Beau Bridges

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From Bridges is part of a preeminent Hollywood acting dynasty. In 1990, he was named Best Supporting Actor by the National Society of Film Critis for his performance in the The Fabulous Baker Boys, in which he starred opposite his brother, Jeff. In 1992, he received an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a CableACE Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Without Warning: The James Brady Story. He garnered another Emmy and Golden Globe in 1993 as Outstanding Supporting Actor for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Cheerleaders-Murdering Mom. A third Emmy was won in 1997 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in The Second Civil War. In total, he has been nominated for 10 Emmys and for four Golden Globes.

He co-starred with Sidney Poitier in For Love of Ivy and portrayed a cub reporter in Norman Jewison’s Gaily, Gaily. Bridges starred in Hal Ashby’s first film, The Landlord, with Louis Gossett, Jr., then teamed up with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Hammersmith is Out. He played an athletic coach in Sidney Lumet’s Child’s Play, the boyfriend of an ill-fated skiing champion in The Other Side of the Mountain, Richard Pryor’s buddy in Greased Lightning, and Sally Field’s husband in the powerful Norma Rae. His film work also includes the independent features Sordid Lives, Meeting Daddy (with father, Lloyd), Delbert Mann’s Night Crossing, Jonathan Kaplan’s Heart Like a Wheel, Tony Richardson’s The Hotel New Hampshire, and Married to It, directed by Arthur Hiller. He can currently be seen in a co-starring role opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in The Ballad of Jack and Rose, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Bridges has appeared on more than 80 television shows and telefilms, include P.T. Barnum (in which he and his son, Jordan, shared the title role), Kissinger and Nixon, The Man With Three Wives, and, with his father and son, Dylan, in Sandkings, a two-hour movie that kicked-off the revival of The Outer Limits franchise. He starred in the CBS series Harts of the West, in ABC’s Maximum Bob, and the CBS series The Agency, playing CIA Directory Tom Gage. He has appeared on Broadway in the original production of William Inge’s Where’s Daddy? and Peter Ustinov’s Who’s Who in Hell. His other theater work includes the original production of Daniel Berrigan’s The Trial of the Catonsville Nine and Jane Anderson’s Looking for Normal. In addition to acting, Bridges also has directed films, include The Wild Pair and Seven Hours to Judgment, in which he also starred. He also directed his father in a movie-of-the-week entitled Secret Sins of the Father, and in the Disney film The Thanksgiving Promise, also starring his son, Jordan. Bridges’ After School Special Don’t Touch was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Bridges has five children: Casey, Jordan, Dylan, Emily, and Zeke. He lives at home with his wife, Wendy, and their youngest son.

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--DeeKayP 15:20, 29 Mar 2005 (PST)