Sean Bridgers is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for his performance in the HBO series ‘Deadwood’, where he played the role of Johnny, and the horror film ‘The Woman’, in which he had an important role. As a screenwriter, he was influenced by Mark Twain, and as an actor, he was influenced by Robert Duvall. His career began with a role in ‘Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story’, a TV film, after which he made his big screen debut in ‘Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice’, a horror film which is a sequel to the 1984 film ‘Children of the Corn’. In the ensuing years, he appeared in TV movies such as ‘The Secret’ and ‘Close to Danger’. He earned much popularity for his role in the HBO series ‘Deadwood’, for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Childhood & Early Life
Sean Bridgers was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in US, on March 15, 1968 to Ben and Sue Ellen Bridgers. His mother is a novelist, with seven published novels, while his father is an attorney.
He studied at St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, and later at Western Carolina University.
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Sean Bridgers began his acting career with the TV movie ‘Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story’ (1991), where he played the role of Ralph Welch. The next year, he appeared in the horror film ‘Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice’, where he played the role of Jedediah.
Over the years, he continued appearing in TV movies, such as ‘Death in Small Doses’, ‘Murderous Intent’, ‘The Secret’, and ‘ATF’. In 1997, he was seen in the film ‘Paradise Falls,’ which he also produced and co-wrote along with his mother Sue Ellen Bridgers. The film won the ‘Best Feature’ award at the Hollywood Film Festival.
In the ensuing years, he appeared in the movies ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ (2002), ‘Jake’s Closet’, (2007) and ‘Witness Protection’, (2008)).
Between 2004 and 2006, he played an important role in the Western TV series ‘Deadwood’. The show, which aired for three seasons, received much acclaim. Bridgers, along with his co-stars, was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble.
He played guest roles in TV shows, such as ‘Private Practice’, ‘Saving Grace’, ‘Lie to Me’, ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘True Blood’ in the late 2000s. In 2011, he was seen in a main role in the horror film ‘The Woman’. Directed by Lucky McKee, the film was met with positive reviews and won multiple awards.
In 2013, he played a major role in the horror film ‘Jug Face’. The film was directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle. The film received mostly mixed to positive reviews.
In the ensuing years, he appeared in films like ‘The Best of Me’ (2014), ‘Trumbo’ (2015), ‘Midnight Special’ (2016), ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (2016), ‘Then I Go’ (2017) and ‘Thank You for Your Service’ (2017).
Between 2013 and 2016, he starred in the drama series ‘Rectify’, playing a supporting role. His most recent work is the 2018 adventure film ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’. Reviews were mostly average. He is next set to appear in ‘Deadwood: The Movie’, a television film that is a continuation of the TV series ‘Deadwood’.
Sean Bridgers became popular following his role in the Western TV series ‘Deadwood’, which aired between March 2004 and August 2006. Other actors in the show were Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, and Brad Dourif. The series received critical acclaim and is still regarded as one of the greatest TV dramas of all time. It also won two Emmy Awards out of eleven nominations.
He played the lead role in the horror film ‘Jug Face’, which was directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle. The movie revolved around a teen who is pregnant with her brother’s child. She tries to escape from a backwoods community, but is forced to sacrifice herself to a creature in a pit. The film received mixed to positive reviews.
He currently plays a main role in ‘Get Shorty’, a comedy drama series which is based on the 1990 novel of the same name. Other actors in the series include Chris O’Dowd, Ray Romano and Carolyn Dodd. It began airing in 2017 and has completed two seasons so far. Critical reception has been mostly positive.
Family & Personal Life
Sean Bridgers married Rachel York on 25 March 1998. The couple has three children. Their son Jackson has appeared in the series ‘Justified’ and ‘Deadwood’. Their daughter Kate starred in the 2012 short film ‘The Birthday Present’.