Beau Bridges


Actor
Beau Bridges

About

Also Known As
Lloyd Vernet Bridges Iii
Birth Place
Hollywood, California, USA
Born
December 09, 1941

Biography

An Emmy and Golden Globe award winner, actor Beau Bridges - the eldest son of actor Lloyd Bridges and brother of Jeff Bridges - developed into an amiable character actor after beginning his career as a child star in such films as "Force of Evil" (1948) and Lewis Milestone's "The Red Pony" (1949). Graduating into more adult roles in the late 1960s, Bridges was a diversely talented actor w...

Family & Companions

Julie Bridges
Wife
Divorced; Bridges refuses to discuss her or their marriage in interviews.
Wendy Bridges
Wife
Born in August 1961; married in 1984.

Notes

"Even as a teenager, my attempts to be 'bad' were pretty tame. The big deal back then was to steal a six-pack of beer, then we'd all go out to a vacant lot and split it between 12 guys and maybe take the last can and pour it over our heads so we'd reek of beer... My childhood was a time of very strict codes. This began for me in organized religion and being exposed to the Bible, and I've spent a lot of my life trying to live up to certain ethical standards that I set for myself back then.

"I never use God's name in vain. A lot of times a character I'm playing will be written that way and I have to tell the director I'd rather not say that--can I say 'fucking asshole' instead? It's like taking your clothes off for a scene--yes, okay, if it's an integral part of the scene, but if it's gratuitous . . ."I remember doing an almost completely nude scene in 'Gaily, Gaily', but since I didn't want to show everything, they took this little circle thing . . . ACTUALLY, I meant to say it was this BIG THING! That's all I had on--this big thing over my weiner." --Beau Bridges, quoted in Buzz, c. 1990.

Biography

An Emmy and Golden Globe award winner, actor Beau Bridges - the eldest son of actor Lloyd Bridges and brother of Jeff Bridges - developed into an amiable character actor after beginning his career as a child star in such films as "Force of Evil" (1948) and Lewis Milestone's "The Red Pony" (1949). Graduating into more adult roles in the late 1960s, Bridges was a diversely talented actor who fit comfortably into a number of genres - drama, comedy, historical biopics, and even science-fiction. Following a praised turn as reporter in "Gaily, Gaily" (1969) and a starring role in Hal Ashby's directorial debut, "The Landlord" (1970), he made his first of several collaborations with director Peter Ustinov in the satirical comedy, "Hammersmith Is Out" (1972). Later in the decade, Bridges was the husband of union organizer "Norma Rae" (1979) and entered the following decade with a starring role in the biopic "Heart Like a Wheel" (1983). He joined his brother for the critically hailed romantic drama, "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989), which he followed with an Emmy-winning performance in the title role for "Without Warning: The James Brady Story" (HBO, 1991). Bridges also found great success on the small screen, earning critical acclaim for portraying Elvis' manager Colonel Tom Parker, former U.S. President Richard Nixon, and 19th century showman P.T. Barnum. Entering the new millennium, Bridges showed no sign of slowing down with a recurring role on "Stargate: SG-1" (Sci-Fi Channel, 2005-07), a supporting part in Steven Soderberg's World War II drama, "The Good German" (2006), and a guest-starring role on "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-12). With his modest gravitas, which always made him a favorite of his many collaborators, Bridges quietly became one of the most prolific character performers working in Hollywood.

Born Lloyd Vernet Bridges III on Dec. 9, 1941 in Hollywood, CA, he earned his lifelong nickname as a child, after the fictional son of Ashley Wilkes' in "Gone with the Wind" (1939). After a hopeful career in pro basketball failed to pan out, Bridges returned to acting in his early twenties. In the early 1960s, he appeared in a number of TV shows, including his father's syndicated undersea adventure series "Sea Hunt" (1958- 1961). Seeking to forge his own identity separate from his famous father, however, Bridges began going after more serious, adult-oriented fare toward the end of the decade. Among his most notable credits from this early period was a supporting part as a soldier menaced by hoods during a subway ride in Larry Peerce's "The Incident" (1967). Bridges also gained notice for his gripping portrayal of a fictionalized Ben Hecht in Norman Jewison's "Gaily, Gaily" (1969).

Although he proved himself a capable romantic lead early on - particularly in Hal Ashby's "The Landlord" (1970) - Bridges ultimately found his niche as a character actor. He continued to work steadily, if not spectacularly, throughout the 1970s in features like Sidney Lumet's "Child's Play" (1972) and Peerce's "The Other Side of the Mountain" (1974), before landing the thankless role of Sally Field's husband in director Martin Ritt's pro-union drama "Norma Rae" (1979). While Field's flashier title role nabbed her an Oscar for Best Actress, Bridges' role as her insecure, frustrated spouse, Sonny, was deceptively multi-layered and arguably the more complex of the two.

Bridges became especially prolific during the 1980s, appearing in no less than two dozen features and television productions. In 1981, Bridges earned positive notice for his supporting role as East German baddie Guenter Wentsel in "Night Crossing," an interesting, but ultimately forgettable Cold War drama. Two years later, Bridges gave one of his best performances supporting Bonnie Bedelia in the underrated racecar drama "Heart Like a Wheel" (1983). Around this same period, Bridges branched into directing with the 1982 NBC movie "The Kid from Nowhere," a vehicle which not only saw him act, but also provided roles for sons Casey and Jordan. He later helmed, co-produced and starred in the highly-acclaimed "The Thanksgiving Promise" (ABC, 1986), an even larger family affair featuring three generations of Bridges - father, mother, brother and son Jordan. Bridges made his feature directing debut with "The Wild Pair" (1987), acting opposite father Lloyd and sons Casey and Dylan this time, but neither it nor the subsequent "Seven Hours to Judgment" (1988), which re-teamed him with Leibman, created much excitement.

Fortunately, Bridges managed to close the decade out on an especially high note - starring opposite his brother Jeff in director Steve Kloves' engaging drama, "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989). Cast as the low-rent, polyester-clad lounge lizard Frank Baker, Bridges turned in a magnificent performance as the spurned half of a brother-brother nightclub act with both in love with saucy Michelle Pfeiffer. Smart, smooth and unexpectedly poignant, Bridges earned raves for his performance - one that many viewed as partly autobiographical in nature.

Returning to the small screen in the 1990s, Bridges tried to make a go of series television as the star and executive producer of "Harts of the West" (CBS, 1993-94), a dramedy about a city slicker who uproots his family to the Flying Tumbleweed Ranch in Sholo, NV. Unfortunately, the show failed to find an audience. Luckily, Bridges appeared to have better luck in the long-form format. In 1992, Bridges won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special for his tragic portrayal of James Brady - the former press secretary of President Ronald Reagan who took a bullet from John Hinkley's attempt on the president's life - in "Without Warning." The following year, Bridges took home another Emmy in the same category for his deliciously funny turn in the cable black comedy, "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleading-Murdering Mom" (HBO, 1993) - based on the true story of accused murderer Wanda Holloway.

Continuing his good luck with politically-themed dramas, Bridges turned in yet another Emmy-nominated performance as disgraced President Richard Nixon in the TNT made-for-TV movie "Kissinger & Nixon (1995). Starting in 1997, Bridges served as co-star and producer on three Showtime telefilms based on the old TV series "The Defenders" (CBS, 1961-64). In the first two, "The Defenders: Payback" (1997) and "The Defenders: Choice of Evils" (1998), original series star E.G. Marshall reprised his role as Lawrence Preston, joined by son Don (Bridges) and granddaughter M J. (Martha Plimpton). When Marshall became too ill to participate in the third installment, "The Defenders: Taking the First" (1998), the focus of the movie shifted to the father-daughter team, indicating that there was still life in the franchise. Bridges also starred in the Barry Sonnenfeld-produced summer series "Maximum Bob" (ABC, 1998), a quirky one-hour drama based on an Elmore Leonard novel, playing Floridian Judge Bob Isom Gibbs, a hard-nose who meets his match in a female lawyer.

In 2005, Bridges was cast as austere Major General Frank Landry on the cable sci-fi adventure series "Stargate SG-1" (Showtime/Sci-Fi Channel, 1997-2007). The following year, Bridges received his third Emmy nod; this time for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Carl Hickey, the no-goodnick father of the title character played by Jason Lee in the hit NBC sitcom "My Name is Earl" (2005-09). Following supporting turns in Steven Soderbergh's World War II mystery, "The Good German" (2006), and as a Hollywood manager in "Americanizing Shelley" (2007), Bridges co-starred in the video game feature film adaptation, "Max Payne" (2008), playing a former cop and mentor who helps the titular antihero (Mark Wahlberg) find the people responsible for killing his family and partner. On the small screen, Bridges earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2009 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for playing handyman Eli Scruggs on an episode of "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-12). Earlier that year, he shared a Grammy Award with Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood for Best Spoken Word Album for his reading of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. In another acclaimed guest turn, he played Detective George Andrews - who decides to undergo a transformation into Detective Georgette Andrews - on an episode of "The Closer" (TNT, 2005-2011). His performance earned Bridges an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. He continued amassing Emmy nominations as a guest star with his performance as the old boyfriend of family matriarch Nora Walker (Sally Field) on "Brothers and Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011). After an appearance in the George Clooney comedy-drama "The Descendants" (2011), Bridges returned to TV with arcs on crime drama "White Collar" (USA 2009-14) and legal comedy "Franklin and Bash" (TNT 2011-14) and a co-starring role as the deceased patriarch on the critically praised but short-lived sitcom "The Goodwin Games" (Fox 2013). He then co-starred on two very different series, working opposite Alison Janney on the period drama "Masters of Sex" (Showtime 2013- ) and against Will Arnett and Margo Martindale on the Greg Garcia-created sitcom "The Millers" (CBS 2013-14). The latter show, suffering from declining ratings and critical apathy, was canceled partway through its second season.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Secret Sins of the Father (1994)
Director
Seven Hours To Judgement (1988)
Director
The Wild Pair (1987)
Director
The Thanksgiving Promise (1986)
Director
The Kid From Nowhere (1982)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Galveston (2018)
All About Nina (2018)
The Mountain Between Us (2017)
Christmas in Angel Falls (2017)
Flower Shop Mystery: Snipped in the Bud (2016)
Flower Shop Mystery: Mum's the Word (2016)
Tumbledown (2015)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)
Voice
1000 to 1: The Corey Weissman Story (2014)
Columbus Circle (2012)
Eden (2012)
Hit and Run (2012)
The Descendants (2011)
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2011)
Game Time: Tackling the Past (2011)
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove (2010)
I-See-You.Com (2008)
Stargate: Continuum (2008)
Stargate: The Ark of Truth (2008)
Max Payne (2008)
Americanizing Shelley (2007)
Operation Homecoming (2007)
Narrator
Spinning Into Butter (2007)
The Good German (2006)
Charlotte's Web (2006)
Smile (2005)
Cast
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Sightings: Heartland Ghost (2004)
Derek Mulroy
Evel Knievel (2004)
John Bork
Out of the Ashes (2003)
We Were the Mulvaneys (2002)
The White River Kid (2001)
Daddy Weed
The Christmas Secret (2000)
Common Ground (2000)
Surfing for Life (2000)
Narrator
Songs in Ordinary Time (2000)
Omar Duvall
Sordid Lives (2000)
G W Nethercott
Inherit the Wind (1999)
Meeting Daddy (1998)
Larry Branson
The Defenders: Choice of Evils (1998)
Don Preston
Defenders: Taking the First (1998)
Don Preston
Defenders, The: Payback (1997)
Rocketman (1997)
The Second Civil War (1997)
The Uninvited (1996)
Charles Johnson
A Stranger to Love (1996)
Allan Grant
Hidden in America (1996)
Bill Januson
Losing Chase (1996)
Richard Philips
Kissinger and Nixon (1995)
Secret Sins of the Father (1994)
The Man With Three Wives (1993)
Sidekicks (1993)
Elvis & the Colonel: The Untold Story (1993)
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)
Hollywood Christmas Parade (1993)
Married To It (1991)
Without Warning: The James Brady Story (1991)
Wildflower (1991)
Jack Perkins
Guess Who's Coming For Christmas? (1990)
Women & Men: Stories of Seduction (1990)
Breen ("Man In The Brooks Brothers Shirt")
Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? (1990)
Orville
Just Another Secret (1989)
Jack Grant
Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989)
The Iron Triangle (1989)
Captain Keene
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Signs of Life (1989)
The Wizard (1989)
Seven Hours To Judgement (1988)
The Wild Pair (1987)
Joe Jennings
The Killing Time (1987)
Outrage! (1986)
A Fighting Choice (1986)
Thad Taylor
The Thanksgiving Promise (1986)
Hank Tilby
The Red-Light Sting (1984)
Frank Powell
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)
Heart Like A Wheel (1983)
Love Child (1982)
Jack Hansen
Dangerous Company (1982)
Ray Johnson
The Kid From Nowhere (1982)
Witness for the Prosecution (1982)
Leonard Vole
Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
Night Crossing (1981)
Gunter Wetzel
Silver Dream Racer (1980)
Bruce Mcbride
Norma Rae (1979)
The Runner Stumbles (1979)
The Child Stealer (1979)
The Fifth Musketeer (1979)
The Four Feathers (1978)
Harry Feversham
The President's Mistress (1978)
Ben Morton
Greased Lightning (1977)
Hutch
Two-Minute Warning (1976)
Swashbuckler (1976)
Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
Dick Buek
Medical Story (1975)
Dr Steve Drucker
Dragonfly (1975)
The Stranger Who Looks Like Me (1974)
Chris Schroeder
Lovin' Molly (1974)
Johnny
Your Three Minutes Are Up (1973)
Charlie
The Man Without a Country (1973)
Child's Play (1972)
Paul Reis
Hammersmith Is Out (1972)
Billy Breedlove
The Christian Licorice Store (1971)
[Franklin] Cane
The Landlord (1970)
Elgar Enders
Gaily, Gaily (1969)
Ben Harvey
For Love of Ivy (1968)
Tim Austin
The Incident (1967)
Pfc Felix Teflinger
Village of the Giants (1965)
Fred
The Explosive Generation (1961)
Mark
The Company She Keeps (1951)
Boy at station
The Red Pony (1949)
Beau
Zamba (1949)
Tommy Duncan
Force of Evil (1949)
Frankie Tucker
No Minor Vices (1948)
Bertram Farraday

Producer (Feature Film)

Defenders: Taking the First (1998)
Executive Producer
The Defenders: Choice of Evils (1998)
Co-Executive Producer
Defenders, The: Payback (1997)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Song Performer

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

South Central (1992)
Special Thanks To

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Jerry Maguire (1996)
Other

Director (Special)

Don't Touch (1985)
Director

Cast (Special)

The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards (2004)
Jeff Bridges: Building Bridges (2002)
Intimate Portrait: Pam Dawber (2002)
John Wooden: Values, Victory and Peace of Mind (2001)
Narration
Surfing For Life (2001)
Narrator
Founding Fathers (2000)
Voice
2nd Annual TV Guide Awards (2000)
Presenter
Intimate Portrait: Swoosie Kurtz (2000)
An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre (1999)
68th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (1999)
Grand Marshal
Brian Wilson: A Beach Boy's Tale (1999)
Narration
Lloyd Bridges (1998)
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1998)
Performer
Quincy Jones -- The First 50 Years (1998)
1997 Cable Ace Awards (1997)
Presenter
The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Presenter
Memphis PD: War on the Streets (1996)
Narration
Family Film Awards (1996)
Host
5 American Handguns -- 5 American Kids (1995)
Narrator
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995)
Presenter
Countdown to Christmas (1994)
The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration (1994)
The 14th Annual CableACE Awards (1993)
Presenter
50th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1993)
Presenter
HBO's 20th Anniversary -- We Hardly Believe It Ourselves (1992)
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1992)
Presenter
Abra Cadaver (1991)
The Meaning of Life (1991)
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1991)
Presenter
Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
To Be Free: The National Literacy Honors From the White House (1990)
The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards (1990)
Performer
1990 Ace Awards-11th Annual (1990)
Presenter
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1990)
Presenter
Three of a Kind (1989)
America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (1989)
Performer
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Performer
Can a Guy Say No? (1986)
Stubby Pringle's Christmas (1978)
Stubby Pringle
The Dorothy Hamill Winter Carnival Special (1977)
The Whirlwind (1974)
Young Benjamin Franklin
My Dad Lives in a Downtown Hotel (1973)
Joe Grant
Robert Young and the Family (1971)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

10.5 (2004)
Voyage of the Unicorn (2001)
P.T. Barnum (1999)
Nightjohn (1996)
Million Dollar Babies (1994)
James A. Michener's "Space" (1985)
Alice in Wonderland (1985)

Life Events

1948

Made feature film debut in Lewis Milestone's "No Minor Vices"

1949

Re-teamed with Milestone for "The Red Pony"

1960

TV debut in "My Three Sons" (ABC), later in same year appeared in "Sea Hunt" (syndicated) with father Lloyd

1962

Debut as series regular on the NBC sitcom "Ensign O'Toole"

1962

Made several appearances on "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (CBS)

1965

Played a teen who grows to very large proportions in "Village of the Giants"

1966

Made Broadway debut in William Inge's "Where's Daddy?"

1967

First adult film role, Larry Peerce's "The Incident"

1969

Won praise for portraying a naive reporter in "Gaily, Gaily"

1970

Starred as "The Landlord" in Hal Ashby's directorial debut

1972

First collaboration with Peter Ustinov in "Hammersmith Is Out"

1972

Played an athletic coach in Sidney Lumet's "Child's Play"

1973

TV-movie debut, The Man Without a Country" (ABC)

1974

Acted in "The Whirlwind" (CBS), playing younger version of father Lloyd's character Benjamin Franklin

1974

Returned to Broadway stage in Peter Ustinov's "Who's Who in Hell"

1974

Second film with Lumet, "Lovin' Molly," an adaptation of Larry McMurtry's novel <i>Leaving Cheyenne</i>

1976

Re-teamed with Peerce for "Two-Minute Warning"

1979

First feature co-starring father, "The Fifth Musketeer"

1979

Played Sally Field's husband in the Academy Award nominated film "Norma Rae"

1980

Cast in the short-lived NBC show "United States"

1981

Starred in Delbert Mann's "Night Crossing"

1982

TV-movie directing debut, "The Kid From Nowhere" (NBC), also acted

1983

Starred opposite Bonnie Bedelia in "Heart Like a Wheel," the biopic of racer Shirley Muldowney

1985

Acted with father in CBS' "Alice in Wonderland"

1986

Directed his father, mother Dorothy and son Jordan in ABC's "The Thanksgiving Promise"; also acted and co-produced

1987

Feature film directing debut, "The Wild Pair"; also acted; father and sons Casey and Dylan had roles

1987

Had co-starring role in the CBS miniseries "Space"

1988

Directed (and acted in) second feature, "Seven Hours to Judgment"

1989

First feature role opposite brother Jeff, "The Fabulous Baker Boys"

1991

Won first Emmy Award for playing the title role in "Without Warning: The James Brady Story" (HBO)

1991

Acted in Diane Keaton's long-format directorial debut, "Wildflower" (Lifetime)

1993

Garnered an Emmy for his role in "The Positively True Story of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" (HBO)

1993

Portrayed Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker in "Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story" (NBC)

1993

Starred in (and co-executive produced) the CBS series, "Harts of the West"; father appeared in a recurring role

1994

Directed his father and son Jordan in "Secret Sins of the Father" (NBC), also acted

1995

Received an Emmy nomination for narrating "5 American Kids - 5 American Handguns" for HBO

1995

Acted with his father and son Dylan in the two-hour pilot episode of Showtime's "The Outer Limits"; received an Emmy nomination

1995

Played former U.S. president Richard Nixon in the TV-movie "Kissinger and Nixon" (TNT), garnered an Emmy nomination

1996

Acted with sons Jordan and Dylan in "A Stranger to Love" (CBS)

1996

Portrayed a laid-off factory worker in Showtime's "Hidden in America"; executive produced by brother Jeff; received an Emmy nomination

1996

Had small role as a young football player's father in the blockbuster "Jerry Maguire"

1996

Portrayed a husband whose wife falls for another woman in Kevin Bacon's directorial debut "Losing Chase"

1997

Collaborated with director Andy Wolk on the Showtime movie, "The Defenders"; aired in three parts titled "Payback," "Choice of Evils" and "Taking the First"

1997

Won third Emmy for his work as the Idaho governor who closed his state off to immigration in HBO's "The Second Civil War"

1998

Final appearance with father, "Meeting Daddy"; Peter Gould's directorial debut

1999

Played the title role in the A&E original miniseries, "P.T. Barnum"; son Jordan played a young version of the title character; earned an Emmy nomination

1999

Portrayed E.K. Hornbeck in the Showtime movie "Inherit the Wind"; earned an Emmy nomination

2002

Cast as Michael Mulvaney in the Lifetime drama "We Were The Mulvaneys"

2002

Cast as the head of the CIA in the CBS drama series "The Agency"

2004

Starred as the President of the United States in the NBC movie "10.5"

2005

Starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Ballad of Jack and Rose"

2005

Landed a recurring role as the title character's father on NBC's "My Name is Earl"; received an Emmy Award nomination in 2007 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

2005

Played the recurring role of Major General Hank Landry in the Sci-Fi Channel's "Stargate: Atlantis" and "Stargate SG-1"

2006

Co-starred in Steven Soderbergh's post WWII drama "The Good German"

2008

Played Major General Landry in the direct-to-DVD movies "Stargate: The Ark of Truth" and "Stargate: Continuum"

2009

Earned an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role on ABC's "Desperate Housewives " as Eli Scruggs, a handyman

2010

Earned an Emmy nomination for a guest starring-role on TNT's "The Closer"

2010

Joined ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" in a recurring role as a love interest for Sally Field's character

2011

Cast opposite George Clooney in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants"

2012

Appeared opposite Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper in action comedy "Hit and Run"

Photo Collections

Village of the Giants - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Village of the Giants (1965). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Landlord, The (1970) - Great Costume! The bustling costume-party scene from Hal Ashby's The Landlord, 1970, featuring Lee Grant, Beau Bridges, Marki Bey, Susan Anspach, Robert Klein (in black-face!) and Walter Brooke, photographed by Gordon Willis.
Landlord, The (1970) - It Ain't Your Baby Explosive scene in which Elgar (Beau Bridges, title character) overhears tenant Fanny (Diana Sands) telling husband Copee (Louis Gossett) she's pregnant, and it goes badly, in Hal Ashby's The Landlord, 1970.
Landlord, The (1970) - Open, How Do We LIve? Opening with emphasis on Beau Bridges, the title character, addressing the camera, in the little-noticed but well-regarded satire/melodrama about urban race relations, and the first feature by whiz-kid editor Hal Ashby, who was given the directing assignment by his mentor Norman Jewison who stepped aside to produce, The Landlord, 1970.
Norma Rae (1979) - It Goes Like It Goes Real photos of the young Sally Field (title character), Martin Ritt directing factory scenes from Opelika, Alabama, and Jennifer Warnes' much-praised rendering of the Oscar-winning song by David Shire and Norman Gimbel, opening Norma Rae, 1979.
Norma Rae (1979) - Things Can Get To You Still not comfortable in her new job as a floor supervisor, Sally Field (title character) strikes up a sudden acquaintance with fellow mill worker Sonny (Beau Bridges), her dad (Pat Hingle) not approving, in Martin Ritt's Norma Rae, 1979.
Greased Lightning (1977) - Is That A Picture Of You? Based on an event that happened around 1952, near Danville, Va, Wendell Scott (Richard Pryor) becomes the first black driver in a “Dixie Circuit” race, Beau Bridges a rival who’ll become a pal, Noble Willingham a promoter with instructions, in the comic bio-pic Greased Lightning, 1977.
Village Of The Giants (1965) - Let's Dance! Visitors Fred (Beau Bridges), Merrie (Joy Harmon), Pete (Tim Rooney) and pals, now huge, having ingested "Goo" and dressed in fabric they found at the theater, drop by to torment locals, especially Horsey (Johnny Crawford), in Village Of The Giants, 1965.
Red Pony, The - Mights Ain't Gettin' Follow the Aaron Copland score, again, as Tom (Peter Myles) enters a medieval fantasy (featuring ranch-hand pal Robert Mitchum) before the kids catch up en route to school in Lewis Milestone's The Red Pony, 1949.

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Family

Lloyd Bridges
Father
Actor. Was prolific in film and TV from the early 1940s; starred in the popular TV series "Sea Hunt" (1957-61) and acted in such films as "Home of the Brave" (1949), "High Noon" (1952), "The Goddess" (1958) and "Airplane!" (1980); died on March 10, 1998 at the age of 85.
Dorothy Dean Bridges
Mother
Former actor.
Garrett Myles Bridges
Brother
Born in June 1948; died of sudden infant death syndrome in August 1948.
Jeff Bridges
Brother
Actor. Born in 1949; has played leading roles in films including "The Last Picture Show" (1971), "Cutter's Way" (1981) and "Tucker" (1988); acted together in "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989).
Lucinda Bridges
Sister
Painter. Born in October 1953.
Casey Bridges
Son
Actor, documentarian. Adopted with first wife; born in 1969; of African-American descent.
Jordan Bridges
Son
Actor. Born on November 13, 1973; mother, Julie Bridges.
Dylan Lloyd Bridges
Son
Actor. Born on October 25, 1984; mother, Wendy Bridges.
Emily Beau Bridges
Daughter
Actor. Born on July 2, 1986; mother, Wendy Bridges; acted with father in CBS movie "The Uninvited" (1996).
Ezekiel Jeffrey Bridges
Son
Born on September 24, 1973; mother, Wendy Bridges.

Companions

Julie Bridges
Wife
Divorced; Bridges refuses to discuss her or their marriage in interviews.
Wendy Bridges
Wife
Born in August 1961; married in 1984.

Bibliography

Notes

"Even as a teenager, my attempts to be 'bad' were pretty tame. The big deal back then was to steal a six-pack of beer, then we'd all go out to a vacant lot and split it between 12 guys and maybe take the last can and pour it over our heads so we'd reek of beer... My childhood was a time of very strict codes. This began for me in organized religion and being exposed to the Bible, and I've spent a lot of my life trying to live up to certain ethical standards that I set for myself back then.

"I never use God's name in vain. A lot of times a character I'm playing will be written that way and I have to tell the director I'd rather not say that--can I say 'fucking asshole' instead? It's like taking your clothes off for a scene--yes, okay, if it's an integral part of the scene, but if it's gratuitous . . ."I remember doing an almost completely nude scene in 'Gaily, Gaily', but since I didn't want to show everything, they took this little circle thing . . . ACTUALLY, I meant to say it was this BIG THING! That's all I had on--this big thing over my weiner." --Beau Bridges, quoted in Buzz, c. 1990.

About his closeness with brother Jeff: "We see each other quite often at family gatherings, or we just get together. Not long ago, we took off three days, just the two of us, driving around. We used work as an excuse, but mostly we just wanted to spend some time together."--Bridges to Harvey Solomon in Biography Magazine, September 1999.

On his late father Lloyd: "[His spirit] is always with me and my family. He was a great teacher. And I think of him whenever I'm at a crossroads or have to make a choice." --Bridges to Harvey Solomon in Biography Magazine, September 1999.