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BEAU BRIDGES (Arvide Abernathy) is an award-winning actor who has portrayed a myriad of characters during his successful career. He has appeared in more than 50 feature films, including The Other Side of the Mountain, Norma Rae, Heart Like a Wheel, Sordid Lives, Max Payne, and The Fabulous Baker Boys, for which he performed opposite his brother Jeff and received the Best Supporting Actor award from the National Society of Film Critics. He just wrapped production in Cape Town on Free Willy: South Africa for Warner Brothers.
In television, Bridges has received 11 Emmy nominations and won three, along with two Golden Globes. His wins were for Best Actor in Without Warning: The James Brady Story and Best Supporting Actor for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom and The Second Civil War. He recently played Earl’s dad in My Name Is Earl, which garnered him an Emmy nomination, and General Landry in the series Stargate SG-1. He appeared in the 100th episode of Desperate Housewives as handyman Eli Scruggs.
On the stage, Bridges performed in the original production of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine by Father Daniel Berrigan at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and on Broadway in both William Inge’s Where’s Daddy? and Peter Ustinov’s Who’s Who in Hell. He also originated the role of Roy in Looking for Normal by Jane Anderson at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Bridges shared a 2009 Grammy win with Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth in the category of Best Spoken Word Album.
Bridges serves on the Board of Directors for the Wishtoyo Foundation, which protects and preserves the culture and history of coastal communities and fosters responsibility to our marine habitats through education, community action, and citizen enforcement.