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Also Known As: Died: June 6, 1993
Born: February 3, 1936 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Paris, Arkansas, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, playwright, actor

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Began his career as an actor in the late 1950s, wrote many shows for TV (including 18 episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents") and received his first feature credit in 1966, as co-writer of "The Appaloosa". Bridges made his directing debut with "The Baby Maker" (1970), a finely observed film about a middle-class couple who hire a hippy to bear their child after the wife discovers she is infertile.Not a prolific director, Bridges wrote the screenplays for all but the last of the eight films he made between 1970 and 1988. He hit his peak with "The China Syndrome" (1979), a suspenseful and potent indictment of both the nuclear power industry and the electronic media starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas. Bridges also helmed the popular John Travolta vehicle "Urban Cowboy" (1980) which, despite a weak storyline, affectionately captured its Texas milieu. "The Paper Chase" (1973) was a highly praised law-school drama that earned John Houseman an Oscar; "Mike's Murder" (1982) was a muddled, messy thriller; and "Perfect!" (1985) was a superficial flop. Bridges replaced Joyce Chopra as director of what proved to be his last film, the screen adaptation of Jay McInerney's sobering account of a...

Began his career as an actor in the late 1950s, wrote many shows for TV (including 18 episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents") and received his first feature credit in 1966, as co-writer of "The Appaloosa". Bridges made his directing debut with "The Baby Maker" (1970), a finely observed film about a middle-class couple who hire a hippy to bear their child after the wife discovers she is infertile.

Not a prolific director, Bridges wrote the screenplays for all but the last of the eight films he made between 1970 and 1988. He hit his peak with "The China Syndrome" (1979), a suspenseful and potent indictment of both the nuclear power industry and the electronic media starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas. Bridges also helmed the popular John Travolta vehicle "Urban Cowboy" (1980) which, despite a weak storyline, affectionately captured its Texas milieu. "The Paper Chase" (1973) was a highly praised law-school drama that earned John Houseman an Oscar; "Mike's Murder" (1982) was a muddled, messy thriller; and "Perfect!" (1985) was a superficial flop. Bridges replaced Joyce Chopra as director of what proved to be his last film, the screen adaptation of Jay McInerney's sobering account of a "cocaine yuppie", "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Bright Lights, Big City (1988) Director
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  Perfect (1985) Director
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  Mike's Murder (1984) Director
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  Urban Cowboy (1980) Director
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  The China Syndrome (1979) Director
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  9/30/55 (1977) Director
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  The Paper Chase (1973) Director
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  The Baby Maker (1970) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Fire and Ice (1983) Voice Of Subhuman
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 Faces (1968)
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 First the Egg (1985)
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 Rag Tag Champs, The (1978) Jerry
5.
 Woman Called Moses, A (1978) Young Shadrack Davis
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1957:
Made film acting debut in "Johnny Trouble"; met longtime partner Jack Larson on set
1962:
Wrote 18 episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and 14 TV movies
1977:
Wrote and directed "September 30th, 1955"
1984:
Wrote and directed mystery "Mike's Murder," starring Debra Winger
1985:
Co-wrote and directed aerobics-themed romantic drama "Perfect," starring Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta
1988:
Directed final film, "Bright Lights, Big City," starring Michael J. Fox
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Education

Arkansas Teachers College: -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

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companion:
Jack Larson. Playwright, librettist, former actor. Best known for playing Jimmy Olsen on "The Adventures of Superman" (1953-57); acted with Bridges in "Johnny Trouble" (1957); together for 35 years; associate producer of Bridges's "Mike's Murder" (1982) and co-producer of "Perfect" (1985); survived him.

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mother:
Celestine Wiggins. Survived him.
sister:
Mary Ann Wiggins. Survived him.

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