Beau Bridges

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Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges Max Payne 2008.jpg
Bridges in 2008
BornLloyd Vernet Bridges III
(1941-12-09) December 9, 1941 (age 72)
Los Angeles, California
Years active1948–present
Spouse(s)Julie Landfield (1964–1984: divorced)
Wendy Treece (1984–present)
ChildrenCasey Bridges (b. 1969)
Jordan Bridges (b. 1973)
Dylan Bridges (b. 1984)
Emily Bridges (b. 1986)
Ezekiel "Zeke" Bridges (b. 1993)
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Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges Max Payne 2008.jpg
Bridges in 2008
BornLloyd Vernet Bridges III
(1941-12-09) December 9, 1941 (age 72)
Los Angeles, California
Years active1948–present
Spouse(s)Julie Landfield (1964–1984: divorced)
Wendy Treece (1984–present)
ChildrenCasey Bridges (b. 1969)
Jordan Bridges (b. 1973)
Dylan Bridges (b. 1984)
Emily Bridges (b. 1986)
Ezekiel "Zeke" Bridges (b. 1993)

Lloyd Vernet "Beau" Bridges III (born December 9, 1941) is an American actor and director. He is a three-time Emmy-, two-time Golden Globe- and one-time Grammy Award winner. He is also a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee.

Bridges was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 7, 2003.

Early life[edit]

Bridges was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actors Lloyd (1913–1998) and Dorothy Bridges (née Simpson) (1915–2009).[1] He was nicknamed Beau by his parents after Ashley Wilkes' son in Gone with the Wind.[2] His younger brother is actor Jeff Bridges, and he has a younger sister, Lucinda. Another brother, Garrett, died in 1948 of sudden infant death syndrome. Beau has shared a close relationship with Jeff, for whom he acted as a surrogate father during childhood, when their father was busy with work.[3] He and his siblings were raised in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles.[4]

Wanting to become a basketball star, he played in his freshman year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and later transferred to the University of Hawaii. In 1959, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Reserve and served for eight years.[5][6]


In 1948, Bridges had an uncredited juvenile role in the iconic film Force of Evil, and in 1949 he played a secondary juvenile role in the film The Red Pony. In the 1962–1963 television season, Bridges, along with his younger brother, Jeff, appeared on their father's CBS anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show. He appeared in other television series too, including National Velvet, The Fugitive, Bonanza, Mr. Novak, and The Loner. In 1965, he guest-starred as Corporal Corbett in "Then Came the Mighty Hunter", Season 2, Episode 3 of the military series, Twelve O'Clock High. He found steady work in television and film throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He appeared in such feature films during that time as The Other Side of the Mountain (1975), Greased Lightning (1977), Norma Rae (1979), Heart Like a Wheel (1983), and The Hotel New Hampshire (1984).

In 1989, in perhaps his best known role, he starred opposite his brother Jeff as one of The Fabulous Baker Boys. In the 1993–94 television season, Bridges appeared with his father in the 15-episode CBS comedy/western series, Harts of the West, set at a dude ranch in Nevada. In 1995, Bridges starred with his father and his son Dylan in "The Sandkings", the two-part pilot episode of the Showtime science fiction series, The Outer Limits. In 1998, he starred as Judge Bob Gibbs in the one-season Maximum Bob on ABC. He had a recurring role in the Showtime series Beggars and Choosers (1999–2000).

In 2001, he guest-starred as Daniel McFarland, the stepfather of Jack McFarland, in two episodes of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. He played a single father and college professor in the fantasy adventure film, Voyage of the Unicorn, based on the novel by James C. Christensen.

From 2002 to 2003, he took on the role of Senator Tom Gage, newly appointed Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in over 30 episodes of the drama series The Agency. In January 2005, he was cast as Major General Hank Landry, the new commander of Stargate Command in Stargate SG-1. He also played the character in five episodes of the spin-off series Stargate Atlantis as well as the two direct to DVD films Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum.

His role in the movie "Smile" with Linda Hamilton and Sean Astin, showcased his personal beliefs in helping others. In November 2005, he guest-starred as Carl Hickey, the father of the title character in the hit NBC comedy My Name Is Earl. Bridges's character became recurring. Bridges received a 2007 Emmy Award nomination for his performance.

Beau Bridges on USS Midway Museum flight deck to promote Stargate: Continuum, July 2008

In 2008, Bridges co-starred in the motion picture Max Payne, based on the video game character. The film also starred Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Bridges portrayed "BB" Hensley, an ex-cop who aides Wahlberg on his quest to bring down a serial killer. The film got mixed reviews, but Bridges's participation was noted for being a positive one. It was not the first motion picture with Bridges regarding the video game world: The Wizard had him in a role as a lumber company owner that would later find, like his son Jimmy (played by actor Luke Edwards), to have a skill with NES games.

On February 8, 2009, Cynthia Nixon, Blair Underwood, and Bridges won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for their recording of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

In 2009, Bridges guest-starred as Eli Scruggs on the 100th episode of Desperate Housewives and received an Emmy Award nomination for his performance.

In 2010, Bridges signed with Chris Mallick in the production of the movie Columbus Circle. On March 19, 2010, it was announced that Bridges would play the role of Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford, the father of private eye Jim Rockford, on the pilot episode of a new version of The Rockford Files,[7] scheduled for production for broadcast in fall 2010. In 2011, he guest-starred as an old boyfriend of matriarch Nora Walker in Brothers and Sisters and as an attorney, estranged from his son Jared Franklin in Franklin & Bash.

On January 3, 2012, he took on the role of J.B. Biggley in the hit revival of the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, taking over for John Larroquette. He was contracted to play the role until July 1, 2012, however the revival closed May 20, 2012.

On October 3, 2013 he became a main character on the hit CBS television show, The Millers. Bridges plays Tom, the father of two children, Nathan Miller (Will Arnett), and daughter, Debbie (Jayma Mays). Tom, after forty three years has gotten divorced, and has moved back in with his daughter, driving her crazy. He joined the series in early March, 2013.[8]


Bridges has 14 Emmy Award nominations with three wins.[9] He is the only actor to win the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Special more than once, with two wins.

Personal life[edit]

Bridges with his father Lloyd in 1992

Bridges married Julie Landfield in 1964 and the two divorced in 1984. They have two children: Casey Bridges (b. 1969) and actor Jordan Bridges (b. 1973). He married Wendy Treece in 1984. They have three children: Dylan Bridges (b. 1984), Emily Bridges (b. 1986), and Ezekiel Jeffrey "Zeke" Bridges (b. 1993).

Bridges is a Christian. He has stated that if the script calls for his character to say God's name in vain, he will ask the director if he can change the line.[2] Bridges is a vegan and has been since 2004.[10]

Bridges, his brother Jeff and late father Lloyd were among six veterans – the others being Jerry Coleman, Bob Feller and Brian Lamb – honored with the Lone Sailor Award by the United States Navy Memorial in 2011.[11][12] The award recognizes Navy, Marine and Coast Guard veterans who have distinguished themselves in their civilian careers.



1948Force of EvilFrankie TuckerUncredited
1949The Red PonyBeau
1961The Explosive GenerationMark
1965Village of the GiantsFred
1967The IncidentFelix
1968For Love of IvyTim Austin
1969Gaily, GailyBen Harvey
1970Adam's WomanAdam
1970The LandlordElgar
1971Robert Young and the FamilySketch ActorTelevision film
1972Hammersmith Is OutBilly Breedlove
1972Child's PlayPaul Reis
1973Your Three Minutes Are UpCharlie
1974Lovin' MollyJohnny
1975The Other Side of the MountainDick Buek
1976SwashbucklerMajor Folly
1976Two-Minute WarningMike Ramsay
1976One Summer LoveUnknown
1977The Four FeathersHarry FavershamTelevision film
1977Greased LightningHutch
1978The President's MistressBen MortonTelevision film
1979The Runner StumblesToby Felker
1979Norma RaeSonny
1979The Fifth MusketeerLouis XIV
1980Silver Dream RacerBruce McBride
1981Night CrossingGuenter
1981Honky Tonk FreewayDuane Hansen
1982Love ChildJack Hansen
1982Witness for the ProsecutionLeonard VoleTelevision film
1983Heart Like a WheelConnie
1984The Hotel New HampshireMr. Win Berry
1985Alice in WonderlandUnicorn
1987The Killing TimeSam Wayburn
1988Seven Hours to JudgementJohn Eden
1989The Fabulous Baker BoysFrank Baker
1989The Iron TriangleCapt. Keene
1989Signs of LifeJohn Alder
1989Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClureRichard CzechTelevision film
1989The WizardSam Woods
1990Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will?Orville
1991WildflowerJack PerkinsTelevision film
1991Without Warning: The James Brady StoryJames BradyTelevision film
1991Married to ItJohn Morden
1993The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering MomTerry HarperTelevision film
1993The Man with Three WivesNorman GraysonTelevision film
1994Million Dollar BabiesDr. Allan Roy DafoeTelevision film
1995Kissinger & NixonRichard NixonTelevision film
1996A Stranger to LoveAllan GrantTelevision film
1996Jerry MaguireMatt CushmanUncredited
1996Losing ChaseRichard PhillipsTelevision film
1996Hidden in AmericaBill JanusonTelevision film
1996NightjohnClel WallerTelevision film
1997The Second Civil WarJim FarleyTelevision film
1997RocketManBud Nesbitt
1999P.T. BarnumP.T. BarnumTelevision film
1999Inherit the WindE.K. HornbeckTelevision film
2000Common GroundFather Leon
2000Sordid LivesG.W. Nethercoth
2000Songs in Ordinary TimeOmar Duvall
2001Voyage of the UnicornAlan Aisling
2001Boys KlubMario's Dad
2002We Were the MulvaneysMichael Mulvaney, Sr.Television film
2003Out of the AshesHerman Prentiss
2004Debating Robert LeeMr. Lee
2004Evel KnievelJohn Bork
200410.5President Paul Hollister
2005The Ballad of Jack and RoseMarty Rance
200610.5: ApocalypsePresident Paul HollisterTelevision film
2006The Good GermanColonel Muller
2006I-See-You.ComHarvey Bellinger
2006Charlotte's WebDr. Dorian
2007Spinning Into ButterDean Burton Strauss
2008Stargate: The Ark of TruthMajor General Hank Landry
2008Stargate: ContinuumMajor General Hank Landry
2008Max PayneBB Hensley
2008Americanizing ShelleyGary Gordon
2009Don't Fade AwayChris White
2010My Girlfriend's BoyfriendLogan Young
2010Columbus CircleDr. Ray Fontaine
2010Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's CoveGus Grisby
2011The DescendantsCousin Hugh
2011Game Time: Tackling the PastFrank WalkerTelevision film
2012Hit & RunClint Perkins
2012EdenBob Gault
2012From Up on Poppy HillYoshio Onodera


1960–1963My Three SonsRuss Burton3 episodes
1960–1961Sea HuntWarren Tucker2 episodes
1961The Real McCoysRandy CoopertonEpisode: "The Rich Boy"
1962National VelvetMercutioEpisode: "The Star"
1962Wagon TrainLarry GillEpisode: "The John Bernard Show"
1962–1963Ensign O'TooleSeaman Spicer32 episodes
1963Ben CaseyLarry Masterson2 episodes
1964The Eleventh HourLeonardEpisode: "Cannibal Plants, They Eat You Alive"
1964Combat!Orville PutnamEpisode: "The Short Day of Private Putnam"
1964My Three SonsHoward Sears2 episodes
1965Twelve O'Clock HighCpl. Steven CorbettEpisode: "Then Came the Mighty Hunter"
1966GunsmokeJasonEpisode: "My Father's Guitar"
1966The LonerJohnny Sharp2 episodes
1967BonanzaHoraceEpisode: "Justice"
1967Cimarron StripBillie Joe ShowEpisode: "Legend of Jud Starr"
1980United StatesRichard Chapin13 episodes
1991Tales from the CryptDr. Martin FairbanksEpisode: "Abra Cadaver"
1993–1994Harts of the WestDave Heart15 episodes
1995The Outer LimitsDr. Simon KressEpisode: "The Sandkings"
1998Maximum BobJudge Bob Gibbs7 episodes
2000The Wild ThornberrysHayden AdamEpisode: "Every Little Bit Alps"
2002Will & GraceDaniel McFarlandEpisode: "Moveable Feast"
2001–2003The AgencyTom Gage32 episodes
2005Into the WestStephen HoxieEpisode: "Manifest Destiny"
2005–2007Stargate SG-1Major General Hank Landry35 episodes
2005–2006Stargate: AtlantisMajor General Hank Landry5 episodes
2005–2006American Dad!Lieutenant Thacker2 episodes
2005–2008My Name Is EarlCarl Hickey7 episodes
2009Desperate HousewivesEli ScruggsEpisode: "The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened"
2009The CloserDetective George AndrewsEpisode: "Make Over"
2011Brothers & SistersNick Brody5 episodes
2011–2012Franklin & BashLeonard Franklin3 episodes
2011–2012White CollarAgent Kramer3 episodes
2013The Goodwin GamesBenjamin Goodwin3 episodes
2013–2014Masters of SexBarton Scully11 episodes
2013–2014The MillersTom Miller28 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1969Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Motion PictureFor Love of IvyNominated
1990American Comedy AwardsFunniest Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureThe Fabulous Baker BoysNominated
National Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorWon
1992Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmWithout Warning: The James Brady StoryWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieWon
1993Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Positively True Adventures of the Alleged
Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
1994Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmWon
1995CableACE AwardsActor in a Drama SeriesThe Outer LimitsNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
1996Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieKissinger & NixonNominated
1997Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmLosing ChaseNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieHidden in AmericaNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Second Civil WarWon
Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmHidden in AmericaNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieNominated
1999Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieInherit the WindNominated
2000Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieP.T. BarnumNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
2002Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieWe Were the MulvaneysNominated
2007Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesMy Name Is EarlNominated
2009Desperate HousewivesNominated
2010Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe CloserNominated
2011Gotham AwardsBest CastThe DescendantsNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesBrothers & SistersNominated
2012Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest CastThe DescendantsNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
2014Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesMasters of SexNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated


  1. ^ "Actress Dorothy Bridges dies, Mother of Beau and Jeff Bridges was 93". Variety. February 20, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Overview for Beau Bridges". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ McLellan, Dennis (21 February 2009). "Dorothy Bridges dies at 93; 'the hub' of an acting family". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ Beau Bridges Biography at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office website
  7. ^ Ross, Robyn. Beau Bridges Joins Cast of Rockford Files", TV Guide, 19 March 2010.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Primetime Emmy Award Database". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  10. ^ Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman (2013). The Dude and the Zen Master. Blue Rider Press. p. 200. ISBN 978-0399161643. 
  11. ^ "Lone Sailor Award recipient: Beau Bridges". Coast Guard Compass. September 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Navy Memorial Hosts 24th Annual Lone Sailor Awards Dinner". September 23, 2011. 

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