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Also Known As: Lloyd Vernet Bridges Ii Died: March 10, 1998
Born: January 15, 1913 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Leandro, California, USA Profession: actor, drama teacher, parcel service worker

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A popular and talented leading man for five decades, Lloyd Bridges began his career playing gritty men of action in films like "Home of the Brave" (1949) and "High Noon" (1952) and finished it as a madcap player in such slapstick films as "Airplane!" and "Hot Shots!" (1991). Along the way, he became a television star thanks to "Sea Hunt" (syndicated, 1958-1961) and starred in numerous television series and movies. The father of actors Jeff and Beau Bridges and grandfather to Jordan Bridges, he experienced a career upswing in the 1980s thanks to "Airplane!" and worked tirelessly in dramas, comedies and everything in between until his death in 1998. His tenacity, talent and charisma made him a favorite of multiple generations of viewers.

A popular and talented leading man for five decades, Lloyd Bridges began his career playing gritty men of action in films like "Home of the Brave" (1949) and "High Noon" (1952) and finished it as a madcap player in such slapstick films as "Airplane!" and "Hot Shots!" (1991). Along the way, he became a television star thanks to "Sea Hunt" (syndicated, 1958-1961) and starred in numerous television series and movies. The father of actors Jeff and Beau Bridges and grandfather to Jordan Bridges, he experienced a career upswing in the 1980s thanks to "Airplane!" and worked tirelessly in dramas, comedies and everything in between until his death in 1998. His tenacity, talent and charisma made him a favorite of multiple generations of viewers.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Mafia! (1998) Vincenzo Cortino
3.
 Meeting Daddy (1998) (Daddy) Mr Branson
4.
 Deliverance of Elaine, The (1996) Addison Hodges
5.
 Other Woman, The (1995) Grandpa Jacob
6.
 Secret Sins of the Father (1994) Louis Thielman
7.
 Blown Away (1994) Max O'Bannon
8.
 Run of Hearts (1993) Bronski
9.
 Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) Tug Benson
10.
 Devlin (1992) Bill Brennan
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1935:
Joined the touring production of "The Taming of the Shrew" after graduation; when show reached New York Bridges stayed
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Taught acting at a private school in Darien, CT and worked at night for United Parcel Service
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Worked for a time for the American Foundation for the Blind making recordings of plays, novels and poetry
1937:
Co-founded the Off-Broadway company, The Playroom Club
1940:
Offered a film contract by Columbia executive Sidney Buchman who saw him performing in Ossining theater; signed to seven-year contract
1941:
Film acting debut in "The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance"
1944:
Ended contract with Columbia; began free-lancing
1948:
Played first leading role in a feature, "Secret Service Investigator"
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Testified as a "friendly witness" at the infamous HUAC hearings which resulted in the blacklists of the late 1940s and 50s
1956:
Replaced Franchot Tone in his Broadway debut, "Oh Men! Oh Women!"
1957:
Starred as Mike Nelson on the syndicated TV adventure series, "Sea Hunt"
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Returned to Broadway to play Iago in a 1950s adaptation of "Othello"
1958:
Last film for eight years, "The Goddess"
1962:
Cast as Adam Sheppard on the TV anthology series, "The Lloyd Bridges Show"; sons Beau and Jeff occasionally performed on the show
1965:
Cast in the lead role of William Colton on the CBS Western series, "The Loner"
1966:
Returned to feature films with "Around the World Under the Sea"
1967:
Returned to Broadway in the comedy, "Cactus Flower"
1968:
Starred in first TV-movie, "The People Next Door"
1970:
Cast on the short-lived NBC series, "San Francisco International Airport"
1972:
Hosted and narrated the syndicated instructional TV special, "Lloyd Bridges' Water World"
1975:
Played the title role in the NBC police drama series, "Joe Forrester"
1977:
First TV miniseries, "Roots" (ABC)
1979:
First feature film appearance with son Beau Bridges, "The Fifth Musketeer"
1984:
Played leading role of Grant Harper on the short-lived ABC primetime soap opera, "Paper Dolls"
1985:
Returned to Broadway in a revival of "Man of La Mancha"
1986:
Acted with three generations of Bridges in the TV-movie, "Thanksgiving Promise"; starred Beau Bridges, his wife Dorothy and marked the debut of Beau's son Jordan
1988:
First feature film appearance with son Jeff Bridges, "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
1990:
Starred as Jonathan 'Jo Jo' Turner on the short-lived ABC drama series, "Capital News"
1993:
Played the recurring role of Jake Tyrrell on the CBS drama series, "Harts of the West"; also starring his son Beau Bridges
1998:
Completed "Jane Austen's Mafia" and "Meeting Daddy" (the latter co-starring Beau Bridges) before his death
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Education

Petaluma High School: Petaluma , California -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Bridges was honorary president of EarthTrust and was also active in such body-of-water focused environmentalist groups as the American Oceans Campaign and Heal the Bay.

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wife:
Dorothy Bridges. Former actor. Met at UCLA; married in 1939 at the Little Church Around the Corner in NYC; exchanged vows again on 50th wedding anniversary.

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father:
Lloyd Vernet Bridges. Was in hotel business in California; at one time owned a cinema.
mother:
Harriet Bridges.
son:
Beau Bridges. Actor. Born on December 9, 1941.
son:
Garrett Bridges. Born in June 1948; died of sudden infant death syndrome in August 1948.
son:
Jeff Bridges. Actor. Born on December 4, 1949.
daughter:
Lucinda Bridges. Former actor. Born in 1953; gave up acting to concentrate on raising her family.
grandson:
Casey Bridges. Adopted by Beau Bridges; born in 1969.
grandson:
Jordan Bridges. Actor. Born in 1973; father Beau Bridges; made acting debut with Lloyd and Beau Bridges in the TV-movie, "Thanksgiving Promise" (1986), which also featured Dorothy Bridges in a supporting role and featured an unbilled walk-on by Jeff Bridges.
granddaughter:
Isabella Bridges. Born in 1981; father Jeff Bridges.
granddaughter:
Jessica Bridges. Born in 1983; father Jeff Bridges.
grandson:
Dylan Bridges. Actor. Born in 1984; father Beau Bridges.
granddaughter:
Haley Bridges. Born in 1985; father Jeff Bridges.
granddaughter:
Emily Bridges. Born in 1986; father Beau Bridges.
grandson:
Ezekiel Bridges. Born in 1993; father, Beau Bridges.
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