Beau Bridges

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Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges Max Payne 2008.jpg
Bridges in 2008
Born Lloyd Vernet Bridges III
(1941-12-09) December 9, 1941 (age 72)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1948–present
Spouse(s) Julie Landfield (1964–1984: divorced)
Wendy Treece (1984–present)
Children Casey 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]

Career[edit]

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]

Awards[edit]

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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1948 Force of Evil Frankie Tucker Uncredited
1949 The Red Pony Beau
1961 The Explosive Generation Mark
1965 Village of the Giants Fred
1967 The Incident Felix
1968 For Love of Ivy Tim Austin Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1969 Gaily, Gaily Ben Harvey
1970 Adam's Woman Adam
1970 The Landlord Elgar
1971 Robert Young and the Family Sketch Actor Television film
1972 Hammersmith Is Out Billy Breedlove
1972 Child's Play Paul Reis
1973 Your Three Minutes Are Up Charlie
1974 Lovin' Molly Johnny
1975 The Other Side of the Mountain Dick Buek
1976 Swashbuckler Major Folly
1976 Two-Minute Warning Mike Ramsay
1976 One Summer Love Unknown
1977 The Four Feathers Harry Faversham Television film
1977 Greased Lightning Hutch
1978 The President's Mistress Ben Morton Television film
1979 The Runner Stumbles Toby Felker
1979 Norma Rae Sonny
1979 The Fifth Musketeer Louis XIV
1980 Silver Dream Racer Bruce McBride
1981 Night Crossing Guenter
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway Duane Hansen
1982 Love Child Jack Hansen
1982 Witness for the Prosecution Leonard Vole Television film
1983 Heart Like a Wheel Connie
1984 The Hotel New Hampshire Mr. Win Berry
1985 Alice in Wonderland Unicorn
1987 The Killing Time Sam Wayburn
1988 Seven Hours to Judgement John Eden
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys Frank Baker Nominated-American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1989 The Iron Triangle Capt. Keene
1989 Signs of Life John Alder
1989 Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure Richard Czech Television film
1989 The Wizard Sam Woods
1990 Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will? Orville
1991 Wildflower Jack Perkins Television film
1991 Without Warning: The James Brady Story James Brady Television film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1991 Married to It John Morden
1992 Sidekicks Jerry
1993 Positively True Adventures of the Alleged
Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
Terry Harper Television film
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1993 The Man with Three Wives Norman Grayson Television film
1994 Million Dollar Babies Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe Television film
1995 Kissinger & Nixon Richard Nixon Television film
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1996 A Stranger to Love Allan Grant Television film
1996 Jerry Maguire Matt Cushman Uncredited
1996 Losing Chase Richard Phillips Television film
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
1996 Hidden in America Bill Januson Television film
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1996 Nightjohn Clel Waller Television film
1997 The Second Civil War Jim Farley Television film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1997 RocketMan Bud Nesbitt
1999 P.T. Barnum P.T. Barnum Television film
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
1999 Inherit the Wind E.K. Hornbeck Television film
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2000 Common Ground Father Leon
2000 Sordid Lives G.W. Nethercoth
2000 Songs in Ordinary Time Omar Duvall
2001 Voyage of the Unicorn Alan Aisling
2002 We Were the Mulvaneys Michael Mulvaney, Sr. Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2003 Out of the Ashes Herman Prentiss
2004 Debating Robert Lee Mr. Lee
2004 Evel Knievel John Bork
2004 10.5 President Paul Hollister
2005 Smile Steven
2005 The Ballad of Jack and Rose Marty Rance
2006 10.5: Apocalypse President Paul Hollister Television film
2006 The Good German Colonel Muller
2006 I-See-You.Com Harvey Bellinger
2006 Charlotte's Web Dr. Dorian
2007 Spinning Into Butter Dean Burton Strauss
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth Major General Hank Landry
2008 Stargate: Continuum Major General Hank Landry
2008 Max Payne BB Hensley
2008 Americanizing Shelley Gary Gordon
2009 Don't Fade Away Chris White
2010 My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Logan Young
2010 Columbus Circle Dr. Ray Fontaine
2010 Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove Gus Grisby
2011 The Descendants Cousin Hugh Nominated-Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated-Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2011 Game Time: Tackling the Past Frank Walker Television film
2012 Hit & Run Clint Perkins
2012 Eden Bob Gault
2012 From Up on Poppy Hill Yoshio Onodera
2014 Tumbledown Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1960–1963 My Three Sons Russ Burton 3 episodes
1960–1961 Sea Hunt Warren Tucker 2 episodes
1961 The Real McCoys Randy Cooperton 1 episode: "The Rich Boy"
1962 National Velvet Mercutio 1 episode: "The Star"
1962 Wagon Train Larry Gill 1 episode:" The John Bernard Show"
1962–1963 Ensign O'Toole Seaman Spicer 32 episodes
1963 Ben Casey Larry Masterson 2 episodes
1964 The Eleventh Hour Leonard 1 episode: "Cannibal Plants, They Eat You Alive"
1964 Combat! Orville Putnam 1 episode: "The Short Day of Private Putnam"
1964 My Three Sons Howard Sears 2 episodes
1965 Twelve O'Clock High Cpl. Steven Corbett 1 episode: "Then Came the Mighty Hunter"
1966 Gunsmoke Jason 1 episode: "My Father's Guitar"
1966 The Loner Johnny Sharp 2 episodes
1967 Bonanza Horace 1 episode: "Justice"
1967 Cimarron Strip Billie Joe Show 1 episode: "Legend of Jud Starr"
1980 United States Richard Chapin 13 episodes
1991 Tales from the Crypt Dr. Martin Fairbanks 1 episode: "Abra Cadaver"
1993–1994 Harts of the West Dave Heart 15 episodes
1995 The Outer Limits Dr. Simon Kress 1 episode: "The Sandkings"
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1998 Maximum Bob Judge Bob Gibbs 7 episodes
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Hayden Adam 1 episode: "Every Little Bit Alps"
2002 Will & Grace Daniel McFarland 1 episode: "Moveable Feast"
2001–2003 The Agency Tom Gage 32 episodes
2005 Into the West Stephen Hoxie 1 episode: "Manifest Destiny"
2005–2007 Stargate SG-1 Major General Hank Landry 40 episodes
2005–2006 Stargate: Atlantis Major General Hank Landry 5 episodes
2005–2006 American Dad! Various 3 episodes
2005–2008 My Name Is Earl Carl Hickey 7 episodes
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2009 Desperate Housewives Eli Scruggs 1 episode: "The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened"
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2009 The Closer Detective George Andrews 1 episode: "Make Over"
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2011 Brothers & Sisters Nick Brody 5 episodes
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2011–2012 Franklin & Bash Leonard Franklin 3 episodes
2011–2012 White Collar Agent Kramer 3 episodes
2013 The Goodwin Games Benjamin Goodwin 7 episodes
2013 Masters of Sex Barton Scully Recurring cast member
Pending—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2013 The Millers Tom Miller Main role

References[edit]

  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. ^ http://www.uscg.mil/history/faqs/beaubridges.asp U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office website
  7. ^ Ross, Robyn. Beau Bridges Joins Cast of Rockford Files", TV Guide, 19 March 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/07/29/bianco-the-millers-cbs-tca-press-tour-will-arnett-margo-martindale-beau-bridges/2595993/
  9. ^ "Primetime Emmy Award Database". Emmys.com. 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". navy.mil. September 23, 2011. 

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