KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
One of Hollywood's most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award nominee,
JEFF BRIDGES' performance in Crazy Heart-as Bad Blake, the
down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer at the center of the
drama-deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar for Best
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. The performance also earned him the
Golden Globe, SAG Award and the IFP/Spirit Award for Lead Actor.
The film follows Blake, who, through his experiences with a female reporter
(Maggie Gyllenhaal), is able to get his career back on track while playing
mentor to a hotshot contemporary country star and simultaneously struggling in
his shadow. The movie, directed by Scott Cooper, is based on the debut novel by
Thomas Cobb and also stars Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell. Bridges' moving and
multi-layered performance is one of many in a career that spans decades.
He earned his first Oscar nod in 1971 for Best Supporting Actor in Peter
Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, co-starring Cybill Shepherd. Three years
later, he received his second Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in
Michael Cimino's Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. By 1984 he landed top kudos with a
Best Actor nomination for Starman; that performance also earned him a Golden
Globe nomination. In 2001, he was honoured with another Golden Globe nomination
and his fourth Oscar nomination for his role in The Contender, Rod Lurie's
political thriller, co-starring Gary Oldman and Joan Allen, in which Bridges
played the President of the United States.
In December 2010 his reunion with the Coen Brothers in the critically acclaimed
western True Grit landed him his sixth Oscar nomination. The film focuses on
fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) whose father has been shot in
cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and she is determined to
bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S.
Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (Bridges), she sets out with him - over his objections
- to hunt down Chaney. The same month he was seen in the highly anticipated 3D
action-adventure TRON: Legacy. Bridges reprised his role of video-game developer
Kevin Flynn from the classic 1982 film TRON. With state-of-the-art technology,
TRON: Legacy featured Bridges as the first actor in cinematic history to play
opposite a younger version of himself.
He was last seen in Hell or High Water a modern action bank heist thriller set
in west Texas starring opposite Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Gil Birmingham. The
film that premiered Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film festival was
written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by David Mackenzie.
He can also be seen in the first animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de
Saint-Exupery's iconic masterpiece The Little Prince as the Aviator for director
Mark Osborne. The film is streaming on Netflix.
In August 2014, Bridges starred in The Giver opposite Meryl Streep, Brenton
Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush and Cameron Monaghan.
Based on the bestselling young adult novel by Lois Lowry, the film - which he
also produced - was a passion project of his for more than 2 decades and was
directed by Phillip Noyce.
Prior to Crazy Heart, Bridges was seen in the war comedy The Men Who Stare at
Goats, playing Bill Django, a free-spirited military intelligence officer, who
is the leader of a secret group of warriors in the army. The Peter Straughan
screenplay (based on the Jon Ronson book and directed by Grant Heslov) is based
on a true story about a reporter in Iraq, who meets a former member of the US
Army's First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their
missions. He stars opposite George Clooney (also a producer), Ewan McGregor and
Additionally, he starred in A Dog Year for HBO Films/ Picturehouse, based on the
memoir by Jon Katz and directed by George LaVoo (who also wrote the screenplay)
and garnered an Emmy nomination; as well as opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in the
Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios blockbuster Iron Man, playing the character of
He starred opposite Shia LaBeouf as Geek, a cantankerous and washed-up surfer
penguin, in the Academy Award-nominated Surf's Up, from Sony Pictures
Animation. Prior to that, he was in his second film for director Terry Gilliam,
entitled Tideland, where he played Noah, a drug addicted, has-been, rock
The actor's multi-faceted career has cut a wide swathe across all genres. He has
starred in numerous box office hits, including Gary Ross' Seabiscuit, Terry
Gilliam's offbeat comedic drama The Fisher King (co-starring Robin Williams),
the multi-award-nominated The Fabulous Baker Boys (co-starring his brother Beau
Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer), The Jagged Edge (opposite Glenn Close), Francis
Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Blown Away (co-starring his late
father Lloyd Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones), Peter Weir's Fearless (with Isabella
Rossellini and Rosie Perez), and Martin Bell's American Heart (with Edward
Furlong, produced by Bridges' company, AsIs Productions). That film earned
Bridges an IFP/Spirit Award in 1993 for Best Actor.
In the summer of 2004, he appeared opposite Kim Basinger in the critically
acclaimed The Door in the Floor for director Todd Williams and Focus Features,
which earned him an IFP/Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor.
He played a major featured role in The Muse (an Albert Brooks comedy starring
Brooks, Sharon Stone and Andie MacDowell); appeared in the suspense thriller
Arlington Road (co-starring Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack, directed by Mark
Pellington); and starred in Simpatico, the screen version of Sam Shepard's play
(with Nick Nolte, Sharon Stone and Albert Finney). In 1998, he starred in the
Coen brothers' cult comedy The Big Lebowski. Before that, he starred in Ridley
Scott's White Squall, Walter Hill's Wild Bill, John Huston's Fat City and
Barbara Streisand's romantic comedy The Mirror Has Two Faces.
Some of Bridges' other acting credits include How to Lose Friends and Alienate
People, K-PAX, Masked and Anonymous, Stay Hungry, Fat City, Bad Company, Against
All Odds, Cutter's Way, The Vanishing, Texasville, The Morning After, Nadine,
Rancho Deluxe, See You in the Morning, Eight Million Ways to Die, TRON, The Last
American Hero and Heart of the West.
In 1983, Jeff founded the End Hunger Network, a non-profit organization
dedicated to feeding children around the world. Jeff produced the End Hunger
televent, a three-hour live television broadcast focusing on world hunger. The
televent featured Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, Burt Lancaster, Bob Newhart, Kenny
Loggins and other leading film, television and music stars in an innovative
production to educate and inspire action.
He is currently the national spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry
campaign that is fighting to end childhood hunger in America.
Through his company, AsIs Productions, he produced Hidden in America, which
starred his brother Beau. That television movie, produced for Showtime, received
a Golden Globe nomination in 1996 for Best TV/Cable Film and garnered a Screen
Actors Guild nod for Best Actor for Beau Bridges. The film was also nominated
for two Emmy Awards.
One of Jeff's true passions is photography. While on the set of his movies, Jeff
takes behind-the-scenes pictures of the actors, crew and locations. After
completion of each motion picture, he edits the images into a book and gives
copies to everyone involved. Jeff's photographs have been featured in several
magazines, including Premiere and Aperture, as well as in other publications
worldwide. He has also had gallery exhibitions of his work in New York (at the
George Eastman House), Los Angeles, London and the Museum of Photographic Arts
in San Diego. In 2013, Jeff was the recipient of an Infinity Award, presented by
the International Center of Photography, NY.
The books, which have become valued by collectors, were never intended for
public sale, but in the fall of 2003, powerHouse Books released Pictures:
Photographs by Jeff Bridges, a hardcover book containing a compilation of his
photographs taken on numerous film locations over the years, to much critical
acclaim. Proceeds from the book are donated to the Motion Picture & Television
Fund, a non-profit organization that offers charitable care and support to
In February 2015 Jeff released a spoken word/ambient album titled "Sleeping
Tapes." The collaboration was co-produced with musician Keefus Ciancia who also
supplied the music. The album was released by web hosting service Squarespace as
part of its Super Bowl advertising campaign, with all proceeds from the album
sales going to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.
In August 2011 Jeff released his self-titled major label debut album for Blue
Note Records. Multiple-Grammy Award-wining songwriter, musician and producer T
Bone Burnett produced the album. It is an organic extension and culmination of
his personal, professional and music friendship with Burnett, whom he has known
for more than 30 years. The critically acclaimed album was a follow up to his
first solo effort "Be Here Soon," on Ramp Records, the Santa Barbara, CA label
he co-founded with Michael McDonald and producer/singer/songwriter Chris Pelonis.
The CD features guest appearances by vocalist/keyboardist Michael McDonald,
Grammy-nominated Amy Holland and country-rock legend David Crosby. In 2014 he
released his first live album "Jeff Bridges & The Abiders Live" and has been
touring off and on when he is not working.
Jeff and his wife Susan divide their time between their home in Santa Barbara,
California, and their ranch in Montana.
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