Jeff Bridges

BirthDay:

04 Dec 1949

BirthPlace:

Los Angeles, California, USA

BirthName:

Jeffrey Leon Bridges

Bio:

Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without billing, 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), 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- directed 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 part of Duane Jackson, for which Jeff received his first 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 science-fiction 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 (1984), and earned even higher 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) (now a cult phenomenon) and The Contender (2000) (which gave him 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) and then, at age 60, he capped his rewarding career by winning the elusive Oscar, plus the Golden Globe and Screen Actor Guild awards (among many others), for his down-and-out country singer Bad Blake in Crazy Heart (2009). Bridges next starred in TRON: Legacy (2010), reprising one of his more famous roles, and received another Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his role in the Western remake True Grit (2010). In 2014, he co-produced and starred in an adaptation of the Lois Lowry science fiction drama The Giver (2014).

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. His ancestry is English, as well as some Irish, Swiss-German, and German.
Filmography

Actor ( 177 credits )

Granite Mountain (2017)
The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) W.F. Gerald
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Hell or High Water (2016)
BNow! (2015)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2016)
No Sleep TV3 (2015)  Starman (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 201
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Seventh Son (2014) Master Gregory
The Giver (2014) The Giver
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Off Camera with Sam Jones (2014) (1 episode, 2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Meredith Vieira Show (2014)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
R.I.P.D. (2013) Roy
Movie Guide (2013)  Roy Pulsipher (1 episode, 2013)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Pablo (2012) Narrator (voice)
Casting By (2012) Himself
Made in New Mexico (2012) Himself
A Place at the Table (2012) Himself
Moyers & Company (2012)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2013)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Tom Friend (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
Tron: The Next Day (2011) Kevin Flynn (voice)
Piers Morgan Tonight (2011)  Himself (3 episodes, 2011)
Oprah Presents: Master Class (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
TRON: Legacy (2010) Kevin Flynn / Clu
True Grit (2010) Rooster Cogburn
Conan (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Emilio Game Show (2010)  Clu (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
Crazy Heart (2009) Bad Blake
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) Bill Django
A Dog Year (2009) Jon Katz
The Open Road (2009) Kyle
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself - Guest / ... (3 episodes, 2010-2013)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Jay Leno Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010)
The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans (2009) Himself
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) Clayton Harding
Iron Man (2008) Obadiah Stane
The Cool School (2008) Himself - Narrator
Bridge School News (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Surf's Up (2007) Zeke 'Big Z' Topanga / 'Geek' (voice)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (4 episodes, 2007-2010)
5 Second Movies (2007)  Jeffrey Lebowski - The Dude (archive footage) (1 episo
Chasing the Lotus (2006) Narrator
George Sluizer - Filmen over grenzen (2006) Himself
Stick It (2006) Burt Vickerman
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2012)
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Henry Rollins Show (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard (2006) Himself - est Graduate (archive footage)
Tideland (2005) Noah
The Amateurs (2005) Andy Sargentee
Backstage at the Bowl (2005) (voice)
Los Angeles (2005) Himself
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself - Guest / ... (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2011)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
20 to 1 (2005)  Jack Baker (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
Martha (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
California Entertainment Weekly (2005)  Himself, Singer, Producer
The Door in the Floor (2004) Ted Cole
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate (2004) Himself
Big City Dick: Richard Peterson's First Movie (2004) Himself
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2011)
CMT Insider (2004)  Himself (3 episodes, 2010)
Seabiscuit (2003) Charles Howard
Masked and Anonymous (2003) Tom Friend
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2013)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (4 episodes, 2004-2014)
Lost in La Mancha (2002) Narrator (voice)
Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (2002) Himself - Narrator (voice)
Scenes of the Crime (2001) Jimmy Berg
K-PAX (2001) Dr. Mark Powell
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Anatomy of a Scene (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Nulle part ailleurs cinéma (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
The Contender (2000) President Jackson Evans
Breakfast (2000)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
Simpatico (1999) Lyle Carter
The Muse (1999) Jack Warrick
Arlington Road (1999) Michael Faraday
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
The Directors (1999)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1999)
The Big Lebowski (1998) Jeffrey Lebowski - The Dude
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Metropolis (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) Gregory Larkin
White Squall (1996) Captain Christopher 'Skipper' Sheldon
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1996-2000)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 2000-2013)
Scene by Scene (1996) (1 episode, 2001)
Wild Bill (1995) James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok
Blown Away (1994) James 'Jimmy' Dove / Liam McGivney
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Dennis Miller Live (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Extra (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
Fearless (1993) Max Klein
The Vanishing (1993) Barney Cousins
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Good Morning America Weekend Edition (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
American Heart (1992) Jack Kelson
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2003)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself / ... (1 episode, 1998)
The Fisher King (1991) Jack
Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991) Himself
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest / ... (5 episodes, 2001-2013)
Texasville (1990) Duane Jackson
Hollywood Mavericks (1990) Duane Jackson (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) Jack Baker
Cold Feet (1989) Bartender (uncredited)
See You in the Morning (1989) Larry Livingstone
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) Preston Tucker
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2013)
Nadine (1987) Vernon Hightower
Biography (1987)  Barney Cousins / ... (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
The Morning After (1986) Turner Kendall
King Kong Lives (1986) Jack Prescott (archive footage) (uncredited)
8 Million Ways to Die (1986) Scudder
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (3 episodes, 2010)
Jagged Edge (1985) Jack Forrester
American Masters (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2010)
Starman (1984) Starman
Against All Odds (1984) Terry Brogan
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (4 episodes, 2004-2011)
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) Rupert
The Last Unicorn (1982) Prince Lir (voice)
TRON (1982) Kevin Flynn / Clu
Faerie Tale Theatre (1982)  Claude / ... (1 episode, 1983)
Cutter's Way (1981) Richard Bone
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (14 episodes, 2007-2010)
Heaven's Gate (1980) John L. Bridges
The American Success Company (1980) Harry
ABC News Nightline (1980)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Winter Kills (1979) Nick Kegan
Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978) Jerry Green
King Kong (1976) Jack Prescott
Stay Hungry (1976) Craig Blake
Hearts of the West (1975) Lewis Tater aka Neddy Wales
Rancho Deluxe (1975) Jack McKee
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Various / ... (2 episodes, 1983-2010)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Lightfoot
Dinah! (1974)  Himself (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
The Iceman Cometh (1973) Don Parritt
The Last American Hero (1973) Elroy Jackson Jr.
Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973) Zack Feather
The Moviemakers (1973) Himself
Bad Company (1972) Jake Rumsey
Fat City (1972) Ernie
The Last Picture Show (1971) Duane Jackson
Great Performances (1971)  Michael Loomis (story 'The Girls in Their Summer Dress
Parkinson (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go (1970) Nero Finnegan (as Jeffrey Bridges)
Halls of Anger (1970) Doug
The Most Deadly Game (1970)  Hawk (1 episode, 1970)
The F.B.I. (1965)  Terry Shelton (1 episode, 1969)
The Loner (1965)  Bud Windom (1 episode, 1965)
The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962)  Charlie / ... (3 episodes, 1962-1963)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
Sea Hunt (1958)  Boy / ... (4 episodes, 1958-1960)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954)  Neighbor (uncredited) (1 episode, 1986)
Lassie (1954)  Cal Baker (uncredited) (1 episode, 1969)
Today (1952)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
The Company She Keeps (1951) Infant at Train Station (uncredited)
Erskine Johnson's Hollywood Reel (1949)  Himself
The Little Prince (0) The Aviator (voice)
The Emperor's Children (0) Murray Thwaite

Producer ( 3 credits )

The Giver (2014) producer
Crazy Heart (2009) executive producer
American Heart (1992) producer