Stargate Major General
Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Beau Bridges, son of the prolific actor of the early 1940s Lloyd Bridges and older brother of actor Jeff Bridges, garnered critical acclaim for his small screen performance as the title role in Without Warning: The James Brady Story (1991), the brother-in-law of Holly Hunter's Wanda Holloway in The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993), and as the governor of Idaho in The Second Civil War (1997). On the silver screen, Bridges, who has been acting since the 1940s, has starred in films like Village of the Giants (1965), Gaily, Gaily (1969), The Landlord (1970), Child's Play (1972), Lovin' Molly (1974), The Other Side of the Mountain (1975), Norma Rae (1979), The Fifth Musketeer (1979), Night Crossing (1981), Heart Like a Wheel (1983), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Meeting Daddy (2000), The Good German (2006) and Charlotte's Web (2006). He also directed two feature films, The Wild Pair (1987) and Seven Hours to Judgment (1988).
Since 2005, Bridges has been playing the regular role of Major General Hank Landry in “Stargate SG-1.” The actor, who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003, will star in the upcoming films Spinning Into Butter, Americanizing Shelley, and Don't Fade Away.
More personally, the 5' 10" actor has been married twice and has five children.
Childhood and Family:
One of the most versatile of all the Bridges family members, Lloyd Vernet Bridges III was born on December 9, 1941, in Hollywood, California. He is a son of prolific film and TV actor Lloyd Bridges (died on March 10, 1998, at the age of 85) and his college sweetheart, Dorothy Dean Simpson. His parents, who were reading Gone with the Wind (1939), immediately started calling him Beau after Ashley Wilkes' son mentioned in the famous book. The eldest child of the family, Bridges has two younger brothers, Garrett Myles Bridges (born in June 1948; died of sudden infant death syndrome in August 1948) and Jeff Bridges (born in 1949; has starred in the films The Last Picture Show, Cutter's Way and Tucker; acted together in The Fabulous Baker Boys). He also has one younger sister, Lucinda Bridges, born in October 1953.
Young Bridges studied theater arts at the University of California at Los Angeles, in California, where he played basketball in his freshman year despite his 5'10" height. He also went to the University of Hawaii.
On June 6, 1964, Bridges married Julie Landifield. They have an adopted African-American son named Casey Bridges (born in 1969) and a biological son named Jordan Bridges (born on November 13, 1973). Bridges and Landifield divorced in 1984, and that same year on April 10, he tied the knot with Wendy Treece. The couple has three grown-up children, sons Dylan Lloyd Bridges (born on October 25, 1985) and Ezekiel Jeffrey Bridges (born on September 24, 1993), and daughter Emily Beau Bridges (born on July 2, 1987; acted with father in the CBS movie The Uninvited, 1996).
During his off time, Bridges, a handgun control and environmental protection activist, enjoys playing guitar, swimming, surfing and collecting Native American percussion instruments.
The Fabulous Baker Boys
Son of a successful TV and film actor from the early 1940s, Beau Bridges followed his father’s track and made his film debut at age 7 in director Lewis Milestone's black-and-white charming comedy No Minor Vices (1948; starring Dana Andrews) and Abraham Polonsky's directorial debut Force of Evil (also 1948), a film starring John Garfield based on Ira Wolfert's novel. The next year, he was hired by Milestone again to do The Red Pony (alongside Myrna Loy and Robert Mitchum), a sensitive adaptation of John Steinbeck’s coming-of-age story.
Receiving very few acting jobs during the 1950s, Bridges returned the next decade on ABC’s sitcom starring Fred MacMurray, “My Three Sons,” playing the recurring role of Russ Burton from 1960 to 1964. Meanwhile, he appeared with father Lloyd in the syndicated scuba-diving show "Sea Hunt" and made several appearances in his father’s show on CBS’ "The Lloyd Bridges Show." He also landed a regular role as Seaman Howard Spicer on the NBC sitcom "Ensign O'Toole" (1962; ABC ran reruns in 1964) and played student Pat Knowland (1963-1965) in episodes of NBC’s dramatic series "Mr. Novak."
After starring as a greedy young opportunist named Fred in producer-writer-director Bert I. Gordon's science-fiction/comedy Village of the Giants (1965; opposite now acclaimed director Ron Howard), Bridges made his Broadway debut in William Inge's "Where's Daddy?" He then made his adult film acting debut as a Private First Class in Larry Peerce's crime drama The Incident (1967) alongside Tony Musante and Martin Sheen, and received applause for his role as a naive young news reporter in Norman Jewison's Oscar-nominated adaptation of Ben Hecht's comedic novel, Gaily, Gaily (1969).
Bridges got busier in the 1970s. He was picked as the lead character in Hal Ashby's directorial debut adapted from Kristin Hunter’s novel, The Landlord, opposite Lee Grant, who was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for her role as his neurotic mother. He then made his first collaboration with director Peter Ustinov in the witty dark comedy Hammersmith Is Out (opposite Richard Burton), playing a homicidal maniac who escapes from a mental facility, and portrayed gym teacher Paul Reis in Sidney Lumet's film version of the award-winning 1970 Broadway thriller by Robert Marasco, Child's Play, alongside James Mason and Robert Preston.
On the small screen, Bridges could be seen opposite Cliff Robertson in the Delbert Mann-directed TV movie on ABC, The Man Without a Country, an adaptation of Edward Everett Hale's short story, and in the CBS movie The Whirlwind (both in 1974), portraying the younger version of father Lloyd's character Benjamin Franklin. That same year, he reunited with Peerce for the true story-based film about former top skier Jill Kinmont, who was paralyzed in a skiing accident during the 1956 Winter Olympics tryouts, The Other Side of the Mountain, starring Marilyn Hassett. He also went back to the Broadway stage in Peter Ustinov's "Who's Who in Hell" and made his second film with Lumet in Lovin' Molly, which was based on one of Larry McMurtry's first novels, “Leaving Cheyenne.”
Bridges spent the rest of the 1970s in Gilbert Cates' independent film Dragonfly (a.k.a. One Summer Love; opposite Susan Sarandon), and as a recently-released mental hospital patient in his third film with Peerce, Two-Minute Warning, an adaptation of George La Fountaine Sr.'s thriller novel in which he co-starred with Charlton Heston and John Cassavetes. He also teamed up with father Lloyd in the feature The Fifth Musketeer, director Ken Annakin's take on Alexandre Dumas' classic novel in which Bridges portrayed the twins Philip & Louis XIV, and became Sally Field's title character’s husband in Martin Ritt's true story-based, Oscar-winning film Norma Rae.
The 1980s saw Bridges co-starring opposite Helen Shaver in Larry Gelbart’s six-week, half-hour sitcom on NBC, "United States," and reunite with Delbert Mann for the true story based, cold war feature Night Crossing, opposite John Hurt. He also made his TV-movie directing debut with the family drama aired on NBC, The Kid From Nowhere, which he also starred.
In 1983, Bridges starred opposite Bonnie Bedelia in Jonathan Kaplan's biopic about the "First Lady of Drag Racing" Shirley Muldowney, Heart Like a Wheel, in which he played Conrad "Connie" Kalitta, a fellow drag racing driver once known as The Bounty Hunter who helped Muldowney get started. He acted with his father in CBS' Alice in Wonderland, in 1985, before directing him, mother Dorothy, brother Jeff and son Jordan in ABC's The Thanksgiving Promise (1986), which he also acted and co-produced. The next year, he made his feature film directing debut with the crime drama The Wild Pair, in which he also acted alongside father and sons Casey and Dylan. He followed it up with directing his second feature, Seven Hours to Judgment, an independent drama/thriller in which he also starred.
Bridges teamed up with brother Jeff to play two professional musicians who hire a female singer (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) to keep their piano act current in writer-director Steven Kloves' Oscar-nominated musical drama, The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). Afterward, he acted in Diane Keaton's long-format directorial debut shown on Lifetime, Wildflower (1991), which was based on Sara Flanigan's book, and starred in HBO’s movie Without Warning: The James Brady Story (won an Emmy for his performance).
With an Emmy under his belt, Bridges was offered more prominent roles and was seen as Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis' longtime manager, in NBC’s biopic about the legendary King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story. He soon nabbed another Emmy in 1993 thanks to the portrayal of the brother-in-law of Holly Hunter's Wanda Holloway in the HBO movie, The Positively True Story of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom. Subsequently, Bridges starred and co-executive produced the CBS short-lived series "Harts of the West" (1993; father had a recurring character on the show) and helmed the NBC Emmy-nominated TV movie Secret Sins of the Father, in which he also starred with his father and son Jordan.
In the mid 1990s, Bridges received an Emmy nomination for his performance in "Sandkings," the two-hour pilot episode of Showtime's anthology "The Outer Limits," alongside his father and son Dylan, and for his turn as the narrator of HBO's documentary 5 American Handguns--5 American Kids. Additionally, his portrayal of former U.S. president Richard Nixon in the TNT movie Kissinger and Nixon earned him an Emmy nomination.
During the rest of the decade, Bridges teamed with sons Jordan and Dylan in the CBS movie A Stranger to Love before returning to the big screen with a small unbilled role as a young football player's father in writer-director Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning film Jerry Maguire, starring Tom Cruise. After playing an Emmy-nominated role of a laid-off factory worker in Showtime's Hidden in America (executive produced by brother Jeff) and being praised for playing the husband in Kevin Bacon's directorial debut shown on Showtime, Losing Chase, Bridges won his third Emmy for his solid performance as the Idaho governor in the HBO dark comedy The Second Civil War.
Bridges then collaborated with director Andy Wolk and executive-produced three Showtime The Defenders movies, Payback, Choice of Evils, and Taking the First. He also portrayed the title role of a conservative judge in the ABC summer series "Maximum Bob." Additionally, he received two more Emmy nominations, one for playing the title role of the real-life great American showman and promoter in A&E’s original miniseries "P T Barnum," in which son Jordan appeared as the younger version of his character, and another one for playing E K Hornbeck in Showtime’s remake of Inherit the Wind, based on a real-life case in 1925.
In the new millennium, Bridges made his final appearance with his father in Peter Gould's feature directorial debut, the romantic comedy Meeting Daddy, joined the cast of the Showtime series "Beggars and Choosers," and portrayed the lead character in the CBS movie adapted from Mary McGarry Morris' novel, Songs in Ordinary Time, opposite Sissy Spacek. He followed it up with a starring role as a lonely antiquities professor in the Hallmark Entertainment miniseries inspired by James C. Christensen's novel, "Voyage of the Unicorn," and a regular role as Senator Tom Gage (2002-2003), the head of the CIA, on CBS serial drama "The Agency." Meanwhile, he was cast as Michael Mulvaney Sr. in the Lifetime drama based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, We Were The Mulvaneys, and eventually received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, next to the stars of younger brother Jeff Bridges and father Lloyd Bridges, in April 2003.
Following his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Bridges was cast as Major General Hank Landry in the Sci Fi channel's "Stargate SG-1." Meanwhile, he also portrayed the President of the United States in the NBC movie 10.5: Apocalypse and starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in writer-director Rebecca Miller's The Ballad of Jack and Rose. He also co-starred in Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-nominated post WWII drama, The Good German (with George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire), adapted from a novel by Joseph Kanon, and in Gary Winick's live-action/computer-animated feature film Charlotte's Web (starring Dakota Fanning), based on the popular book of the same name by E.B. White. Additionally, he had a recurring role on NBC’s Emmy-winning sitcom "My Name Is Earl."
Bridges will soon complete his upcoming films, Mark Brokaw's drama Spinning Into Butter (with Sarah Jessica Parker and Miranda Richardson), Lorraine Senna's romantic comedy Americanizing Shelley (starring Namrata Singh Gujral), and writer-director Luke Kasdan's drama Don't Fade Away (with Ryan Kwanten, Mischa Barton and Ja Rule). He is also filming his forthcoming TV projects, Two Families, Stargate: Continuum, and Stargate: The Ark of Truth.