On this day, 63 years ago, award-winning American actor Jeff Bridges was born. During our tribute week for him back in July, we saw another facet of this talented musician, quirky cartoonist, and dedicated philanthropist: he is also a pretty awesome panoramic photographer! Learn more about "the Dude" in this installment of Today in History!
Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California to celebrity parents Lloyd Bridges and Dorothy Dean. He is the first to admit that he was “a product of Nepotism” since his folks paved the way for his entry into Tinseltown. But his longevity in the industry, coupled with his roster of awards and successful endeavors, prove that he hustled like every aspiring artist to make a name in Hollywood.
On top of starring in cult classic films like The Big Lebowski (1998) and bagging accolades such as his Best Actor Oscar for Crazy Heart (2009), Jeff Bridges is kept busy by his other creative pursuits: his songwriting has produced an album, his drawings decorate his website, and his panoramic photography has been published into a book!
A lot of Lomographers liked the galleries of Widelux panormas Bridges shot because the swing-lens of the camera showed us the cinematic scenes in the real life of a movie star. The beautiful black and white imagery, Bridges’ personal notes and anecdotes, and the behind-the-scenes access to Hollywood film sets truly made for eye-opening stories.
He has yet to share new photos from his recent projects, but that’s probably because he’s busy wrapping up his latest flick, Seventh Son, with co-star Julianne Moore. He might also be preoccupied helping the famished, in cooperation with the No Kid Hungry charity. Nevertheless, we wish “the Dude” the best on his 63rd birthday—and we also wish he’d share more of his panoramic photos soon!
You might enjoy these features about Jeff Bridges in the Magazine:
- American Masters: Jeff Bridges
- LomoCelebs: Making Iron Man — Panoramas by Jeff Bridges
- LomoCelebs: Filming Crazy Heart — Panoramas by Jeff Bridges
- Jeff Bridges’ Behind the Scenes – True Grit
- Jeff Bridges’ Behind the Scenes – Tron: Legacy
- Midweek Movies: Tron