Jeff Bridges Biography

Jeff Bridges, popularly known as Jeff Bridges, is an Academy Award winning American actor, singer, and film producer. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and other facts related to his life.

Jeff Bridges
Quick Facts

Birthday: December 4, 1949

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 69 Years, 69 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Born in: Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Susan Geston (m. 1977)

father: Lloyd Bridges

mother: Dorothy Bridges

U.S. State: California

City: Los Angeles

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Jeffrey Leon Bridges, popularly known as Jeff Bridges, is a popular Academy Award winning American actor, singer, and film producer. He is best known for his roles in films like ‘The Last Picture Show’ and ‘Crazy Heart’. Bridges, who comes from a prominent acting family, started appearing on screen as a toddler. His first significance appearance was on the television series ‘Sea Hunt’ where he acted alongside his father Lloyd Bridges and brother Beau Bridges. He won his first Academy Award nomination for his role in the 1971 film ‘The Last Picture Show’. Over the years, he earned Academy Award nominations for several other films such as ‘Starman’ and ‘The Contender’ as well. In 2009, he finally won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his appearance in the film ‘Crazy Heart’. Bridges has done significant roles throughout his career in popular films like ‘Heaven’s Gate,’ ‘TRON,’ ‘The Fisher King,’ and ‘The Mirror Has Two Faces.’ His more recent films include ‘True Grit’, a 2010 film about a woman who is seeking retribution for the murder of her father.

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Jeff Bridges
Childhood & Early Life
  • Jeff Le Bridges was born in Los Angeles, California, United States, on 4 December 1949. His father was Lloyd Bridges, a popular American film and stage actor, and his mother was Dorothy Bridges, an actress as well as a writer. He had three siblings. However, one of them died as an infant.
  • His first appearance on screen was when he was hardly two, in the film ‘The Company She Keeps’. Later, during his childhood, he made several appearances in his father’s show ‘Sea Hunt’ which aired from 1958 to 1961.
  • Bridges grew up in Holmby Hills in Los Angeles. He showed an interest in music during his high school days. In 1967, he completed his graduation from the University High School, after which he enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserves. He served there for a few years. Later, he went to New York City to learn acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio.
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Career
  • Jeff Bridges’ first significant work as an adult was as a supporting actor in the 1971 American drama film ‘The Last Picture Show’. The film was directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The film is adapted from a novel of the same name which was written by Larry McMurtry. His performance was widely appreciated, earning him an Academy Award nomination.
  • His success landed him important roles in movies such as ‘Fat City’, a 1972 American boxing drama film, ‘The Last American Hero’, a 1973 sports drama film, and ‘Thunderbolt and Lightfoot’, a 1974 American crime film, ‘King Kong’, a well-known 1976 monster thriller film, ‘TRON’, a 1982 American sci-fi film, ‘Kiss Me Goodbye’, a 1982 romantic comedy, and ‘8 Million Ways to Die’, a 1986 American crime film.
  • One of his most popular films is the 2000 political drama ‘The Contender’. The film, which was written and directed by Rod Lurie, focused on the Lewinsky scandal, which arose during the Presidency of Bill Clinton. Bridges’ performance in the film earned him a nomination for the Academy Awards for ‘Best Supporting Actor’.
  • ’Crazy Heart’, a 2009 American drama, was one of the most significant works of Bridges’ career. The film, which was written and directed by Scott Cooper, was based on a 1987 novel of the same name. Bridges, for his amazing performance in the film, earned the 2009 Academy Award for Best Actor. He was also nominated for several other awards such as the Satellite Award and the BAFTA Award. The movie received mostly positive reviews.
  • In 2010, Jeff Bridges earned another Academy Award nomination for his brilliant performance in the film ‘True Grit’. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Charles Portis. Bridges’ played the role of Deputy US Marshall Reuben J Cogburn. The story focuses on a young girl, whose father is killed by an outlaw, and her quest for revenge.
  • His recent works include the 2014 social science fiction film ‘The Giver’. The film which is based on a novel by Lois Lowry, starred Bridges along with other actors such as Brenton Thwaites, Odeva Rush, Meryl Streep, and Katie Holmes.
  • He did voice acting for the ‘The Little Prince’, a 2015 animated adventure fantasy film, which was directed by Mark Osborne.
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Major Works
  • 'Thunderbolt and Lightfoot', was one of the early movies of Jeff Bridges, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. The film was written and directed by Michael Cimino, and along with Bridges, it starred Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis. The film, which released on May 23, 1974, turned out to be a huge hit, grossing over $9 million in its initial theatrical release alone. Soon it grossed over $25 million, making it the 17th highest grossing film of the year.
  • Bridges appeared in the popular 1976 monster thriller ‘King Kong’. Directed by John Guillermin, the movie was a remake of the 1933 classic ‘King Kong’ movie. It starred Jeff Bridges in the lead role along with actors such as Charles Grodin and Jessica Langa. It became the 7th highest grossing film of the year, making over $90 million worldwide, and won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. It received mixed reviews from critics.
  • Bridges’ most recent significant works include the 2010 American movie ‘True Grit’. The film, an adaptation of a book by Charles Portis, starred Mattie Ross, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin along with Bridges. The movie follows a teenaged girl whose father is murdered by an outlaw. How she accomplishes her goal of avenging her father’s death forms the rest of the story. The film received positive reviews from critics, and won several awards as well.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Throughout his career, Jeff Bridges has won numerous award and nominations. In 2009, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his brilliant performance in the American drama film ‘Crazy Heart’.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 1977, Jeff Bridges married Susan Geston, who he had met during the shooting of a film named ‘Rancho Deluxe.’ The couple has three daughters and one granddaughter.
  • He is involved with the ‘End Hunger Network’ which is a movement founded by people from the entertainment industry to end childhood hunger. He is also a supporter of environmental causes.
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Trivia
  • Jeff Bridges has a keen interest in Buddhist philosophy. He has learnt ‘Transcendental Meditation’ and meditates for half an hour before he begins working on the film set.
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1. The Last Picture Show (1971)

  (Drama)

2. The Big Lebowski (1998)

  (Comedy, Crime)


3. Starman (1984)

  (Sci-Fi, Romance)

4. Crazy Heart (2009)

  (Music, Romance, Drama)



5. Hell or High Water (2016)

  (Drama, Crime, Thriller, Western)

6. True Grit (2010)

  (Western, Adventure, Drama)




7. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

  (Drama, Comedy, Crime)

8. Iron Man (2008)

  (Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action)





Awards

Academy Awards(Oscars)
2010 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Crazy Heart (2009)
Golden Globe Awards
2010 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Crazy Heart (2009)

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