Lloyd Bridges Biography

Lloyd Bridges was an American film, stage and television actor who appeared in a number of TV series, and starred in several movies. This biography profiles his childhood, family, personal life, acting career, achievements and other facts.

Quick Facts

Birthday: January 15, 1913

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Died At Age: 85

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: Lloyd Vernet Bridges Jr.

Born in: San Leandro, California, U.S.

Famous as: Film & TV Actor

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Dorothy Simpson (1938–1998; his death)

father: Lloyd Vernet Bridges Sr.

mother: Harriet Evelyn (Brown) Bridges

children: Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges

Died on: March 10, 1998

place of death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

U.S. State: California

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education: University of California, Los Angeles

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Lloyd Vernet Bridges Jr. was one of the most successful actors of his time. He was an American film, stage and television actor who appeared in a number of TV series, and starred in more than 150 movies. He grew up to be a lawyer, because his father wanted him to be one, but Lloyd found love in acting, and eventually became a great performer. He became a mega star when he starred in ‘Sea Hunt’- America’s most successful syndicated series, as quoted by Wikipedia. Lloyd Bridges was also known as the star of many ‘land and underwater adventures’, and his fan following grew stronger when he became more popular by portraying spoofy roles in movies like ‘Hot Shots’ and ‘Airplane’. Always known to be a family man, Lloyd was happily married for 60 years, till he died due natural causes. Lloyd was the father of four children, including Jeff Bridges (actor, singer, and producer) and Beau Bridges (actor and director). Tall, blonde and handsome, Lloyd Bridges will always be one of the top-notch performers, American cinema has ever produced.

Childhood & Early Life
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Early Career
  • After being signed by Columbia pictures on a contract basis, Lloyd continued his struggle by doing B grade movies for over a decade.
  • However, he occasionally made appearances in comparatively better movies, such as ‘Sahar’ (1943). Thereafter, he appeared in a critically acclaimed and hit film ‘The Home of the Brave’ (1949).
  • He also played one of his most remembered roles of Deputy Marshall, ‘Harvy Pell' alongside Gary Cooper in 1992 movies, ‘High Noon’.
  • During the World War II, Lloyd left Columbia pictures to enlist in the United States Coast Guard. Years later, he even became a member of US Coast Guard Auxillary, 11th District (California).
  • As a result of his commitment and support, he was also made him an honorary commodore in the Auxillary. He made various public announcements for the Auxillay, and later, his sons, Beau and Jeff, also served the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve.
  • Thereafter, he returned to acting, but the course of his career didn’t run smooth in 1950.
  • He got blacklisted by the FBI due to Hollywood’s infamous ‘Red Purge’ due to his association with ‘Actor’s Lab’- a theatre group which had connections with communist parties.
  • He struggled for a while, but eventually, got his named cleared from the FBI’s list and returned back to his regular acting career. His struggle gave way to a massive television success, which it seemed like was just waiting for his return to acting.
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Career
  • In 1958, he made a great mark on television, when he portrayed the role of Mike Nelson, the main character in ‘Sea Hunt’, a television series that ran on syndication for three years.
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  • He also co-authored a book, ‘Mask and Flippers’, about skin-diving.
  • In 1956, he won an Emmy Award nomination for his emotional and breakthrough performance on live anthology program called ‘The Ancoa Hour’, which also gained a lot of publicity due to Bridges’ ad-libbing. Even though, his tongue slip was criticised by the audience, the episode managed to receive Robert E. Sherwood Television Award.
  • From 1962-63, he starred in ‘The Jeff Bridges Show’ on ABC, where his sons also made an appearance.
  • He appeared on ‘The Loner’, a series which lasted from 1964 to 65, and then pulled out due to the violent content of the show.
  • He became a favourite of new generation when he played spoofy characters in movies likes ‘Airplane’ (1980) and ‘Hot Shots’ (1990). The characters played by him connected well with the audience, and he got a lot of recognition for them roles.
  • He made numerous appearances on shows like ‘Paper Dolls’ (1984), ‘Capital News’ (1990) and ‘Harts of the West’ (1993-94). He became a frequent guest star on television series for almost forty years.
  • He also appeared in shows like ‘How the West Was Won’, ‘Roots’, ‘The Blue and the Gray’ etc.
  • In 1998, he received another Emmy Award nomination for pulling off the role of hyper-competitive Izzy Madelbaum in ‘Sienfeld’.
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 1975, he was nominated for Golden Apple Award for ‘Male Star of the Year’.
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  • In 1957, he got his first Emmy Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor’ for ‘The Acoa Hour’ (1955).
  • In 1994, he was inducted in the Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
  • In 1996, he won the Golden Boot Award.
  • In 1997, he got nominated at the Online Film and Television Association for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Sienfeld).
  • In 1998, he was nominated for another Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Guest Star in a Comedy Series’ for ‘Sienfeld’ (1989).
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • He met his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Bridges, at the UCLA. They were classmates at the university.
  • Dorothy also did a romantic play with him called ‘March Hares’. They got married in New York City in 1938.
  • They had four children; Beau Bridges (1941), Jeff Bridges (1949), Lucinda Lui Bridges (19530, and another son, Garrett Myles Bridges (1948), who died of Infant Death Syndrome.
  • In 1992, he went through an open-heart surgery to remove the blockages from his coronary arteries, before he returned to acting to make his memorable appearance in ‘Sienfeld’.
  • In 1998, Lloyd became the head of a mission for a humanitarian organization, CARE and also worked for the protection of environment.
  • On March 10, 1998, at the age of 85, he died at his Los Angeles home.
  • His sons, Beau and Jeff Bridges are well-known actors in Hollywood. Even his grandson, Jordan Bridges, stars in TNT crime drama, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’.
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Lloyd Bridges Movies

1. High Noon (1952)

  (Thriller, Western, Drama)

2. They Stooge to Conga (1943)

  (Comedy, Short)


3. Airplane! (1980)

  (Comedy)

4. The Talk of the Town (1942)

  (Romance, Thriller, Comedy, Drama)



5. Sahara (1943)

  (Action, Drama, War)

6. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

  (Fantasy, Comedy, Romance)




7. The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)

  (Drama)

8. The Sound of Fury (1950)

  (Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller, Crime)





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