Jeff Bridges

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Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Bridges in 2013.
Born Jeffrey Leon Bridges
(1949-12-04) December 4, 1949 (age 64)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer, producer, composer
Years active 1950–present
Spouse(s) Susan Geston (m. 1977)
Parents Lloyd Bridges,
Dorothy Bridges
Family Beau 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, 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]



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[citation needed] mane of hair to play the role of Obadiah Stane in the 2008 Marvel comic book adaptation Iron Man.[11] 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).[12][13] 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.


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?"[14]

Bridges studied piano at a young age strongly encouraged by his mother.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] On November 5, 2011, Bridges played Austin City Limits in support of this album.[18]

Bridges plays guitars such as: Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentlemen Model G6122-1959.[15]

Other work as[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.[19] 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.[20][21][22][23]


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[24] as well as the Duracell advertisements in the "Trusted Everywhere" campaign.[25]

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.[26] They met on the film shoot of Rancho Deluxe, which was filmed on a ranch where Geston was working as a maid.[7][27] They have three daughters: Isabelle Annie (born August 6, 1981), Jessica Lily "Jessie" (born June 14, 1983), and Hayley Roselouise (born October 17, 1985). He became a grandfather on March 31, 2011, when Isabelle gave birth to a daughter, Grace. Jeff once stated, "I had a great '70s. Today, being a parent with three daughters, I look back on it thinking, "Oh, man, the things I did!""[28]

Bridges has studied Buddhism. He meditates for half an hour before beginning work on a film set.[29]

He currently lives in Montecito, California.

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.[30]

He has teamed up with the Zen Peacemakers, who operate a non-traditional soup kitchen.[31] 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."[32]

Filmography and television programs[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1950 The Company She Keeps Himself (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.
1958–1960 Sea Hunt Davey Crane/Jimmy/Boy/Kelly Bailey The 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
1965 The Loner Bud Windom The Ordeal of Bud Windom Episode (#15). Airdate: Saturday December 25, 1965
1969 The F.B.I. Terry Shelton Boomerang episode (Season 5, No. 4). Airdate: Sunday October 5, 1969
Silent Night, Lonely Night John Young
1970 The Don Knotts Show Himself Season 1, Episode 15. Airdate: Tuesday January 12, 1971
Halls of Anger Douglas (Doug)
1971 Last Picture Show, TheThe Last Picture Show Duane Jackson Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go Nero Finnighan
In Search of America Mike Olson
1972 Fat City Ernie Munger
Bad Company Jake Rumsey
1973 Lolly-Madonna XXX Zack Feather
Last American Hero, TheThe Last American Hero Elroy Jackson, Jr.
Iceman Cometh, TheThe Iceman Cometh Don Parritt
1974 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Lightfoot Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1975 Rancho Deluxe Jack McKee
Hearts of the West Lewis Tater
1976 Stay Hungry Craig Blake
King Kong Jack Prescott
1978 Somebody Killed Her Husband Jerry Green
1979 Winter Kills Nick Kegan
The American Success Company Harry Flowers
1980 Heaven's Gate John L. Bridges
1981 Cutter's Way Richard Bone
1982 Tron Kevin Flynn
Kiss Me Goodbye Dr. Rupert Baines
Last Unicorn, TheThe Last Unicorn Prince Lír Voice Only
1984 Against All Odds Terry Brogan
Starman Starman/Scott Hayden Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1985 Jagged Edge Jack Forrester
1986 8 Million Ways to Die Matthew "Matt" Scudder
Morning After, TheThe Morning After Turner Kendall
1987 Nadine Vernon Hightower
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Preston Tucker
1989 See You in the Morning Larry Livingstone
Fabulous Baker Boys, TheThe Fabulous Baker Boys Jack Baker
1990 Texasville Duane Jackson
1991 Fisher King, TheThe Fisher King Jack Lucas Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
1992 American Heart Jack Kelson Also Producer
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
1993 Vanishing, TheThe Vanishing Barney Cousins Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
Fearless Max Klein
1994 Blown Away Jimmy Dove/Liam McGivney
1995 Wild Bill James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok
1996 White Squall Captain Christopher 'Skipper' Sheldon
Mirror Has Two Faces, TheThe Mirror Has Two Faces Gregory Larkin
Hidden in America Vincent TV
Also Executive Producer
1998 Big Lebowski, TheThe Big Lebowski Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1999 Arlington Road Michael Faraday
Muse, TheThe Muse Jack Warrick
Simpatico Lyle Carter
2000 Contender, TheThe Contender President Jackson Evans Nominated—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
2001 Scenes of the Crime Jimmy Berg
K-PAX Dr. Mark Powell
2002 Lost in La Mancha Narrator Voice Only
2003 Masked and Anonymous Tom Friend
Seabiscuit Charles S. Howard Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004 Door in the Floor, TheThe Door in the Floor Ted Cole Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
2005 Amateurs, TheThe Amateurs Andy
Tideland Noah
2006 Stick It Burt Vickerman
2007 Surf's Up Ezekiel 'Big Z' Topanga/Geek Voice Only
2008 Dog Year, AA Dog Year Jon Katz TV Movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie[33]
Iron Man Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Clayton Harding
2009 Open Road, TheThe Open Road Kyle
Crazy Heart Otis "Bad" Blake Academy Award for Best Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
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—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—London 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 Goats Bill Django
2010 Tron: Legacy Kevin Flynn/Clu 2 Saturn Award for Best Actor
True Grit Rooster Cogburn Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
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—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
2011 Saturday Night Live Host
2012 A Place at the Table Narrator
Ted Uncredited cameo during Airplane spoof.
2013 R.I.P.D. Roy Pulsipher
Pablo Narrator/Professor
2014 The Giver The Giver Post-production
2015 Seventh Son Master Gregory Post-production[34]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country


Be Here Soon
  • Release date: January 1, 2000
  • Label: Ramp Records
  • Formats: CD
Jeff Bridges 10 25 2 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Album
2011 "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do" Jeff Bridges

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2011 "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do"[37] Alan Kozlowski

See also[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–)". Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  3. ^
  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. ^ "Iron Man — Official Site". 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Bridges, Jeff (guest) (24 June 2004). "'The Door in the Floor': Actor Jeff Bridges". USA Today. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ Guitar Aficionado Magazine – Spring 2010
  15. ^ a b Interview/Testimonial video.
  16. ^ "'We Are The World – 25 For Haiti' Artists Include Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber". 
  17. ^ "CMT : News : Jeff Bridges signs to Blue Note Records". Country Music Television. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Video: Miranda Lambert / Jeff Bridges Watch Austin City Limits Online PBS Video". Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Photography". Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  20. ^ powerHouse Books, 2003, ISBN 1-57687-177-0; Library of Congress control number: 2003046711
  21. ^ "Library of Congress Online Catalogs". 
  22. ^ "pictures". 
  23. ^ "Pictures: Jeff Bridges" by Jeff Bridges. Published 2003.
  24. ^ "Oscars: Hyundai debuts clever Academy Awards ad with Jeff Bridges’ actor friends". March 6, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2010. [dead link]
  25. ^ Samaniego, Danielle. "Name That Voice: Ten Celebrity Commercial Voice-Overs". Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  26. ^ Video on YouTube[dead link]
  27. ^ "Jeff Bridges: On Marriage". Reader's Digest. February 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2008. 
  28. ^ Huffington Post |url= missing title (help). 
  29. ^ Tricycle: The Buddhist Review Fall 2010 Vol. 20, No. 1 pg. 54
  30. ^ "Jeff Bridges to Launch Campaign Against Childhood Hunger in National Press Club Address". PRNewswire. November 5, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  31. ^ Glassman, Bernie (July 15, 2010). "Child Hunger and How Zen House Can Help". Huffington Post (USA). Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  32. ^ 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,’"
  33. ^ "Jeff Bridges Emmy Nominated". Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  34. ^ Seventh Son at the Internet Movie Database
  35. ^ a b "Chart News August 24: Country Dominates as Luke Bryan Still Top Dawg". Roughstock. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  36. ^ a b "Chart listing for Jeff Bridges". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  37. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jeff Bridges : What a Little Bit of Love Can Do". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 

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