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.