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 honored 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's (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 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.
Last June he starred in the supernatural action adventure "R.I.P.D" opposite
Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon and Mary-Louise Parker for director Robert Schwentke.
Bridges will next star in the adventure/fantasy film "Seventh Son" opposite
Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes and Kit Harington for director Sergey Bodrov. The
film is an adaptation of a series of young adult books about a teen who learns
the art of wizardry after discovering that he is the seventh son of a seventh
son slated for a February 2015 release.
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 Obadiah Stane.
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
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
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 nonprofit 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 American by 2015.
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 photos have been featured in several
magazines, including Premiere and Aperture, as well as in other publications
worldwide. He has also had gallery exhibits of his work in New York (at the
George Eastman House), Los Angeles, London and San Diego.
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 photos
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
nonprofit organization that offers charitable care and support to film-industry
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. Ramp Records
also released Michael McDonald's album, "Blue Obsession."
Jeff and his wife Susan divide their time between their home in Santa
Barbara, California, and their ranch in Montana.