Jeff Bridges


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 film Crazy Heart (2009), with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, and Robert Duvall. Critic Pauline Kael wrote that Bridges “may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived.”

Bridges also earned Academy Award nominations in both the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor category for his roles in Peter Bogdanovich‘s The Last Picture Show (1971), with Timothy Bottoms, Ellen Burstyn, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, and Cybill Shepherd; Michael Cimino‘s Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), with Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis; John Carpenter‘s Starman (1984), with Karen Allen; Rod Lurie’s The Contender (2000), with Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, and Christian Slater; Joel & Ethan Coen‘s True Grit (2010), with Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Barry Pepper; and David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water (2016), with Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Gill Birmingham.

Bridges has also starred in commercially successful films such as King Kong (1976), with Charles Grodin and Jessica Lange; Tron (1982), with Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, and Barnard Hughes; Gary Ross’s Seabiscuit (2003), with Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, and William H. Macy; and Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (2008), with Robert Downey Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, and Shaun Toub; and Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), with Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, and Channing Tatum.

Critically acclaimed roles include The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), with Michelle Pfeiffer; Terry Gilliam‘s The Fisher King (1991), with Robin Williams, Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer, and Michael Jeter; Coen’s The Big Lebowski (1998), with John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Peter Stormare, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and David Huddleston; and Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), with Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Chris Hemsworth.

Other films in the 70s include John Huston‘s Fat City (1972), with Stacey Keach and Susan Tyrrell; The Iceman Cometh (1973), with Lee Marvin; Rancho Deluxe (1975), with Sam Waterson, Elizabeth Ashley, and Slim Pickens; Hearts of the West (1975), with Andy Griffith, Blythe Danner, and Alan Arkin; Bob Rafelson‘s Stay Hungry (1976), with Sally Field and Arnold Schwarzenegger; and Winter Kills (1979, with Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Richard Boone, Toshirō Mifune, Sterling Hayden, Dorothy Malone, Belinda Bauer, Ralph Meeker, Elizabeth Taylor, Berry Berenson and Susan Walden.

Other films in the 80s include Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate (1980), with Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, John Hurt, Waterston, Brad Dourif, Joseph Cotten, Geoffrey Lewis, David Mansfield, Richard Masur, Terry O’Quinn, Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe and Nicholas Woodeson; the animated fantasy The Last Unicorn (1982), with Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin, Tammy Grimes, Robert Klein, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, and René Auberjonois; Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), with Field, James Caan, Paul Dooley, and Claire Trevor; Against All Odds (1984), with Rachel Ward and James Woods; Richard Marquand‘s Jagged Edge (1985), with Glenn Close; The Morning After (1986), with Jane Fonda and Raul Julia; Nadine (1987), with Kim Basinger and Rip Torn; Francis Ford Coppola‘s Tucker: The Man and His Dreams (1988), with Martin Landau, Elias Koteas, and Frederic Forrest; and See You in the Morning (1989), with Alice Krige and Farrah Fawcett.

Other films in the 90s include The Vanishing (1993), with Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis, and Sandra Bullock; Fearless (1993), with Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez, and Tom Hulce; Blown Away (1994), with Tommy Lee Jones and Forest Whitaker; Walter Hill’s Wild Bill (1995), with Ellen Barkin, Hurt, and Diane Lane; Ridley Scott‘s White Squall (1996), with Caroline Goodall; The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), with Barbra Streisand (who also directed), Pierce Brosnan, George Segal, Mimi Rogers, Brenda Vaccaro, and Lauren Bacall; Arlington Road (1999), with Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, and Hope Davis; The Muse (1999), with Albert Brooks (who also directed), Sharon Stone, and Andie MacDowell; and Simpatico (1999), with Nick Nolte, Stone, Catherine Keener, and Albert Finney.

Other films in the 2000s include Masked and Anonymous (2003), with Bob Dylan, Goodman, Penélope Cruz, Val Kilmer, Mickey Rourke, Lange, Luke Wilson, Angela Bassett, Bruce Dern, Cheech Marin, Ed Harris, Chris Penn, Steven Bauer, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Paul Chan, Christian Slater, and Fred Ward; The Amateurs (2005), with Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, William Fichtner, Ted Danson, and Patrick Fugit; How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008), with Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson, and Megan Fox; and The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009), with George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, and Kevin Spacey.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • The Company She Keeps (1951) – directed by John Cromwell – uncredited
  • Silent Night, Lonely Night (1969) – directed by Daniel Petrie – TV movie
  • The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go (1970) – directed by Burgess Meredith
  • Halls of Anger (1970) – directed by Paul Bogart
  • In Search of America (1971) – directed by Paul Bogart – TV movie
  • The Last Picture Show (1971) – directed by Peter Bogdanovich
  • Fat City (1972) – directed by John Huston
  • Bad Company (1972) – directed by Robert Benton
  • Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973) – directed by Richard C. Sarafian – aka The Lolly-Madonna War
  • The Last American Hero (1973) – directed by Lamont Johnson – aka Hard Driver
  • The Iceman Cometh (1973) – directed by John Frankenheimer
  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) – directed by Michael Cimino
  • Rancho Deluxe (1975) – directed by Frank Perry
  • Hearts of the West (1975) – directed by Howard Zieff – aka Hollywood Cowboy
  • Stay Hungry (1976) – directed by Bob Rafelson
  • King Kong (1976) – directed by John Guillermin
  • Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978) – directed by Lamont Johnson
  • Winter Kills (1979) – directed by William Richert
  • The American Success Company (1980) – directed by William Richert – aka American Success, Success, The Ringer, & Good as Gold
  • Heaven’s Gate (1980) – directed by Michael Cimino
  • Cutter’s Way (1981) – directed by Ivan Passer – aka Cutter and Bone
  • Tron (1982) – directed by Steven Lisberger
  • The Last Unicorn (1982) – directed by Arthur Rankin Jr. & Jules Bass
  • Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) – directed by Robert Mulligan
  • Against All Odds (1984) – directed by Taylor Hackford
  • Starman (1984) – directed by John Carpenter
  • Jagged Edge (1985) – directed by Richard Marquand
  • 8 Million Ways to Die (1986) – directed by Hal Ashby
  • The Thanksgiving Promise (1986) – directed by Beau Bridges – TV movie
  • The Morning After (1986) – directed by Sidney Lumet
  • Nadine (1987) – directed by Robert Benton
  • Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • See You in the Morning (1989) -directed by Alan J. Pakula
  • Cold Feet (1989) – directed by Robert Dornhelm – uncredited
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) – directed by Steve Kloves
  • Texasville (1990) – directed by Peter Bogdanovich
  • The Fisher King (1991) – directed by Terry Gilliam
  • American Heart (1993) – directed by Martin Bell – also producer
  • The Vanishing (1993) – directed by George Sluizer
  • Fearless (1993) – directed by Peter Weir
  • Blown Away (1994) – directed by Stephen Hopkins
  • Wild Bill (1995) – directed by Walter Hill
  • White Squall (1996) – directed by Ridley Scott
  • The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) – directed by Barbra Streisand
  • Hidden in America (1996) – directed by Martin Bell – TV movie
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)** – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Arlington Road (1999) – directed by Mark Pellington
  • The Muse (1999) – directed by Albert Brooks
  • Simpatico (1999) – directed by Matthew Warchus
  • The Contender (2000) – directed by Rod Lurie
  • Scenes of the Crime (2001) – directed by Dominique Forma
  • K-PAX (2001) – directed by Iain Softley
  • Lost in La Mancha (2001) – directed by Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe – documentary – narrator
  • Masked and Anonymous (2003) – directed by Larry Charles
  • Seabiscuit (2003)* – directed by Gary Ross
  • The Door in the Floor (2004) – directed by Tod Williams
  • The Amateurs (2005) – directed by Michael Traeger – aka The Moguls
  • Tideland (2005) – directed by Terry Gilliam
  • Stick It (2006) – directed by Jessica Bendinger
  • Surf’s Up (2007)* – directed by Ash Brannon & Chris Buck
  • Iron Man (2008)* – directed by Jon Favreau
  • How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) – directed by Robert B. Weide
  • The Open Road (2009) – directed by Michael Meredith
  • A Dog Year (2009) – directed by George LaVoo
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)* – directed by Grant Heslov
  • Crazy Heart (2009)* – directed by Scott Cooper
  • Tron: Legacy (2010)* – directed by Joseph Kosinski
  • True Grit (2010)* – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Tron: The Next Day (2011) – directed by Kurt Mattila – short
  • Pablo (2012) – directed by Richard Goldewicht – documentary – narrator
  • R.I.P.D. (2013) – directed by Robert Schwentke
  • The Giver (2014) – directed by Phillip Noyce – also producer
  • Seventh Son (2014) – directed by Sergei Bodrov
  • The Little Prince (2015) – directed by Mark Osborne
  • Hell or High Water (2016) – directed by David Mackenzie
  • The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) – directed by Marc Webb – also executive producer
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)* – directed by Matthew Vaughn
  • Only the Brave (2017) – directed by Joseph Kosinski
  • Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) – directed by Drew Goddard
  • Living in the Future’s Past (2018) – directed by Susan Kucera – also producer, narrator