BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE
JEFF BRIDGES (Father Daniel Flynn) is one of Hollywood's most successful actors
and a seven-time Academy Award nominee, as well as a singer and producer. His
2009 performance in Crazy Heart deservedly garnered the iconic performer his
first Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. The performance
also earned him the Golden Globe, SAG Award and the IFP/Spirit Award for Lead
Actor. Bridges' moving and multi-layered performance is one of many in a career
that spans decades.
Bridges earned his first Oscar nod in 1971 for Best e years later, he received
his second Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Michael Cimino's
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. By 1984 he landed top kudos with a Best Actor
nomination for playing the alien in Starman; that performance also earned him a
Golden Globe nomination. In 2001, he was honored with another Golden Globe
nomination and his fourth Oscar nomination for his role in The Contender, Rod
Lurie's political thriller, in which Bridges played the President of the United
In December 2010 his reunion with the Coen Brothers in the critically-acclaimed
western True Grit landed him his sixth Oscar nomination. In 2017 he received
his seventh Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as a retiring Texas
Ranger in Hell or High Water, a modern action bank heist thriller set in west
Texas. The critically-acclaimed film premiered Un Certain Regard at the 2016
Cannes Film festival and was written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by David
Mackenzie. He also received a Golden Globe and SAG nomination for his
This October, in addition to Bad Times at the El Royale, he can be seen and
heard in Living in The Future's Past, directed by Susan Kucera.
The actor's multi-faceted career has cut a wide swathe across all genres.
Bridges has also been seen in the drama Only Living Boy in New York, in the
action/adventure comedy sequel The Kingsman Golden Circle, for director Matthew
Vaughn, and opposite Josh Brolin in the action drama Only the Brave, directed by
Joseph Kosinski. Before that he was seen in the first animated feature film
adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's iconic masterpiece The Little Prince as
the Aviator for director Mark Osborne. The film is streaming on Netflix.
In August 2014, Bridges starred in The Giver opposite Meryl Streep. Based on the
bestselling young adult novel by Lois Lowry, the film - which he also produced -
was a passion project of his for more than two decades and was directed by
In 2010 he starred in the 3D action-adventure TRON: Legacy. Bridges reprised his
role of video-game developer Kevin Flynn from the classic 1982 film TRON. With
state-of-the-art technology, TRON: Legacy established Bridges as the first actor
in cinematic history to play opposite a younger version of himself.
Prior to Crazy Heart, he starred in A Dog Year for HBO Films/ Picturehouse,
based on the memoir by Jon Katz and directed by George LaVoo (who also wrote the
screenplay) and garnered an Emmy nomination; as well as opposite Robert Downey,
Jr. in the Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios blockbuster Iron Man (2008),
playing the character of Obadiah Stane. He starred opposite Shia LaBeouf as
Geek, a cantankerous and washed-up surfer penguin, in the Academy
Award-nominated Surf's Up, from Sony Pictures Animation. Prior to that, he
appeared in his second film for director Terry Gilliam, Tideland.
He has starred in numerous box office hits, including Gary Ross' Seabiscuit,
Terry Gilliam's offbeat comedic drama The Fisher King (co-starring Robin
Williams), the multi-award-nominated The Fabulous Baker Boys (co-starring his
brother Beau Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer), Jagged Edge (opposite Glenn Close),
Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Blown Away (co-starring
his late father Lloyd Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones), Peter Weir's Fearless (with
Isabella Rossellini and Rosie Perez) and Martin Bell's American Heart (with
Edward Furlong, produced by Bridges' company, AsIs Productions). That film
earned Bridges an IFP/Spirit Award in 1993 for Best Actor. In the summer of
2004, he appeared opposite Kim Basinger in the critically-acclaimed The Door in
the Floor for director Todd Williams and Focus Features, which earned him an
IFP/Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor.
He played a major featured role in The Muse; appeared in the suspense thriller
Arlington Road; and starred in Simpatico, the screen version of Sam Shepard's
play. In 1998, he starred in the Coen brothers' cult comedy The Big Lebowski.
Before that, he starred in Ridley Scott's White Squall, Walter Hill's Wild Bill,
John Huston's Fat City and Barbra Streisand's romantic comedy The Mirror Has Two
In 1983, Jeff founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated
to feeding children around the world. Jeff produced the End Hunger televent, a
three-hour live television broadcast focusing on world hunger. The televent
featured leading film, television and music stars in an innovative production to
educate and inspire action.
He is currently the national spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry
campaign that is fighting to end childhood hunger in America.
Through his company, AsIs Productions, he produced Hidden in America, which
starred his brother Beau. That television movie, produced for Showtime, received
a Golden Globe nomination in 1996 for Best TV/Cable Film and garnered a Screen
Actors Guild nod for Best Actor for Beau Bridges. The film was also nominated
for two Emmy Awards.
One of Jeff's true passions is photography. In 2013, Jeff was the recipient of
an Infinity Award, presented by the International Center of Photography, NY.
Proceeds from books of his photography are donated to the Motion Picture &
Television Fund, a nonprofit organization that offers charitable care and
support to film industry workers.
In February 2015, Jeff released a spoken word/ambient album titled Sleeping
Tapes. The collaboration was co-produced with musician Keefus Ciancia who also
supplied the music. All proceeds from the album sales go to Share Our Strength's
No Kid Hungry campaign.
In August 2011, Jeff released his self-titled major label debut album for Blue
Note Records. Multiple Grammy Award-winning songwriter, musician and producer T
Bone Burnett produced the album. The critically-acclaimed album was a follow up
to his first solo effort Be Here Soon, on Ramp Records, the Santa Barbara, CA
label he co-founded with Michael McDonald and producer/singer/songwriter Chris
Pelonis. In 2014 he released his first live album Jeff Bridges & The Abiders
Live and has been touring off and on when he is not working.
Jeff and his wife Susan divide their time between their home in Santa Barbara,
California, and their ranch in Montana.
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