James Bridges

Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
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Born: 02/03/1936 in Paris, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Writer (14)

White Hunter, Black Heart 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Perfect 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mike's Murder 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Urban Cowboy 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The China Syndrome 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Paper Chase 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Writer

9/30/55 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Paper Chase 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

When Michael Calls 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Women in Limbo 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Colossus: The Forbin Project 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Baby Maker 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Appaloosa 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Writer
Director (8)

Bright Lights, Big City 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Perfect 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Mike's Murder 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Urban Cowboy 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The China Syndrome 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

9/30/55 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Paper Chase 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Baby Maker 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (5)

Fire and Ice 1983 (Movie)

of Subhuman (Voice)

Faces 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Woman Called Moses (TV Show)

Actor

First the Egg (TV Show)

Actor

The Rag Tag Champs (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Perfect 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Relationships

Jack Larson Actor

Companion
Acted with Bridges in "Johnny Trouble"

Celestine Wiggins

Mother
survived him

Mary Wiggins

Sister
survived him

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

Arkansas Teachers College

Arkansas

Milestones

1990

Wrote final screenplay, "White Hunter Black Heart"

1988

Directed final film, "Bright Lights, Big City," starring Michael J. Fox

1985

Co-wrote and directed aerobics-themed romantic drama "Perfect," starring Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta

1984

Wrote and directed mystery "Mike's Murder," starring Debra Winger

1980

Wrote and directed country-themed drama "Urban Cowboy," starring John Travolta and Debra Winger

1979

Wrote and directed thriller "The China Syndrome"

1977

Wrote and directed "September 30th, 1955"

1973

Wrote and directed hit film "The Paper Chase"

1969

Wrote and directed "The Baby Maker"

1968

Wrote first film as solo writer, "The Forbin Project"

1966

Co-wrote first feature film, "The Appaloosa"

1962

Wrote 18 episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and 14 TV movies

1957

Made film acting debut in "Johnny Trouble"; met longtime partner Jack Larson on set

Bonus Trivia

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Bridges worked as a stage director with John Houseman's UCLA Theater Group in the 1960s. In 1999, the film theater in UCLA's Melnitz Hall was renamed the James Bridges Theater.

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Bridges threatened to leave the production of "Urban Cowboy" after the studio balked at casting Debra Winger in what would become her breakthrough performance.

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