Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges is an American
actor and musician. His most notable films include The Last Picture
Show, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Tron, Starman, The Fabulous Baker
Boys, The Fisher King, Fearless, The Big Lebowski, The Contender,
Iron Man, and Crazy Heart, for which he won the Academy Award for
Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 82nd Academy Awards.
In his youth, Bridges, as well as his brother Beau, made occasional
appearances on their father's show Sea Hunt (1958-1961) and the
CBS anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962-1963).
His first major role was in the 1971 movie The Last Picture Show
for which he garnered a nomination for the Academy Award for Best
Supporting Actor. He was nominated again for the same award for
his performance opposite Clint Eastwood in the 1974 film Thunderbolt
and Lightfoot. In 1976 he starred as the protagonist Jack Prescott
in the first remake of King Kong opposite future academy award winner
Jessica Lange (her first role). This film was a huge commercial
success, earning back $90 million worldwide, more than triple its
$23 million budget, and also winning an Academy Award for special
One of his better known roles was in the 1982 science-fiction cult
classic TRON, in which he played Kevin Flynn, a video game programmer,
a role he is set to reprise in late 2010 in the sequel TRON: Legacy.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1984 for
playing the alien in Starman. He was also acclaimed for his roles
in the thriller Against All Odds and the crime drama Jagged Edge.
His role in Fearless is recognized by some critics to be one of
his best performances. One critic dubbed it a masterpiece; Pauline
Kael wrote that he "may be the most natural and least self-conscious
screen actor that has ever lived". He also starred as "The
Dude" in the Coen Brothers' cult-classic film The Big Lebowski