Born in Los Angeles in 1941, Beau Bridges initially pursued sports despite an early introduction to the film industry from his father, actor Lloyd Bridges, and mother Dorothy, also an actress. He later returned to acting, springboarding from appearances on his dad's TV shows to featured roles. After starring alongside brother Jeff in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Bridges won three Emmy Awards during the 1990s and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
Lloyd Vernet Bridges III was born on December 9, 1941, in Los Angeles, California. He is the eldest of four children of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges and was nicknamed "Beau" after a character from Gone with the Wind. Beau Bridges got an early start in the industry with roles in the 1949 films Zamba and The Red Pony. His siblings, Jeff (born in 1949) and Lucinda (born in 1953) are also actors. His baby brother Garrett died shortly after birth in 1948.
As a child, Bridges was more interested in sports than acting, and he went on to play basketball and baseball at Venice High School. He joined the UCLA basketball team as a walk-on, briefly playing for legendary coach John Wooden, but realized he had limited potential in big-time athletics and transferred to the University of Hawaii.
His interest in acting rekindled, Beau Bridges appeared with younger brother Jeff Bridges in two of his father's TV programs, the popular Sea Hunt and the short-lived Lloyd Bridges Show. More television work followed, including a supporting role in the military comedy Ensign O'Toole.
Proving he wasn't merely riding his dad's coattails, Bridges earned a Golden Globe nomination for his part in the 1968 Sidney Poitier comedy For Love of Ivy. He received steady work in both film and television over the following decade, demonstrating his ability to adapt to a wide range of genres. He earned acclaim for his featured performances in the award-winning movies Norma Rae (1979) and Heart Like a Wheel (1983).
During this period, Bridges displayed his talents behind the camera by directing the feature films The Wild Pair (1987) and Seven Hours to Judgment (1988). He also made more appearances with members of his acting family, most notably alongside brother Jeff in the critically acclaimed The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). Reprising memories of their television time together 30 years earlier, he starred with Lloyd for a season of the comedy-drama Harts of the West.
Bridges earned recognition for his work by scoring Golden Globe and Emmy wins for the TV films Without Warning: The James Brady Story (1991) and The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993). He earned a third Emmy for the 1997 HBO political satire The Second Civil War, and in 2003 he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The veteran actor continued his television work, starring in Stargate (2005) and its spinoff Stargate Atlantis. He landed Emmy nominations for his roles on My Name is Earl, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters and Masters of Sex. He also earned a Grammy Award in 2009 for his contributions to the audiobook version of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and took on musical theater in 2012, stepping into the role of J.B. Biggley in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway.
In 2015 Bridges was nominated for an Emmy for his guest role in Masters of Sex.
Bridges was married to actress Julie Landfield from 1964 to 1984 and married his second wife, Wendy Treece, in 1984. He has five children, with son Jordan becoming a regular on the crime drama Rizzoli & Isles.
A former member of the U.S. Coast Guard, Bridges has been involved with such environmental groups as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Ventura Coastkeeper. He also enjoys playing guitar, and has recorded music with trumpet player Arturo Sandoval.
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