BEAU BRIDGES (B. B. Hensley) is an award-winning actor who has portrayed
a myriad of characters during his successful career spanning more than four decades. Part
of a preeminent Hollywood acting dynasty, he started at a young age and has worked
virtually non-stop in his profession ever since.
Bridges lent his voice for the documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the
Wartime Experience, which received a 2008 Academy AwardÂ® nomination for Best
Documentary Feature. Last year, he completed work on the films Stargate: The Arc of
Truth and Stargate: Continuum, based on the popular SciFi Channel drama Stargate SG-
1, in which he played General Hank Landry.
Also last year, he guest starred on NBC's hit comedy My Name is Earl as Carl,
earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. In
addition, Bridges filmed the independent features Don't Fade Away, Americanizing
Shelley, and Spinning into Butter.
In 2006, he appeared in the feature films The Good German from director Steven
Soderbergh, and in the live action/animated remake of Charlotte's Web. In 2005, Bridges
co-starred in the Steven Spielberg-produced mini-series Into the West, which was
nominated for a Golden Globe award; in the critically hailed independent films The
Ballad of Jack and Rose, written and directed by Rebecca Miller, and Smile written and
directed by Jeff Kramer.
In 2004, Bridges appeared in the biopic Evel Knievel for TNT, and as the U.S.
president in the NBC mini-series 10.5 about a deadly earthquake that hit the West Coast.
Bridges reprised his role in the sequel 10.5: Apocalypse, which aired on NBC in 2006.
In 2003, Bridges starred in Showtime's Out of the Ashes, based on Gisella Perl's
autobiographical novel, I Was a Doctor at Auschwitz. He was also seen on the popular
WB series Everwood. Bridges joined the CBS series The Agency when it premiered in
the fall of 2001 and returned to star in the second season in 2002 and 2003.
Bridges earned a 2002 Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Lead
Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Michael Mulvaney in the Lifetime
original movie We Were the Mulvaneys.
In 1999, he starred as Phineas Taylor Barnum, the legendary showman who
transformed the circus from a one-ring juggling act to a three-ring spectacle in A&E's
original production P.T. Barnum. Beau's son Jordan portrayed young P.T. Barnum,
marking the first time father and son have played the same character in a film. The
biopic garnered Bridges a 2000 Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or
Movie. Also in 1999, Bridges received and Emmy nomination for his work in
Showtime's new production of Inherit the Wind, opposite Jack Lemmon and George C.
In 1997, Bridges received his third Emmy Award for his portrayal of Governor
Farley of Idaho in HBO's The Second Civil War, a black comedy about race relations,
rebellion, and the American dream run amok. In 1996, Bridges starred in a hard-hitting
drama for Showtime, Hidden in America. He received lead actor nominations for both
the Emmy Award and SAG Awardâ„˘ for his portrayal of a family man who finds himself
without a job and struggling to feed his children after his company downsizes and his
wife's untimely death leaves the family penniless. Also in 1996, Bridges starred as
Richard Nixon in TNT's Kissinger & Nixon for which he received an Emmy nomination
as Best Actor in a Miniseries or Special. He also starred in Showtime's Losing Chase,
which earned him a 1996 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture
In 1993, Bridges won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his
supporting role opposite Holly Hunter in the HBO project The Positively True Adventures
of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom. He also starred in CBS' The Man
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