Jeff Bridges

Actor, Producer, Songwriter
For decades, referring to Jeff Bridges as one of Hollywood's "most underrated actors" was something of a clich, as this second-generation performer was hailed for eschewing flashy blockbuster roles in favor of more ... Read more »
Born: 12/03/1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (119)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

Seventh Son 2015 (Movie)

Master Gregory (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Giver 2014 (Movie)

The Giver (Actor)

A Place at the Table 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

R.I.P.D. 2013 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

Spike Guys Choice 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

A Dog Year 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Tron: Legacy 2010 (Movie)

Kevin Flynn/Clu (Actor)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

Rooster Cogburn (Actor)

Crazy Heart 2009 (Movie)

Bad Blake (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009 (Movie)

Bill Django (Actor)

The Open Road 2009 (Movie)

Kyle (Actor)

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People 2008 (Movie)

Clayton Harding (Actor)

Iron Man 2008 (Movie)

Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger (Actor)

Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cool School 2008 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Surf's Up 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Big Z/Geek (Actor)

The Amateurs 2007 (Movie)

Andy Sargentee (Actor)

Stick It 2006 (Movie)

Burt Vickerman (Actor)

Tideland 2006 (Movie)

Noah (Actor)

Hollywood Home Movies 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Door in the Floor 2004 (Movie)

Ted Cole (Actor)

Big City Dick: Richard Peterson's First Movie 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Lost in La Mancha 2003 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)

Tom Friend (Actor)

Scenes of the Crime 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

Charles Howard (Actor)

Jeff Bridges: Building Bridges 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jessica Lange: On Her Own Terms 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West 2002 (Movie)

(Narrator)

100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

K-Pax 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Mark Powell (Actor)

1st Annual Laureus Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Contender 2000 (Movie)

President Jackson Evans (Actor)

Arlington Road 1999 (Movie)

Michael Faraday (Actor)

Simpatico 1999 (Movie)

Lyle Carter (Actor)

The Muse 1999 (Movie)

Jack Warrick (Actor)

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lloyd Bridges 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski (Actor)

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 (Movie)

Gregory Larkin (Actor)

White Squall 1996 (Movie)

Sheldon (Actor)

Wild Bill 1995 (Movie)

James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok (Actor)

Blown Away 1994 (Movie)

Jimmy Dove (Actor)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

American Heart 1993 (Movie)

Jack Keely (Actor)

Fearless 1993 (Movie)

Max Klein (Actor)

The Vanishing 1993 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

Jack Lucas (Actor)

Texasville 1990 (Movie)

Duane Jackson (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Feet 1989 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

See You in the Morning 1989 (Movie)

Larry Livingston (Actor)

Superstars and Their Moms 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

Jack Baker (Actor)

Tucker: the Man and His Dream 1988 (Movie)

Preston Tucker (Actor)

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Nadine 1987 (Movie)

Vernon Hightower (Actor)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

8 Million Ways to Die 1986 (Movie)

Scudder (Actor)

The Morning After 1986 (Movie)

Turner Kendall (Actor)

Jagged Edge 1985 (Movie)

Jack Forrester (Actor)

Against All Odds 1984 (Movie)

Terry Brogan (Actor)

Starman 1984 (Movie)

Starman (Actor)

Kiss Me Goodbye 1982 (Movie)

Rupert (Actor)

The Last Unicorn 1982 (Movie)

of Prince Lir (Voice)

Tron 1982 (Movie)

Clu (Actor)

Cutter's Way 1981 (Movie)

Richard Bone (Actor)

Heaven's Gate 1980 (Movie)

John H Bridges (Actor)

American Success Company 1978 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Somebody Killed Her Husband 1978 (Movie)

Jerry Green (Actor)

Winter Kills 1978 (Movie)

Nick Kegan (Actor)

King Kong 1976 (Movie)

Jack Prescott (Actor)

Stay Hungry 1976 (Movie)

Craig Blake (Actor)

Hearts of the West 1975 (Movie)

Lewis Tater (Actor)

Rancho Deluxe 1975 (Movie)

Jack McKee (Actor)

Thunderbolt And Lightfoot 1974 (Movie)

Lightfoot (Actor)

Bad Company 1972 (Movie)

Jake Rumsey (Actor)

Fat City 1972 (Movie)

Ernie (Actor)

The Iceman Cometh 1972 (Movie)

Don Parritt (Actor)

The Last American Hero 1972 (Movie)

Junior Jackson (Actor)

The Lolly-Madonna War 1972 (Movie)

Zack Feather (Actor)

The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

Duane Jackson (Actor)

Halls of Anger 1970 (Movie)

Douglas (Actor)

The Lloyd Bridges Show 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden in America (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of America (TV Show)

Actor

Raising the Mammoth (TV Show)

Narrator

Silent Night, Lonely Night (TV Show)

Actor

The Thanksgiving Promise (TV Show)

Actor

What's Going On? (TV Show)

Actor
Music (7)

R.I.P.D. 2013 (Movie)

("The Better Man") (Song Performer)

Crazy Heart 2009 (Movie)

("Hold On You") (Song Performer)

Surf's Up 2007 (Movie)

("This Ukelele") (Song Performer)

Tideland 2006 (Movie)

("Van Gogh In Hollywood") (Song Performer)

The Contender 2000 (Movie)

("Ring of Fire") (Song Performer)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

("Ten Cents a Dance" "You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful and You're Mine)") (Song Performer)

The Last Unicorn 1982 (Movie)

("That's All I've Got to Say") (Song Performer)
Producer (3)

The Giver 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crazy Heart 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

American Heart 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

For decades, referring to Jeff Bridges as one of Hollywood's "most underrated actors" was something of a cliché, as this second-generation performer was hailed for eschewing flashy blockbuster roles in favor of more substantive characters. Bridges was rarely a box-office champ, but he did build a loyal following for his naturalistic performances in "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989), "The Big Lebowski" (1998) and "Crazy Heart" (2009). Though he started as a child actor alongside father Lloyd and brother Beau, he earned acclaim on his own with highly praised turns in John Huston's "Fat City" (1972), Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show" (1972) and "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot", co-starring Clint Eastwood. After enjoying a box-office hit with "King Kong" (1976), Bridges starred in one of his better-known films, "Tron" (1982), before earning high praise as the alien in "Starman" (1984). Following "Against All Odds" (1984) and "Jagged Edge" (1985), he was a cynical radio-show host in "The Fisher King" (1991) and received some of his best notices as the survivor of a plane crash in "Fearless" (1993). He went on to play White Russian-swilling slacker The Dude - his most recognized character - in "The Big Lebowski" and later excelled as a devil-may-care president in "The Contender" (2000). Having been a real-life racehorse owner in "Seabiscuit" (2003) and a comic-book villain in "Iron Man" (2008), Bridges won the Oscar for "Crazy Heart" and was nominated again for his role as the cantankerous Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit" (2010). Thanks to his everyman qualities, audiences accepted Bridges in a wide range of genres, where his talent for complex, morally ambiguous characters was so strong that the actor was often accused of playing himself.

Relationships

Haley Bridges

Daughter
Born Oct. 17, 1985; mother, Susan Bridges

Lloyd Bridges Actor

Father
Born Jan. 15, 1913; starred on the popular TV adventure series "Sea Hunt" (1957-61) and in the films, "Sahara" (1943), "High Noon" (1952), "Airplane!" (1980) and "Hot Shots!" (1991) Died March 10, 1998

Susan Bridges Actor

Wife
Bridges spotted her at a Montana restaurant where she worked as a waitress while he was filming "Rancho Deluxe" (1975) Married June 5, 1977

Beau Bridges Actor

Brother
Born Dec. 9, 1941 to Lloyd Bridges and Dorothy Dean Bridges Co-starred with brother Jeff in "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989)

Jessica Bridges

Daughter
Born June 14, 1983; mother, Susan Bridges

Dorothy Bridges Actor

Mother
Born Sept. 19, 1915 Died Feb. 16, 2009

Garrett Bridges

Brother
Born in June 1948 Died of sudden infant death syndrome in August 1948

Isabelle Bridges Actor

Daughter
Born Aug. 6, 1981; mother, Susan Bridges

Lucinda Bridges Actor

Sister
Born in 1950 to Lloyd Bridges and Dorothy Dean Bridges

Candy Clark Actor

Companion
Met during the filming of "Fat City" (1972) No longer together

EDUCATION

University High School

Los Angeles , California

Herbert Berghof Studio

New York , New York
Studied acting with Uta Hagen; school name later changed to HB Studio

Milestones

2013

Played a tough supernatural lawman in "R.I.P.D."

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role ("True Grit")

2010

Reprised role of Kevin Flynn in the sequel, "TRON: Legacy"

2010

Played Marshal Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn in the Western written and directed by the Coen brothers, "True Grit"

2009

Starred in HBO's "A Dog Year"; received an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

2009

Co-starred with George Clooney in "The Men Who Stare At Goats"

2009

Gave an Oscar winning performance as an alcoholic country music singer in "Crazy Heart"

2008

Cast as Obadiah Stane, Starks' mentor in the marvel comcis' "Iron Man"

2008

Joined the ensemble of "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People"

2007

Voiced a washed-up old surfer named Big Z in the animated film, "Surf's Up"

2006

Re-teamed with director Terry Gilliam for "Tideland"

2006

Co-starred in "The Amateurs," an independent comedy about a sleepy town that comes together to film a porno

2004

Co-starred with Kim Basinger, playing a children's book author in John Irving's "The Door in the Floor"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead

2003

Narrated the documentary "Lost in La Mancha"

2003

Co-starred as an influential millionaire in the inspiring feature "Seabiscuit"

2001

Starred as a psychiatrist treating a man convinced he's from another planet in "K-Pax"

2000

Received fourth Academy Award nomination, playing the American President in Rod Lurie's "The Contender"

1999

Released first solo album, Be Here Soon and launched Internet Web site (www.jeffbridges.com)

1999

Portrayed tightly wound, slightly paranoid history professor in the thriller "Arlington Road"

1999

Played a successful Hollywood screenwriter who introduces his friend (Albert Brooks) to "The Muse"

1997

Displayed a humorous side as 'The Dude' in the Coen Brothers' "The Big Lebowski"

1996

Starred opposite Barbra Streisand (who also directed) in "The Mirror Has Two Faces"

1996

Executive produced Showtime's "Hidden in America" starring his brother Beau

1994

Once again collaborated with his father in Stephen Hopkins' "Blown Away"

1994

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1993

Considered to be one of his best performances to date, as a plane-crash survivor in Peter Weir's "Fearless"

1992

Producing debut, "American Heart"; also starred as an ex-convict trying to do right by his son (Edward Furlong)

1991

Portrayed a radio shock-jock who seeks redemption by helping a homeless man (Robin Williams) whose life he inadvertently shattered in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King"

1990

Reprised the role of Duane Jackson in the poorly received sequel "Texasville"; directed by Bogdanovich

1989

Starred opposite brother Beau and Michelle Pfeiffer in "The Fabulous Baker Boys"

1988

Played the title role in Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"; also starred his father Lloyd Bridges

1986

Co-starred with Jane Fonda in Sidney Lumet's "The Morning After"

1985

Played a wealthy publishing magnate accused of murdering his wife in the thriller "Jagged Edge"

1984

Received first Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of an Earth-bound alien in "Starman"

1984

Appeared with Rachel Ward in "Against All Odds" a remake of the 1947 film noir "Out of the Past"

1982

Portrayed Kevin Flynn, a video game programmer in the sci-fi cult classic, "Tron"

1982

Re-teamed with Sally Field for the comedy, "Kiss Me Goodbye"

1981

Offered a fine performance as the aimless friend of a boozy, belligerant Vietnam vet (John Heard) in "Cutter's Way"

1980

Re-teamed with Cimino for the disastrous "Heaven's Gate"

1979

Acted in two films directed by William Richert, "Winter Kills" and "The American Success Company"

1976

Co-starred with Jessica Lange and Charles Grodin in the remake of the 1933 classic, "King Kong"

1975

First collaboration with actress, Sally Field in Bob Rafelson's "Stay Hungry"

1974

Received second Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his role in Michael Cimino's "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot"

1973

Offered a supporting turn in John Frankenheimer's "The Iceman Cometh"; adapted from the Eugene O'Neill play

1972

Appeared in the obscure indie film "The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go" written and directed by Burgess Meredith

1970

Breakthrough film role, playing Texas roughneck Duane Jackson in Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show"; garnered first Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination

1969

First significant acting role in "Halls of Anger" playing a white student bused to a black school

1968

Acted in the NBC movie, "Silent Night, Lonely Night" playing his father's character as a young man

1968

Sang his own song, "Lost in Space" on the soundtrack for the film "John and Mary"

1964

Toured New England in stock company production of "Anniversary Waltz"

1957

Appeared on father Lloyd Bridges' syndicated TV series "Sea Hunt"

1950

First film appearance at age four months in "The Company She Keeps" as the infant in Jane Greer's arms

Was an occasional performer with brother Beau on "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (CBS)

Fulfilled military service requirement in the Coast Guard reserve

Bonus Trivia

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Bridges heads his own production company called As Is Productions.

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"There are still waters that run very deep in him. On the set when we were working, he showed the ultimate respect of one actor for another. He saw you, heard you and was totally repsonsive through every take." - actress, Mercedes Ruehl on working with Bridges to The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 24, 1991

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"Look, I know there are articles about how underappreciated I am, how I'm not a big enough star. I've read them. But I Feel appreciated. I'm having a GREAT career. I'm getting paid a lot of money. I'm getting a variety of roles. I'm doing what I want to do. What's the problem?" - Bridges to Entertainment Weekly, July 15, 1994

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"I am lucky because I haven't had any huge box-office hits, and yet I'm able to work with great directors, actors and writers. Maybe it's because I don't have a strong screen persona. I try to play a mix of characters and to do a variety of films." - Bridges quoted in Time Out New York, Dec. 6, 1995

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Bridges has exhibited his paintings and photographs in galleries in Los Angeles and Montana.

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"He was a pro when I met him, and he's only gotten better with the years. I'd work with him on every picture if I could. What can I say? I love the guy." - director, Peter Bogdanovich in the New York Post, March 3, 1998

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"My first memory of acting was being thrown off the Malibu pier into ice-cold water and having to recite my lines [for a guest spot on 'Sea Hunt' at age 8]. He [Lloyd Bridges] taught me all the basics of acting when I was just a little kid. I remember him sitting me up on the bed and going through it all for hours at a time. He was definitely my teacher."We called my mother the General because she held it all together. My mom, being so grounded and having such a secure base, allowed my father to be a kite. She would hold the string and he'd go flying out into the wind. That's the example I take of how they did it." - Bridges quoted in People magazine, July 26, 1999

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"I've been writing music since I was a teenager and jamming with my buddies all through the years, and there was a while there much earlier on in my life when I thought I might pursue music as my career. I always take a guitar and keyboard to different movie [sets] and have always written songs." - from the Chicago Sun-Times, March 19, 2000

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Bridges on accusations that his album is a vanity project: "Some people will think that. I guess you could look at it that way. Vanity? I dig my music, I love to play music more than I love listening to it. I get so much joy from my music that I guess it is a vanity project. But the proof is in the album and everyone has to make their own assessment of it." - quoted in the New York Post, Feb. 25, 2000

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Jeff Bridges' official web site, which features his music and visual art pieces as well as commentary on his acting, is accessible via www.jeffbridges.com

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"I really like it the way it is. It's kind of great. Yes, there's a downside to, you know, fame and all that stuff not only can it hassle your private life but I think as far as the work goes I really enjoy kind of disappearing into the character, not having too strong a persona." - Bridges to Larry King on CNN's "Larry King Live" on Nov. 16, 2003

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"For a long while I kind of resisted going into acting, and part of that reason was that my dad [Lloyd Bridges] was a well-established actor, and I thought I was just getting work because my dad got me in the door. That's the toughest part about acting, I think, getting your foot in the door, and my father certainly handled some of that for me." - Bridges to Premiere magazine, July/August 2004

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