack Prescott in the first remake of "King Kong" (1976), opposite Jessica Lange. The film was a commercial success, earning $90 million worldwide and winning an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.


In 1982, Bridges starred in the science fiction film "Tron," where he played Kevin Flynn, a video game programmer. The same year, he appeared in "Kiss Me Goodbye," a romantic comedy directed by Robert Mulligan, alongside Sally Field. Bridges earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of an alien in "Starman" (1984). He also appeared in films like the neo-noir "Against All Odds" (1984), the thrillers "Jagged Edge" (1985) and "The Morning After" (1986), and the crime comedy "Nadine" (1987).


In 1993, Bridges delivered what some critics consider one of his finest performances in the film "Fearless." One critic even hailed it as a masterpiece, while renowned film critic Pauline Kael described Bridges as "the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived." The same year, he starred as Lt. Jimmy Dove in the action film "Blown Away," alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Forest Whitaker. Notably, Bridges' real-life father, Lloyd Bridges, also appeared in the film, playing the uncle of Bridges' character. Although "Blown Away" did not achieve significant financial success, Bridges received recognition for his contributions to the motion picture industry when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 11, 1994.


In 1996, Bridges co-starred with Barbra Streisand in "The Mirror Has Two Faces." Two years later, in 1998, he portrayed perhaps his most iconic role as The Dude in the Coen brothers' cult classic film "The Big Lebowski."
Bridges earned his fourth Academy Award nomination in 2000 for his role in "The Contender." He continued to diversify his roles, starring in the 2005 Terry Gilliam film "Tideland" and shaving his trademark hair to portray Obadiah Stane in the 2008 Marvel comic book adaptation "Iron Man." Additionally, Bridges reprised his role as Kevin Flynn in a teaser for "Tron: Legacy" at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2008, leading to the full 3D feature release in 2010.


Remarkably, Bridges is one of the youngest actors ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, having received his first nomination in 1972 at the age of 22 for "The Last Picture Show." He also holds the distinction of being one of the oldest actors to win an Oscar, clinching the Best Actor award in 2010 at the age of 60 for his role in "Crazy Heart," which also earned him a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Bridges received his sixth Academy Award nomination for his role in "True Grit" (2010), a collaboration with the Coen brothers, and his seventh nomination for his performance in the 2016 film "Hell or High Water." In recognition of his outstanding contributions to cinema, Bridges was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2019.


References


  1.  "Jeff Bridges | Biography, Movies, & Facts"Britannica. Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  2. ^ "Actress Dorothy Bridges dies, Mother of Beau and Jeff Bridges was 93"Variety. February 20, 2009. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  3. ^ Russell, Sue (2001). "Jeffrey Bridges"suerussellwrites.com. Hello! magazine, UK. Archived from the original on November 6, 2002. Retrieved March 30, 2014. Hollywood's quiet family man is happiest at home in Santa Barbara with wife Susan and their three daughters
  4. ^ McLellan, Dennis (February 21, 2009). "Dorothy Bridges dies at 93; 'the hub' of an acting family"Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  5. ^ "Jeff Bridges is still the Dude". Archived from the original on September 27, 2012.
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