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Jeff Bridges
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Bridges in 2013.
BornJeffrey Leon Bridges
(1949-12-04) December 4, 1949 (age 64)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, producer, composer
Years active1950–present
Spouse(s)Susan Geston (m. 1977)
ParentsLloyd Bridges,
Dorothy Bridges
FamilyBeau Bridges (brother)
Jordan Bridges (nephew)
Garrett Bridges (brother)
Lucinda Bridges (sister)
 
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Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Bridges in 2013.
BornJeffrey Leon Bridges
(1949-12-04) December 4, 1949 (age 64)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, producer, composer
Years active1950–present
Spouse(s)Susan Geston (m. 1977)
ParentsLloyd Bridges,
Dorothy Bridges
FamilyBeau Bridges (brother)
Jordan Bridges (nephew)
Garrett Bridges (brother)
Lucinda Bridges (sister)

Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges (born December 4, 1949) is an American actor, country musician, and producer. He comes from a well-known acting family and began his televised acting in 1958 as a child with his father, Lloyd Bridges, and brother, Beau, on television's Sea Hunt. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Otis "Bad" Blake in the 2009 film Crazy Heart and earned Academy Award nominations for his roles in The Last Picture Show, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Starman, The Contender, and True Grit. Among his other best-known major motion films are: The Big Lebowski, Fearless, Iron Man, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Jagged Edge, Against All Odds, The Fisher King, Tucker, Seabiscuit, Arlington Road, Tron and Tron: Legacy.

Early life[edit]

Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born in Los Angeles, California on December 4, 1949. He is the son of showbiz parents, actor Lloyd Bridges (1913–1998)[1][2] and actress and writer Dorothy Bridges (née Simpson; 1915–2009). His older brother, Beau Bridges, is also an actor. He has a younger sister, Lucinda, and had another brother, Garrett, who died of sudden infant death syndrome in 1948. His maternal grandfather was an English immigrant (from Liverpool).[3]

Bridges and his siblings were raised in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles.[4] Growing up, Bridges shared a close relationship with his brother Beau, who acted as a surrogate father when their father was working.[5] He graduated from University High School in 1967. At age seventeen, Jeff toured with his father in a stage production of Anniversary Waltz. After graduating from high school, Bridges journeyed to New York City, where he studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio. Also, after turning 18, Bridges joined the United States Coast Guard Reserve, where he served for eight years.[6]

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Bridges made his first screen appearances at the age of four months in The Company She Keeps in 1950. In his youth, Bridges and brother Beau made occasional appearances on their father's show Sea Hunt (1958–1961) and the CBS anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962–1963). In 1971 he played the lead role Mike in the TV movie In Search of America. His first major role came in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show, for which he garnered a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[7] He co-starred in the 1972 critically acclaimed neo-noir boxing film Fat City, directed by legendary director, John Huston. He was nominated again for Best Supporting Actor for his performance opposite Clint Eastwood in the 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.[7] In 1976, he starred as the protagonist Jack Prescott in the first remake of King Kong, opposite Jessica Lange. This film was a commercial success, earning $90 million worldwide, more than triple its $23 million budget, and also winning an Academy Award for special effects.

One of his better known roles was in the 1982 science fiction cult classic Tron, in which he played Kevin Flynn, a video game programmer (a role he reprised in late 2010 with the sequel Tron: Legacy). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1984, for playing the alien in Starman.[7] He was also acclaimed for his roles in the thriller Against All Odds (1984) and the crime drama Jagged Edge (1985). His role in Fearless (1993) is recognized by some critics to be one of his best performances.[8] One critic dubbed it a masterpiece;[9] Pauline Kael wrote that he "may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived."[10] In 1998, he starred as what is arguably his most famous role, "The Dude," in the Coen Brothers' cult-classic film The Big Lebowski.[7] He has said that he relates to "The Dude" more than any of his other roles.[citation needed]

In 2000, he received his fourth Academy Award nomination, for his role in The Contender.[7] He also starred in the 2005 Terry Gilliam film Tideland, his second with the director (the first being 1991's The Fisher King). He shaved his trademark [11] mane of hair to play the role of Obadiah Stane in the 2008 Marvel comic book adaptation Iron Man.[12] In July 2008, at the San Diego Comic-Con International, he appeared in a teaser for Tron: Legacy, shot as concept footage for director Joseph Kosinski; this developed into a full 3D feature release in 2010.

Bridges is one of the youngest actors ever to be nominated for an Academy Award (1972, age 22, Best Supporting Actor, The Last Picture Show), and one of the oldest ever to win (2010, age 60, Best Actor, Crazy Heart).[13][14] Crazy Heart also won him the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.

Bridges received his sixth Academy Award nomination for his role in True Grit, a collaboration with the Coen brothers in which he starred alongside Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, and Hailee Steinfeld. Both the film, and Bridges's performance as Rooster Cogburn, were critically praised. Bridges lost to Colin Firth, whom he had beaten for the Oscar in the same category the previous year.

Music[edit]

Referring to his career as an actor and his passion for music, Bridges says, "I dug what an actor did, but it took me a while to feel it, to truly appreciate the craft and the preparation. Plus, I was still playing music a lot, and I guess I had a hard time choosing: was I an actor or a musician, or could I be both?"[15]

Bridges studied piano at a young age strongly encouraged by his mother.[16] It was known that, while working on the 1980 film Heaven's Gate, he often played guitar with his costar, the singer Kris Kristofferson, between takes. His character in Crazy Heart, Bad Blake, was later based partly off Kristofferson. He released his debut album Be Here Soon on January 1, 2000. In 2005, Bridges, known as "The Dude" in the film Big Lebowski, showed up at a Lebowski Fest in Los Angeles singing and playing the film's theme song written by Bob Dylan, "Man in Me".

On January 15, 2010, Bridges performed the song "I Don't Know" from Crazy Heart on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. In the film The Contender, in which he co-starred, Bridges recorded a version of Johnny Cash's standard "Ring of Fire" with Kim Carnes that played over the pivotal opening credits. In February 2010, he was among the nearly 80 musicians to sing on the charity-single remake of We Are the World.[17] On October 24, 2010, Bridges appeared at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit concert and played a set with singer-songwriter Neko Case.

On April 19, 2011, Country Music Television announced that Bridges had signed a recording contract with Blue Note Records/EMI Music Group. He worked with producer T-Bone Burnett and released his second album, Jeff Bridges, on August 16, 2011.[18] On November 5, 2011, Bridges played Austin City Limits in support of this album.[19]

Bridges plays guitars such as: Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentlemen Model G6122-1959.[16]

Other work as[edit]

In Photography[edit]

Jeff Bridges has been an amateur photographer since high school, and began taking photographs on film sets during Starman, at the suggestion of co-star Karen Allen.[20] Since 1980, he began photographing on and off set shot with his favorite camera, a Widelux F8. He published many of these photographs online and published a book in 2003 entitled, Pictures: Photographs by Jeff Bridges.[21][22][23][24]

Narrator[edit]

Bridges narrated the documentary Lost in La Mancha (2002), about the unmaking of a Terry Gilliam retelling of Don Quixote, tentatively titled The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which would have starred Johnny Depp as Sancho Panza and Jean Rochefort as the quixotic hero. Bridges had previously appeared in Gilliam's The Fisher King. Bridges also narrated the documentaries National Geographic's Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (2002, IMAX), Discovery Channel's Raising the Mammoth (2000), and ABC's Heroes of Rock and Roll (1979). He also voiced the character Big Z in the animated picture Surf's Up.

Bridges has performed TV commercial voice over work as well, including Hyundai's 2007 "Think About It" advertising campaign[25] as well as the Duracell advertisements in the "Trusted Everywhere" campaign.[26]

On December 18, 2010, Bridges hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live; he had hosted the show before in 1983 with his brother, Beau. With the December 18, 2010 episode, Bridges beat Sigourney Weaver's record for longest gap between hosting appearances on SNL (Weaver had a 24-year gap between her first time hosting in 1986 and her second time hosting in 2010, while Bridges had a 27-year gap between his first appearance in 1983 and his most recent one, also in 2010).

Personal life[edit]

Bridges married Susan Geston in 1977.[27] They met on the film shoot of Rancho Deluxe, which was filmed on a ranch where Geston was working as a maid.[7][28] They have three daughters: Isabelle Annie (born August 6, 1981), Jessica Lily "Jessie" (born June 14, 1983), and Hayley Roselouise (born October 17, 1985).[29] Bridges became a grandfather on March 31, 2011, when Isabelle gave birth to a daughter, Grace.

Bridges has studied Buddhism. He meditates for half an hour before beginning work on a film set.[30]

He currently lives Montecito, California, and in Paradise Valley, Montana.[31]

Humanitarian efforts[edit]

In 1984, Bridges and other entertainment industry leaders founded the End Hunger Network aimed at encouraging, stimulating and supporting action to end childhood hunger. He supports President Obama's initiative to End Childhood Hunger by 2015. In November 2010, Bridges became spokesman for the No Kid Hungry Campaign of the organization Share our Strength. Its goal is to present and undertake a state-by-state strategy to end childhood hunger in the United States by 2015.[32]

He has teamed up with the Zen Peacemakers, who operate a non-traditional soup kitchen.[33] An edited version of a transcript of a conversation he had with Zen master Bernard Glassman is published in the 2013 book "The Dude and the Zen Master."[34]

Filmography and television programs[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNote
1950The Company She KeepsHimself (Infant)Lady in the train terminal with the two unruly kids is Dorothy Bridges, the wife of actor Lloyd Bridges. The children are Dorothy and Lloyd's sons Beau and Jeff.
1958–1960Sea HuntDavey Crane/Jimmy/Boy/Kelly BaileyThe Lost Ones episode. Season 1, Episode 28. Airdate: Saturday July 19, 1958
The Birthday Present episode. Season 1, Episode 32. Airdate: Saturday August 16, 1958
Water Nymphs episode. Season 3, Episode 2. Airdate: January 16, 1960
Pirate Gold episode. Season 3, Episode 14. Airtime: April 9, 1960
1965The LonerBud WindomThe Ordeal of Bud Windom Episode (#15). Airdate: Saturday December 25, 1965
1969The F.B.I.Terry SheltonBoomerang episode (Season 5, No. 4). Airdate: Sunday October 5, 1969
Silent Night, Lonely NightJohn Young
1970The Don Knotts ShowHimselfSeason 1, Episode 15. Airdate: Tuesday January 12, 1971
Halls of AngerDouglas (Doug)
1971Last Picture Show, TheThe Last Picture ShowDuane JacksonNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Yin and the Yang of Mr. GoNero Finnighan
In Search of AmericaMike Olson
1972Fat CityErnie Munger
Bad CompanyJake Rumsey
1973Lolly-Madonna XXXZack Feather
Last American Hero, TheThe Last American HeroElroy Jackson, Jr.
Iceman Cometh, TheThe Iceman ComethDon Parritt
1974Thunderbolt and LightfootLightfootNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1975Rancho DeluxeJack McKee
Hearts of the WestLewis Tater
1976Stay HungryCraig Blake
King KongJack Prescott
1978Somebody Killed Her HusbandJerry Green
1979Winter KillsNick Kegan
The American Success CompanyHarry Flowers
1980Heaven's GateJohn L. Bridges
1981Cutter's WayRichard Bone
1982TronKevin Flynn
Kiss Me GoodbyeDr. Rupert Baines
Last Unicorn, TheThe Last UnicornPrince LírVoice Only
1984Against All OddsTerry Brogan
StarmanStarman/Scott HaydenSaturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1985Jagged EdgeJack Forrester
19868 Million Ways to DieMatthew "Matt" Scudder
Morning After, TheThe Morning AfterTurner Kendall
1987NadineVernon Hightower
1988Tucker: The Man and His DreamPreston Tucker
1989See You in the MorningLarry Livingstone
Fabulous Baker Boys, TheThe Fabulous Baker BoysJack Baker
1990TexasvilleDuane Jackson
1991Fisher King, TheThe Fisher KingJack LucasNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
1992American HeartJack KelsonAlso Producer
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
1993Vanishing, TheThe VanishingBarney CousinsNominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
FearlessMax Klein
1994Blown AwayJimmy Dove/Liam McGivney
1995Wild BillJames Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok
1996White SquallCaptain Christopher 'Skipper' Sheldon
Mirror Has Two Faces, TheThe Mirror Has Two FacesGregory Larkin
Hidden in AmericaVincentTV
Also Executive Producer
1998Big Lebowski, TheThe Big LebowskiJeffrey "The Dude" LebowskiNominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1999Arlington RoadMichael Faraday
Muse, TheThe MuseJack Warrick
SimpaticoLyle Carter
2000Contender, TheThe ContenderPresident Jackson EvansNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2001Scenes of the CrimeJimmy Berg
K-PAXDr. Mark Powell
2002Lost in La ManchaNarratorVoice Only
Documentary
2003Masked and AnonymousTom Friend
SeabiscuitCharles S. HowardNominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004Door in the Floor, TheThe Door in the FloorTed ColeNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
2005Amateurs, TheThe AmateursAndy
TidelandNoah
2006Stick ItBurt Vickerman
2007Surf's UpEzekiel 'Big Z' Topanga/GeekVoice Only
2008Dog Year, AA Dog YearJon KatzTV Movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie[35]
Iron ManObadiah Stane / Iron MongerNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
How to Lose Friends & Alienate PeopleClayton Harding
2009Open Road, TheThe Open RoadKyle
Crazy HeartOtis "Bad" BlakeAcademy Award for Best Actor
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actor
Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Gold Derby Film Award for Best Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Actor
Palm Springs International Film Festival for Desert Palm Achievement Award
PRISM Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—International Online Film Critics' Poll Award for Best Actor
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Men Who Stare at Goats, TheThe Men Who Stare at GoatsBill Django
2010Tron: LegacyKevin Flynn/Clu 2Saturn Award for Best Actor
True GritRooster CogburnNominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Dublin Film Critics Circle Award for Top 10 Actors
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—National Movie Award for Performance of the Year
Nominated—North Texas Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2011Saturday Night LiveHost
2012A Place at the TableNarrator
TedUncredited cameo during Airplane spoof.
2013R.I.P.D.Roy Pulsipher
PabloNarrator/Professor
2014The GiverThe Giveralso producer
2015Seventh SonMaster GregoryPost-production[36]
The Little PrinceThe PilotVoice
Post-production

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
US Country
[37]
US
[37]
US
Folk

[38]
US
Rock

[38]
Be Here Soon
  • Release date: January 1, 2000
  • Label: Ramp Records
  • Formats: CD
Jeff Bridges102525
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

YearSingleAlbum
2011"What a Little Bit of Love Can Do"Jeff Bridges

Music videos[edit]

YearTitleDirector
2011"What a Little Bit of Love Can Do"[39]Alan Kozlowski

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Actress Dorothy Bridges dies, Mother of Beau and Jeff Bridges was 93". Variety Magazine. February 20, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Jeff Bridges Biography (1949–)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.suerussellwrites.com/bridges.html
  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". 
  6. ^ "Jeff Bridges Biography". thespiannet. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2003
  8. ^ "100 Essential Male Film Performances: Part 4 – From the Page to the Screen". 
  9. ^ "Fearless — A movie masterpiece about transcendence". 
  10. ^ Philip French (August 6, 2006). "Here's looking back at you". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ Kepnes, E! Online. "Jeff Bridges Shaves Head, Talks Iron Man". E! Online. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Iron Man — Official Site". 
  13. ^ Sheridan, Emily (March 8, 2010). "Fifth time lucky Oscar winner Jeff Bridges pays tribute to his 'gorgeous wife of 33 years' at Governors Ball". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  14. ^ Bridges, Jeff (guest) (24 June 2004). "'The Door in the Floor': Actor Jeff Bridges". USA Today. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  15. ^ Guitar Aficionado Magazine – Spring 2010
  16. ^ a b Interview/Testimonial video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qntfBwX6Kgg&feature=player_embedded
  17. ^ "'We Are The World – 25 For Haiti' Artists Include Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber". 
  18. ^ "CMT : News : Jeff Bridges signs to Blue Note Records". Country Music Television. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Video: Miranda Lambert / Jeff Bridges Watch Austin City Limits Online PBS Video". Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Photography". JeffBridges.com. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  21. ^ powerHouse Books, 2003, ISBN 1-57687-177-0; Library of Congress control number: 2003046711
  22. ^ "Library of Congress Online Catalogs". 
  23. ^ "pictures". 
  24. ^ "Pictures: Jeff Bridges" by Jeff Bridges. Published 2003.
  25. ^ "Oscars: Hyundai debuts clever Academy Awards ad with Jeff Bridges’ actor friends". Theweeklydriver.com. March 6, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2010. [dead link]
  26. ^ Samaniego, Danielle. "Name That Voice: Ten Celebrity Commercial Voice-Overs". Divinecaroline.com. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  27. ^ Video on YouTube[dead link]
  28. ^ "Jeff Bridges: On Marriage". Reader's Digest. February 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2008. 
  29. ^ "Susan Geston and Jeff Bridges Marriage Profile". About.com. Retrieved July 2014. 
  30. ^ Tricycle: The Buddhist Review Fall 2010 Vol. 20, No. 1 pg. 54
  31. ^ Troy Carter, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2014, "Sen. Dude for Montana" http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/politics/article_9847f776-21af-11e4-9b18-001a4bcf887a.html. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  32. ^ "Jeff Bridges to Launch Campaign Against Childhood Hunger in National Press Club Address". PRNewswire. November 5, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  33. ^ Glassman, Bernie (July 15, 2010). "Child Hunger and How Zen House Can Help". Huffington Post (USA). Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  34. ^ New York Times, 6 Jan. 2013, "If Lebowski Calls, Will You Be in? Or Out Bowling?Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman’s ‘Dude and the Zen Master,’" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/books/jeff-bridges-and-bernie-glassmans-dude-and-the-zen-master.html
  35. ^ "Jeff Bridges Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  36. ^ Seventh Son at the Internet Movie Database
  37. ^ a b "Chart News August 24: Country Dominates as Luke Bryan Still Top Dawg". Roughstock. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  38. ^ a b "Chart listing for Jeff Bridges". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  39. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jeff Bridges : What a Little Bit of Love Can Do". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 

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