Bridges (right) and George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents' Dinner
May 22, 1963|
|Died||March 3, 2012
Los Angeles, California
Steve Bridges (May 22, 1963 – March 3, 2012) was an American comedian, impressionist, and actor who was known for his impressions of political leaders Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and TV characters such as Barney Fife and Homer Simpson, broadcasters Tom Brokaw, Paul Harvey and Rush Limbaugh.
In 2006, he appeared alongside President George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, mimicking the president by voicing the president's "inner thoughts" during Bush's presidential speech. His accurate portrayal of Bush led to Bridges being cast as the president in episodes of both JAG and its spin-off, NCIS.
On March 3, 2012, Bridges was found dead by his maid in his Los Angeles home after he failed to return a call the day before. According to his agent, Bridges had just returned from performing in Hong Kong and went to bed complaining that he felt "super-jetlagged". His death was ruled an accident, with the probable cause “upper airway anaphylaxis” from a severe allergic reaction.
- Nurses (1994) as Torrance
- The District (2000)
- ER (2001) as Leone
- Lange Flate Ballær 2 (2008) as General of the U.S. Navy
As George W. Bush
- JAG episode "Dangerous Game" (2002)
- "The Nick Cannon Show" episode "Nick Takes Over a Wedding" (2002)
- NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service episode "Yankee White" (2003)
- Whoopi episode "The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" (2003)
- George Lopez (2003)
- Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy (2005)
- Merry F#%$in' Christmas (2005)
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- White House Correspondents Dinner (2006)
- Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One For the Road (Yankee Doody Dandy segment)
- The View (May 29, 2006)
- Larry King Live (2006)
- Lange Flate Ballær II (2008) (Norwegian movie)
- I Love the New Millennium (2008)
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- "Family announces results of coroner's report". Stevebridges.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24.