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BEAU BRIDGES (Cousin Hugh) is an award-winning actor who has portrayed a myriad of characters during his successful career spanning more than six 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 recently wrapped RUSHLIGHTS, a crime thriller in which he takes on the role of Sheriff Robert Brogden, Jr., in a story that follows a teenage couple who travel to a small town in the South in attempt to claim a dead friend‘s inheritance. On the small screen, Beau recently guest starred on ABC‘s ―Brother‘s & Sisters playing Sally Fields‘ love interest, assuming the role of Nick Brody, for which he just received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Nick. He has also had acclaimed guest starring turns on TNT‘s hit series ―The Closer for which he received a 2010 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series and on NBC‘s hit comedy ―My Name Is Earl‖ which garnered him a 2007 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

Bridges shared a 2009 Grammy® Award win with Al Gore, Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood for AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH which won the category of Best Spoken Word Album. In 2008 Bridges lent his voice for a very special documentary entitled, OPERATION HOMECOMING: WRITING THE WARTIME EXPERIENCE, which received a 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

In 1991, Bridges starred in the critically acclaimed HBO film ―Without Warning: The James Brady Story," and won his first Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. In the film, written by Academy Award winner Robert Bolt, he portrayed former White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was shot and paralyzed during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. In 1993, Bridges won another Emmy Award and another 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."

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. James Coburn, Dan Hedaya, James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Pena and Denis Leary also starred in this film.

Bridges has appeared on Broadway in Where's Daddy? by writer William Inge, and Who's Who in Hell by Peter Ustinov. His most recent theater work was in Ron Lagomarsino‘s play Looking for Normal at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Bridges starred opposite Laurie Metcalf and his son Jordan Bridges as a married man who upends his family‘s situation when he opts for a sex-change operation. Bridges also appeared in the original production of ―The Trial of the Catonsville Nine at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Bridges resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife Wendy, four sons and one daughter.

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