Beau Bridges (born: Lloyd III, but nicknamed “Beau” after a character in “Gone With the Wind”) began his acting career as a child in the family classic “The Red Pony.” He resurfaced as a young adult in episodic television, including appearances with his famous father, Lloyd, on “Sea Hunt” and “The Lloyd Bridges Show.”
Bridges’ big-screen career reignited with his Golden Globe-nominated turn in 1968’s “For Love of Ivy” and flourished during the 1970s with notable roles in such films as “The Landlord,” “The Other Side of the Mountain” and “Norma Rae.”
Feature highlights during the 1980s included “Heart Like a Wheel” and “The Hotel New Hampshire” and a much-lauded performance as a struggling lounge pianist in “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” costarring with his brother, Jeff.
Bridges has worked regularly and reliably over the last two decades in features (“Jerry Maguire,” “Max Payne”), telefilms (“P.T. Barnum,” the “Inherit the Wind” remake) and on series TV in regular roles (“The Agency,” “Stargate SG-1”) and in many guest shots (“Will & Grace,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Desperate Housewives”).
The actor’s TV work has earned him 12 Emmy Award nominations, with Emmy and Golden Globe wins for the miniseries “Without Warning: The James Brady Story” and the telefilm “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom,” as well as an Emmy win for the TV movie “The Second Civil War.”
He has five children, two from first wife, Julie (married in 1964, divorced in 1984) and three with current wife Wendy (married in 1984).