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Lloyd Bridges

Lloyd Bridges

Legendary star Lloyd Bridges starred in more than 140 motion pictures for film and television in an extraordinary career spanning over six decades. He died March 10, 1998.

He previously teamed with filmmaker Jim Abrahams, starring in Airplane! as well as in Hot Shots! and Hot Shots! Part Deux. His other recent credits include two films with his son, Jeff Bridges, Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Blown Away, as well as starring roles in Cousins, Winter People, Joe Versus the Volcano, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, and most recently in the forthcoming Meeting Daddy.

Earlier in his career, Bridges had significant roles in such memorable films as High Noon, Home of the Brave, A Walk in the Sun, The Sound of Fury, The Rainmaker and The Goddess.

Bridges was honored with an Emmy Award nomination for his work in the telefilm Tragedy in a Temporary Town. He also starred in some of the most prestigious miniseries and telefilms ever produced, including Roots, East of Eden, The Blue and the Gray, Moviola, The Critical List, The Great Wallendas, Silent Night, Lonely Night, the one-man drama The Fortress, as well as in two productions directed by his eldest son, Beau Bridges; The Thanksgiving Promise and The Secret Sins of the Father.

Bridges made his mark on the small screen during television's Golden Age, appearing in live presentations on Studio One, The Alcoa Hour, Playhouse 90 and The U.S. Steel Hour. For an entire generation of television fans he became a household name as the intrepid Mike Nelson on the classic series Sea Hunt. He has since starred in the series The Lloyd Bridges Show, The Loner, San Francisco International Airport, Joe Forrester, Paper Dolls, Capitol News, and in Harts of the West with his son Beau. Most recently, he has guest starred on The Outer Limits and Seinfeld.

His busy career in front of the cameras left little time for theater the actor's first love. After making his Broadway debut replacing Franchot Tone in Oh, Men! Oh Women!, Bridges returned as Iago in a l950s adaptation of Othello, and later starred in Cactus Flower and in a l985 production of Man of La Mancha.

Born in San Leandro, California, Bridges attended the University of California in Los Angeles, with a major in political science and an eye on law school. But he had two serious distractions: acting and basketball. The athletic young student quickly made UCLA's freshman basketball team, and he also began playing leading roles in campus productions that ranged from Greek drama and Shakespearean works to modern plays and musicals. Bridges eventually choose to focus on acting. After graduation, he performed in East coast summer theater productions of Within the Gates and The Taming of the Shrew with Peggy Woods and Rolo Peters.

Married in 1938 to his college sweetheart Dorothy Simpson, Bridges and his bride left teaching jobs in Darien, Connecticut for Hollywood where he was signed to a stock contract by Columbia Pictures, soon launching into his film work and rising to stardom.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Lloyd Bridges Facts

Birth NameLloyd Vernet Bridges Jr
BirthdayJanuary 15, 1913
BirthplaceSan Leandro, California, USA
Date of deathMarch 10, 1998 (age 85)

Selected Filmography

Abilene Town
Rocketship X-M
First Season Episode 1 Pilot
High Noon
Hot Shots, Part Deux!
Joe Versus The Volcano
Honey, I Blew Up The Kid
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