Jeff Bridges is one of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a seven-time Academy Award® nominee, as well as a singer and producer.
His 2009 performance in “Crazy Heart” 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. Bridges’ moving and multi-layered performance is one of many in a career that spans decades.
Bridges 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 playing the alien in “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, 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. In 2017 he received his seventh Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actor as a retiring Texas Ranger in “Hell or High Water” a modern action bank heist thriller set in west Texas. The critically acclaimed film premiered Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film festival, and was written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by David Mackenzie. He also received a Golden Globe and SAG nomination for his performance.
He will next be seen in 20th Century Fox’s mystery/thriller “Bad Times at The El Royale” as Father Daniel Flynn for writer/director Drew Goddard. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm and Dakota Johnson and will be released October 12th.
Additionally, on October 5th he can be seen and heard in “Living in The Future’s Past,” directed by Susan Kucera.
The actor’s multi-faceted career has cut a wide swathe across all genres, and he has starred in numerous box office hits.
Bridges has also been seen in the drama “Only Living Boy in New York,” “The Kingsman Golden Circle,” and in the action drama “Only The Brave.” Before that he was 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. In August 2014, Bridges starred in “The Giver” opposite Meryl Streep. 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. In 2010 he starred 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.
Prior to “Crazy Heart,” he starred in “A Dog Year” for HBO Films/ Picturehouse, based on the memoir by Jon Katz and directed by George LaVoo and garnered an Emmy nomination; as well as opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in the Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios blockbuster “Iron Man,” (2008). He starred opposite Shia LaBeouf 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.”
In 1998, he starred in the Coen brothers’ cult comedy “The Big Lebowski.”
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 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. In 2013, Jeff was the recipient of an Infinity Award, presented by the International Center of Photography, NY. Proceeds from books of his photography are donated to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a nonprofit organization that offers charitable care and support to film-industry workers.
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. All proceeds from the album sales go 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-winning songwriter, musician and producer T Bone Burnett produced the album. 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. 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.