Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on 4 December 1949, in Los Angeles, California USA, of part-British ancestry through his mother, and is a well-known film producer, actor as well as a voice actor, and musician. His first on-screen appearances were in the 1958 adventure television series called “Sea Hunt”, in which he co-starred alongside his father Lloyd Bridges and his brother Beau Bridges.
So just how rich is Jeff Bridges, as of mid-2017? According to authoritative sources, Jeff Bridges’ net worth is estimated to be over $80 million, most of which he has managed to accumulate from his various involvements in the entertainment industry, which began in the late ’50s.
Jeff Bridges Net Worth $80 Million
“Sea Hunt” turned out to be hugely popular with viewers, and managed to maintain the #1 spot in the ratings throughout nine months from its debut on television screens; it was estimated that 40 million viewers per week watched the show. Unfortunately, despite the favorable reviews and impressive ratings, “Sea Hunt” was taken off air after producing four seasons and 155 episodes in total. However, Jeff didn’t neglect his education, and studied at University High School, and upon his matriculation, moved to New York where he enrolled in the Herbert Berghof Studio, following which he became a member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve.
When he returned from his Reserve commitments, Bridges fully devoted himself to acting and made his first adult on-screen appearance in a drama film entitled “The Company She Keeps”. He then made appearances in his father’s drama series called “The Lloyd Bridges Show”, which certainly helped Jeff to launch a career as an actor. He followed-up with such films as “The Last Picture Show” with Timothy Bottoms, a science fiction film called “Tron” and “Tron: Legacy”, in which he co-starred alongside David Warner, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, and “The Fisher King” directed by Terry Gilliam, in which the main characters were portrayed by Robin Williams and Amanda Plummer.
Perhaps one of Bridges’ most notable appearances was in the crime comedy film called “The Big Lebowski”, in which he played the role of Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski. Even though the movie was initially considered to be a box office failure, it gained a cult following over the years and eventually became a cult classic. It inspired the beginning of “Lebowski Fest”, an annual fest in Kentucky which celebrates the movie, as well as the creation of “dudeism”, a philosophy inspired by the main character of the movie. Undoubtedly, “The Big Lebowski” was a huge influence on the viewers and the film industry in general.
Uniquely, Jeff is still one of the youngest ever Academy Award nominees – age 22 for Best Supporting Actor in “The Last Picture Show”, and one of the oldest ever winners at aged 60, for Best Actor in “Crazy Heart”, which actually won him the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. Jeff has now appeared in over 70 films, and more than 20 TV productions.
Even though Jeff Bridges is best known as an actor, he also launched a singing career. Bridges debuted in the music industry with “Be Here Soon”, his debut studio album, which was released in 2000. More recently, in 2011 after signing to Blue Note Records, Jeff Bridges released his second self-titled studio work. “Jeff Bridges” debuted in the Top 40 on the Billboard music chart and produced a single called “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do”.
In his personal life, Jeff Bridges has been married to Susan Geston since 1977 and they have three daughters. They still reside in Los Angeles. He is known as a strong supporter of the End Hunger Network, which as the name suggests, aims at ending childhood hunger. He also supports the Amazon Conservation Team, and other environmental causes.
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