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Beau Bridges


Hank Landry

Bridges is part of a preeminent Hollywood acting dynasty.  In 1990, he was named Best Supporting Actor by the National Society of Film Critics for his performance in 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 Cheerleader-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 11 Emmys, most recently in 2007 as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for My Name Is Earl, and for four Golden Globes.

Bridges has portrayed a myriad of characters during his successful career, which spans more than six decades.  He started at a young age, making his feature-film debut in director Lewis Milestone's The Red Pony.  He also appeared in his dad Lloyd's TV show Sea Hunt.  In 1967, Bridges played his first adult role in Larry Peerce's feature film The Incident, and he has worked virtually nonstop ever since.

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 played  co-starring roles opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in The Ballad of Jack and Rose, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and Sarah Jessica Parker in Spinning Into Butter.  In 2008, he starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis in the big screen adaptation of Max Payne for 20th Century Fox, and he recently wrapped production in Cape Town on Free Willy 4: South Africa to be released by Warner Bros.

Bridges has appeared on more than 80 television shows and telefilms in addition to his portrayal of Gen. Landry on Stargate: SG-1 and Atlantis.  These projects include the 100th episode of Desperate Housewives, a recurring role on My Name Is Earl, 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,  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 Director Tom Gage.  In addition to acting, Bridges also has directed films, including 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.

On the stage, Bridges performed in the original productions of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine by Father Daniel Berrigan at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and on Broadway in both William Inge’s Where’s Daddy? and Peter Ustinov’s Who’s Who in Hell.  He also originated the role of Roy in Looking for Normal by Jane Anderson at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

He shared a 2009 Grammy win with Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth in the category of Best Spoken Word Album.

Bridges serves on the Board of Directors for the Wishtoyo Foundation, which protects and preserves the culture and history of coastal communities and fosters responsibility to our marine habitats through education, community action, and citizen enforcement.

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