Jeff Bridges will receive the 2024 Chaplin Award from Film at Lincoln Center — and, well, you know, that’s not just like, uh, our opinion, man.
The Crazy Heart Oscar winner and seven-time nominee’s career will be celebrated April 29 during a gala fund-raiser at the complex on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The tribute will feature excerpts from his sprawling body of work and appearances by co-stars, friends and colleagues.
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Since launching his screen career as a child actor in late-1950s/early ’60s TV, Bridges has made more than 70 movies. His credits range from The Last Picture Show, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and 1978’s King Kong to Tron, Starman and The Fabulous Baker Boys to the more recent Iron Man, True Grit and Hell or High Water. And, of course, The Big Lebowski.
Suffice it to say, he’s a good actor, and thorough.
His most recent gig was an Emmy-nominated lead role in the FX drama series The Old Man.
“Jeff Bridges is one of our most distinguished and beloved actors whose body of work, commitment to his art, and lifetime of career achievements demonstrate a significant contribution to the art of film,” said Dan Stern, Chairman of the Board of Film at Lincoln Center. Added its president, Lesli Klainberg: “One of America’s greatest actors, Jeff Bridges is an artist and creative soul who naturally brings compassion and depth to every role he inhabits. … The Chaplin Award is meant to recognize the work of artists who believe in cinema.”
Along with his Academy Award for Scoot Cooper’s 2010 musical drama Crazy Heart, Bridges has amassed Oscar noms for Hell or High Water (2016), the Coen brothers’ True Grit (2010), playing the U.S. president in The Contender (2000), John Carpenter’s Starman (1984), opposite Clint Eastwood in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) and Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show (1971).
He’s also a musician — he and his Abiders headlined the Troubadour in West Hollywood in 2011 — and author of two photography books.
“Jeff Bridges just moves into a role and lives so deep in it that the little things seem to come straight from the character’s soul,” the celebrated New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael said of the Chaplin honoree more than a half-century ago.
Yeah, well, the Dude abides.
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