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Lloyd Bridges
Actor from the United States

Lloyd Bridges

Lloyd Bridges
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Intro Actor from the United States
Was Actor Television actor Film actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 15 January 1913, San Leandro
Death 10 March 1998, Los Angeles (aged 85 years)
Spouse: Dorothy Bridges
Children: Jeff BridgesBeau Bridges
Lloyd Bridges
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Lloyd Vernet Bridges Jr. (January 15, 1913 – March 10, 1998) was an American film, stage and television actor who starred in a number of television series and appeared in more than 150 feature films. He was the father of actors Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges.

Early life

Bridges was born in San Leandro, California, to Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Sr. (1887–1962), who was involved in the California hotel business and once owned a movie theater, and his wife Harriet Evelyn (Brown) Bridges (1893–1950). His parents were both natives of Kansas, and of English ancestry. Bridges graduated from Petaluma High School in 1930. He then studied political science at UCLA, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.


Bridges made his Broadway debut in 1939 in a production of Shakespeare's Othello. In 1941, he joined the stock company at Columbia Pictures, where he played small roles in features and short subjects. (In Here Comes Mr. Jordan Bridges is the pilot of the plane in the "heaven" scene.)

He left Columbia Pictures during World War II to enlist in the United States Coast Guard. Following his discharge, he returned to acting. In later years he was a member of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 11th District (California) and did several public service announcements for the Coast Guard. Because of his support, he was made an honorary commodore. Bridges' sons, actors Beau and Jeff, also served in the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve.

Commodore Lloyd Bridges, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary public service poster

Bridges was blacklisted briefly in the 1950s after he admitted to the House Un-American Activities Committee that he had once been a member of the Actors' Laboratory Theatre, a group found to have had links to the Communist party. He returned to acting after he was cleared by the FBI, achieving his greatest success in television.

In Rocketship X-M (1950)

Bridges gained attention in 1956 for his emotional performance on live anthology program The Alcoa Hour, in an episode titled "Tragedy in a Temporary Town", directed by Sidney Lumet. During the performance, Bridges inadvertently used profanity while ad-libbing. Although the slip of the tongue generated hundreds of complaints, the episode won a Robert E. Sherwood Television Award, with Bridges' slip being defended even by some members of the clergy. Bridges received an Emmy Award nomination for the role.

Bridges at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989
Guest stars for the 1961 premiere episode of The Dick Powell Show, "Who Killed Julie Greer?". Standing, from left: Ronald Reagan, Nick Adams, Lloyd Bridges, Mickey Rooney, Edgar Bergen, Jack Carson, Ralph Bellamy, Kay Thompson, Dean Jones. Seated, from left, Carolyn Jones and Dick Powell.

Bridges gained wide recognition as Mike Nelson, the main character in the television series Sea Hunt, created by Ivan Tors, which ran in syndication from 1958–1961. He also wrote a book with a co-author about skin-diving entitled "Mask and Flippers." Following that success, he starred in the eponymous CBS anthology series The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962–1963, produced by Aaron Spelling), which included appearances by his sons Beau and Jeff. Producer Gene Roddenberry, who worked with Bridges on Sea Hunt, reportedly offered Bridges the role of Captain Kirk on Star Trek before the part went to William Shatner. In addition, he was a regular cast member in the Rod Serling western series The Loner (which lasted one season from 1965 to 1966; Bridges pulled out in disagreement over the violent content of the show), and in the two NBC failures San Francisco International Airport (1970/71) and a Police Story spin-off Joe Forrester (1975–76). Later, he appeared in Paper Dolls (1984) and Capital News (1990), both for ABC, and again with Harts of the West (1993–1994), this time for CBS, a comedy/western set on a dude ranch in Nevada. Son Beau Bridges co-starred, along with Harley Jane Kozak as Beau's wife, Alison Hart, and Sean Murray as the oldest Hart son, Zane Grey Hart.

Bridges played significant roles in several mini-series, including Roots, How the West Was Won and The Blue and the Gray.

For more than forty-five years, Bridges was a frequent guest star on television series. He received a second Emmy Award nomination four decades after the first when he was nominated in 1998 for his role as Izzy Mandelbaum on Seinfeld.

He portrayed Commander Cain in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, in the two-part episode The Living Legend. His fate was left unanswered, spurring fans to call for his return. This popularity led to a radically re-imagined Cain character in the 2004 series.

He started as a contract performer for Columbia Pictures, appearing in classics such as A Walk In The Sun, High Noon, Little Big Horn, and Sahara. By the end of his career, he had re-invented himself and demonstrated a gifted comedic talent in such parody films as Airplane!, Hot Shots!, and Jane Austen's Mafia!. He acted in the role of "The President" in the movie Hot Shots! Part Deux.

Personal life

Bridges and his son Beau at the 44th Emmy Awards, August 30, 1992

Bridges met his wife, Dorothy Bridges (née Simpson) in his fraternity; they married in 1938 in New York City. They had four children: the actors Beau Bridges (born in 1941) and Jeff Bridges (born in 1949); a daughter, Lucinda Louise Bridges (born in October 1953); and another son, Garrett Myles Bridges, who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on August 3, 1948. The actor Jordan Bridges is Beau's son and Lloyd's grandson. Dorothy and Lloyd exchanged vows again for their 50th wedding anniversary.

A world federalist, Bridges once said, "The devastation caused by war and the pollution of our environment knows no boundaries. Only an effective world government could provide sufficient law and have the power to control these destructive forces." He was also involved in several organizations, including the American Oceans Campaign and Heal the Bay, a Los Angeles-based group.


On March 10, 1998, Bridges died of natural causes at the age of 85. He was married to Dorothy Bridges (née Simpson; 1915–2009), from 1938 until his death.


An episode ("The Burning") in the final Seinfeld season (1998) was dedicated to the memory of Lloyd Bridges. He had played the character of Izzy Mandelbaum in the episodes "The English Patient" in 1997 and "The Blood" later the same year.

Bridges' last film, Jane Austen's Mafia!, which came out the year of his death, bears a dedication to him.

In 2011 Bridges was posthumously named as one of six recipients – two of whom are his sons Beau and Jeff – of the Lone Sailor Award, which honors former Coast Guard servicemen who have gone on to forge successful careers as civilians.



  • Freshman Love (1936) as College Boy (uncredited)
  • Dancing Feet (1936) as Young Man (uncredited)
  • Lost Horizon (1940) as Uniformed Soldier / Officer (uncredited)
  • The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941) as Johnny Baker
  • They Dare Not Love (1941) as Blonde Officer (uncredited)
  • The Medico of Painted Springs (1941) as Cowhand (uncredited)
  • The Son of Davy Crockett (1941) as Sammy (uncredited)
  • I Was a Prisoner on Devil's Island (1941) as Rene (uncredited)
  • Our Wife (1941) as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) as Sloan - Co-pilot of Plane #22 (uncredited)
  • Harmon of Michigan (1941) as Ozzie
  • Two Latins from Manhattan (1941) as Tommy Curtis
  • You Belong to Me (1941) as Ski Patrol (uncredited)
  • Three Girls About Town (1941) as Reporter (uncredited)
  • The Royal Mounted Patrol (1941) as Hap Andrews
  • Sing for Your Supper (1941) as Doc (uncredited)
  • Honolulu Lu (1941) as Desk Clerk (uncredited)
  • Harvard, Here I Come! (1941) as Larry (uncredited)
  • West of Tombstone (1942) as Martin (uncredited)
  • Blondie Goes to College (1942) as Ben Dixon
  • Cadets on Parade (1942) as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Shut My Big Mouth (1942) as Skinny
  • Canal Zone (1942) as Recruit Baldwin (insurance man)
  • Alias Boston Blackie (1942) as Bus Driver (uncredited)
  • Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1942) as Guard (uncredited)
  • North of the Rockies (1942) as Constable McDowell
  • The Wife Takes a Flyer (1942) as German Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Sweetheart of the Fleet (1942) as Sailor
  • Submarine Raider (1942) as Submarine Engine Seaman (voice, uncredited)
  • Riders of the Northland (1942) as Alex
  • Flight Lieutenant (1942) as Cadet William 'Bill' Robinson (uncredited)
  • Atlantic Convoy (1942) as Bert
  • The Talk of the Town (1942) as Donald Forrester (uncredited)
  • Counter-Espionage (1942) as Waiter (uncredited)
  • A Man's World (1942) as Brown
  • The Daring Young Man (1942) as Hans Muller
  • The Spirit of Stanford (1942) as Don Farrell (uncredited)
  • Stand By All Networks (1942) as Slim Terry (uncredited)
  • Pardon My Gun (1942) as Henchman (uncredited)
  • Underground Agent (1942) as Chemist (uncredited)
  • Commandos Strike at Dawn (1943) as Young German Soldier (uncredited)
  • City Without Men (1943) as Coast Guard Helmsman (uncredited)
  • One Dangerous Night (1943) as Airline Gate Attendant (uncredited)
  • Destroyer (1943) as 2nd Fireman (uncredited)
  • Passport to Suez (1943) as Fritz
  • Sahara (1943) as Fred Clarkson
  • Hail to the Rangers (1943) as Dave Kerlin
  • The Heat's On (1943) as Andy Walker
  • There's Something About a Soldier (1943) (uncredited)
  • Crime Doctor's Strangest Case (1943) as Jimmy Trotter
  • Once Upon a Time (1944) as Aviator Captain (uncredited)
  • Riding West (1944) as Larry (uncredited)
  • She's a Soldier Too (1944) as Charles Jones
  • Louisiana Hayride (1944) as Montague Price
  • The Master Race (1944) as Frank
  • Saddle Leather Law (1944) as Paul Edwards
  • Secret Agent X-9 (1945) as Phil Corrigan (Secret Agent X-9)
  • Strange Confession (1945) as Dave
  • A Walk in the Sun (1945) as Sgt. Ward
  • Abilene Town (1946) as Henry Dreiser
  • Miss Susie Slagle's (1946) as Silas Holmes
  • Canyon Passage (1946) as Johnny Steele
  • Thunderbolt! (1947) as Pilot (voice)
  • Ramrod (1947) as Red Cates
  • The Trouble with Women (1947) as Avery Wilson
  • Unconquered (1947) as Lt. Hutchins
  • Secret Service Investigator (1948) as Steve Mallory / Dan Redfern
  • 16 Fathoms Deep (1948) as Ray Douglas
  • Moonrise (1948) as Jerry Sykes
  • Hideout (1949) as George Browning
  • Red Canyon (1949) as Virgil Cordt
  • Home of the Brave (1949) as Finch
  • Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949) as Joel Collins
  • Trapped (1949) as Tris Stewart
  • Rocketship X-M (1950) as Col. Floyd Graham
  • Colt .45 (1950) as Paul Donovan
  • The White Tower (1950) as Mr. Hein
  • The Sound of Fury (1950) as Jerry Slocum
  • Little Big Horn (1951) as Capt. Phillip Donlin
  • Three Steps North (1951) as Frank Keeler
  • The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) as Brad Adams
  • High Noon (1952) as Deputy Marshal Harvey Pell
  • Plymouth Adventure (1952) as Coppin
  • Last of the Comanches (1953) as Jim Starbuck
  • The Tall Texan (1953) as Ben Trask
  • The Kid from Left Field (1953) as Pete Haines
  • City of Bad Men (1953) as Gar Stanton
  • The Limping Man (1953) as Frank Prior
  • Pride of the Blue Grass (1954) as Jim
  • Third Party Risk (1954) as Philip Graham
  • Wichita (1955) as Gyp Clements
  • Apache Woman (1955) as Rex Moffett
  • Wetbacks (1956) as Jim Benson
  • The Rainmaker (1956) as Noah Curry
  • Ride Out for Revenge (1957) as Capt. George
  • The Goddess (1958) as Dutch Seymour
  • A Pair of Boots (1962) as Otis / Adam Shepherd / Sen. Guthrie / Jonathan Tatum / Various characters
  • Around the World Under the Sea (1966) as Dr. Doug Standish
  • Daring Game (1968) as Vic Powers
  • Attack on the Iron Coast (1968) as Major Jamie Wilson
  • The Happy Ending (1969) as Sam
  • The Love War (1970) (TV) as Kyle
  • Lost Flight (1969) as Captain Steve Bannerman
  • Scuba (1972) (documentary) (narrator)
  • To Find a Man (1972) as Frank McCarthy
  • Haunts of the Very Rich (1972) as Dave Woodrough
  • Running Wild (1973) as Jeff Methune
  • Death Race (1973) as Hans Pimler
  • The Fifth Musketeer (1979) as Aramis
  • Bear Island (1979) as Smithy
  • Airplane! (1980) as Steve McCroskey
  • Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) as Steve McCroskey
  • Weekend Warriors (1986) as Col. Archer
  • The Thanksgiving Promise (1986) as Stewart Larson
  • The Wild Pair (1987) (with son Beau Bridges) as Col. Heser
  • Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) as Sen. Homer Ferguson (uncredited)
  • Winter People (1989) as William Wright
  • Cousins (1989) as Vince
  • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) as Graynamore
  • Hot Shots! (1991) as Adm. Thomas 'Tug' Benson
  • Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992) as Clifford Sterling
  • Earth and the American Dream (1992) (documentary) (narrator)
  • Mr. Bluesman (1993) as Bronski
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) as Tug Benson
  • Blown Away (1994) with son Jeff Bridges
  • Peter and the Wolf (1995) as Max O'Bannon
  • Jane Austen's Mafia! (1998) as Vincenzo Cortino
  • Meeting Daddy (2000) as Mr. Branson (filmed in 1997; released postumously)
  • From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff (2002) as Himself (scenes filmed in the 1990s)

Short subjects

  • The Great Glover (1942)
  • They Stooge to Conga (1943) as Telephone Customer #2 (uncredited)
  • His Wedding Scare (1943) as Train Concuctor Charlie, Susie's 1st Husband
  • A Rookie's Cookie (1943)
  • Mr. Whitney Had a Notion (1949) as Eli Whitney
  • My Daddy Can Lick Your Daddy (1962)
  • The World of Inner Space (1966)
  • Wonderful World of Wheels (1967)
  • I Am Joe's Heart (1987) as Joe's Heart (voice)

Television work

  • Suspense co-star with Arlene Francis in "Her Last Adventure" (August 19, 1952) as James
  • Jukebox Jury (1953)
  • Crossroads in "Broadway Trust" with James Dean (November 11, 1955) as Fred
  • Sea Hunt (1958–1961) as Mike Nelson / Whitey Fender
  • The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford (January 8, 1959) as Captain Anderson
  • The DuPont Show with June Allyson as Captain Anderson in "Death on the Temple Bay", BSD series finale (1961) as Captain Anderson
  • The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962–1963) as Adam Shepherd / Sen. Guthrie / Jonathan Tatum / Various characters
  • The Eleventh Hour with son Beau, "Cannibal Plants, They Eat You Alive" (1964) as Leonard McCarty
  • Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) as Mason Etheridge
  • The Loner (1965–1966) as William Colton
  • Mission: Impossible (1966) as Anastas Poltroni
  • A Case of Libel (1968) as Dennis Corcoran
  • Lost Flight (1969)
  • The Silent Gun (1969) as Brad Clinton
  • Silent Night, Lonely Night (1969) as John Sparrow
  • The Love War (1970) as Kyle
  • San Francisco International Airport (1970–1971) as Jim Conrad
  • Do You Take This Stranger? (1971) as Steven Breck
  • A Tattered Web (1971) as Sgt. Ed Stagg
  • Deadly Dream (1971) as Dr. Jim Hanley
  • Water World (1972–1975) as Narrator
  • Haunts of the Very Rich (1972) as Dave Woodrough
  • Trouble Comes to Town (1973) as Sheriff Porter Murdock
  • Crime Club (1973) as Paul Cord
  • Death Race (1973) as Hans Pimler
  • Benjamin Franklin (1974) (miniseries)
  • The Whirlwind (1974)
  • Police Story (1974-1975) as Joe Forrester / Sgt. Wolf Bozeman
  • Stowaway to the Moon (1975) as Charlie Englehardt
  • Cop on the Beat (1975)
  • Joe Forrester (1975–1976) as Joe Forrester
  • Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977 TV series) episode "The Force of Evil" (Dr. Carrington)
  • Roots (1977) (miniseries)
  • Telethon (1977) as Matt Tallman
  • How the West Was Won (1978) (miniseries) as Orville Gant
  • The Great Wallendas (1978) as Karl Wallenda
  • Shimmering Light (1978) as Sean Pearse
  • GI Diary (1978) as Narrator (voice)
  • Battlestar Galactica (1978 TV series) as Commander Cain
  • Disaster on the Coastliner (1979) as Al Mitchell
  • East of Eden(1981 miniseries) as Samuel Hamilton
  • The Blue and the Gray (1982 miniseries) as Ben Geyser
  • Grace Kelly (1983) as Jack Kelly
  • Paper Dolls (1984) as Grant Harper
  • George Washington (1984) (miniseries) as Caleb Quinn
  • Alice in Wonderland (1985 miniseries) as White Knight
  • North and South (1986) (miniseries) as Confederate President Jefferson Davis
  • Dress Gray (1986) (miniseries) as Gen. Axel Rylander
  • Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift (PBS TV Special) as Mr. Nicholas
  • Capital News (1990) as Jo Jo Turner
  • Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (1990) as Harry Helmsley
  • In The Nick Of Time (1991 Christmas Movie) as Santa Claus
  • The Other Woman as Jacob
  • The Outer Limits – "The Sandkings" (March 26, 1995) as Col. Kress
  • Seinfeld as Izzy Mandelbaum as Izzy Mandelbaum
    • Season 8 episode The English Patient (March 13, 1997)
    • Season 9 episode The Blood (October 16, 1997)

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