Turning 65? You’re not alone! Many of our favorite movie stars are, too!
December 4- Jeff Bridges began his acting career in 1958 as a child with his father, Lloyd Bridges, and brother, Beau, on television’s Sea Hunt. Bridges is one of the youngest actors ever to be nominated for an Academy Award (1972, age 22, Best Supporting Actor, The Last Picture Show), and one of the oldest ever to win (2010, age 60, Best Actor, Crazy Heart). Among his other best-known major motion films are: The Big Lebowski, Fearless, Iron Man, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Jagged Edge, Against All Odds, The Fisher King, Tucker, Seabiscuit, Arlington Road, Tron, Tron: Legacy and The Giver. Bridges is the son of showbiz parents, actor Lloyd Bridges and actress and writer Dorothy Bridges, and grew up in Los Angeles. After turning 18, Bridges joined the United States Coast Guard Reserve, where he served for seven years. His first major role was in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show, and he co-starred in the 1972 critically acclaimed neo-noir boxing film Fat City, directed by John Huston. He was nominated again for best supporting actor for his performance opposite Clint Eastwood in the 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. In 1976, he starred as the protagonist Jack Prescott in the first remake of King Kong, opposite Jessica Lange. One of his better-known roles was in the 1982 science fiction cult classic Tron, in which he played Kevin Flynn, a video game programmer (a role he reprised in late 2010 with the sequel Tron: Legacy). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1984, for playing the alien in Starman. His role in Fearless (1993) is thought by some critics to be one of his best performances. Film critic Pauline Kael wrote that he “may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived.” In 1998, he starred as what is arguably his most famous role, The Dude, in the Coen brothers’ cult-classic film The Big Lebowski. He has said that he relates to The Dude more than any of his other roles. He received Academy Award nominations for his roles in The Contender and True Grit, the latter a collaboration with the Coen brothers. Referring to his career as an actor and his passion for music, Bridges says, “I dug what an actor did, but it took me a while to feel it, to truly appreciate the craft and the preparation. Plus, I was still playing music a lot, and I guess I had a hard time choosing: was I an actor or a musician, or could I be both?” He released his debut album Be Here Soon in January 2000 and his second album, Jeff Bridges, in August 2011. In one of the longer-running marriages in Hollywood, Bridges has been with Susan Geston since 1977, and they have three daughters.
December 15- Don Johnson is best known for his role as James “Sonny” Crockett in the 1980s television series Miami Vice, for which he won a Golden Globe, and as the lead role in the 1990s cop series Nash Bridges. He is also a winner of the American Power Boat Association Offshore World Cup. He got his start in a high-school production of West Side Story in Wichita, Kan. His first major role was in the 1969 Los Angeles stage production of Fortune and Men’s Eyes, which led to several small film roles. From 1984 to 1989—after years of struggling to establish himself as a TV actor and a string of pilots, none of which became a TV series—Johnson landed a starring role as an undercover policeman. Miami Vice was noted for its revolutionary use of music, cinematography, imagery, and its glitzy take on the police drama genre. Between seasons, Johnson gained further renown through several TV miniseries, such as the 1985 TV remake of The Long, Hot Summer. In the 1996-2001 drama Nash Bridges Johnson played the title role of an inspector for the San Francisco Police Department. More recently, he appeared on the HBO series Eastbound & Down (October 2010) and reprised his role as Sonny Crockett for a Nike commercial with LeBron James. Johnson had a supporting role in the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained. He also released two albums of pop music—one in 1986 and the other in 1989. His single, “Heartbeat,” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Johnson has had four wives in five marriages, including Melanie Griffith, who he remarried after they divorced. He is currently married to San Francisco socialite and Montessori nursery school teacher Kelley Phleger, and they have three children together.
December 25 – Sissy Spacek first came to international attention for her roles as Holly Sargis in Badlands (1973) and as Carrie White in Brian de Palma’s horror film Carrie (1976), based on Stephen King’s first published novel, for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as country star Loretta Lynn in the film Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) and received Oscar nominations for her roles in Missing (1982), The River (1984), Crimes of the Heart (1986) and In the Bedroom (2001). Born in Quitman, Texas, Spacek worked for a time as photographic model before getting small roles in films. After Carrie, Spacek cemented her reputation in independent cinema with her performance in Robert Altman’s classic 3 Women (1977). At the time, Altman stated: “She’s remarkable, one of the top actresses I’ve ever worked with. Her resources are like a deep well.” Brian de Palma added: “[Spacek is] a phantom. She has this mysterious way of slipping into a part, letting it take over her. She’s got a wider range than any young actress I know.” Of her work in In the Bedroom, New York Times film critic Stephen Holden said, “Ms. Spacek’s performance is as devastating as it is unflashy. . . . It is one of Ms. Spacek’s greatest performances.” In 2012, Spacek published a memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life. She is married to production designer and art director Jack Fisk, who she met in 1974 on the set of Badlands. They have two daughters.