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Jeff Bridges

Birth Name: 
Jeffrey Leon Bridges
Birthday: 
Sunday, December 4, 1949
Birth Place: 
Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 
6' 1"

The son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges, Jeff was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, and grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up unbilled alongside their mother in the film The Company She Keeps (1951), and appeared on occasion with their famous dad on his popular underwater TV series "Sea Hunt" (1958) while growing up. At age 14, Jeff toured with his father in a stage production of "Anniversary Waltz". The "troublesome teen" years proved just that for Jeff and his parents were compelled at one point to intervene when problems with drugs and marijuana got out of hand.

He recovered and began shaping his nascent young adult career appearing on TV as a younger version of his father in the acclaimed TV-movie Silent Night, Lonely Night (1969) (TV), and in the strange Burgess Meredith film The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go (1970). Following fine notices for his portrayal of a white student caught up in the racially-themed Halls of Anger (1970), his career-maker arrived just a year later when he earned a coming-of-age role in the critically-acclaimed ensemble film The Last Picture Show (1971). The Peter Bogdanovich- helmed film made stars out off its young leads (Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd) and Oscar winners out of its older cast (Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman). The role, for which Jeff received an Oscar-nomination (for "best supporting actor") set the tone for the types of roles Jeff would acquaint himself with his fans -- rambling, reckless, rascally and usually unpredictable).

Owning a casual carefree handsomeness and armed with a perpetual grin and sly charm, he started immediately on an intriguing 70s sojourn into offbeat filming. Chief among them were his boxer on his way up opposite a declining Stacy Keach in Fat City (1972); his Civil War-era conman in the western Bad Company (1972); his redneck stock car racer in The Last American Hero (1973); his young student anarchist opposite a stellar veteran cast in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh (1973); his bank-robbing (also Oscar-nominated) sidekick to Clint Eastwood in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974); his aimless cattle rustler in Rancho Deluxe (1975); his low-level western writer who wants to be a real-life cowboy in Hearts of the West (1975); and his brother of an assassinated President who pursues leads to the crime in Winter Kills (1979). All are simply marvelous characters that should have propelled him to the very top rungs of stardom...but strangely didn't.

Perhaps it was his trademark ease and naturalistic approach that made him somewhat under appreciated at that time when Hollywood was run by a Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino-like intensity. Neverthless, Jeff continued to be a scene-stealing favorite into the next decade, notably as the video game programmer in the 1982 sci-fi cult classic TRON (1982), and the struggling musician brother vying with brother Beau Bridges over the attentions of sexy singer Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). Jeff became a third-time Oscar nominee with his highly intriguing (and strangely sexy) portrayal of a blank-faced alien in "Starman" (1986), and earned high regard as the ever-optimistic inventor Preston Tucker in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988).

Since then Jeff has continued to pour on the Bridges magic on film. Few enjoy such an enduring popularity while maintaining equal respect with the critics. The Fisher King (1991), American Heart (1992), Fearless (1993), The Big Lebowski (1998) and The Contender (2000) (a fourth Oscar nomination) are prime examples. More recently he seized the moment as a bald-pated villain as Robert Downey Jr.'s nemesis in Iron Man (2008).

Jeff has been married since 1977 to non-professional Susan Geston (they met on the set of Rancho Deluxe (1975)). The couple have three daughters, Isabelle (born 1981), Jessica (born 1983), and Hayley (born 1985). He hobbies as a photographer on and off his film sets, and has been known to play around as a cartoonist and pop musician.

Awards and Nominations

2001 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (The Contender)
1985 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Starman)
1975 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot)
1972 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (The Last Picture Show)

News

Jeff Bridges in Final Talks to Star Opposite Ryan Reynolds in 'R.I.P.D.'

Jeff Bridges is final negotiations to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D., Universal's supernatural action comedy about a ghost-busting police force. Bridges steps into the role that was to have been occupied by Zach Galifianakis, but the comedian ultimately never sealed the deal.... Read more
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'Tron: Legacy' full length trailer debuts

A day after Jeff Bridges won the Best Actor trophy for his work in 'Crazy Heart', Disney debuts the full length trailer to the sequel to his seminal sci fi flick, Tron.  In "Tron: Legacy", the 3D story follows Sam Flynn, who looks into the disappearance of his father, Kevin Flynn (reprised by Bri... Read more
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First Look: Jeff Bridges As Tron: Legacy's Kevin 'Bad' Flynn

Capitalizing on the excitement of today’s Oscar news, Disney has made available this still from December’s Tron: Legacy, in which Kevin Flynn is followed by his son into the dayglo cyberverse prison he’s called home for nearly a quarter-century.... Read more
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The Dude in True Grit Talks

In what is shaping up as a potential “Big Lebowski” reunion, Jeff Bridges is in discussions with Paramount to star for Joel and Ethan Coen in “True Grit,” playing the role that won John Wayne an Oscar in the 1969 film. ... Read more
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Reviews

The Big Lebowski (BLU-RAY)

The Dude abides.  Shut the *%&$ up Donnie!  This isn’t ‘Nam, Dude, there are rules.  Nihilists? That must be exhausting.... Read more
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True Grit (BLU-RAY)

The Coen Brothers take on a classic western, remaking a version that skews closer to the original text. Factor in some amazing actors (Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin) and one phenomenal performance from first timer Hailee Steinfeld and you’ve got the recipe for all-around awesome film.... Read more
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TRON: Legacy/TRON: Original Classic 2-Movie Collection (BLU-RAY)

The Tron series (with two films, an upcoming cartoon, and multiple video games, I think we’re safe calling this a “series”) is an interesting beast. The original film was certainly groundbreaking from an effects standpoint when it was released in 1982.... Read more
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The Last Unicorn (BLU-RAY)

Peter S. Beagles fantastic fantasy tale of The Last Unicorn lives on with this Blu-Ray release which boasts not one but two audio soundtracks, for the first time ever a commentary track by Beagle himself, and a High Definition picture that goes above and beyond the films lackluster DVD releases.... Read more
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True Grit

True Grit is a Coen brothers remake of the 1969 John Wayne classic.... Read more
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Videos

Seventh Son (Trailer #2)

Seventh Son (Trailer #2)

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The Giver (Lose Him)

The Giver (Lose Him)

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The Giver (Rescue Gabe)

The Giver (Rescue Gabe)

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The Giver (Something More)

The Giver (Something More)

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The Giver (The Girl Had A Name)

The Giver (The Girl Had A Name)

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