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Jeff Bridges

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Born: December 4, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Bridges heads his own production company called As Is Productions.

"Sometimes, just on his own, Jeff Bridges is enough to make a picture worth seeing. . . . He may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor who ever lived; physically, it's as if he had spent his life in the occupation of each character. He's the most American--the loosest--of all the young actors. . . If he has a profile, we're not aware of it. . . . Jeff Bridges just moves into a role and lives in it--so deep in it that the little things seem to come straight from the character's soul." --Pauline Kael, from The New Yorker review of "The Last American Hero (1973), quoted in "Jeff Bridges: Blast Action Hero" July 15, 1994.

"There are still waters that run very deep in him. On the set when we were working, he showed the ultimate respect of one actor for another. . . . He saw you, heard you and was totally repsonsive through every take." --Mercedes Ruehl discussing working with Bridges on "The Fisher King" in Los Angeles Times, September 24, 1991.

"It's time to recognize Mr. Bridges as the most underappreciated great actor of his generation. Although he approached this potentially showy role without fanfare or ostentation, he has managed to transform himself to an astonishing degree. Looking muscular and mean, sporting chest-length, unkempt hair and a prominent tattoo, he sheds all of the guileless optimism that once colored so many of his performances, instead becoming a sour, suspicious failure who seems lost beyond hope. . . ." --Janet Maslin, "Father and Son Find Each Other Again" [a review of "American Heart"], The New York Times, May 14, 1993.

"Look, I know there are articles about how underappreciated I am, how I'm not a big enough star. I've read them. But I FEEL appreciated. I'm having a GREAT career. I'm getting paid a lot of money. I'm getting a variety of roles. I'm doing what I want to do. What's the problem?" --Jeff Bridges quoted in Entertainment Weekly, July 15, 1994.

"I am lucky because I haven't had any huge box-office hits, and yet I'm able to work with great directors, actors and writers, Maybe it's because I don't have a strong screen persona. I try to play a mix of characters and to do a variety of films." --Bridges quoted in "Pistol-Packing Papa" by Michele Shapiro, Time Out New York, November 29-December 6, 1995.

Bridges has exhibited his paintings and photographs in galleries in Los Angeles and Montana.

"Somehow, he never became a s--theel actor. I've never, ever heard of him pulling a star turn, or showing any ego.

"He was a pro when I met him, and he's only gotten better with the years. I'd work with him on every picture if I could. What can I say? I love the guy." --Peter Bogdanovich, to Larry Worth in the New York Post, March 3, 1998.

"I certainly have taken my cue from my father as far as my approach to the work. He has a very strong work ethic. It was great seeing how he approached the work. When he's on the set and he makes everybody feel appreciated and respected and important, you just kind of pick up on that. Acting, because of my dad, came pretty easy to me. The hard part, getting your foot in the door, was kind of handled by my dad having a hit TV series. But I had made seven or eight movies before I really decided that acting was what I wanted to do."

"The turning point for me was really on 'The Iceman Cometh'. I'd just finished 'The Last American Hero'. Usually after a film, you have this feeling where you don't ever want to do it again. I was feeling like that, and then I got offered 'Iceman Cometh' the next week, with Robert Ryan, Lee Marvin, and Fredric March, directed by John Frankenheimer. And I said, 'Ya know, I'm too tired. I don't want to do it.' I felt like being lazy. Then Lamont Johnson, who directed 'The Last American Hero', called up and read me the riot act. He said, 'You call yourself an actor? You got this great opportunity and you just turn it down? You're totally crazy.' So I decided to do a little experiment on myself and work when I didn't feel like it because that's what pros are supposed to do, right? And it turned out to be a wonderful experience." --Bridges, to Jay Carr in the Boston Globe, March 1, 1998.

"My first memory of acting was being thrown off the Malibu pier in ice-cold water and having to recite my lines [for a guest spot on 'Sea Hunt' at age 8]. He [Lloyd Bridges] taught me all the basics of acting whan I was just a little kid. I remember him sitting me up on the bed and going through it all for hours at a time. He was definitely my teacher.

". . . We called my mother the General because she held it all together. My mom, being so grounded and having such a secure base, allowed my father to be a kite. She would hold the string and he'd go flying out into the wind. That's the example I take of how they did it." --Bridges, quoted in People, July 26, 1999.

"I've been writing music since I was a teenager and jamming with my buddies all through the years, and there was a while there much earlier on in my life when I thought I might pursue music as my career. I always take a guitar and keyboard to different movie [sets] and have always written songs." --From the Chicago Sun-Times, March 19, 2000.

Bridges on accusations that his album is a vanity project: "Some people will think that. I guess you could look at it that way. Vanity? I dig my music, I love to play music more than I love listening to it. I get so much joy from my music that I guess it is a vanity project. But the proof is in the album and everyone has to make their own assessment of it.

"The music comes from the same place as the acting. I also do ceramics, I paint, I dance, I sing -- I'm a creative person and this is just another outlet for me." --quoted in New York Post, February 25, 2000.

Jeff Bridges' official web site, which features his music and visual art pieces as well as commentary on his acting, is accessible via www.jeffbridges.com.

"I really like it the way it is. It's kind of great. Yes, there's a downside to, you know, fame and all that stuff not only can it hassle your private life but I think as far as the work goes I really enjoy kind of disappearing into the character, not having too strong a persona or to be so..."---Bridges on his level of fame to Larry King CNN November 16, 2003

"For a long while I kind of resisted going into acting, and part of that reason was that my dad [Lloyd Bridges] was a well-established actor, and I thought I was just getting work because my dad got me in the door. That's the toughest part about acting, I think, getting your foot in the door, and my father certainly handled some of that for me."---Bridges on getting into acting to Premiere July/August 2004

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