Jeff Bridges

(Jeffrey Leon Bridges)

Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
  • Born: December 4, 1949
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Producer, Composer

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Jeffrey Leon Bridges is an American actor, singer, and producer. He comes from a prominent acting family and appeared on the television series Sea Hunt (1958–60), with his father, Lloyd Bridges and brother, Beau Bridges. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Otis "Bad" Blake in the 2009 film Crazy Heart, and 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). His other films include Tron (1982), Jagged Edge (1985), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Fisher King (1991), Fearless (1993), The Big Lebowski (1998), Seabiscuit (2003), Iron Man (2008), Tron: Legacy (2010), and The Giver (2014).

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A fella who accepts himself and is relaxed into who he is - that appeals to people.
A large part of acting is just pretending. You get to work with these other great make-believers, all making believe as hard as they can. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Any role that big is going to be a challenge for any actor, but for an actor of a young age, it's going to be even tougher.
As far as 3-D goes, I don't know if that will stay very long because things are moving so rapidly.
As far as Beau is concerned, we're on the same team, we root for each other. If my parts are slightly more attractive, or are perceived that way by others, he's very content.
As far as the lack of hits goes, I think perhaps it's because I've played a lot of different roles and have not created a persona that the public can latch on to. I have played everything from psychopathic killers to romantic leading men, and in picking such diverse roles I have avoided typecasting. Romantic
As filmmakers, we're constantly always looking for something to bring the audience deeper into the reality of the story we're telling.
Ballet might be too formal of a title for the type of dance I do, but I love to dance. I love to draw and paint; I do ceramics and photography. I'm interested in a lot of creative stuff. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Basically, one of the hardest things about being an actor is getting your first break. I'm a product of nepotism. The doors were open to me. I'd done several movies before I decided what I wanted to do. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Directing takes a lot of time. Time
Do I have a long-term plan? Kind of. I have a general direction, I think. But it's funny what comes down the pike. Humor
Eating ice cream and not exercising is great. The downside is your health isn't so good. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Every time I walk down one of those red carpets, you think I'd be used to it after all these years, but it's like it's happening for the first time. Time
Execution is everything.
Fame really works against actors, in a way, because our anonymity is a wonderful thing for us.
For me and my wife, it was love at first sight. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
For me, growing up, the downside of it was that as a kid you don't want to stand out. You don't want to have a famous father let alone get a job because of your famous father, you know? But I'm a product of nepotism. That's how I got my foot in the door, through my dad. Fame ;Families, Children & Parenting
Generally speaking I would say I enjoy the smaller films more because there's a less sense of pressure and often the material is more unusual.
I can see how a relationship with a writer would be an easy thing.
I consider myself pretty lazy, but I look back and check out the stuff I've done, and I say, 'God, that's a lot of stuff for a lazy guy.' It's a paradox, I suppose, being both things. Religion & God
I do a lot of ceramics.
I do my best to hold the director's opinion above my own.
I don't even know what Instagram is, All of this high-tech stuff is supposed to set us free and make life easier. To me, it makes it more difficult and demanding. Life
I don't have one movie that is my favorite, I have about 25-30 favorites.
I don't have too many plans filled out. I know I want to keep doing more music. I've got a couple of albums worth of songs I'd like to put it out there. As far as movies, I just want to continue how I've been doing it: working with terrific people is certainly on my agenda, and then doing stories that interest me. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't know how it is for women or for other guys, but when I was young and in my 20s, I had a fear of marriage. Women ;Families, Children & Parenting
I don't really care about having more fame than I have.
I don't really consider myself one of those actors who takes his work home with him. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't really think in career terms.
I don't think I ever went down that movie star path. I always enjoy taking a 90-degree turn from the last thing I did.
I first got involved with ending world hunger, and I got hip to the facts about it - what a huge problem it was and how it wasn't a matter of not having food or not knowing how to end it, but it was a matter of creating the political will. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I found that photography was a great way of relaxing on the set.
I gotta take notes when things occur to me.
I had a great '70s. I survived it, and that's always good news.
I had years of partying, and I was kind of surprised and happy I survived it all. Now, being a parent, I look back on it thinking, Oh God, the things you did! Religion & God
I hate it when there's a good movie, someone overhypes it and I'm disappointed that I don't like it more.
I have a cycle that is not particularly cool, but it's a cycle: trash myself to reward myself.
I have hesitation making any kind of decision, really in my life. I'm really slow at it. Life
I haven't been to Comic-Con.
I just find my creativity manifesting a bunch of different ways.
I just hope that theaters remain. I think there's something very wonderful about getting into a dark room with a bunch of people. There's something cool about that. Brings us all together in one room where we can experience all those emotions. Hope
I kind of quit surfing when I got out of high school, but then a few years ago I started to take it up again. I'm not an expert by any means, but it's so wonderful to get out in the ocean and get a different perspective on things.
I like people.
I like to know where the camera is.
I like to think of myself as a character actor, though there's some redundancy in that.
I look back at my filmography, and I'm pretty jazzed with the stuff I've been part of. They're all movies I'd like to see. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I love John Irving's stuff. It's that marriage of comedy and tragedy. It's really terrific. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
I love marriage. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
I love westerns, I'd love to make more of them. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never read reviews of something I want to see.
I really try hard not to work, not to engage, because I know what that means. What hard work it is; it takes me away from my family. Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I remember being on a black-and-white set all day and then going out into daylight and being amazed by the colour.
I remember when I was a kid, with the acting thing, I resented it because, you know, you don't want to do what your parents want you to do.
I resist life. Life
I think my love of journalizing my life comes from my mom. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think there's a real joy in going to see movies when you discover them yourself. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I think we're all hooked, I feel my own hook-ness on immediate gratification you know. I want what I want.
I used to read comics when I was a kid.
I want to have all of my faculties.
I wish I were more disciplined.
I'd done about 10 movies before I decided I wanted to make acting the main thrust of my career. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I'd maybe done about 12 movies when I decided that this was what I was going to do. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
If you change partners every time it gets tough or you get a little dissatisfied, then I don't think you get the richness that's available in a long-term relationship. Time
If you open your heart, then the object of your love becomes so precious because you are so open. And that philosophy, that caring, spreads. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If you're like me, I get hooked into to-do lists, you know. I'll say I checked that off. Okay, I did that. And you have all these things you're doing.
If you're married you'll have tough times.
I'm a big fan of country.
I'm a chairperson for 'No Kid Hungry', a campaign for poor American children.
I'm a longboard guy.
I'm a pretty basic surfer.
I'm also working closely with a group called the Amazon Conservation Team, helping with the rainforest in South America.
I'm always busy, but I'm lazy as well.
I'm at this time in life when I have to take the opportunities I have left. Life ;Time
I'm constantly falling deeper in love with my wife. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm drawn to the path of least resistance.
I'm kind of an idea guy.
I'm light and airy.
I'm not counting any chickens.
I'm not locked into playing one guy.
I'm not real good at romance.
I'm pretty critical of myself as far as reaching some sort of perfect bull's-eye or target that I'm aiming for.
I'm used to watching old movies of myself. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I'm very manipulative towards directors. My theory is that everyone on the set is directing the film, we're all receiving art messages from the universe on how we should do the film. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I'm very much into the costuming of any character that I portray and it's one of the great things about making movies is it's a collaborative art form so you get all these artists who are looking specifically about for this instance your character's costume and what that might tell about your character. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
In life and in movies, it's a similar challenge, where you have expectations, and you end up in situations that are not meeting your expectations. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
It can kind of screw up things if you're trying to overwork something.
It gives me more breadth as an actor and as an artist to not be pigeonholed.
It's a wonderful metaphor, catching a wave, for how you can look at other challenges in your life. Life
It's funny. You succeed, but now where are you gonna go from there? I've got to keep proving that I can laugh or cry more real each time. Time ;Humor
I've been interested in music since I was a teenager, always writing songs. Music, Chants & Rapps
I've done several commercials and I've done voiceovers for documentaries.
I've gone out of my way to not take baggage with me from film to film.
I've got a closet full of tuxes, and I appreciate that, because one thing I don't like to do is shop.
I've got to watch my back, so I can't put on too much weight.
I've had really great experiences working with first-time directors. They come at filmmaking with fresh ideas. I've been very lucky that way.
I've produced a couple of films and really enjoyed starting it from the very beginning and seeing it all the way through to the end; that was very gratifying.
I've worked with a lot of first-time directors who kind of look to me for ideas and opinions and stuff, and I'm a team player.
I've worked with a lot of kids, and when you're working with kids they have certain hours that they have to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Life is having its way with me now. And I'm really pleased. Life
Life's picking up speed. Life
Like most kids, you don't want to do what your folks want you to do. You've got your own thing.
Live like you're already dead, man. Have a good time. Do your best. Let it all come ripping right through you. Time
Making a film, it uses a certain... 'pretend-muscle,' I don't know what you want to call it. It exhausts something in me, I find. It has to be really something to get me interested.
Making films is sort of like you're pulling off a magic trick. It's sort of like an illusion. It's not real but you want it to appear real, and all kinds of things go into that, from the clothes you're wearing to the make-up, to the light.
Mania is a wonderful feeling.
Most cynics are really crushed romantics: they've been hurt, they're sensitive, and their cynicism is a shell that's protecting this tiny, dear part in them that's still alive.
Movies are like magic tricks. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Movies are very subjective. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My brother's my teacher, my mentor, and we both learnt all the acting basics from our father. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
My father Lloyd Bridges was very versatile in his parts, but he had a hit in the '60s 'Sea Hunt,' where he played a skin diver. And he was so into that role that people actually thought he was a skin-diver.
My father was so in love with showbiz, all the different aspects - what we're doing here, making the movies, everything about it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My m.o. as far as choosing projects is I really try not to work. I try to not do the scripts that are offered me. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My M.O. as far as choosing projects is I really try not to work. I try to not do the scripts that are offered me. I'm in this wonderful position to be able to do that. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My m.o. as far as choosing projects is I really try not to work. I try to not do the scripts that are offered me. I'm in this wonderful position to be able to do that. The reason I do that is because I know what it takes once I engage, what that means for me personally and for my wife. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My main teachers were my father and my mother and my brother.
My mom wasn't a movie star.
My mother and my father were very nurturing and wonderful examples of how to live your life. Life
My mother and my father were very nurturing and wonderful examples of how to live your life. I really had a cool foundation. Life
My website's kind of fun for me. I get to do drawings on that. It's kind of fun.
My wife holds the kite strings that let me go 'weeeeeee', then she reels me back in.
My wife, whenever I'd go off to work and I'd be kind of anxious, she'll say, 'Remember, have fun.' Oh, I forgot, thanks for the reminder. Because sometimes we do forget. We take it all too seriously and there's a lot of joy to be had wherever you are. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Myths are wonderful tools that we've had, oh, for eons now that help us navigate the situations we find ourselves in.
Normally, I love to go to the movies and when I see a character portrayed by different actors at different ages, it kind of pops a little bit for me. It brings me out of the movie experience. Now we have the technology to cure that. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Normally, we push away the things we're scared of.
Nowadays it seems more and more like the 'business' in 'show business' is underlined, and there are campaigns, and it's all part of getting people in to see the movies. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Nowadays, in the contract that actors sign, you have to agree that you're going to do a certain amount of publicity-the hard part they don't pay you for.
Often when I finish a film I'll have that feeling inside me: 'I never want to do this ever again. I don't want to pretend anymore. I want to be myself and do that.' And then, thank God, that feeling goes away after a month or so and I'm raring to go again. Religion & God
Often, when I finish a film, I'll have that feeling inside me: 'I never want to do this ever again. I don't want to pretend anymore. I want to be myself and do that.'
One in four kids in the U.S. faces hunger.
One of my favorite artists is Tom Waits, whom most people think of as a wonderful singer-songwriter and a great poet. I certainly think of him that way, but I also know him as a terrific actor. You know, that persona that he puts on when he's doing his music comes from being an actor, figuring out a persona. Music, Chants & Rapps
One of the things I want to do that's outside the realm of acting and the arts - although both have their place in this - is ending childhood hunger here in America.
One of the things that I find so exciting about life is that you're constantly surprised. You never know what's going to happen, and it's certainly like that making movies; every once in a while, one will come along that transcends all of your expectations. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
One of the tough things about being an actor, probably the hardest thing, is getting your foot in the door, and my father handled that for me at a very early age.
One thing I want to do is create something called Ring Around Congress. It would be a state deal and also a national thing, where the kids, as a field trip, will go and join hands around Congress and give the politicians report cards on how they're voting on hunger issues.
People fall in love for mysterious reasons. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Poverty is a very complicated issue, but feeding a child isn't.
Pretend was a big part of my childhood.
So I have this word for much of what I do in life: 'plorking.' I'm not playing and I'm not working, I'm plorking. Life
Sobriety and health is the greatest thing. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Sometimes I think of movie acting as advanced pretend.
Sometimes, you can not click with somebody, and it can feel awkward.
Sticking with a marriage. That's true grit, man. Families, Children & Parenting
Sure, I get the blues. But what I try to do, is apply joy to the blues, you know? I don't know if it's a technique, or just being bent that way, being raised by the folks I was raised by.
Technology is such a broad kind of term, it really applies to so many things, from the electric light to running cars on oil. All of these different things can be called technology. I have kind of a love-hate relationship with it, as I expect most people do. With the computer, I spend so many hours sitting in front of a computer. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
That movie, 'Airplane!,' what a landmark film it was. It's a great, great movie.
That's one of the cool things about fame. You have an affect on society and where it goes. Society
The hoopla with all the award season is kind of mind-boggling. It kind of puts you on your heels.
The more space and emptiness you can create in yourself, then you can let the rest of the world come in and fill you up.
The Oscar nomination is great. It's a great pat on the back. And I like that.
The problem with the designated driver programme, it's not a desirable job. But if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At then end of the night drop them off at the wrong house.
The wonderful thing about acting is that you can use all of your talents and interests in your work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There's a bit of the kid in me.
There's kind of a Zen aspect to bowling. The pins are either staying up or down before you even throw your arm back. It's kind of a mind-set. You want to be in this perfect mind-set before you released the ball.
This idea of how everything is interconnected, and the impermanence of things.. It sums up the human condition to me, and it helps me on my path.
Thoughts will change and shift just like the wind and the water when you're on the boat; thoughts are no different than anything else.
Tightness gets in the way of everything, except tightness.
To go into therapy is an adventure, not really to iron anything out.
Unlike a lot of actors, my father encouraged all his kids to go into show business. Business, Commerce & Finance
Unlike a lot of actors, my father encouraged all his kids to go into show business. He loved it so much. Business, Commerce & Finance
We love things that are convenient. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Well, I'm not a big sports fan. Sports & Athletics
Well, there are all kinds of gutters. Life will supply you with gutters. Life
Well, when we made 'Tron' there was no internet, no cellphones.
We're here for such a short period of time. Time
We're here for such a short period of time. Live like you're already dead, man. Have a good time. Do your best. Let it all come ripping right through you. Time
What are the aspects of yourself that line up with the character? You magnify those, and the ones that don't match up you kind of kick to the curb.
What I learned most from my father wasn't anything he said; it was just the way he behaved. He loved his work so much that, whenever he came on set, he brought that with him, and other people rose to it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When I was really young, my mom enrolled me in dance classes.
When I'm working, I'm very purposeful and everything else gets out of focus. Something I've had to work on together with my wife is how to acknowledge each other in the midst of this and keep the relationship going. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Whenever I work on a part, I look at the world through the filter of the character and I pick things they might use through my observations of real life. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Whenever you're the child of a famous person, you get judged in odd ways because of that. Fame
With a labyrinth, you make a choice to go in - and once you've chosen, around and around you go. But you always find your way to the center.
Words fall short sometimes.
Work takes me away from my wife, Sue, and my life in Santa Barbara. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Working with my dad was such a gas. We approached the work in a similar way. We only made two films together when I was an adult, Tucker, and Blown Away, but it was so much fun to play with your parent like that. Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Yeah I loved, as a kid growing up, I loved science-fiction.
Yeah, I loved Ray Bradbury.
Yeah, I'd been around horses most of my life. Life
Yeah, I've been interested in music since I was a teenager, always writing songs. Music, Chants & Rapps
You always hear people say that having kids changes everything, but you can't fully realize it until you have children yourself.
You can relate to somebody's pain and you have compassion, which can lead to intimacy.
You don't want to vilify your ego.
You know, ballet might be too formal of a title for the type of dance I do, but I love to dance. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You know, I thought we could use a good myth about technology to help guide us through these particular modern waters right now. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
You know, it's kind of a shame in a way but the more seasoned directors a lot of times have more difficult getting a job than first time guys. New kid on the block kind of thing. Time
You prep, you prep, you prep. And on the day that you film, you let all of that go. I try to achieve emptiness as much as possible - the Zen thing - to let the deal come out of that nothing.
Your part can be the king, but unless people are treating you like royalty, you ain't no king, man.