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Born: Dec. 4, 1949 Los Angeles, California, USA
Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4th, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. His father was actor Lloyd Bridges and he and older brother Beau followed in their dad’s footsteps. He made his screen debut at the ripe old age of four months in 1951’s The Company She Keeps, playing Jane Greer’s son.
He and Beau often had small parts in their father’s TV series Sea Hunt and The Lloyd Bridges Show when he was a young man. He would be seen in several TV show guest spots before transitioning into feature films.
He appeared in 1970’s The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go and Halls of Anger, and received critical acclaim and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role of Duane Jackson in Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 ensemble piece, The Last Picture Show. That was followed in 1972 by roles in John Huston’s Fat City and Robert Benton’s Bad Company.
He played stock-car legend Junior Jackson in 1973’s The Last American Hero and worked with Robert Ryan, Fredric March and Lee Marvin in John Frankenheimer’s The Iceman Cometh.
Another Oscar nomination came Jeff’s way in 1974, when he starred opposite Clint Eastwood in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. After a critically-slammed King Kong remake with Jessica Lange in 1976, Bridges closed out the decade with Somebody Killed Her Husband in 1978 and Winter Kills in 1979.
Jeff started off the Eighties with the epic flop of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate. That was followed by 1981’s Cutter’s Way, ‘82’s TRON and Kiss Me Goodbye and 84’s Against All Odds and Starman, the latter earning him a Best Actor nomination from the Academy.
1985’s Jagged Edge, with Glenn Close, was a big box office success for Bridges. He followed that with 8 Million Ways to Die and The Morning After before playing Preston Tucker in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tucker: The Man and His Dream in 1988, a role that teamed him with his father. Bridges would team up with brother Beau and Michelle Pfeiffer in 1989’s The Fabulous Baker Boys. He followed that with American Heart and The Vanishing before getting yet another Oscar nod for his role in Fearless. That was followed with a role opposite Tommy Lee Jones in 1994’s Blown Away and Wild Bill in 1995.
1996 saw him in Ridley Scott’s White Squall and opposite Barbra Streisand in the romantic comedy The Mirror Has Two Faces. He achieved cult hero status playing The Dude in the Coen Brother’s 1998 film The Big Lebowski. A busy 1999 saw him work with Tim Robbins in Arlington Road, Sharon Stone and Albert Brooks in The Muse and Stone and Nick Nolte in Simpatico.
Bridges appeared in 2004’s The Door in the Floor before re-teaming with Terry Gilliam for Tideland in 2005. He played a gymnastics coach in 2006’s Stick It and voiced a surfing penguin for 2007’s Surf’s Up.
Jeff had a full and productive 2009. He was in The Open Road with Justin Timberlake, A Dog Year with Lauren Ambrose, The Men Who Stare at Goats with George Clooney, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey and Crazy Heart with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall. The latter film earned Bridges a lot of attention during the awards season.
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