Jeff Bridges, Movie Star, Producer and Artist
Jeff Bridges was born in 1949 to Hollywood legend Lloyd Bridges and his wife, Dorothy Dean Bridges.
He and his big brother, Beau Bridges, both made appearances in their father's popular TV show, "Sea Hunt", as children. After some trouble in his teens, Jeff Bridges' movie career got started with small roles in minor films. He was careful to avoid charges of nepotism because of his famous parents, and that drove him to hone his acting skills at an early age.
Jeff Bridges' movie career took off after he landed a part in 1971's "The Last Picture Show", and he got off to a great start with an Oscar nomination for his role.
Jeff Bridges Movies
Over the next 40 years Jeff Bridges turned in one compelling performance after another, but it wasn't until 2010 that he finally won his first Oscar (after 5 nominations) for his portrayal of an alcoholic has-been country singer in "Crazy Heart". The following year saw him turn in a tour-de-force performance as Rooster Cogburn in the Coen borthers' adaptation of the classic "True Grit", for which he received his sixth Academy Award nomination.
Jeff Bridges has maintained his authenticity throughout his long career, and has also won acclaim as an artist and photographer. His personal website, jeffbridges.com, highlights his artwork and is highly recommended for fans of the actor and artist!
Jeff Bridges Movies List
"True Grit" on DVD & Blu-ray
True Grit (2010)
Jeff Bridges reunites with the Coen brothers for "True Grit" - not a remake of the 1969 film that won John Wayne an Academy Award, but a new adaptation of the classic novel by Charles Portis. It is the story of a young girl (played by 14-year-old Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld) who hires Rooster Cogburn, a grizzled U.S. Marshall with "true grit", to track down the man who killed her father.
With 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor and Best Picture, "True Grit" is the most-nominated Western since Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" in 1992.
"True Grit" Movie Trailer
"The Big Lebowski" on DVD & On-Demand
The Big Lebowski (1998)
In his first collaboration with the Coen brothers, Jeff Bridges stars as the Dude in "The Big Lebowski". This Jeff Bridges movie has achieved cult status, and is more popular now than it was when it was released more than 10 years ago. With Lebowski conventions and fan-made merchandise available online - and even in Lebowski-themed retail shops - there seems to be no stopping its roll into legendary status.
- When Jeff Bridges won the Independent Spirit Award for his role in "Crazy Heart", he said in his acceptance speech that the award would "really tie the room together"!
The Dude Abides...
Buy "Iron Man" on Blu-ray, DVD & On-Demand
Iron Man (2008)
Jeff Bridges makes a rare and wonderful turn as the bad guy in "Iron Man", starring opposite Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark. Jeff Bridges plays nasty corporate executive Obadiah Stane, who steals Stark's suit design and tries to use it as a weapon to defeat Iron Man. Stane wants to weapon-ize the Iron Man technology, but Stark wants to use it to fight the forces of evil...
- When Pepper Potts is going through Obediah Stane's computer, careful viewers will see files labeled "missiles transported via the MSC Lebowski" and "legal ownership of marmots within city limits" - both references to "The Big Lebowski"!
"Crazy Heart" on Blu-ray & DVD
Crazy Heart (2009)
Jeff Bridges won his first Oscar (and loads of other awards) for his lead role as a washed up country singer in "Crazy Heart". Bridges plays the alcoholic has-been singer "Bad Blake", who travels around the country scraping together a living playing at honky-tonks and bowling alleys. When he meets a charming your reporter and develops a bond with her and her young son, he's inspired to get his life together. But can he overcome his troubles and regain the success - and the girl - before it's too late?
- Jeff Bridges collaborated with producer T Bone Burnett for the music in the film, and following its release Bridges produced his own album went on tour with it around the country!
Jeff Bridges Accepts the Independent Spirit Award for "Crazy Heart"
"Starman" on Blu-ray, DVD & On-Demand
In 1982, filmmaker John Carpenter made a remake of "The Thing"; the movie was released across America the same week as "E.T.", and it was excoriated in the media as "gore porn". Carpenter was lambasted for ruining American culture, and as a meal culpa of sorts, he made "Starman" two years later.
Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen star in this tale of an alien who crash-lands on Earth and takes on the form of a dead man. The body Jeff Bridges chooses to inhabit is that of Karen Allen's late husband, and together the two of them have to out-run the authorities and get him back to his own planet before they capture him!
"Starman" Movie Trailer
Buy "The Last Picture Show" on DVD & On-Demand
The Last Picture Show (1971)
In his first movie role, Jeff Bridges plays a not-very-likable lughead in Peter Bogdonavich's coming of age classic, "The Last Picture Show".
Jeff Bridges received his first Oscar nomination for his role as Duane, and he co-stars with Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Ellen Burstyn and Cloris Leachman, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of the "older woman".
Buy "The Fabulous Baker Boys" at Amazon.com
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
The Jeff Bridges movie "The Fabulous Baker Boys" sees real-life brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges play Jack and Frank baker, a traveling musical act that needs a female singer to keep the bookings coming. When Michelle Pfeiffer's escort-turned-ingénue joins the act, she forces the Baker brothers to confront the reality of their relationship.
- During filming of the movie, Jeff Bridges was so deep in character that he severely injured his brother Beau's fingers during a fight scene where Jack threatens to break his brother's hand; Beau Bridges had to be rushed to the hospital as soon as the scene was finished!
"TRON" on DVD
Disney's "Tron" was one of the first movies to feature computer-generated special effects. Jeff Bridges plays a computer programmer who becomes trapped inside the machine and must fight the forces of evil to free his fellow "programs" from the captivity of the evil Master Control.
- The film's effects were ground-breaking in 1982, but rumor has it that Disney actually pulled all existing copies of "Tron" from stores in anticipation of the 2010 release of the sequel, "Tron: Legacy". They supposedly feared that movie-goers would be turned-off of the sequel if they saw how comparatively terrible the film looks today!
"The Fisher King" on DVD & On-Demand
The Fisher King (1991)
Terry Gilliam directs Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges in a modern-day fairytale in "The Fisher King". Jeff Bridges plays radio shock-jock Jack Lucas, whose on-air rant leads a madmen to go on a shooting rampage in New York City. Despondent, Lucas befriends Perry, a homeless and somewhat-unhinged man in search of The Holy Grail. The two men relearn the power of love and friendship in their quest for redemption.
- Mercedes Reuhl received critical acclaim for her supporting role in the movie, and she won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Jeff Bridges' strong-willed girlfriend.
"The Fisher King" Movie Trailer
"The Men Who Stare At Goats" on DVD & Blu-ray
The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
What would happen if the Dude was placed in charge of a U.S. Army program that recruited psychic soldiers? That's pretty much what happens in "The Men Who Stare at Goats", based on a real-life Army program that has been training "psychic soldiers" since the 1970s. The film stars George Clooney and Ewan McGregor, and Jeff Bridges gives a great performance as the hippie-turned-Army-General who guides the psychic soldier program...
- Ewan McGregor stars as the reporter who uncovers the secret Army program; the psychic soldiers call themselves "Jedis" throughout the movie. McGregor plays Jedi-master Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, so hearing him talk continuously about the Jedi is a little surreal!
"The Contender" on DVD & On-Demand
The Contender (2000)
Jeff Bridges received his fourth Academy Award nomination for portraying the President of the United States in "The Contender". The Vice President has died, and in an effort to leave a legacy, the President decides to appoint a female Senator to take the job and become the first woman to do so. But there may be some sexual skeletons in her closet, and the President has to decide whether to support his V.P. choice and make history, or play politics and distance himself from her.
"Tucker - The Man and His Dream" on DVD and On-Demand
Tucker - The Man and His Dream (1988)
In Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker", Jeff Bridges plays _ Tucker, a car-maker who was ahead of his time. Tucker envisioned a car company that made cars with features that not only made them safer, but which the public actually wanted. Tucker was driven out of business by the Big Three auto-makers in the 1950s, and this Jeff Bridges movie tells the inspiring tale of a man who never gave up on his dreams...
- Preston Tucker's innovative concepts included seat-belts as standard equipment and even a center-mounted front headlight that followed the car's movement around corners (a feature that has only recently been implemented in high-end vehicles).
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Remy Francis from Dubai on August 17, 2011:
Thanks for such an amazing account. I was very glad to know so much more about Jeff Bridges - one of my favorite actors. ...as an artist I am very glad to know that he's an artist too. Just going to add his website to my blog.
DaveysRecipeRead on March 21, 2011:
Yep, I thinks he's great. ...Though there are those who would place him high in the running for laziest Dude worldwide--but sometimes there's a man - -sometime, there's a man...!
Jeanastra on February 18, 2011:
I too love Jeff Bridges but I'm kind of bummed that you left out Thunderbolt & Lightfoot which was made in 1974 with Clint Eastwood. It's one of my favorites and shows his seamless ability to morph into a character. I'm glad to see that after all of these years Jeff is being lauded for his talent.
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 10, 2011:
I am looking forward to seeing Jeff Bridges play Rooster Cogburn in the new True Grit. Bridges is one fabulous actor and I was glad to see you included Fisher King which was a wonderful movie. His accomplishments are huge, but I can't help but think, anytime I hear his name or see his picture - the Dude abides. Voted up!
Gypsy48 on February 04, 2011:
Against All Odds and Jagged Edge are my favorites. Great hub.
L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on February 02, 2011:
Jeff Bridges is the antithesis of Hollywood stardom. Adding him to a movie cast immediately makes a film worth watching.
sir slave from Trinity county CA. on February 02, 2011:
Jeff rocks the house. My all time favorite is the big lebowski. The scene with the ferret in the bathtub is one for all time! Ill have to check out the contender though.
Trinsick from Cali on February 01, 2011:
I go back and forth with this guy, sometimes I like his acting other times I'm bored.
tony0724 from san diego calif on January 30, 2011:
Big Lebowsi hands down.
TurtleDog on January 30, 2011:
Thanks for this awesome posts. I never realized how many truly great films this man has been in. The Last Picture Show is one of the great all time movies. Thanks!
Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on January 30, 2011:
Excellent presentation on that talented and hunk, Jeff Bridges. I like his rugged, strength. Good actor, and timely Hub! Tweet and Digg, Vup!
mazzastick on January 30, 2011:
Jeff Bridges is one of my top ten favorite actors of all time. The first movie that I remember him in was King Kong. He is a very dynamic and versatile actor.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on January 30, 2011:
I can only repeat drbj's words. She said it all.
Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 29, 2011:
One of my all-time, favorite actors. Excellent hub!
Pat Kramer on January 28, 2011:
Loved your coverage of Jeff Bridges. He's one of my favorite actors and has been under-rated for years. I appreciate that you have all his films here. I see a few I would like to rent~~!
Mike Teddleton from Midwest USA on January 28, 2011:
Outstanding hub, Jeff is not the Duke, but he will do...
Wooded on January 28, 2011:
I just saw True Grit, he was excellent and I loved it. Great information!
amybradley77 on January 27, 2011:
Great idea for a HubPage here! I am a fan of some of his work, and others I could just do without. I am kinda torn as to how much I really enjoy all of his work, but his more recent is absolutely great. I think. A.B.
ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on January 27, 2011:
He does great work. I really liked the Fisher King when it came out
FGual from USA on January 27, 2011:
Fantastic report on Jeff Bridges. I still remember The Last Picture Show when I was about the same age as the characters. Cybill and Jeff were a good match.
Megavitamin on January 26, 2011:
What an excellent assessment of an outstanding career! I love Jeff Bridges and truly enjoyed this hub. Great work :0)
manum on January 26, 2011:
Some performances are entirely memorable, I wonder if his movies have a following larger than other hero character actors.
Edweirdo (author) from United States on January 26, 2011:
@drbj - I saw him profiled on PBS' "American Masters" last week, and it made me realize just how much I've loved so many of Jeff Bridges' movies over the years!
Thanks for visiting :D
drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 26, 2011:
This is quite a tribute to Jeff Bridges, Edweirdo. I'm sure he would appreciate reading it. Jeff is one of my favorite actors so I am especially delighted you chose him to honor.