If commercial success can bring happiness, then Jeff Bridges is indeed having a very Merry Christmas and happy 2010.
This week the 61-year old actor released Tron: Legacy (the sequel to his 1982 Sci-Fi hit Tron), which Comingsoon.com reported as No 1 at the boxoffice with worldwide sales of $66.6 million (within the first 48 hours of its debut).
On Tuesday, Bridges will appear in the remake of the 1969 classic western True Grit, starring Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper.
Though many remakes fail to impress the critics, the 2010 True Grit version has already won an award for “Best Cimematography” by the Boston Society of Film Critics and been nominated for 6 other awards including 2 with Jeff Bridges as “Best Actor.”
In 2010, Bridges won an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Indie Spirit Award, and SAG Award (to name a few) for his role as “Bad Blake” in Crazy Heart. It was his first Oscar after having been nominated as “Best Actor” in The Contender (2000), Starman (1984), Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (1974), and The Last Picture Show (1971).
As the son of actor Lloyd Bridges (Sea Hunt, Airplane) and younger brother of actor Beau Bridges (Norma Rae, Stargate SG-1), audiences have had an opportunity to see Jeff Bridges grow up on screen and create a wide range of characters.
Fans have enjoyed him as: the tender alien (Starman), irreverent thief (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot), horse racer Charles Howard (Seabiscuit), a college professor (Arlington Road, The Mirror Has Two Faces), a suicidal DJ (The Fisher King), a Wild West gunfighter (Wild Bill), small club musician (The Fabulous Baker Boys), race car driver (The Last American Hero) and car designer Preston Tucker (Tucker: The Man and His Dream)
Did you know? In addition to his work as an actor, Jeff Bridges is a talented guitarist, photographer, and cartoonist.
See slideshow on this page to view Jeff Bridges, his family, and True Grit co-stars Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld at the movie’s premiere of 1 week ago.