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Jeff Bridges
Birthname Jeffrey Leon Bridges
Gender Male
Date of birth December 4, 1949
Place of birth Los Angeles, California, USA
Awards 1984 Saturn Award for Best Actor - Starman, 2010 Oscar Award for Best Actor - Crazy Heart
Character(s) Kevin Flynn, Clu, Clu 2
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Jeff Bridges (born December 4, 1949) is an Academy Award-winning American actor best known for portraying the character Kevin Flynn (and his programs, Clu & Clu 2) in TRON and TRON: Legacy.

Biography[edit | edit source]

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Personal life[edit | edit source]

Jeff Bridges was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Dorothy Dean (née Simpson) and actor Lloyd Bridges.[1] He has two older brothers, Beau and Garrett, and one younger sister, Lucinda. His brother, Garrett, died of sudden infant death syndrome on August 3, 1948. He shared a close relationship with his brother, actor Beau Bridges, who acted as a surrogate father during his earlier life when their real father was busy with work.[2] He is an uncle of Jordan Bridges. He married Susan Geston on June 5. He met Geston during the shooting of the movie Rancho Delux which was filmed on a ranch where Geston worked as a maid.[3] The couple have three daughters: Isabelle (b. 6 August 1981), Jessica Lily (b. 14 June 1983), and Hayley Roselouise (b. 17 October 1985). He is also a known marijuana user; in an interview, he admitted to ceasing smoking during filming of The Big Lebowski, but has not "permanently kicked the habit."[4]

Film career[edit | edit source]

Bridges's first major role was in the 1971 movie The Last Picture Show for which he garnered a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was nominated again for the same award for his performance opposite Clint Eastwood in the 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. One of his better known roles was in the 1982 science fiction cult classic TRON, in which he played Kevin Flynn, a video game programmer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1984 for playing the alien in Starman. He was also acclaimed for his roles in the thriller Against All Odds and the crime drama Jagged Edge. His role in Fearless is recognized by some critics to be one of his best performances. One critic dubbed it a masterpiece;[5] Pauline Kael wrote that he 'may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived'.[6] He also appeared as "The Dude" in the Coen Brothers' classic cult film The Big Lebowski.

In 2000, Bridges was nominated for his fourth Academy-Award for his role in The Contender. He also starred in the 2005 Terry Gilliam movie Tideland, his second with the director (the first being 1991's The Fisher King). He played the role of Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger in the 2008 Marvel motion picture, Iron Man.[7]

In July 2008, he was shown in the Comic Con teaser for TRON: Legacy, the sequel to TRON, leading fans to assume he would once again reprise the role of Flynn from the 1982 classic film.

In 2010, he won first (and only, to date) Academy Award. The award came in the Best Actor category for his role as Otis "Bad" Blake in the 2009 film "Crazy Heart." The following year, he earned his sixth Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in 2010's "True Grit".

Other work[edit | edit source]

In his off time while on set, he has pursued other artistic ventures. Bridges had a burgeoning interest in photography while in high school, but began seriously taking photos while on the set of Starman at the suggestion of co-star Karen Allen. He has published many of these photographs online and in print titled "Pictures: Photographs by Jeff Bridges."[8][9][10][11][12]

Bridges is also a cartoonist. Some of his "doodles" have appeared in various films, such as K-PAX and The Door in the Floor (a short story-within-story by John Irving).

Bridges narrated the documentary Lost in La Mancha (2002), a singular filmographic witness of the "unmaking" of a Terry Gilliam retelling of Don Quixote, tentatively titled The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which would have starred Johnny Depp as Sancho Panza and Jean Rochefort as the quixotic hero. Bridges has worked with Gilliam on The Fisher King and Tideland. Bridges also narrated the documentaries Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (2002, IMAX), Raising the Mammoth (2000, TV), and The Heroes of Rock and Roll (1979, TV). He also voiced the character Big Z in the animated picture Surf's Up.

Bridges has performed voice-over work as well: he was behind Hyundai 2007 "Think About It" ad campaign, and has done all of the Duracell ads in the "Trusted Everywhere" campaign (2006-current).

In the film The Contender, in which he co-starred, he recorded a version of Johnny Cash standard "Ring of Fire" that played over the beginning of the film. As of 2008, the song has not been released commercially outside of the film.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Film[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1951 The Company She Keeps Infant Uncredited
1970 Halls of Anger Douglas “Doug”
1971 The Last Picture Show Duane Jackson Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1971 The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go Nero Finnighan
1972 Fat City Ernie Munger
1972 Bad Company Jake Rumsey
1973 Lolly-Madonna XXX Zack Feather
1973 The Last American Hero Elroy Jackson Jr.
1973 The Iceman Cometh Don Parritt
1974 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Lightfoot Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1975 Rancho Deluxe Jack McKee
1975 Hearts of the West Lewis Tater
1976 Stay Hungry Craig Blake
1976 King Kong Jack Prescott
1978 Somebody Killed Her Husband Jerry Green
1979 Winter Kills Nick Kegan
1979 The American Success Company Harry Flowers
1980 Heaven's Gate John L. Bridges
1981 Cutter's Way Richard Bone
1982 Tron Kevin Flynn / CLU
1982 Kiss Me Goodbye Dr. Rupert Baines
1982 The Last Unicorn Prince Lír (voice)
1984 Against All Odds Terry Brogan
1984 Starman Scott Hayden / Starman Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
1985 Jagged Edge Jack Forrester
1986 8 Million Ways to Die Matthew "Matt" Scudder
1986 The Morning After Turner Kendall
1987 Nadine Vernon Hightower
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Preston Tucker
1989 See You in the Morning Larry Livingstone
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys Jack Baker
1990 Texasville Duane Jackson
1991 The Fisher King Jack Lucas
1992 American Heart Jack Kelson Also producer
1993 The Vanishing Barney Cousins
1993 Fearless Max Klein
1994 Blown Away Jimmy Dove / Liam McGivney
1995 Wild Bill James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok
1996 White Squall Captain Christopher "Skipper" Sheldon
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces Gregory Larkin
1998 The Big Lebowski Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski
1999 Arlington Road Michael Faraday
1999 The Muse Jack Warrick
1999 Simpatico Lyle Carter
2000 The Contender President Jackson Evans Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001 Scenes of the Crime Jimmy Berg
2001 K-PAX Dr. Mark Powell
2002 Lost in La Mancha Narrator (voice) Documentary
2003 Masked and Anonymous Tom Friend
2003 Seabiscuit Charles S. Howard
2004 The Door in the Floor Ted Cole
2005 The Amateurs Andy
2005 Tideland Noah
2006 Stick It Burt Vickerman
2007 Surf's Up Ezekiel 'Big Z' Topanga / Geek (voice)
2008 Iron Man Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Clayton Harding
2009 The Open Road Kyle
2009 Crazy Heart Otis "Bad" Blake Also executive producer; Academy Award for Best Actor
2009 Template:Sortname Bill Django
2010 Tron: Legacy Kevin Flynn / CLU 2
2010 True Grit Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
2011 Tron: The Next Day Kevin Flynn / CLU 2
2012 A Place at the Table Narrator (voice) Documentary
2013 R.I.P.D. Roycephus "Roy" Pulsipher
2013 Pablo Narrator (voice) / Professor
2014 The Giver The Giver Also producer
2014 Seventh Son Master Gregory
2015 The Little Prince The Aviator (voice)
2016 Hell or High Water Marcus Hamilton Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
2017 Dream Big Narrator (voice) Documentary
2017 The Only Living Boy in New York W.F. Gerald Also executive producer
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Champagne "Champ"
2017 Only the Brave Duane Steinbrink
2018 Bad Times at the El Royale Father Daniel Flynn / Donald "Dock" O'Reilly
2018 Living in the Future's Past Narrator (voice) Documentary; also producer
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger Archive footage

Television[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1958–1960 Sea Hunt Davey Crane / Jimmy / Boy / Kelly Bailey 4 episodes
1962–1963 The Lloyd Bridges Show Various characters 3 episodes
1965 The Loner Bud Windom Episode: "The Ordeal of Bud Windom"
1969 The F.B.I. Terry Shelton Episode: "Boomerang"
1969 Lassie Cal Baker Episode: "Success Story"
1969 Silent Night, Lonely Night John Young Television film
1970 The Don Knotts Show Himself 1 episode
1970 The Most Deadly Game Hawk Episode: "Nightbirds"
1971 In Search of America Mike Olson Television film
1981 Great Performances Michael Loomis Episode: "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses and Other Stories"
1983 Faerie Tale Theatre Claude / Prince Episode: "Rapunzel"
1983 Saturday Night Live Himself / Host Episode: "Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges/Randy Newman"
1996 Hidden in America Vincent Television film; also executive producer
2008 Template:Sortname Jon Katz Television film
2010 Saturday Night Live Himself / Host Episode: "Jeff Bridges/Eminem and Lil Wayne"

External Links[edit | edit source]

Jeff Bridges at the Internet Movie Database

References[edit | edit source]

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