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Jeff Bridges is American actor. A recipient of the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award.

Background

Bridges, Jeff was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, United States. As the son of actor Lloyd Bridges (and the younger brother of Beau), he did the odd Sea Hunt as a child.

Education

After military academy and the Coast Guard, he became a regular actor.

Career

He has paid his dues: Halls of Anger (70, Paul Bogart); The Last American Hero (73, Lamont Johnson); Lolly Madonna XXX (73, Richard C. Sarafian); Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (74, Michael Cimino); Stay Hungry (76, Bob Rafelson); King Kong (76, John Guillermin); Somebody Killed Her Husband (IS, Johnson); two William Richert films—Winter Kills (79) and The American Success Company (79); as “Nick Ray” in Heaven’s Gate (80, Cimino); Kiss Me Goodbye (82, Robert Mulligan); Tron (82,

Steven Lisberger); actually filling a Mitchum role in Against All Odds (84, Taylor Hackford); 8 Million Ways to Die (86, Hal Ashby); The Morning After (86, Sidney Lumet); nicely comic and foolish in Nadine (87, Robert Benton); See You iu the Morning (89, Alan Pakula); Texasville (90, Peter Bogdanovich); and The Fisher King (91, Terry Gilliam).

On the other hand, he lias always been ready for better material. He was wonderfully brash as Duane in the original The Last Picture Show (71, Bogdanovich)—it has often been his choice to play someone none too bright, and to do it easily and openly, without coyness or pathos. He was brilliant as the punk fighter in Fat City (72, John Huston); indeed, he brought Brando to mind at moments. Bad Company (72, Benton) was excellent. He rose to the challenge of Frankenheimers TV The Iceman Cometh (73). He was very good in Rancho Deluxe (75, Frank Perry) and Hearts of the West (75, Howard Zieff).

But in the eighties, he turned in a number of performances that had a unique character: in Cutter's Way (81, Ivan Passer) he was utterly candid as the wastrel who longs to be better, heartbreaking in a great film; Starman (84. John Carpenter) was a brave venture; in Jagged Edge (85, Richard Marquand) he was truly deceptive; in Tucker (88, Francis Coppola), he had a manic exuberance that could have been learned from his director; and in The Fabulous Baker Boys (89, Steve Kloves) he w'as, at last, at Mitchum level—adult, pained, resigned, and angelic.

It would be pretty to think that in the next few years, as Bridges passes fifty, Hollyood will understand his tine potential.

He took big risks as the villain in The Vanishing (92, George Sluizer), and in American Heaii (93, Martin Bell). He was at his very best as the stunned survivor in Fearless (93, Peter Weir) but just stunned in Blown Away (94, Stephen Hopkins).

The prettv hope turned to ash. He grows deeper, stronger and more ironic as an actor. He is a model of stoicism, and a guarantee of the forlorn.

Personality

Jeff Bridges is as close as the modern era has come to Robert Mitchum. Which is to say that Bridges works steadily, without any show of self-importance or dedication, his natural sourness or skepticism picking up weariness with the years. He was never as handsome as Mitchum, nor does he seem quite as ready to admit aging. He does not seem capable of The Night of the Hunter, Track of the Cat, or Cape Fear Still, Bridges’s reliability, his skill and his hangdog, wounded grace are very appealing in an era of self-gloning superstars.

Connections

Married Susan Bridges.

father:
Lloyd Bridges

mother:
Dorothy Bridges

spouse:
Susan