Bridges in 2008
|Born||Lloyd Vernet Bridges III
December 9, 1941
Los Angeles, California
|Spouse(s)||Julie Landfield (1964–1984)
Wendy Treece (1984–present)
|Relatives||Jeff Bridges (brother)|
Lloyd Vernet "Beau" Bridges III (born December 9, 1941) is an American actor and director. He is a three-time Emmy, two-time Golden Globe and one-time Grammy Award winner. He is also a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee.
Bridges was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 7, 2003.
Bridges was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actors Lloyd (1913–1998) and Dorothy Bridges (née Simpson) (1915–2009). He was nicknamed Beau by his parents after Ashley Wilkes' son in Gone with the Wind. His younger brother is actor Jeff Bridges, and he has a younger sister, Lucinda. Another brother, Garrett, died in 1948 of sudden infant death syndrome. Beau has shared a close relationship with Jeff, for whom he acted as a surrogate father during childhood, when their father was busy with work. He and his siblings were raised in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles.
Wanting to become a basketball star, he played in his freshman year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and later transferred to the University of Hawaii. In 1959, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Reserve and served for eight years.
In 1948, Bridges had an uncredited juvenile role in the iconic film Force of Evil, and in 1949 he played a secondary juvenile role in the film The Red Pony. In the 1962–1963 television season, Bridges, along with his younger brother, Jeff, appeared on their father's CBS anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show. He appeared in other television series too, including National Velvet, The Fugitive, Bonanza, Mr. Novak, and The Loner. In 1965, he guest-starred as Corporal Corbett in "Then Came the Mighty Hunter", Season 2, Episode 3 of the military series, Twelve O'Clock High. He found steady work in television and film throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He appeared in such feature films during that time as The Other Side of the Mountain (1975), Greased Lightning (1977), Norma Rae (1979), Heart Like a Wheel (1983), and The Hotel New Hampshire (1984).
In 1989, in perhaps his best known role, he starred opposite his brother Jeff as one of The Fabulous Baker Boys. In the 1993–94 television season, Bridges appeared with his father in the 15-episode CBS comedy/western series, Harts of the West, set at a dude ranch in Nevada. In 1995, Bridges starred with his father and his son Dylan in "The Sandkings", the two-part pilot episode of the Showtime science fiction series, The Outer Limits. In 1998, he starred as Judge Bob Gibbs in the one-season Maximum Bob on ABC. He had a recurring role in the Showtime series Beggars and Choosers (1999–2000).
In 2001, he guest-starred as Daniel McFarland, the stepfather of Jack McFarland, in two episodes of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. He played a single father and college professor in the fantasy adventure film, Voyage of the Unicorn, based on the novel by James C. Christensen.
From 2002 to 2003, he took on the role of Senator Tom Gage, newly appointed Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in over 30 episodes of the drama series The Agency. In January 2005, he was cast as Major General Hank Landry, the new commander of Stargate Command in Stargate SG-1. He also played the character in five episodes of the spin-off series Stargate Atlantis as well as the two direct to DVD films Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum.
His role in the movie "Smile" with Linda Hamilton and Sean Astin, showcased his personal beliefs in helping others. In November 2005, he guest-starred as Carl Hickey, the father of the title character in the hit NBC comedy My Name Is Earl. Bridges' character became recurring. Bridges received a 2007 Emmy Award nomination for his performance.
In 2008, Bridges co-starred in the motion picture Max Payne, based on the video game character. The film also starred Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Bridges portrayed "BB" Hensley, an ex-cop who aides Wahlberg on his quest to bring down a serial killer. The film got mixed reviews, but Bridges' participation was noted for being a positive one. It was not the first motion picture with Bridges regarding the video game world: The Wizard had him in a role as a lumber company owner that would later find, like his son Jimmy (played by actor Luke Edwards), to have a skill with NES games.
In 2010, Bridges signed with Chris Mallick in the production of the movie Columbus Circle. On March 19, 2010, it was announced that Bridges would play the role of Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford, the father of private eye Jim Rockford, on the pilot episode of a new version of The Rockford Files, scheduled for production for broadcast in fall 2010. In 2011, he guest-starred as an old boyfriend of matriarch Nora Walker in Brothers and Sisters and as an attorney, estranged from his son Jared Franklin in Franklin & Bash.
On January 3, 2012, he took on the role of J.B. Biggley in the hit revival of the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, taking over for John Larroquette. He was contracted to play the role until July 1, 2012, however the revival closed May 20, 2012.
On October 3, 2013, he became a main character on the hit CBS television show, The Millers. Bridges plays Tom, the father of two children, Nathan Miller (Will Arnett), and daughter, Debbie (Jayma Mays). Tom, after forty three years has gotten divorced, and has moved back in with his daughter, driving her crazy. He joined the series in early March, 2013.
- 1992 Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Special, for Without Warning: The James Brady Story
- 1993 Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Special, for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
- 1997 Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Special, for The Second Civil War
Bridges married Julie Landfield in 1964 and the two divorced in 1984. They have two sons: Casey Bridges (b. 1969) and actor Jordan Bridges (b. 1973). He married Wendy Treece in 1984. They have three children: Dylan Bridges (b. 1984), Emily Bridges (b. 1986), and Ezekiel Jeffrey "Zeke" Bridges (b. 1993).
Bridges is a Christian. He has stated that if the script calls for his character to say God's name in vain, he will ask the director if he can change the line. Bridges is a vegan and has been since 2004.
Bridges, his brother Jeff and late father Lloyd were among six veterans – the others being Jerry Coleman, Bob Feller and Brian Lamb – honored with the Lone Sailor Award by the United States Navy Memorial in 2011. The award recognizes Navy, Marine and Coast Guard veterans who have distinguished themselves in their civilian careers.
|1948||Force of Evil||Frankie Tucker||Uncredited|
|1949||The Red Pony||Beau|
|1961||The Explosive Generation||Mark|
|1965||Village of the Giants||Fred|
|1968||For Love of Ivy||Tim Austin|
|1969||Gaily, Gaily||Ben Harvey|
|1971||The Christian Licorice Store||Cane|
|1971||Robert Young and the Family||Sketch Actor||Television film|
|1972||Hammersmith Is Out||Billy Breedlove|
|1972||Child's Play||Paul Reis|
|1973||Your Three Minutes Are Up||Charlie|
|1975||The Other Side of the Mountain||Dick Buek|
|1976||Two-Minute Warning||Mike Ramsay|
|1976||One Summer Love||Unknown|
|1977||The Four Feathers||Harry Faversham||Television film|
|1978||The President's Mistress||Ben Morton||Television film|
|1979||The Runner Stumbles||Toby Felker|
|1979||The Fifth Musketeer||Louis XIV|
|1980||Silver Dream Racer||Bruce McBride|
|1981||Honky Tonk Freeway||Duane Hansen|
|1982||Love Child||Jack Hansen|
|1982||Witness for the Prosecution||Leonard Vole||Television film|
|1983||Heart Like a Wheel||Connie|
|1984||The Hotel New Hampshire||Mr. Win Berry|
|1985||Alice in Wonderland||Unicorn|
|1987||The Killing Time||Sam Wayburn|
|1988||Seven Hours to Judgement||John Eden|
|1989||The Fabulous Baker Boys||Frank Baker|
|1989||The Iron Triangle||Capt. Keene|
|1989||Signs of Life||John Alder|
|1989||Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure||Richard Czech||Television film|
|1989||The Wizard||Sam Woods|
|1990||Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will?||Orville|
|1991||Wildflower||Jack Perkins||Television film|
|1991||Without Warning: The James Brady Story||James Brady||Television film|
|1991||Married to It||John Morden|
|1993||The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom||Terry Harper||Television film|
|1993||The Man with Three Wives||Norman Grayson||Television film|
|1994||Million Dollar Babies||Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe||Television film|
|1995||Kissinger & Nixon||Richard Nixon||Television film|
|1996||A Stranger to Love||Allan Grant||Television film|
|1996||Jerry Maguire||Matt Cushman||Uncredited|
|1996||Losing Chase||Richard Phillips||Television film|
|1996||Hidden in America||Bill Januson||Television film|
|1996||Nightjohn||Clel Waller||Television film|
|1997||The Second Civil War||Jim Farley||Television film|
|1999||P.T. Barnum||P.T. Barnum||Television film|
|1999||Inherit the Wind||E.K. Hornbeck||Television film|
|2000||Common Ground||Father Leon|
|2000||Sordid Lives||G.W. Nethercoth|
|2000||Songs in Ordinary Time||Omar Duvall|
|2001||Voyage of the Unicorn||Alan Aisling|
|2001||Boys Klub||Mario's Dad|
|2002||We Were the Mulvaneys||Michael Mulvaney, Sr.||Television film|
|2003||Out of the Ashes||Herman Prentiss|
|2004||Debating Robert Lee||Mr. Lee|
|2004||Evel Knievel||John Bork|
|2004||10.5||President Paul Hollister|
|2005||The Ballad of Jack and Rose||Marty Rance|
|2006||10.5: Apocalypse||President Paul Hollister||Television film|
|2006||The Good German||Colonel Muller|
|2006||Charlotte's Web||Dr. Dorian|
|2007||Spinning Into Butter||Dean Burton Strauss|
|2008||Stargate: The Ark of Truth||Major General Hank Landry|
|2008||Stargate: Continuum||Major General Hank Landry|
|2008||Max Payne||BB Hensley|
|2008||Americanizing Shelley||Gary Gordon|
|2009||Don't Fade Away||Chris White|
|2010||My Girlfriend's Boyfriend||Logan Young|
|2010||Columbus Circle||Dr. Ray Fontaine|
|2010||Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove||Gus Grisby|
|2011||The Descendants||Cousin Hugh|
|2011||Game Time: Tackling the Past||Frank Walker||Television film|
|2012||Hit & Run||Clint Perkins|
|2012||From Up on Poppy Hill||Yoshio Onodera|
|2014||1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story||Coach|
|1960–1963||My Three Sons||Russ Burton||3 episodes|
|1960–1961||Sea Hunt||Warren Tucker||2 episodes|
|1961||The Real McCoys||Randy Cooperton||Episode: "The Rich Boy"|
|1962||National Velvet||Mercutio||Episode: "The Star"|
|1962||Wagon Train||Larry Gill||Episode: "The John Bernard Show"|
|1962–1963||Ensign O'Toole||Seaman Spicer||32 episodes|
|1963||Rawhide||Billy Johanson||Episode: "Incident at Paradise"|
|1963||Ben Casey||Larry Masterson||2 episodes|
|1964||The Eleventh Hour||Leonard||Episode: "Cannibal Plants, They Eat You Alive"|
|1964||Combat!||Orville Putnam||Episode: "The Short Day of Private Putnam"|
|1964||My Three Sons||Howard Sears||2 episodes|
|1965||Twelve O'Clock High||Cpl. Steven Corbett||Episode: "Then Came the Mighty Hunter"|
|1966||Gunsmoke||Jason||Episode: "My Father's Guitar"|
|1966||Branded||Lon Allison||Episode:"Nice Day for a Hanging"|
|1967||Cimarron Strip||Billie Joe Show||Episode: "Legend of Jud Starr"|
|1978||Hallmark Hall Of Fame||Stubby Pringle||Episode: "Stubby Pringle's Christmas"|
|1980||United States||Richard Chapin||13 episodes|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Dr. Martin Fairbanks||Episode: "Abra Cadaver"|
|1993–1994||Harts of the West||Dave Heart||15 episodes|
|1995||The Outer Limits||Dr. Simon Kress||Episode: "The Sandkings"|
|1998||Maximum Bob||Judge Bob Gibbs||7 episodes|
|2000||The Wild Thornberrys||Hayden Adam||Episode: "Every Little Bit Alps"|
|2002||Will & Grace||Daniel McFarland||Episode: "Moveable Feast"|
|2001–2003||The Agency||Tom Gage||32 episodes|
|2005||Into the West||Stephen Hoxie||Episode: "Manifest Destiny"|
|2005–2007||Stargate SG-1||Major General Hank Landry||35 episodes|
|2005–2006||Stargate: Atlantis||Major General Hank Landry||5 episodes|
|2005–2006||American Dad!||Lieutenant Thacker||2 episodes|
|2005–2008||My Name Is Earl||Carl Hickey||7 episodes|
|2009||Desperate Housewives||Eli Scruggs||Episode: "The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened"|
|2009||The Closer||Detective George Andrews||Episode: "Make Over"|
|2011||Brothers & Sisters||Nick Brody||5 episodes|
|2011–2012||Franklin & Bash||Leonard Franklin||3 episodes|
|2011–2012||White Collar||Agent Kramer||3 episodes|
|2013||The Goodwin Games||Benjamin Goodwin||3 episodes|
|2013–present||Masters of Sex||Barton Scully||14 episodes|
|2013–2015||The Millers||Tom Miller||34 episodes|
|2015||Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Sheriff Scaley Briggs (voice)||3 episodes|
Awards and nominations
- "Actress Dorothy Bridges dies, Mother of Beau and Jeff Bridges was 93". Variety. February 20, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
- "Overview for Beau Bridges". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
- "Jeff Bridges is still the Dude". CraveOnline.
- McLellan, Dennis (21 February 2009). "Dorothy Bridges dies at 93; 'the hub' of an acting family". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
- Beau Bridges Biography at the Internet Movie Database
- U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office website
- Ross, Robyn. Beau Bridges Joins Cast of Rockford Files", TV Guide, 19 March 2010.
- Bianco, Robert (29 July 2013). "Meet 'The Millers'". USA Today.
- "Primetime Emmy Award Database". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
- Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman (2013). The Dude and the Zen Master. Blue Rider Press. p. 200. ISBN 978-0399161643.
- "Lone Sailor Award recipient: Beau Bridges". Coast Guard Compass. September 28, 2011.
- "Navy Memorial Hosts 24th Annual Lone Sailor Awards Dinner". navy.mil. September 23, 2011.
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