Jeff Bridges at the 52nd Grammy Awards at Staples Center, Los Angeles, January 31, 2010. Photo by John Shearer.
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Jeff Bridges
Forecourt Ceremony held on Friday, January 6, 2017
 
Born: December 4, 1949, in Los Angeles, California
Age at the time of the ceremony: 63
 
Is there anyone who doesn't like Jeff Bridges? The man has gone from goofy likeable sexpot to totally likeable handsome lead actor, and all of it captured in worthy films. He makes good choices with what films he's in.

Jeff Bridges is from an acting family. His father was Lloyd Bridges (1913-1998), who made many films which played the Chinese over the years; his mother was actor and writer Dorothy Bridges (1915-2009). His older brother is Beau Bridges, who has had quite a career in movies also. Dorothy's father emmigrated from Liverpool, England.

Jeff made his screen debut in his mother's arms as a two-year-old in The Company She Keeps (released in January 1951) with Lizabeth Scott. With Lloyd always away working, brother Beau acted as the man of the house. Both brothers got bit parts in their father's television show Sea Hunt, aired over CBS, with Jeff in four episodes from 1958 to 1960.

He attended University High School in West Los Angeles, graduating in 1967. After that, he toured with Lloyd in a production of Anniversary Waltz, then moved to New York to study acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio. Bridges also served in the US Coast Guard Reserve for seven years.

Jeff Bridges' good looks and easy-going manner was perfect for the movies. He guest starred on a number of television shows, including The F.B.I. where he played a charming extortionist scheming to get his father's money in an episode called "Boomerang" with Efram Zimbalist Jr., aired over ABC in October 1969.

He played one of a number of white kids infiltrating a black high school in Halls of Anger (released in April 1970) with Calvin Lockhart. Director Peter Bogdanovich hired Bridges to lighten up a nasty character named Duane Jackson in The Last Picture Show (which had its West Coast Premiere at the Chinese on Thursday, November 4, 1971) with Timothy Bottoms. This amazing film did very well with audiences; Jeff Bridges has been a star ever since.

Bridges played a young but untalented boxer for director John Huston in Fat City (released in July 1972) with Stacy Keach, and played a character based on NASCAR driver Junior Johnson in The Last American Hero (released in July 1973) with Valerie Perrine. He plays the young Don Parritt in director John Frankenheimer's film of Eugene O'Neil's The Iceman Cometh (released in November 1973) with Lee Marvin.

Many of Bridges' earlier films have a winsome quality about them, best exemplified by the charming Hollywood story Hearts of the West (released in October 1975) with Andy Griffith. For director Bob Raphelson, Bridges starred in the oddly wonderful Stay Hungry (released in April 1976) with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Then, Hollywood came calling to have Jeff Bridges bail out every production that needed a leading man. It began with Dino De Laurentiis' remake of King Kong (released in December 1976) with Charles Grodin, and continued with Heaven's Gate (released in November 1980) with Kris Kristofferson, and Tron (released in July 1982) with Bruce Boxleitner.

The same could be said for his appearance in Against All Odds (released in March 1984) with Rachel Ward, which became a tepid success. For director John Carpenter, Bridges played a charming Thing from Another World in the delightful Starman (which had its World Premiere at the Chinese on Thursday, December 13, 1984) with Karen Allen.

He played the lead in the murder mystery Jagged Edge (which played the Chinese in October 1985) with Glenn Close, and headlined in George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola's dream project, Tucker: The Man and His Dream (which played the Chinese in August 1988) with Joan Allen.

In The Fabulous Baker Boys (released in October 1989) with Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff got to play a musician with his brother Beau Bridges. The film is a kick. Again coming on to a film in need of a leading man, director (and star) Barbra Streisand cast him opposite her in The Mirror Has Two Faces (released in November 1996).

Working with the Coen Brothers, Bridges etched what may be his signature role, and is certainly the best character the Coen's ever came up with: "The Dude" Lebowski inThe Big Lebowski (released in March 1998) with John Goodman. This film has became a cult favorite.

Bridges played Charles S. Howard, owner of Seabiscuit (released in July 2003) with Tobey Maguire, and he shaved his head to appear as the villian Obadiah Stane in Iron Man (released in May 2008) with Robert Downey Jr. in the title role.

Bridges won the Oscar for Best Actor as Otis "Bad" Blake and served as executive producer on Crazy Heart (released in December 2009) with Maggie Gyllenhaal, then re-teamed with the Coen Brothers to take John Wayne's role of Rooster Cogburn in their remake of True Grit (released in December 2010) with Matt Damon.

In Hell or High Water (released in August 2016) with Chris Pine, Bridges got to play a Texas Ranger, while in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (which played the Chinese in September 2017) with Colin Firth, he plays the mysterious head of a US secret agent service.

Bridges played a bank robber hiding out as a preist in Bad Times at the El Royale (released in October 2018) with Cynthia Erivo.
 
 
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. Jeff Bridges Forecourt block. Executed by unknown, Friday, January 6, 2017. 30 x 20 inches.
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. Jeff Bridges Forecourt ceremony, Friday, January 6, 2017. A clealy pleased Jeff Bridges can't get over how fun it is to write one's name in wet cement.
 
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