James Bridges

Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
Began his career as an actor in the late 1950s, wrote many shows for TV (including 18 episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents") and received his first feature credit in 1966, as co-writer of "The Appaloosa". Bridges made ... Read more »
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)

Biography

Began his career as an actor in the late 1950s, wrote many shows for TV (including 18 episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents") and received his first feature credit in 1966, as co-writer of "The Appaloosa". Bridges made his directing debut with "The Baby Maker" (1970), a finely observed film about a middle-class couple who hire a hippy to bear their child after the wife discovers she is infertile.

Not a prolific director, Bridges wrote the screenplays for all but the last of the eight films he made between 1970 and 1988. He hit his peak with "The China Syndrome" (1979), a suspenseful and potent indictment of both the nuclear power industry and the electronic media starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas. Bridges also helmed the popular John Travolta vehicle "Urban Cowboy" (1980) which, despite a weak storyline, affectionately captured its Texas milieu. "The Paper Chase" (1973) was a highly praised law-school drama that earned John Houseman an Oscar; "Mike's Murder" (1982) was a muddled, messy thriller; and "Perfect!" (1985) was a superficial flop. Bridges replaced Joyce Chopra as director of what proved to be his last film, the screen adaptation of Jay McInerney's sobering account of a "cocaine yuppie", "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988).

Relationships

Jack Larson

Companion
best known for playing Jimmy Olsen on "The Adventures of Superman" (1953-57) acted with Bridges in "Johnny Trouble" (1957) together for 35 years associate producer of Bridges's "Mike's Murder" (1982) and co-producer of "Perfect" (1985) survived him

Celestine Wiggins

Mother
survived him

Mary Wiggins

Sister
survived him

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

Arkansas Teachers College

Arkansas

Milestones

1990

Last film credit, co-writing the screenplay (with Burt Kennedy) of "White Hunter, Black Heart"

1988

Last film as director, "Bright Lights, Big City", replacing Joyce Chopra

1985

First film as producer, "Perfect!", Which he also directed and co-wrote

1969

Film directing debut (also writer), "The Baby Maker"

1968

First film as solo writer, "The Forbin Project"

1966

First feature film as co-writer, "The Appaloosa"

1962

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

1957

Film acting debut, "Johnny Trouble"

Wrote episodes of the CBS drama series, "The Paper Chase", based on his earlier film

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