Jeff Bridges Biography

Birthday: 1949-12-04
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California USA
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: The son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges, Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, and grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up unbilled alongside their mother in the film The Company She Keeps (1951), and appeared on occasion with their famous dad on his popular underwater TV series "Sea Hunt" (1958) while growing up. At age 14, Jeff toured with his father in a stage production of "Anniversary Waltz". The "troublesome teen" years proved just that for Jeff and his parents were compelled at one point to intervene when problems with drugs and marijuana got out of hand. He recovered and began shaping his nascent young adult career appearing on TV as a younger version of his father in the acclaimed TV-movie Silent Night, Lonely Night (1969) (TV), and in the strange Burgess Meredith film The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go (1970). Following fine notices for his portrayal of a white student caught up in the racially-themed Halls of Anger (1970), his career-maker arrived just a year later when he earned a coming-of-age role in the critically-acclaimed ensemble film The Last Picture Show (1971). The Peter Bogdanovich- helmed film made stars out off its young leads (Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd) and Oscar winners out of its older cast (Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman). The part of Duane Jackson, for which Jeff received his first Oscar-nomination (for "best supporting actor"), set the tone for the types of roles Jeff would acquaint himself with his fans -- rambling, reckless, rascally and usually unpredictable). Owning a casual carefree handsomeness and armed with a perpetual grin and sly charm, he started immediately on an intriguing 70s sojourn into offbeat filming. Chief among them were his boxer on his way up opposite a declining Stacy Keach in Fat City (1972); his Civil War-era conman in the western Bad Company (1972); his redneck stock car racer in The Last American Hero (1973); his young student anarchist opposite a stellar veteran cast in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh (1973); his bank-robbing (also Oscar-nominated) sidekick to Clint Eastwood in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974); his aimless cattle rustler in Rancho Deluxe (1975); his low-level western writer who wants to be a real-life cowboy in Hearts of the West (1975); and his brother of an assassinated President who pursues leads to the crime in Winter Kills (1979). All are simply marvelous characters that should have propelled him to the very top rungs of stardom...but strangely didn't. Perhaps it was his trademark ease and naturalistic approach that made him somewhat under appreciated at that time when Hollywood was run by a Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino-like intensity. Neverthless, Jeff continued to be a scene-stealing favorite into the next decade, notably as the video game programmer in the 1982 sci-fi cult classic TRON (1982), and the struggling musician brother vying with brother Beau Bridges over the attentions of sexy singer Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). Jeff became a third-time Oscar nominee with his highly intriguing (and strangely sexy) portrayal of a blank-faced alien in Starman (1984), and earned even higher regard as the ever-optimistic inventor Preston Tucker in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988). Since then Jeff has continued to pour on the Bridges magic on film. Few enjoy such an enduring popularity while maintaining equal respect with the critics. The Fisher King (1991), American Heart (1992), Fearless (1993), The Big Lebowski (1998) (now a cult phenom) and The Contender (2000) (which gave him a fourth Oscar nomination) are prime examples. More recently he seized the moment as a bald-pated villain as Robert Downey Jr.'s nemesis in Iron Man (2008) and then, at age 60, he capped his rewarding career by winning the elusive Oscar, plus the Golden Globe and Screen Actor Guild awards (among many others), for his down-and-out country singer Bad Blake in Crazy Heart (2009). Jeff has been married since 1977 to non-professional Susan Geston (they met on the set of Rancho Deluxe (1975)). The couple have three daughters, Isabelle (born 1981), Jessica (born 1983), and Hayley (born 1985). He hobbies as a photographer on and off his film sets, and has been known to play around as a cartoonist and pop musician.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Against All Odds 1984 Action
Starman Starman 1984 Adventure
This World Jon Katz 2004 Documentary
Iron Man Obadiah Stane 2010 Action
The Amateurs Andy Sargentee 2011 Action
Hidden in America Vincent 2013
King Fishers Jack 2013 Action
The Contender President Jackson Evans 3727 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Iron Man Obadiah Stane 1924
True Grit Rooster Cogburn 1969 Fantasy, 0
The Last Picture Show Duane Jackson 1971
Fat City 1972
The Iceman Cometh Don Parritt 1973
The Last American Hero 1973 Drama, Sport
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Lightfoot 1974 0
Rancho Deluxe 1975 Comedy
Stay Hungry 1976 Drama, Comedy
Winter Kills 1979 Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Tron Kevin Flynn 1982 Sport, 0
The Last Unicorn Prince Lir 1982 0, Drama
Starman Starman 1984 Biography, Sport, 0, 0
Against All Odds 1984 Action, Adventure, Crime
Jagged Edge Jack Forrester 1985 Crime, Thriller, Mystery
The Morning After Turner Kendall 1986 Comedy, 0
8 Million Ways to Die 1986 Action, Adventure, Crime
Nadine 1987 Comedy
Tucker: The Man and His Dream 1988
The Fabulous Baker Boys Jack Baker 1989 0, Biography
See You in the Morning Larry Livingstone 1989 Drama, Romance
The Fisher King 1991 Comedy, Drama
Fearless Max Klein 1993
American Heart Jack Kelson 1993 Crime, Drama, Romance
Blown Away 1994 0, 0, Game Show
Wild Bill James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok 1995 Action, Biography
White Squall Captain Christopher 'Skipper' Sheldon 1996 0
The Mirror Has Two Faces Gregory Larkin 1996 0, 0
Hidden in America 1996 Drama
The Big Lebowski Jeffrey Lebowski - The Dude 1998 0
Arlington Road Michael Faraday 1999 0, Game Show, Comedy
The Muse Jack Warrick 1999 Comedy
Simpatico Lyle Carter 2000 Drama, Comedy, Crime
The Contender President Jackson Evans 2000 Drama, Thriller
K-PAX Dr. Mark Powell 2001
Lost in La Mancha 2002 Documentary
Scenes of the Crime 2002 Thriller, Drama, Action
Masked and Anonymous 2003
Seabiscuit Charles Howard 2003 Drama, History, Sport
The Door in the Floor Ted Cole 2004 0, Biography
Tideland 2005 0, 0, Game Show
Stick It Burt Vickerman 2006 Comedy, Drama, Sport
The Amateurs Andy Sargentee 2006 Comedy
Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard 2007
Surf's Up Big Z 2007 Drama, 0
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Clayton Harding 2008
Iron Man Obadiah Stane 2008 0
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Clayton Harding 2008 Biography, 0
A Dog Year Jon Katz 2009 0
The Open Road Kyle 2009 Comedy, Drama
The Men Who Stare at Goats Bill Django 2009 Comedy
TRON: Legacy Kevin Flynn / Clu 2010 0
Crazy Heart Bad Blake 2010 Drama, Music, Romance
Pablo Narrator / Professor 2013 Animation, Biography
R.I.P.D. Roy 2013 Action, Comedy, Crime
Seventh Son Master Gregory 2014 Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Comancheria Marcus 2016 Crime, Drama
The Vanishing Barney 2018 Game Show