Sean Bridgers

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Sean Bridgers
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Sean Bridgers
Born Sean MacKenzie Bridgers
(1968-03-15) March 15, 1968 (age 46)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Years active 1991–present

Sean Bridgers (born Sean MacKenzie Bridgers, March 15, 1968) is an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer, well known for his role as Johnny Burns on the HBO series Deadwood. Additional to many roles in television and film since 1991, Bridgers received acclaim and awards for the independent film Paradise Falls, which he wrote and produced. He also received praise for his lead role in Lucky McKee's horror film The Woman and another Moderncine film, Jug Face, as well as notable roles in Sweet Home Alabama and Nell.

Personal life[edit]

Bridgers was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1968 to Ben and Sue Ellen Bridgers. Ben was the tribal attorney for the Cherokee Indian tribe and published a memoir and books of poetry. Sue Ellen is a novelist with 7 published novels.[1] Sean Bridgers graduated from St. Andrew's-Sewanee School and Western Carolina University.[2] In interviews Bridgers has mentioned that as a screenwriter he is influenced by his favorite author Mark Twain and developed an interest in acting after seeing Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies when he was 14 years old. As a result of admiring Duvall's performance, Bridgers started watching everything by Tender Mercies screenwriter Horton Foote, and Duvall and Foote became his biggest creative influences.[3] His son Jackson Bridgers has acted in roles on Justified and Deadwood, as well as his daughter Kate Bridgers, who starred in Bridgers' 2012 short, The Birthday Present.[4]

Recent Productions[edit]

Bridgers and his co-star from The Woman, Angela Bettis are starring in an upcoming horror feature from writer/director Richard S. Robinson titled The Graveyard Feeder based on a 2012 horror-comedy short by the name, which also starred Bridgers.[5] He also co-starred in the upcoming Southern-Horror film, from writer/director Chad Crawford Kinkle's Slamdance award-winning screenplay, Jug Face, released by the studio Moderncine. Bridgers co-stars with Lauren Ashley Carter and an ensemble cast that includes, Larry Fessenden, Sean Young and Graham Patrick Martin.[6] Along with the cast, Bridgers received praise for his performance in Jug Face from FEARnet's Scott Weinberg who wrote, "Sean Bridgers (who was great in The Woman) stands out as a highlight." Brad McHargue, writing for Dread Central also praised Bridgers' performance as stellar: "a complete 180 performance from his role in the Lucky McKee-directed The Woman, a role he’s perhaps best known for among horror fans" and "giving to the film an emotional resonance that is felt throughout." Starburst Magazine gave the film a positive review and called Bridgers, "brilliantly understated."[7][8][9] The film premiered at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival

Bridgers, along with his producing and directing partner, Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot have been developing a dark western, noted as a "Faustian western" that takes place in the South during the Civil War titled Arkansas Traveler. Bridgers wrote the original screenplay and the production company he is partner in with Hemschoot, Travelin' Productions, produced and shot a trailer of the film featuring a cast including Garret Dillahunt and Angela Bettis.[10] Actor and filmmaker Ray McKinnon commented on Bridgers' screenplay:

Arkansas Traveler is one of the best un-produced scripts I have read in the last decade, it's not just the complex, larger narrative of the end of the Civil War and the amazing backdrop of the protagonist's travels, but Arkansas Traveler offers the continual smaller surprises of behavior and plot – of man's inhumanity to man [and woman and child and beast] and his infinite humanity. It's universal and timeless and must get made.[11]

Bridgers and Hemschoot, under their production companies Travelin' Productions and Colorado animation studio Worker Studio are also developing an animated documentary about decorated World War II pilot John H. Ross.[12]



Year Film Role Notes
1992 Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice Jedediah
1993 Road-Kill U.S.A. Josh
1994 Getting In Dumpster Hunter Credited as Sean Bridges
1994 Nell Mike Ibarra
1995 Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored Mr. Bob
1997 Paradise Falls Henry Bancroft Producer and Co-wrote with mother Sue Ellen Bridgers, Dir. Nick Searcy. Won Best Feature at Hollywood Film Festival
2002 Clover Bend Tyler With David Keith, Robert Urich, Barry Corbin
2002 Lullaby Diesel Lead Role
2002 Sweet Home Alabama Eldon
2003 Apple Jack (Short) Les Danyou The short won awards at L.A. Shorts Fest and Deep Ellum Film Festival
2007 Jake's Closet Peter Lead Role
2008 "A Night at the Zoo" (Short) [13] Donny Producer, writer and co-director with Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot
2008 Witless Protection Norm
2009 Cold Storage Unnamed Starred Nick Searcy
2011 The Woman Chris Cleek Lead Role
2011 Blood on My Name (Short) Thomas Lead Role
2012 The Birthday Present (Short) Dad Co-director with Michael Hemschoot. Bridgers' daughter Kate starred as Joey
2012 The Graveyard Feeder (Short) Burke Sawyer
2013 Jug Face Dawai
2014 Dark Places Runner Day


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story (TV Movie) Ralph Welch Credited as Sean Bridges
1995 Death in Small Doses (TV Movie) Mr. Carter
1995 American Gothic Policeman Season 1: Episode #2, Episode #20
1995 Murderous Intent (TV Movie) Dennis
1996 Stolen Memories: Secrets from the Rose Garden (TV Movie) Jeff (Teen #1)
1997 The Secret (TV Movie) Aaron Clemens
1997 Close to Danger (TV Movie) Donna's Date
1998 Legacy William Winters 2 episodes
1999 A.T.F. (TV Movie) Smitty Written by Patricia Cornwell
2000 After Diff'rent Strokes: When the Laughter Stopped (TV Movie) Robert
2000 Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family Brian Credited as Sean Bridges in Episode #9 "Turtle Soup"
2004 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (TV Movie) Neil Bonnett
2004-2006 Deadwood Johnny Burns 36 episodes, shared nomination for SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama
2006 Criminal Minds James Charles Season 2, Episode #28 "The Boogeyman"
2006 Cold Case Ty Sugar Season 4, Episode #11 "The Red and the Blue"
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Art Schuster Season 7, Episode #24 "Living Doll"
2008 12 Miles of Bad Road Lyle Hartsong Season 1, 6 episodes
2008-2009 Private Practice Frank 2 episodes
2009 House Rules (TV Movie) Cameron Drummer Directed by Daniel Minahan
2009 Saving Grace Carl Lafong Season 2, Episode #9 "Do You Believe in Second Chances?"
2009 Bones John Collins Season 5, Episode #6 "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken"
2009 Lie to Me Harold Clark Season 2, Episode #10 "Tractor Man"
2010 The Mentalist Ranger Tisdale Season 2, Episode #18 "Aingavite Baa"
2010 Justified Virgil Corum Season 1, Episode #10 "The Hammer"
2010 True Blood Big Bobby Season 3, Episode 7 "Hitting the Ground"
2011 Hart of Dixie Leon Mercy Season 1, Episode #6 "The Undead & The Unsaid"
2011-2012 Raising Hope Jack 2 episodes
2012 Rectify Trey Willis Season 1, 6 episodes. From creator Ray McKinnon
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 L.A. Noire Voice Rockstar Games

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sue Ellen Bridgers". Western Carolina University. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sean Bridgers: Biography". CBS Entertainment. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  3. ^ McEntire, John. "Interview with: Arkansas Traveler Filmmakers". Featured Filmmakers of the Month. The Oxford American. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jackson Bridgers"., Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Walkuski, Eric. "The Woman Stars Angela Bettis And Sean Bridgers Reunite for Graveyard Feeder". Joblo Media Inc. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Dickson, Evan. "Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter And Sean Young To Star In Moderncine's 'Jug Face'!". BLOODY DISGUSTING LLC. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  7. ^ McHargue, Brad. "Jug Face (2013)". Dread Central Media, LLC. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Weinberg, Scott. "FEARnet Movie Review: 'Jug Face'". Horror Entertainment, LLC. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Unsworth, Martin. "Movie Review: JUG FACE". STARBURST MAGAZINE LTD. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "New film in development: Arkansas Traveler". Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Martin, Philip. "ON FILM: Civil War film has potential for greatness if it gets made". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Reeves, Mary. "Old tales for new times: WW2 pilot's story to be filmed". Shelbyville Times-Gazette. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Travelin' Productions. "A Night at the Zoo - Short Film". Vimeo, LLC. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 

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