Jeffrey Leon Bridges (born December 4, 1949) is an American actor, singer, and producer. He comes from a prominent acting family and appeared on the television series Sea Hunt (1958–1960) with his father, Lloyd Bridges, and brother, Beau Bridges. One of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, he has won numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as an alcoholic singer in the 2009 film Crazy Heart. Critic Pauline Kael wrote that Bridges “may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived”.
Bridges earned Academy Award nominations for his roles in The Last Picture Show (1971), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Starman (1984), The Contender (2000), True Grit (2010), and Hell or High Water (2016). Bridges has also starred in commercially successful films such as King Kong (1976), Tron (1982), and Iron Man (2008), along with critically acclaimed roles in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Fisher King (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), Tron Legacy (2010) and Bad Times at the El Royale (2018).
Bad Company 1972 Out of the frying pan and into the fire: Civil War draft dodger Drew Dixon (Barry Brown) avoids the horrors of war by fleeing west, only to become mixed up with a gang of lawless youths led by the debonair con man Jake Rumsey (Jeff Bridges). The allure of a free-spirited desperado life is quickly spoiled by a series of mishaps that leave the bandits lacking food and money, and in constant fear of more sinister criminals like Big Joe (David Huddleston).
I was reading a post over on the Renard Moreau blog the other day entitled These 5 Shows Are Okay To Watchand l saw that of the five listed was in fact Seventh Son which l had watched on Netflix last week or the week before, l know l have seen it in the last two weeks or so and l remember at the time thinking, why hadn’t l done the Bio for JB? Well that’s to be resolved today with this post!
I have been a fan of his and both his brother Beau and his father Lloyd for years – although his father is long gone, but was an extremely solid actor. The first film l saw Jeff in however was Bad Company 1972, followed by King Kong 1976 and l have been a fan of his style and his work ever since.
Below are 15 of my personal favourites of his films that l have seen to date … are you too like me a fan and if so, what are your favoutite films? So, Fan or Not?
Seventh Son 2014
Ageing master wizard John needs an apprentice when a malicious witch escapes from his confines. After searching high and low, he finds Thomas and hopes that he can learn the art and help the locals.
King Kong 1976
Jack Prescott, a primate palaeontologist, sets out to explore an island that is said to be rich in oil. Upon reaching there, he encounters a gigantic ape, Kong, who wreaks havoc on the island.
Cutter’s Way 1981
Best friends Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) and Alex Cutter (John Heard) are two middle-class guys living in an upper-class town. The Santa Barbara buddies get dragged into a murder mystery when Richard accidentally spots a man ditching a body into a trash can. Alex, an embittered Vietnam veteran who lost an eye and leg in the war, thinks what Richard saw is worth something, especially when it comes out that the potential murderer is a wealthy and powerful man in the community.
Kevin, a software programmer, is dragged into the virtual world where he is pitted against a malevolent software. He takes the help of Tron, a security programme that helps him defeat the villain.
Answering a NASA message intended for aliens, a space being tries to contact mankind, but an American missile grounds his ship. Scrambling, the so-called Starman (Jeff Bridges) inhabits the body of a late Wisconsinite and kidnaps the dead man’s widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen). Determined to reunite with a vessel from his home planet at a predetermined site, Starman and Jenny travel to Arizona. Pursued by military officials trying to kill him, Starman forges a lasting bond with Jenny.
The Morning After 1986
Failed actress Alex Sternbergen (Jane Fonda) wakes up hungover one morning in an apartment she does not recognize, unable to remember the previous evening — and with a dead body in bed next to her. As she tries to piece together the events of the night, Alex cannot totally rely on friends or her estranged husband, Joaquin (Raul Julia), for assistance. Only a single ally, loner ex-policeman Turner Kendall (Jeff Bridges), can help her escape her predicament and find the true killer.
The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989
Frank (Beau Bridges) and Jack Baker (Jeff Bridges) are brothers who have performed together in a small but successful piano act for years. However, their lack of ambition hurts them — they begin losing gigs, and are soon relegated to run-down venues. Attempting to infuse new life into their act, the brothers audition singers and choose the stunning Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer). The new lineup brings success, but a growing attraction between Susie and Jack threatens the trio’s stability.
The Vanishing 1993
Barney (Jeff Bridges) is a disturbed man intent on abducting a woman. After numerous failed attempts, he manages to kidnap young Diane (Sandra Bullock), who is on vacation with her boyfriend, Jeff (Kiefer Sutherland). As time passes, Jeff remains determined to find out what happened to Diane. When Barney unexpectedly confronts Jeff, it leads to a tense life-or-death situation. Meanwhile, Jeff’s current girlfriend, Rita (Nancy Travis), manages to follow him in hopes of keeping him out of harm.
Blown Away 1994
A serial bomber is on the loose in Boston. It is now up to explosives expert Jimmy Dove to avenge his friend, killed by this maniac.
The Big Lebowski 1998
Two goons mistake ‘the Dude’ Lebowski for a millionaire Lebowski and urinate on his rug. Trying to recompense his rug from the wealthy Lebowski, he gets entwined in an intricate kidnapping case.
Arlington Road 1999
When his wife is killed in action by an extremist group, Michael, a professor, becomes apprehensive of cultural sub-groups. He is suspicious of his new neighbours who seem to be hiding a dark secret.
Robert, a mentally unstable man, tries to convince the hospital staff that he is from a planet called K-PAX. Although sceptical, the doctors at the institute are baffled by his unusual traits.
Tom Smith, a trainer, is paired with Seabiscuit, a horse with a slight limp. They form a bond while training and as a result, overcome their disadvantages.
The Amateurs 2005
Andy, a man going through a midlife crisis, decides to break into the porn industry by creating a porn film. He gathers a motley crew of regular townsfolk to assist him in the production process.
The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009
After his wife leaves him, Bob, a newspaper reporter, sets off to Kuwait to cover the ongoing war. He gets more than he bargains for when he meets Lyn Cassady, an ex-U.S. Army Special Forces operator.
In the afterlife, Nick Walker, a detective who used to work for the Boston Police Department, is hired by a director of a group of deceased police officers to fight against the renegade ghosts.
Only the Brave 2017
When a hotshot crew from California ignores a warning by Superintendent Eric Marsh about a wildfire, he decides to get his crew certified as wildfire hotshots.
So, are you a fan, not a fan – like some or like all of his works – let me know below?