University of Southern California
Arkansas Teachers College
Wrote final screenplay, "White Hunter Black Heart"
Directed final film, "Bright Lights, Big City," starring Michael J. Fox
Co-wrote and directed aerobics-themed romantic drama "Perfect," starring Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta
Wrote and directed mystery "Mike's Murder," starring Debra Winger
Wrote and directed country-themed drama "Urban Cowboy," starring John Travolta and Debra Winger
Wrote and directed thriller "The China Syndrome"
Wrote and directed "September 30th, 1955"
Wrote and directed hit film "The Paper Chase"
Wrote and directed "The Baby Maker"
Wrote first film as solo writer, "The Forbin Project"
Co-wrote first feature film, "The Appaloosa"
Wrote 18 episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and 14 TV movies
Made film acting debut in "Johnny Trouble"; met longtime partner Jack Larson on set
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.
Bridges threatened to leave the production of "Urban Cowboy" after the studio balked at casting Debra Winger in what would become her breakthrough performance.