Lloyd Bridges


Actor
Lloyd Bridges

About

Also Known As
Lloyd Vernet Bridges Ii
Birth Place
San Leandro, California, USA
Born
January 15, 1913
Died
March 10, 1998

Biography

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 te...

Family & Companions

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

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.

Biography

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.

Born in San Leandro, CA on Jan. 15, 1913, Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. was the son of a local hotelier and movie theater owner. Active in sports and scholastic pursuits at Petaluma High School, he pursued a degree in political science at UCLA but found himself devoting more time to school theater productions. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sidney Howard, who later penned the Oscar-winning script for "Gone with the Wind" (1939), encouraged Bridges to follow his interest in acting, which he took to heart. In 1935, shortly after graduating from UCLA, he joined a touring production of "The Taming of the Shrew" and followed it across country before settling in New York City. Bridges supported himself in a variety of jobs, including acting teacher and recording plays and novels for the American Foundation for the Blind while treading the boards in New York. An executive from Columbia Pictures discovered him in 1940 while performing in Ossining, NY. He was signed to a seven-year contract and earned his first screen credit in 1941's "The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance." A staggering amount of films in every genre followed, though few provided him with much of an opportunity to show his abilities. With his craggy features and drawling delivery, he was a go-to for second and third-string muscle in Westerns, gangster and war pictures like 1943's Humphrey Bogart picture, "Sahara."

Unsatisfied with the selection of roles being offered to him, Bridges ended his contract with Columbia in 1944. After a stint in the U.S. Coast Guard, he returned to Hollywood as a freelancer. His first lead came in the 1945 serial adaptation of the popular comic strip "Secret Agent X-9" by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond. Eventually, the roles and the projects improved; the World War II drama "A Walk in the Sun" (1945) preceded Andre De Toth's Western drama "Ramrod," with Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, before Bridges landed his breakthrough role in "Home of the Brave" (1949) as the sole Caucasian friend to African-American soldier James Edwards. The success of the film seemed to be the beginning of Bridges' climb to stardom. More hits followed in its wake, including the science fiction adventure "Rocketship X-M" (1950), with Bridges as its lead, and the Western classic "High Noon" (1952), with Bridges as Gary Cooper's deputy, who resigns in the face of a showdown with dangerous criminals. But the House Un-American Activities Commission's investigation into Communists in the entertainment industry slowed his momentum. In testimony before the Commission, Bridges admitted that he had been a member of the Actors' Lab, a theater group with ties to the Communist Party. Though eventually cleared by the FBI, Bridges was "greylisted," which excluded him from work in projects aside from low-budget features and television.

Appearances in countless live dramas and theatrical Westerns and mysteries kept Bridges busy for most of the 1950s. Few were remarkable, save for the Katherine Hepburn-Burt Lancaster drama "The Rainmaker" (1956) and an Emmy-nominated appearance on "The Alcoa Hour" (NBC, 1955-57) in 1957. Broadway offered him some exposure in 1956 when he replaced Franchot Tone in "Oh Men! Oh Women!" But his fortunes changed the following year when producer Ivan Tors cast him in the adventure series "Sea Hunt" as former Navy frogman Mike Nelson, who battled all manner of ocean-bound bad guys both above and below the waters. A colossal hit in syndication, it not only made Bridges exceptionally rich and famous, but also provided him with a weekly forum from which to talk about one of his favorite causes: the preservation of the oceans. In later years, he would continue to support it as a member of the American Oceans Campaign, Heal the Bay, and as honorary president of EarthTrust. In addition, it gave early screen exposure to his two sons, Jeff and Beau, who would play small parts throughout the series' run.

Following the conclusion of "Sea Hunt" in 1961, Bridges was in demand as a leading man on the small screen. Unfortunately, his subsequent efforts, while critically acclaimed, could not match the popularity of his underwater adventure series. "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (CBS, 1962-63) was an anthology series produced by Aaron Spelling with Bridges as author Adam Shepherd, who became the lead character in each week's story. The show attracted top talent in front of and behind the camera, including a script by future "Chinatown" scribe Robert Towne and an episode directed by John Cassavetes. It lasted just a season, as did his next effort, "The Loner" (CBS, 1965-66), a Western with Bridges as a former Union cavalry officer who traveled the country after the Civil War, encountering drama along the way. The series, created by Rod Serling, was noted for its realistic tone, but failed to find an audience among viewers accustomed to more straightforward shoot-em-ups. Reportedly, Bridges was considered for the leads in both "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69) and "Hawaii 5-0" (CBS, 1968-1980), but his reasons for declining the shows were not known.

As the 1960s faded into the new decade, Bridges was working regularly in television dramas and on episodic series. He was top-billed in several of the best TV movies of the period, including the Emmy-nominated "Silent Night, Lonely Night" (NBC, 1969), with Bridges and Shirley Jones as two troubled strangers who find solace in each other's arms, and "Haunts of the Very Rich" (ABC, 1972), about a planeload of visitors to a mysterious island retreat. He also joined son Beau, Richard Widmark, and Melvyn Douglas as one period in the life of "Benjamin Franklin" (CBS), a 1974 miniseries that netted five Emmys. However, his attempts to find a suitable weekly series continued to be thwarted; "San Francisco International Airport" (NBC, 1970-71) was part of the wheel series "Four in One" (NBC, 1970-71) and starred Bridges as the manager of the title location, while "Joe Forrester" (NBC, 1975) began life as an episode of "Police Story" (NBC, 1973-78). Unfortunately, the thoughtful, low-impact show about a veteran beat cop (Bridges) failed to draw much attention. During this period, Bridges also remained committed to ocean-related causes with the syndicated series "Water World" (1972-75).

Though Bridges had worked in nearly every genre throughout his career, comedy was an area that he was rarely given an opportunity to explore. That changed dramatically with the release of "Airplane!" Like Leslie Nielsen, another dramatic stalwart who had also come up from the ranks during the 1950s, the absurd slapstick Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker comedy showcased a never-before-seen propensity for manic humor on Bridges' part; at one point in the film, he was glimpsed dangling from the ceiling after sniffing glue. A perennial favorite on cable and home video, it signaled the beginning of a second career as a comic actor.

Bridges was more popular than ever in the 1980s. Now in his seventh decade and displaying a mischievous twinkle in his flinty eyes, he tackled all parts with a gusto that belied his years. He was a regular in historical and biographical miniseries and TV movies, playing everyone from Jack Kelly, father of "Grace Kelly" (ABC, 1983) to Jefferson Davis in "North and South, Book II" (ABC, 1986). He also starred as the powerful head of a cosmetics company in the campy primetime soap "Paper Dolls" (ABC, 1984) and even returned to Broadway for a revival of "Man of La Mancha" in 1985. Though he frequently appeared with sons Jeff and Beau on television, the 1986 TV movie "The Thanksgiving Promise" (ABC) offered the rare opportunity for three generations of Bridges to co-star in a film when he was joined by Beau and grandson Jordan. In 1987, he enjoyed his first high profile feature role in years as Michigan Senator Homer S. Ferguson, whose dalliance brings down automotive entrepreneur Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges) in "Tucker" (1987).

Bridges bounced between TV and film throughout the 1990s; there was a reprisal, of sorts, of his "Airplane!" role as a dimwitted Navy admiral in "Hot Shots!" (1991) and its sequel "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993), and a curmudgeonly turn as Jeff Bridges' uncle in the soggy thriller "Blown Away" (1994). He also took on not one but two series during this period: David Milch's "Capital News" (ABC, 1990) was a drama set in a fictitious Washington, D.C. newspaper office, while "Harts of the West" (CBS, 1993-94) was a family comedy with son Beau taking over a dude ranch in Nevada and Bridges as a ranch hand. Both disappeared after a season, but Bridges continued to work steadily throughout the decade. A 1998 appearance as the absurdly fit senior citizen Izzy Mandelbaum on "Seinfeld" (CBS, 1990-1998) netted him his second Emmy nomination - 41 years after his first. After completing work on the comedy "Jane Austen's Mafia!" (1998) and an independent feature called "Meeting Daddy" (2000) with son Beau, the beloved actor died of natural causes at the age of 85 on March 10, 1998. "Meeting Daddy" was released posthumously. Bridges was cremated and his ashes given to his family.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff (1999)
Meeting Daddy (1998)
(Daddy) Mr Branson
Mafia! (1998)
The Deliverance of Elaine (1996)
Addison Hodges
The Other Woman (1995)
Grandpa Jacob
Secret Sins of the Father (1994)
Blown Away (1994)
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
Run of Hearts (1993)
Bronski
Devlin (1992)
Bill Brennan
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
Hot Shots! (1991)
In the Nick of Time (1991)
Leona Helmsley: The Queen Of Mean (1990)
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1990)
Cousins (1989)
Vince
Winter People (1989)
William Wright
She Was Marked For Murder (1988)
Justin Matthews
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
The Wild Pair (1987)
The Thanksgiving Promise (1986)
Stewart Larson
Grace Kelly (1983)
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
Moviola: This Year's Blonde (1980)
Johnny Hyde
Airplane! (1980)
Disaster On The Coastliner (1979)
The Fifth Musketeer (1979)
Bear Island (1979)
The Great Wallendas (1978)
Telethon (1977)
Deliver Us from Evil (1975)
Stowaway to the Moon (1975)
Charlie Engelhardt
The Return of Joe Forrester (1975)
Trouble Comes to Town (1973)
Sheriff Porter Murdock
Death Race (1973)
General Ernst Beimler
To Find a Man (1972)
Frank McCarthy
Crime Club (1972)
Haunts of the Very Rich (1972)
Do You Take This Stranger? (1971)
A Tattered Web (1971)
The Deadly Dream (1971)
Dr Jim Hanley
Lost Flight (1970)
Steve Bannerman
The Happy Ending (1969)
Sam
Attack on the Iron Coast (1968)
Maj. James Wilson
Daring Game (1968)
Vic Powers
The People Next Door (1968)
Around the World Under the Sea (1966)
Dr. Doug Standish
The Goddess (1958)
Dutch Seymour
Ride Out for Revenge (1957)
Capt. George
Wetbacks (1956)
Jim Benson
The Rainmaker (1956)
Noah Curry
Apache Woman (1955)
Rex Moffet
Wichita (1955)
Gyp [Clements]
The Deadly Game (1954)
Philip Graham
Pride of the Blue Grass (1954)
Jim Nolan
Last of the Comanches (1953)
Jim Starbuck
City of Bad Men (1953)
Gar Stanton
The Kid from Left Field (1953)
Pete Haines
The Tall Texan (1953)
Ben Trask
The Limping Man (1953)
Franklyn Pryor
High Noon (1952)
Harvey Pell
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
Coppin
Try and Get Me! (1951)
Jerry Slocum
Little Big Horn (1951)
Capt. Phillip Donlin
Three Steps North (1951)
Frank Keeler
The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)
Brad Adams
The White Tower (1950)
Hein
Rocketship X-M (1950)
Col. Floyd Graham
Colt .45 (1950)
Paul Donovan
Red Canyon (1949)
Virgil Cordt
Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949)
Joel Collins
Hideout (1949)
George Browning
Trapped (1949)
Tris Stewart
Home of the Brave (1949)
Finch
Moonrise (1948)
Jerry Sykes
Secret Service Investigator (1948)
Capt. Steve Mallory, also known as Dan Redfern
16 Fathoms Deep (1948)
Lloyd Douglas
The Trouble with Women (1947)
Avery Wilson
Ramrod (1947)
Red Cates
Thunderbolt (1947)
Narrator
Unconquered (1947)
Lieut. Hutchins
Miss Susie Slagle's (1946)
Silas Holmes
Canyon Passage (1946)
Johnny Steele
A Walk in the Sun (1946)
Sgt. Wardrobe
Abilene Town (1946)
Henry Dreiser
Strange Confession (1945)
Dave [Curtis]
Secret Agent X-9 (1945)
The Master Race (1944)
Frank [Bartoc]
Louisiana Hayride (1944)
Montague Price
Saddle Leather Law (1944)
Paul Edwards
She's a Soldier Too (1944)
Charles Jones
Riding West (1944)
Larry
Once Upon a Time (1944)
Captain
Destroyer (1943)
Harmon
The Crime Doctor's Strangest Case (1943)
Jimmy Trotter
The Heat's On (1943)
Andy Walker
Hail to the Rangers (1943)
Dave Kerlin
Passport to Suez (1943)
Fritz
Sahara (1943)
Fred Clarkson
City Without Men (1943)
Coast guard crewman
Alias Boston Blackie (1942)
Bus driver
Blondie Goes to College (1942)
Ben Dixon
A Man's World (1942)
Brown
The Spirit of Stanford (1942)
Don Farrell
North of the Rockies (1942)
Constable McDowell
Pardon My Gun (1942)
Whitey
Canal Zone (1942)
Baldwin
Atlantic Convoy (1942)
Bert
Daring Young Man (1942)
Hans Mueller
Riders of the Northland (1942)
Alex
Shut My Big Mouth (1942)
Skinny
Flight Lieutenant (1942)
Bill Robbins
The Talk of the Town (1942)
Donald Forrester
Riding Through Nevada (1942)
Stiles
Stand by All Networks (1942)
Slim Terry
Sweetheart of the Fleet (1942)
Sailor
Cadets on Parade (1942)
Reporter
The Wife Takes a Flyer (1942)
German sergeant
Underground Agent (1942)
Chemist
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1942)
Guard
Commandos Strike at Dawn (To Be Deleted) (1942)
Counter-Espionage (1942)
Waiter-Spy
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Co-pilot
Sing for Your Supper (1941)
Doc
The Son of Davy Crockett (1941)
Sammy
Harmon of Michigan (1941)
Ozzie
The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941)
Johnny Baker
I Was a Prisoner on Devil's Island (1941)
Rene
Two Latins from Manhattan (1941)
Tommy Curtis
The Royal Mounted Patrol (1941)
Hap Andrews
You Belong to Me (1941)
Member of ski patrol
Harvard, Here I Come (1941)
Larry
Honolulu Lu (1941)
Desk clerk
The Medico of Painted Springs (1941)
Cowhand
Our Wife (1941)
Taxi driver
They Dare Not Love (1941)
Blonde officer
Three Girls About Town (1941)
Reporter
Dancing Feet (1936)
Freshman Love (1936)
College boy

Cast (Special)

The Life and Times of Gary Cooper (1995)
Interviewee
Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards (1994)
Performer
Dorothy Hamill's Ice Capades: Cinderella... Frozen in Time (1994)
The Wild West (1993)
Voice
Together For Our Children -- M.U.S.I.C. (1993)
Hearts of Hot Shots! Part Deux - A Filmmaker's Apology (1993)
Earth and the American Dream (1993)
Voice
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1992)
Presenter
Shining Time Station Holiday Special: 'Tis a Gift (1990)
Mr Nicholas
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1990)
Performer
Superstars And Their Moms (1989)
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Performer
Killer Whale (1987)
Narration
We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala (1987)
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
Grandpa, Will You Run With Me? (1983)
Guest
Circus of the Stars (1980)
World War II: G.I. Diary (1978)
Narrator
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes (1977)
The Whirlwind (1974)
Benjamin Franklin
Lloyd Bridges' Water World (1972)
Narration
Lloyd Bridges' Water World (1972)
Host

Cast (Short)

Mr. Whitney Had a Notion (1949)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Peter and the Wolf (1995)
Voice
Sidney Sheldon's Nothing Lasts Forever (1995)
Cross of Fire (1989)
Dress Gray (1986)
General Axel Rylander
North and South: Book II (1986)
Alice in Wonderland (1985)
George Washington (1984)
The Blue and the Gray (1982)
John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" (1981)
The Critical List (1978)
Dr Dan J Lassiter
Roots (1977)

Life Events

1935

Joined the touring production of "The Taming of the Shrew" after graduation; when show reached New York Bridges stayed

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"

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"

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

Photo Collections

The Goddess - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Columbia Pictures' The Goddess (1958), starring Kim Stanley. 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

Shut My Big Mouth (1942) - Beautify West! Opening his first feature on his new Columbia contract after two years recovering from car-crash injuries, Joe E. Brown is visionary florist Wellington Holmes, heading west with sidekick Oglethorpe (Fritz Feld), soon pursued by Buckskin Bill (Victor Jory), Hank Bell and Earle Hodgins driving the stage, in Shut My Big Mouth, 1942.
Try And Get Me! (1951) - I Never Have Any Trouble Intense real-time crime, Cy Endfield directs as brash Jerry (Lloyd Bridges) conducts newly recruited driver and novice criminal Howard (Frank Lovejoy) through his first heist, the victims not credited, in Try And Get Me!, 1951, from a novel and screenplay by Jo Pagano.
Try And Get Me! (1951) - Time And Space Have Met Joining the dinner party at the small-city California home of columnist Gil and spouse (Richard Carlson, Irene Vernon), guests including editor Hal and wife (Art Smith, Lynn Gray) and house-guest Vito (Renzo Cesana), a professor from Italy, their history explained, as news comes in about another robbery (staged by leading man Frank Lovejoy and Lloyd Bridges), in Try And Get Me!, 1951.
Try And Get Me! (1951) - Sautè Until Tender Hanging in his California home town having no luck finding work, increasingly desperate dad Howard (Frank Lovejoy) interrupts cook Mike (not credited) with columnist Stanton (Richard Carlson), then slick Jerry (Lloyd Bridges) bowling alone, director Cy Endfield introducing key players, early in Try And Get Me!, 1951.
Wichita (1955) - My Name's Earp, Wyatt Earp Having been spied in silhouette in the opening scene, the star (Joel McCrea) introduces himself to the cattlemen, Walter Sande as the boss Wallace, Robert Wilke as Ben Thompson, Rayford Barnes as gun-curious Clements and Lloyd Bridges as Gyp, in Wichta, 1955, from producer Walter Mirisch, original story and screenplay by Daniel B. Ullman.
Wichita (1955) - Pretty Good Sized Man Packed scene after the opening of the railroad, Joel McCrea as visitor Wyatt Earp is making a deposit (Sam Peckinpah his teller!) when railroad chief McCoy (Walter Coy) arrives with wife, daughter, reporter Bat Masterson and the mayor (Mae Clarke, Vera Miles, Keith Larsen, Carl Benton Reid), and trouble ensues, George Sherwood the risk-averse sheriff, in Wichta, 1955.
Plymouth Adventure (1952) - 132 Rutting Beasts Busted by first mate Coppin (Lloyd Bridges) for wasting water, youthful Pilgrim wife Dorothy Bradford (Gene Tierney), who’s already been nearly assaulted by captain Jones (Spencer Tracy), earns a real rude talking-to, in MGM’s Plymouth Adventure, 1952.
Plymouth Adventure (1952) - We Be Loaded Deep Exhaustive exposition from producer Dore Schary, focused on introducing Leo Genn and Gene Tierney as the Bradfords, Kathleen Lockhart as Mrs. Brewster, John Dehner as Winslow, Van Johnson as Alden, finally Spencer Tracy as Jones, Lloyd Bridges as Coppin, in MGM's Plymouth Adventure, 1952.
Zero Hour! (1957) - Put Stryker On! Sterling Hayden (as "Treleaven") and Dana Andrews (as "Ted Stryker") are giving Lloyd Bridges and Robert Hays (in Airplane, 1980) plenty to work with in the airliner-crisis thriller Zero Hour!, 1957.
Home Of The Brave (1949) - Human Coyote Continuing the flashbacks detailing events leading to the mental breakdown of army surveyor Moss (James Edwards), we join him with TJ (Steve Brodie), cartographer Finch (Lloyd Bridges) and Mingo (Frank Lovejoy) on their secret mission on a Japanese-occupied island in WWII, in Home Of The Brave, 1949.
Home Of The Brave (1949) - All Right For A White Man Army psychiatrist Jeff Corey is attempting narcosynthesis, which was a real experimental hypnosis technique, to try to help amnesiac paralyzed soldier Moss (James Edwards), recalling high school, where he first met comrade Finch (Lloyd Bridges), whom he doesn’t realize is dead, in producer Stanley Kramer’s Home Of The Brave, 1949.
Home Of The Brave (1949) - I Wouldn't Care If He Was Purple In flashback, Major Robinson (Douglas Dick) briefing his team (Steve Brodie, Lloyd Bridges, Frank Lovejoy) about a difficult survey mission in the Pacific during WWII, when they meet their new man Moss (James Edwards), prompting a call to the colonel (Cliff Clark), in producer Stanley Kramer’s Home Of The Brave, 1949.

Trailer

Freshman Love - (Original Trailer) A college coach (Frank McHugh) uses a beautiful blonde to woo athletes into joining his team in Freshman Love (1936).
5th Musketeer, The - (Original Trailer) France's King Louis XIV (Beau Bridges) tries to use his look-alike brother to political advantage in The 5th Musketeer (1979) co-starring Ian McShane and Rex Harrison.
Attack on the Iron Coast - (Original Trailer) Canadian commandos take on a Nazi post on the coast of France in Attack on the Iron Coast (1968).
Airplane! - (Original Trailer) When a flight crew falls ill, the only man who can land the plane is afraid of flying in Airplane! (1980), a spoof of Zero Hour! (1957)."
Kid from Left Field, The - (Original Trailer) The son of an ex-ballplayer manages to assist a struggling major league baseball club in The Kid from Left Field (1953).
White Tower, The - (Original Trailer) Mountain climbers in the Swiss Alps mull over past problems while trying to conquer a perilous peak. Starring Glenn Ford and Claude Rains.
Plymouth Adventure - (Original Trailer) Spencer Tracy and Gene Tierney star in Plymouth Adventure (1952), an epic dramatization of the Pilgrams' journey to the new world on the Mayflower.
High Noon - (Original Trailer) A retired marshall (Gary Cooper) must defend his town from a vengeful ex-con in High Noon (1952), directed by Fred Zinnemann.
Master Race, The - (Original Trailer) Even with the Nazis losing the war, could they regroup later to revive the sick dream of The Master Race (1944)?

Family

Lloyd Vernet Bridges
Father
Was in hotel business in California; at one time owned a cinema.
Harriet Bridges
Mother
Beau Bridges
Son
Actor. Born on December 9, 1941.
Garrett Bridges
Son
Born in June 1948; died of sudden infant death syndrome in August 1948.
Jeff Bridges
Son
Actor. Born on December 4, 1949.
Lucinda Bridges
Daughter
Former actor. Born in 1953; gave up acting to concentrate on raising her family.
Casey Bridges
Grandson
Adopted by Beau Bridges; born in 1969.
Jordan Bridges
Grandson
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.
Isabella Bridges
Granddaughter
Born in 1981; father Jeff Bridges.
Jessica Bridges
Granddaughter
Born in 1983; father Jeff Bridges.
Dylan Bridges
Grandson
Actor. Born in 1984; father Beau Bridges.
Haley Bridges
Granddaughter
Born in 1985; father Jeff Bridges.
Emily Bridges
Granddaughter
Born in 1986; father Beau Bridges.
Ezekiel Bridges
Grandson
Born in 1993; father, Beau Bridges.

Companions

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

Bibliography

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.