JEFF BRIDGES (Roy Pulsifer) is one of Hollywood's most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award nominee. His 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 a Golden Globe, SAG Award and Independent Spirit Award.
The film follows Blake, who, through his experiences with a female reporter (Maggie Gyllenhaal), gets his career back on track while struggling in the shadow of a hotshot contemporary country star he once mentored. 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 multilayered performance is one of many in a career that spans decades.
Bridges earned his first Oscar nod in 1971 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, which co-starred Cybill Shepherd. Three years later, he received his second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor 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 2000, he was honored with another Golden Globe nomination and his fourth Oscar nomination for his supporting role in The Contender, Rod Lurie's political thriller, which co-starred Gary Oldman and Joan Allen, in which Bridges played the president of the United States.
In December 2010, Bridges' reunion with the Coen brothers in the critically acclaimed Western True Grit landed him his sixth Oscar nomination. 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.
Bridges will next be seen 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 young adult book series about a teen who learns the art of wizardry after discovering that he is the seventh son of a seventh son.
Prior to Crazy Heart, Bridges was seen in Grant Heslov's war comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats, playing Bill Django, a free-spirited military intelligence officer, who leads a secret group of warriors in the Army. The Peter Straughan screenplay is based on the Jon Ronson book inspired by a true story about a reporter in Iraq who meets a former member of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in its missions. Bridges starred opposite George Clooney, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey.
Additionally, Bridges starred in HBO Films'/Picturehouse's A Dog Year, based on the memoir by Jon Katz and written/directed by George LaVoo. This garnered Bridges a Primetime Emmy nomination. He also starred opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in the Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios blockbuster Iron Man, as Obadiah Stane.
Bridges starred opposite Shia LaBeouf as Geek, a cantankerous and washed-up surfer penguin, in Sony Pictures Animation's Academy Award -nominated Surf's Up. Prior to that, he appeared in his second film for director Terry Gilliam, titled Tideland, in which he played a drug addicted, has-been rock guitarist named Noah.
The actor's multifaceted career has cut a wide swath across all genres. He has starred in box-office hits such as Gary Ross' Seabiscuit; Gilliam's offbeat comedic drama The Fisher King, which co-starred Robin Williams; the multiaward-nominated The Fabulous Baker Boys, which co-starred his brother Beau Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer; Jagged Edge, opposite Glenn Close; Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream; Blown Away, which co-starred his late father, Lloyd Bridges, and Tommy Lee Jones; Peter Weir's Fearless, opposite Isabella Rossellini and Rosie Perez; and Martin Bell's American Heart, which co-starred Edward Furlong and was produced by Bridges' company, AsIs Productions. American Heart earned Bridges an Independent Spirit Award in 1993 for Best Male Lead.
In summer 2004, Bridges appeared opposite Kim Basinger in Tod Williams' critically acclaimed The Door in the Floor, for Focus Features, which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Male Lead.
Bridges played a major feature role in Albert Brooks' The Muse, which starred Brooks, Sharon Stone and Andie MacDowell; appeared in Mark Pellington's suspense thriller Arlington Road, which co-starred Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack; and starred in Simpatico, the feature film version of Sam Shepard's play, opposite Stone, Nick Nolte 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 Barbra Streisand's romantic comedy The Mirror Has Two Faces.
Bridges' other acting credits include How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, K-PAX, Masked and Anonymous, Stay Hungry, Bad Company, Against All Odds, Cutter's Way, The Vanishing, Texasville, The Morning After, Nadine, Rancho Deluxe, See You in the Morning, 8 Million Ways to Die, The Last American Hero and Hearts of the West.
In 1983, Bridges founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world. He 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.
Bridges is currently the national spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign that is fighting to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.
Through his company, AsIs Productions, Bridges has produced the television movie Hidden in America, which starred his brother Beau, for Showtime. It received a Golden Globe nomination in 1997 for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV and garnered Beau Bridges a Screen Actors Guild nod for Best Actor. The film was also nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.
One of Bridges' true passions is photography. While on set, he 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. Bridges' photos have been featured in several magazines, including Premiere and Aperture, as well as in other publications worldwide. He had gallery exhibits of his work in Los Angeles, London, San Diego and New York's George Eastman House.
The books, which have become valued by collectors, were never intended for public sale. However, in the fall of 2003, powerHouse Books released Pictures, a hardcover compilation of photos taken at 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 workers.
In August 2011, Bridges released his self-titled major-label debut album for Blue Note record company. Multiple-Grammy Award-winning songwriter, musician and producer T Bone Burnett produced the jazz album. It is an organic extension and culmination of Bridges' 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, California, label he co-founded with Michael McDonald and producer/singer/songwriter Chris Pelonis. The CD features guest appearances by vocalist/keyboardist McDonald, Grammy-nominated Amy Holland and country-rock legend David Crosby. Ramp Records also released McDonald's album "Blue Obsession."
Jeff and his wife, Susan, divide their time between their home in Santa Barbara and their ranch in Montana.