12/04/2012 09:28 am ET Updated Dec 04, 2012

Jeff Bridges Turns 63 Today!

Oscar winner Jeff Bridges is 63 today!

Bridges was born in Los Angeles to his show business parents, Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, and his acting older brother, Beau Bridges. It wasn’t long before Jeff Bridges got into the family business, as he made his first uncredited big screen appearance in "The Company She Keeps," before the age of one. He continued his interest in acting throughout childhood, and went on to appear in several episodes of his father's television shows, "Sea Hunt," and "The Lloyd Bridges Show."

After graduating from high school, Jeff enrolled in the United States Coast Guard reserves and served for eight years while pursuing his career. His big break came in 1971, when he starred in the critically acclaimed film, "The Last Picture Show." The film thrust the 20-something onto the public stage, and gained him his first Academy Award nomination.

Throughout the 70s, Bridges made music and painted while experimenting with film, reluctantly starring in ""The Iceman Cometh." He told PBS that he enjoyed making the 1973 adaptation of the Eugene O’Neill play so much his fate was sealed. “I decided to be an actor kind of late in my career,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.

Bridges met his future wife Susan Geston on the set of the 1975 movie, "Rancho Deluxe," and the couple celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in June. The father of three attributes much of his success in films such as 1982's "Tron," 1998's "The Big Lebowiski," and 2009's "Crazy Heart," to his wife. In 2010, he told GQ:

“My relationship with my wife is one of the most precious things in my life... to have a partner who encourages you to go out and do your stuff, which in my case means being away... It gives me strength. She's holding the kite strings so I can go way out there.”

Bridges is continually reinventing himself. Aside from acting, he has produced several films, and in 2003, he published a collection of his photography titled, "Pictures By Jeff Bridges." In 2011, he released his first major studio album, "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do" and toured with his band.

Is it possible that another reinvention is in the cards for this 63-year-old? It doesn’t seem out of the question. In 2009, Bridges told Vanity Fair why he sees a big upside to aging:

"The increased intimacy with your mortality is an exciting thing. You feel, ‘Yeah I’m dying. I’ll die of old age if I’m lucky. But a piano could fall on me or something,’ and you just sense the preciousness of being alive and the opportunity that you have to make a difference in the world and realize some of your dreams. You ask yourself with a little more eagerness, ‘What do you want to do now?’ It’s exciting."

We can't wait to see what Jeff Bridges does next. Happy birthday!



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