Jeff Bridges (4.12.1949) Jeff Bridges is an American film actor as well as a musician.
Childhood: Jeff Bridges was born to Dorothy and Lloyd Bridges, in Los Angeles. Both of his parents were actors. His brother, Beau Bridges, is also an actor. The family lived in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles and Jeff worked as a US Coast Guard and a reservist.
Acting Career: Jeff and Beau Bridges both appeared on their father's CBS anthology, The Lloyd Bridges Show when they were teenagers.
In 1971, Jeff Bridges landed his first major role, in The Last Picture Show, earning himself an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The film also starred Timothy Bottoms and Ellen Burstyn.
He went on to earn another nomination in the same category for his role in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, opposite Clint Eastwood. After this role, however, Bridges did not appear in another significant film until Tron in 1982.
Two years later, Jeff Bridges was nominated for another Oscar, for his role as an alien in Starman. The film was directed by John Carpenter and also starred Karen Allen. For his role in Against All Odds, Bridges garnered a number of good reviews. The film featured an infamous beach scene between Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward. The soundtrack to the film earned a Grammy nomination and featured Kid Creole and the Coconuts as well as Stevie Nicks and Big Country.
In 1985, Jeff Bridges starred in Jagged Edge with Glenn Close and Robert Loggia, to respectable reviews. A number of critics were also full of praise for Bridges' role in Fearless, alongside Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez and Benicio del Toro.
In the Coen brothers' film The Big Lebowski, Bridges played the role of 'The Dude', opposite John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Jeff Bridges' fourth Oscar came in 2000, for his role in The Contender. The film was a political thriller, starring Gary Oldman, Christian Slater and Joan Allen.
Having already appeared in The Fisher King in 1991, Bridges worked with director Terry Gilliam once more when he starred in Tideland, with Jodelle Ferland and Jennifer Tilly.
In 2008, Jeff Bridges played the role of Obadiah Slane in Iron Man. At the 2009 Comic-Con event, it was revealed that Bridges would appear in a modern sequel to Tron, named Tron Legacy.
More Oscar nominations came in 2010 for his role in Crazy Heart, a musical drama film that also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell and Robert Duval.
Personal Life: Jeff Bridges married Susan Geston in 1977. They met on the set of Rancho Deluxe; Geston was working as a maid on the film set at the time. They have three daughters together, Isabelle (b.1981), Jessica Lily (b. 1983) and Hayley Roselouise (b. 1985).
Jeff Bridges - 2015 MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala Honoring Bob Dylan held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. at Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015
Jeff Bridges with wife Susan Bridges - 2015 MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala Honoring Bob Dylan held at the Los Angeles Convention Center at Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015
The Dude and Ferris have found their place in cinematic history.
The Big Lebowski and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are among the 25 motion pictures selected this year by the Library of Congress to enter the National Film registry and be ‘preserved for future generations’.
Jeff Bridges starred as 'The Dude' in The Big Lebowski
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, The Big Lebowski, divided and confused a few critics upon its release in 1998 and was only a modest hit in theatres. However the trippy tale of Jeff Bridges’ slacker has gone on to become a cult hit and even has it’s own religion, Dudeism.
Yet another teen sci-fi adventure, this movie may be sharply well-made but it struggles to find anything to say to an audience that has explored these themes much more meaningfully in films like The Hunger Games and Divergent. A solid cast makes it watchable, but a swelling flood of sentimentality undermines everything. And there isn't much subtext there to begin with.
Set in the distant future, society has rebuilt itself after "The Ruin" by eliminating all emotions, memories and art. The story centres on 18-year-old Jonas (BrentonThwaites), who is stunned to be selected as the next Receiver of Memories, working with the Giver (Jeff Bridges) to understand everything the elders have deliberately obliterated through both daily drug injections and some sort of magical barrier beyond the surrounding, forbidden mist. But the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) is worried that Jonas is going rogue with his new knowledge, and Jonas' parents (Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes) are also noticing something is amiss. So when Jonas tries to enlist his childhood pals Fiona and Asher (Odeya Rush and Cameron Monaghan) in small acts of rebellion, things come to a head.
Director Phillip Noyce creates a terrific visual look for the film's setting, with slickly designed sets,eye-catching effects and a colour scheme that begins in black and white and slowly adds hues as Jonas discovers more truth. But nothing about this society resonates: the best science-fiction tells us something about our world here and now, but parallels are very hard to spot in this faux utopia. Instead, we are faced with an implausible set-up that tries to convince us that people would mindlessly carry on without emotional or physical connections. And the idea that deleting these from human existence would make for a more peaceful society is just silly. Sure, we'd all like a world without violence and bigotry, but at the expense of personal freedom?
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