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The eldest son in a family of actors (including his father Lloyd and brother Jeff), Beau Bridges was more interested in basketball than in drama growing up. Born Dec. 9, 1941, in Hollywood, Calif., he played roundball in college before switching to acting when he realized his height (5 foot, 10 inches) precluded a professional hoops career.

By the early 1970s, Bridges began to land major parts in feature films such as The Landlord. Eventually, however, character roles became his niche, with stunning turns in films such as Heart Like a Wheel (1983) and 1989's The Fabulous Baker Boys (opposite his brother).

Bridges has also received many accolades for his TV work. He collected Emmys for his performances in the 1991 miniseries "Without Warning: The James Brady Story," The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" (1993) and "The Second Civil War" (1997).

Beau Bridges in The Descendants

The Descendants

2011 R

With his wife on life support in the wake of an accident, an affluent landowner tries to mend his broken relationships with his daughters. All the while, he's weighing his marriage -- and the decision to sell land his family has owned for decades.

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  • Beau Bridges in Stargate: The Ark of Truth Stargate: The Ark of Truth
  • Beau Bridges in Hit & Run Hit & Run
  • Beau Bridges in Norma Rae Norma Rae
  • Beau Bridges in Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirate's Cove Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirate's Cove
  • Beau Bridges in Max Payne Max Payne
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  • Beau Bridges in Rocketman Rocketman
  • Beau Bridges in Columbus Circle Columbus Circle
  • Beau Bridges in For Love of Ivy For Love of Ivy
  • Beau Bridges in Two-Minute Warning Two-Minute Warning
  • Beau Bridges in Four Feathers Four Feathers
  • Beau Bridges in The Outer Limits: The New Series The Outer Limits: The New Series
  • Beau Bridges in We Were the Mulvaneys We Were the Mulvaneys
  • Beau Bridges in Smile Smile
  • Beau Bridges in The Ballad of Jack and Rose The Ballad of Jack and Rose
  • Beau Bridges in My Girlfriend's Boyfriend My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
  • Beau Bridges in Swashbuckler Swashbuckler
  • Beau Bridges in Night Crossing Night Crossing
  • Beau Bridges in Heart Like a Wheel Heart Like a Wheel
  • Beau Bridges in Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland
  • Beau Bridges in The Wizard The Wizard
  • Beau Bridges in Meeting Daddy Meeting Daddy
  • Beau Bridges in Sordid Lives Sordid Lives
  • Beau Bridges in Out of the Ashes Out of the Ashes
  • Beau Bridges in Operation Homecoming Operation Homecoming
  • Beau Bridges in Abduction of Eden Abduction of Eden
  • Beau Bridges in Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Beau Bridges in Seven Hours to Judgment Seven Hours to Judgment
  • Beau Bridges in Alleged Texas Cheerleader - Murdering Mom Alleged Texas Cheerleader - Murdering Mom
  • Beau Bridges in Nightjohn Nightjohn
  • Beau Bridges in The Second Civil War The Second Civil War
  • Beau Bridges in Founding Fathers Founding Fathers
  • Beau Bridges in Songs in Ordinary Time Songs in Ordinary Time
  • Beau Bridges in Boys Klub Boys Klub
  • Beau Bridges in Voyage of the Unicorn Voyage of the Unicorn
  • Beau Bridges in Sightings: Heartland Ghost Sightings: Heartland Ghost
  • Beau Bridges in Shaolin Ulysses: Kung Fu Monks in America Shaolin Ulysses: Kung Fu Monks in America
  • Beau Bridges in Debating Robert Lee Debating Robert Lee
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  • Beau Bridges in Evel Knievel Evel Knievel
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