Jeff Bridges TRIVIA AND RUMORS

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Spouse
Susan Bridges (5 June 1977 - present) 3 children

Trade Mark
Low Mellow Voice

Heavy Drawl

Often plays very relaxed and mellow characters

Trivia
Met his wife, Susan Bridges, in 1975 while filming Rancho Deluxe (1975) - she was working as a maid on a dude ranch.

Son of Lloyd Bridges and Dorothy Dean Bridges, brother of Beau Bridges and Cindy Bridges.

Uncle of Casey Bridges, Jordan Bridges, Dylan Bridges, Emily Bridges, Jeffrey Bridges and Jamey Geston.

Actor spouses Larry Parks and Betty Garrett were his godparents.



Is a talented guitarist.

Has stated American Heart (1992) and Fearless (1993) as his favorites.

Born at 11:58 PM PST.

Father of Isabelle Annie Bridges (Isabelle Bridges) (born August 6, 1981), Jessica Lily Bridges (born June 14, 1983) and Haley Roselouise Bridges (born October 17, 1985) with Susan Bridges.

Between takes, he shoots still photographs as a hobby.

Has played roles with the first name 'Jack' seven times, and with the surname 'Jackson' four times.

Served in the United States Coast Guard.

Is a big fan of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys.

His performance as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski (1998) is ranked #90 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

He is well known for his liberal political views.

His performance as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski (1998) is ranked #90 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of AllTime.

Was considered for the part of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976).

Is mentioned in the song "Jeff Bridges" by Midnight Choir.

Went to Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles.

He was considered, along with Nick Nolte, for the role of Det. Sonny Crockett on "Miami Vice" (1984). Both were deemed too expensive, and Don Johnson got the part.

Was considered for the part of Jack in Speed (1994/I).

Was considered for the role of Dan Gallagher in Fatal Attraction (1987).

It was during the filming of The Iceman Cometh (1973) that he decided to focus solely on acting, and make it his profession. Up until then, he has said that he "just enjoyed the ride".

Good friends with Nick Nolte and Gary Busey.

Considered for the lead in Year of the Dragon (1985).

Considered for Christopher Walken's role in The Deer Hunter (1978).

His brother, Garrett Myles, died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) on August 3, 1948.

Auditioned for the part of 'Cpt. Willard' in Apocalypse Now (1979), as did his good friend Nick Nolte.

His good friend, Terry Gilliam, wanted him for the part of "James Cole" in Twelve Monkeys (1995). Bruce Willis got the part because he was a more bankable star.

He was one of many considered for the role of 'John Rambo' in First Blood (1982) when the script was still circulating.

Considered for the lead in The Thing (1982).

He was strongly considered for the lead role of 'Quaid' in Total Recall (1990).

The lead role of 'Jack' in Speed (1994/I) was originally written for him.

He was offered the male lead in Love Story (1970). His brother Beau Bridges was the director's first choice. Both turned it down.

He was considered for the lead in Kinsey (2004).

Turned down the role of 'Hooper' in Jaws (1975).

Offered the part of Bobby Grady in Crimes of Passion (1984).

Considered for the lead in Big (1988).

Close friend and collaborator of directors John Carpenter and Terry Gilliam.

He is a big fan of actors Robert Ryan and Lee Marvin. Favorite movie is Billy Budd (1962).

Fan and friend of Kris Kristofferson. They both appeared in Heaven's Gate (1980), and Kristofferson famously sang "Help Me Make it Through the Night" in Fat City (1972), which starred Bridges.

Bridges and Nick Nolte were considered as possible candidates for the two leads in Heat (1995), roles that famously went to Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

Director Michael Mann strongly considered Bridges for the lead in Thief (1981), but among other things, he was believed to be too young to be able to pull of the role of a seasoned criminal.

Did some of his education at a military academy.

Was director Taylor Hackford's original choice for the lead role in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), but he had to turn it down due to a busy schedule.

Turned down the lead role of 'Jack Cates' in 48 Hrs. (1982), because he didn't want to do a simple cop movie. The role went to Nick Nolte. Bridges later worked with the director Walter Hill in Wild Bill (1995).

Enjoys cigars, and smokes a couple every day.

Is described as being an extremely laid-back guy.

Turned down the lead role of Indiana Jones, one of the most famous movie characters of all time, in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). He does not regret it.

Friend of Tommy Lee Jones and Kurt Russell.

Jon Hamm states Bridges as his favorite actor.

Eagerly pursued the lead in The Stunt Man (1980). Bridges was reportedly very keen to play Cameron, a fugitive who hides out at a movie set and accidentally becomes a stunt man.

Jacknife (1989) was developed as a vehicle for Bridges. He turned it down, and Robert De Niro took on the lead role.

He was considered for the part of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989).

Was in a relationship with Candy Clark in the early 70s. They met on the set of Fat City (1972).

Uncle of Ezekiel (Zeke) Jeffrey Bridges, the youngest child of Beau Bridges.

Turned down the role of "Snake Plissken" in Escape from New York (1981). The role went to Kurt Russell. Strangely Bridges was also considered for the lead in The Thing (1982) A role also played by Kurt Russell.

Was set to star in Tequila Sunrise (1988) with Nick Nolte, but when Nolte dropped out, so did he. Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell starred in the film.

Turned down a part in The California Kid (1974) (TV).

Turned down the part of 'Zachariah' in Zachariah (1971) to work on The Last Picture Show (1971).

Was considered for the part of "McKenna" in The Mechanic (1972) when Cliff Robertson was set to star in the film.

The first actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in a film that also starred Clint Eastwood. Bridges was nominated for Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974).

When a Freshman at Brentwood Academy in 1964, he was on the High School Football "A" Team.

Is only the third actor in Oscar history to be nominated for an award for playing a part that had already won a previous actor an award. John Wayne won Best Actor for playing Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969), the same role that earned Bridges a nomination. Previously, Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both won Oscars for playing Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974). Gérard Depardieu was nominated for playing the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), the same role that had won an Oscar for José Ferrer forty years earlier. Bridges and Depardieu are the only actors who were nominated for a direct remake of an earlier Oscar-winning film.

National Spokesperson and Founder of, "No Kid Hungry" (2010-2011)

Along with Bruce Boxleitner, he is one of only two actors to appear in both TRON (1982) and TRON: Legacy (2010).

In 2011, he took a year off from acting to focus on recording, promoting and touring for his self-titled album.

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