One of Hollywood's most successful actors and a five-time Academy Award® nominee, JEFF BRIDGES' (Kevin Flynn) most recent performance in "Crazy Heart" — as Bad Blake, the down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer at the center of the drama — deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
The movie, directed by Scott Cooper, is based on the debut novel by Thomas Cobb and also stars Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell. Bridges' moving and multi-layered performance is one of many in a career that spans decades.
Bridges earned his first Oscar® nod in 1971 for Best Supporting Actor in Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show," co-starring Cybill Shepherd. Three years later, he received his second Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Michael Cimino's "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot." By 1984 he landed top kudos with a Best Actor nomination for "Starman," that performance also earning him a Golden Globe® nomination. In 2001, he was honored with another Golden Globe nomination and his fourth Oscar® nomination for his role in "The Contender," Rod Lurie's political thriller, co-starring Gary Oldman and Joan Allen, in which Bridges played the President of the United States.
Prior to "Crazy Heart," Bridges was seen in the war comedy "The Men Who Stare at Goats," playing Bill Django, a free-spirited military intelligence officer, who is the leader of a secret group of warriors in the army. The Peter Straughan screenplay, based on the Jon Ronson book and directed by Grant Heslov, is based on a true story about a reporter in Iraq, who meets a former member of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions. He stars opposite also-producer George Clooney, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey.
Bridges could also be seen starring opposite Justin Timberlake in "The Open Road" as Kyle Garrett, a legendary ballplayer trying to reconnect with his son while coming to terms with who they are and what kind of men they should be. The film is written and directed by Michael Meredith. Additionally, he starred in "A Dog Year" for HBO Films/ Picturehouse, based on the memoir by Jon Katz and directed by screenwriter George LaVoo, as well as opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios blockbuster "Iron Man," playing the character of Obadiah Stane.
Last summer, he starred opposite Shia LaBeouf as Geek, a cantankerous and washed-up surfer penguin, in the Academy Award®-nominated "Surf's Up" from Sony Pictures Animation. The same year he appeared in "The Amateurs," a comedy written and directed by Michael Traeger, in which citizens of a small town, under the influence of Bridges' character, a man in the midst of a mid-life crisis, come together to make an adult film.
Prior to that, he was in "Tideland," his second film for director Terry Gilliam, where he played the drug addicted, has-been rock guitarist Noah, as well as in "Stick It" for Touchstone Pictures, playing the coach of a team of rule-abiding gymnasts.
The actor's multi-faceted career has cut a wide swathe across all genres. He has starred in numerous box office hits, including Gary Ross' "Seabiscuit"; Terry Gilliam's offbeat comedic drama "The Fisher King," co-starring Robin Williams; the multi-award-nominated "The Fabulous Baker Boys," co-starring his brother Beau Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer; "The Jagged Edge," opposite Glenn Close; Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"; "Blown Away," co-starring his late father Lloyd Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones; Peter Weir's "Fearless," with Isabella Rossellini and Rosie Perez; and Martin Bell's "American Heart," with Edward Furlong, produced by Bridges' company, AsIs Productions. "American Heart" earned Bridges an IFP/Spirit Award in 1993 for Best Actor.
In the summer of 2004, he appeared opposite Kim Basinger in the critically acclaimed "The Door in the Floor" for director Todd Williams and Focus Features, which earned him an IFP/Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor.
He played a major featured role in the Albert Brooks comedy "The Muse," starring Brooks, Sharon Stone and Andie MacDowell; appeared in the suspense thriller "Arlington Road," co-starring Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack, directed by Mark Pellington; and starred in "Simpatico," the screen version of Sam Shepard's play, with Nick Nolte, Sharon Stone and Albert Finney. In 1998, he starred in the Coen brothers' cult comedy "The Big Lebowski." Before that, he starred in Ridley Scott's "White Squall," Walter Hill's "Wild Bill," John Huston's "Fat City" and Barbara Streisand's romantic comedy "The Mirror Has Two Faces."
Some of Bridges' other acting credits include "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People," "K-PAX," "Masked and Anonymous," "Stay Hungry," "Fat City," "Bad Company," "Against All Odds," "Cutter's Way," "The Vanishing," "Texasville," "The Morning After," "Nadine," "Rancho Deluxe," "See You in the Morning," "Eight Million Ways to Die," "TRON," "The Last American Hero" and "Heart of the West."
In 1983, Bridges founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world. Jeff produced the End Hunger televent, a three-hour live television broadcast focusing on world hunger. The televent featured Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, Burt Lancaster, Bob Newhart, Kenny Loggins and other leading film, television and music stars in an innovative production to educate and inspire action.
Through his company, AsIs Productions, he produced "Hidden in America," which starred his brother Beau. That television movie, produced for Showtime, received a Golden Globe nomination in 1996 for Best TV/Cable Film and garnered a Screen Actors Guild nod for Best Actor for Beau Bridges. The film was also nominated for two Emmy Awards.
One of Bridges' true passions is photography. While on the set of his movies, he takes behind-the-scenes pictures of the actors, crew and locations. After completion of each motion picture, he edits the images into a book and gives copies to everyone involved. Bridges' photos have been featured in several magazines, including Premiere and Aperture, as well as in other publications worldwide. He has also had gallery exhibits of his work at the George Eastman House in New York, and also in Los Angeles, London and San Diego.
The books, which have become valued by collectors, were never intended for public sale, but in the fall of 2003, powerHouse Books released "Pictures: Photographs By Jeff Bridges," a hardcover book containing a compilation of photos taken on numerous film locations over the years, to much critical acclaim. Proceeds from the book are donated to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a nonprofit organization that offers charitable care and support to film-industry workers.
Several years ago, Bridges fulfilled a life-long dream by releasing his first album, "Be Here Soon," on Ramp Records, the label he co-founded with Michael McDonald and producer/singer/songwriter Chris Pelonis. The CD features guest appearances by vocalist/keyboardist McDonald, Grammy®-nominated Amy Holland and country-rock legend David Crosby. Ramp Records also released McDonald's album "Blue Obsession." Bridges, his wife Susan and their three children divide their time between their home in Santa Barbara, Calif., and their ranch in Montana.
GARRETT HEDLUND (Sam Flynn) made an auspicious motion-picture debut as part of an all-star cast in Wolfgang Petersen's "Troy," the big-budget movie based on "The Iliad," Homer's epic account of the Trojan War and the bloody battle between the Mycenaean-era Greeks Homer calls Achaeans and the Trojans. Hedlund portrayed Patroclus, teenaged cousin to Brad Pitts' Achilles, who aspires to become a warrior. Other co-starring cast included Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger. Hedlund stars in "Love Don't Let Me Down" opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester and Tim McGraw. The film centers on a rising country music singer, played by Hedlund, who becomes involved with a fallen star, portrayed by Paltrow. They embark on a career resurrection tour, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager, played by McGraw, and a beauty queen-turned-singer, played by Meester.
Hedlund was seen in Twentieth Century Fox's "Death Sentence," opposite Kevin Bacon, Kelly Preston and John Goodman; Universal Pictures' "Georgia Rule" for director Garry Marshall, opposite Lindsay Lohan and Jane Fonda; and the film "Eragon," co-starring with Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich. Hedlund also starred in Paramount Pictures' "Four Brothers" for director John Singleton, co-starring with Mark Wahlberg, André Benjamin and Tyrese Gibson; and Universal's "Friday Night Lights," directed by Peter Berg and produced by Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment. Hedlund starred as tailback Don Billingsley, co-starring with Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lucas Black and Tim McGraw.
Just 18 when he debuted in Petersen's epic film, Hedlund was born in northern Minnesota and spent his high school years in Scottsdale, Ariz. He began taking private acting classes while in high school and took a unique approach to his pursuit of the craft by reading screenplays of older films, watching those films on video and then pretending he was auditioning for one of the roles in the film. He also spent countless hours reading the Hollywood trade publications at his local bookstore and calling agents in Los Angeles. He graduated from high school one semester early and immediately packed his bags and headed for Hollywood.
Equally successful in film and television, OLIVIA WILDE (Quorra) has starred in an array of roles. Wilde can be seen on FOX's Emmy-nominated drama "House M.D." Wilde appears in Paul Haggis' drama "The Next Three Days," starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. Based on the French film "Pour Elle," it is centered upon a couple whose life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of murder. Wilde stars as the female lead in the DreamWorks fantasy action film "Cowboys and Aliens," opposite Daniel Craig. Both films are slated for a 2011 release.
Wilde was seen opposite Jack Black in Columbia's Biblical-era comedy "Year One," which Judd Apatow, Harold Ramis and Owen Wilson produced and Ramis directed. Additionally, Wilde starred in and produced "Fix," the story of documentary filmmakers who race all over California to get help for a relative. "Fix" opened at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and was released in New York in November 2009.
Wilde previously co-starred opposite Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch and Justin Timberlake in the Universal Pictures' film "Alpha Dog," based on the true story of Jesse James Hollywood. She has completed the independent features "Bickford Schmeckler's Cool Ideas," for which she won Best Actress at the Aspen Film Festival, as well as "Conversations with Other Women," opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart, which received glowing reviews at the Telluride Film Festival.
On stage, Wilde starred in Epic Theatre Ensemble's off-Broadway production of "Beauty on the Vine" in 2007. On television, she co-starred in the drama "The Black Donnellys," created by Paul Haggis. Wilde's television breakout role was in FOX's Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series "Skin," but she is perhaps better known for her recurring role on the critically-acclaimed FOX series "The O.C."
Wilde is a longtime advocate of Power Up Gambia, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create medical clinics in rural Africa using solar panels to supplement electricity. Additionally, she is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice and the A.C.L.U.
Recognized as one of the most talented of the new generation of British actors, MICHAEL SHEEN (Castor) is equally accomplished on stage and screen.
Sheen was most recently seen—and heard—on screen in three very different performances: as Aro, the leader of the vampire royalty Volturi in the blockbuster second chapter of the "Twilight" saga "New Moon"; as Brian Clough in "The Damned United," the darkly humorous story of confrontational former Leeds United boss's doomed 44-day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football in 1974, with Sheen's performance receiving accolades both in the United States and the United Kingdom; and as the voice of the White Rabbit in Tim Burton's box office hit "Alice in Wonderland."
Among Sheen's upcoming projects is the dramatic feature "Beautiful Boy," in which he stars with Maria Bello about a married couple on the verge of separation when they must deal with the news that their son committed a mass shooting at his college before taking his own life. He recently appeared, and will return, on the hit comedy series "30 Rock," in a guest appearance as a love interest for Tina Fey's Liz Lemon. Also on the small screen, he starred in HBO's "The Special Relationship," in which Sheen reprised his role as Tony Blair, opposite Dennis Quaid as President Bill Clinton.
Sheen appears in "Unthinkable," directed by Gregor Jordan. An edge-of-the-seat thriller set against an urgent contemporary backdrop that begins as a Muslim extremist, played by Sheen, places three separate nuclear bombs in mystery locations around the United States. Heading up the investigation—or so she thinks—is F.B.I. agent Helen Brody, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, who is forced to work alongside a freelance interrogator, portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, whose brutal methods are diametrically opposed to hers.
Sheen's other recent film credits include the hits "Frost/Nixon," in which he starred as David Frost, directed by Ron Howard from Peter Morgan's screen adaptation of his play, which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Picture; and "Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans," the prequel to the popular "Underworld" franchise.
Another notable recent film role came in "Music Within," the story of Richard Pimentel, an early champion of the rights of the disabled and a primary activist behind the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sheen played Pimentel's best friend Art, a wheelchair-bound genius, who uses his wit to deflect the prejudice associated with his twisted form.
Prior to "Music Within," he was featured in Ed Zwick's "Blood Diamond," opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, and as Prime Minister Tony Blair in Stephen Frears' acclaimed drama "The Queen." Along with the film, Sheen received many accolades for his performance, including winning the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and garnering a B.A.F.T.A. nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
He previously portrayed the British Prime Minister, also under Frears' direction, in the television movie "The Deal." "The Queen" marked Sheen's third collaboration with Frears. Sheen made his feature film debut in the director's "Mary Reilly" as Dr. Jekyll's footman, along with a cast that included Julia Roberts, John Malkovich and Glenn Close.
Sheen's other film credits include Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven," opposite Julianne Moore in "Laws of Attraction," Richard Donner's "Timeline," Stephen Fry's "Bright Young Things," Shekhar Kapur's "The Four Feathers" and "Wilde," with Stephen Fry and Jude Law.
Sheen trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and only in his second year there, won the coveted Laurence Olivier Bursary for his consistently outstanding performances. While still a student at R.A.D.A., Sheen landed a starring role opposite Vanessa Redgrave in 1991's "When She Danced," which marked his West End debut.
Sheen has since earned an Olivier Award nomination for his performance as Mozart in the West End production of Peter Hall's revival of "Amadeus," which transferred to Broadway in 1999 with Sheen reprising his role, this serving as his Broadway debut.
He also received Olivier Award nominations for his performances in "Look Back in Anger" and "Caligula," for which he won a London Critics Circle Award and the London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in 2003. He has also received acclaim for his performances in such plays as "Romeo and Juliet," "Peer Gynt" and "Henry V."
On television, Sheen's credits include his heart-breaking portrayal of comic performer Kenneth Williams in the BBC's "Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa," for which Sheen received a B.A.F.T.A. nomination and the 2006 Royal Television Society Best Actor Award. He also received a 2005 B.A.F.T.A. nomination for his performance in "Dirty Filthy Love," a drama in which he starred as an architect struggling to live with his obsessive-compulsive disorder.
In 2007, Sheen starred on Broadway in the hit "Frost/Nixon," in which he played Frost to Frank Langella's Nixon. Sheen received a Distinguished Performance Award nomination from the Drama League for his work, among other accolades. This followed the sold-out run in London, where Sheen received nominations for Best Actor from the Olivier Awards and Evening Standard Awards.
In January 2009, Sheen was announced on The Queen's annual honor list as being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for his contributions to the arts.
Born in Wales, Sheen grew up in Port Talbot, the industrial town renowned for producing Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins.
One of Hollywood's enduring leading men, BRUCE BOXLEITNER (Alan Bradey) appeared on NBC's phenomenal hit "Heroes" as the recurring character Sen. Robert Malden. In addition, he guest-starred on the hit NBC show "Chuck." He also starred in the Hallmark Channel's telefilm "Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door." Previously, he starred in the PAX-TV series "Young Blades," the feature film "Gods and Generals," the Lifetime Channel film "Saving Emily," and the Syfy Channel's "Snakehead Terror."
Warner Bros. Pictures' "Gods and Generals" is the screen adaptation of Jeffrey M. Shaara's heralded best-selling novel and prequel to the acclaimed drama "Gettysburg." The film is an epic and sweeping portrayal of a nation divided at the start of the Civil War, with a stellar cast that also includes Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, Stephan Lang and Mira Sorvino. Boxleitner starred as Lt. Gen. James Longstreet.
A multi-talented actor, Boxleitner is known to sci-fi fans worldwide as John Sheridan from the hit TV series "Babylon 5." Boxleitner portrayed the president of the Interstellar Alliance, the war hero-turned-diplomat, at the helm of Earth Alliance Space Station. Boxleitner starred for five seasons in the nationally syndicated series, which debuted in October 1994.
In addition to his extensive body of television work, Boxleitner has co-starred in many motion pictures, including Universal Pictures' "The Babe," co-starring John Goodman and Kelly McGillis; Universal's "Kuffs," co-starring Christian Slater; and "Breakaway," an indie action-adventure filmed entirely on location in Melbourne, Australia. The acclaimed science-fiction fantasy "TRON," in which he co-starred with Jeff Bridges, is currently celebrating its 27th anniversary. Boxleitner also co-starred in "The Baltimore Bullet," opposite the famed, late James Coburn.
Boxleitner's four-year run starring opposite Kate Jackson in television's "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" endeared him to fans everywhere and made him a name to remember. Boxleitner also starred as the charming Billy Montana in the "Gambler" telefilm series. He reprised his role as the Gambler's compadre in four of the five installments. The film series was based on the best-selling song performed by Kenny Rogers.
He also co-starred in CBS's "Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone," in which Hugh O'Brien reprised his role as legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. The television special was filmed on location in Tombstone, Ariz., the actual site of the infamous shoot-out at the O.K. Corral.
Boxleitner enjoyed wearing two hats when he executive-produced and co-starred in "Double Jeopardy," a two-hour murder mystery co-starring Sela Ward, Sally Kirkland and Rachel Ward. The movie premiered on Showtime.
Bruce is married to actress and former Screen Actors Guild president, Melissa Gilbert, and they live in the San Fernando Valley with their children.
A California girl born and bred, BEAU GARRETT (Key Siren) was seen opposite Patrick Dempsey as one of his love interests the Sony romantic comedy "Made of Honor." Prior to that she starred as Frankie Raye, opposite Andre Braugher and Chris Evans, in "4: Rise of the Silver Surfer." Recent projects include the indie dramas "Ivory" and "Kalamity," opposite Nick Stahl and Robert Forster.
Garrett made her TV debut in the first season of HBO's "Entourage" playing Fiona, the sexy yoga instructor girlfriend of Andrian Grenier's Vince. She was seen in a creepy and memorable guest-starring turn as a non-violent psychopath on "House, M.D.," and has been cast alongside Forest Whitaker in the pilot for the spin-off from the popular "Criminal Minds."
Her film debut was in the heart-stopping Fox Atomic thriller "Turistas," opposite Josh Duhamel and Olivia Wilde. The film, shot on location in Brazil, reunited her with director John Stockwell, who directed her in the 2004 WB pilot "Rocky Point." In 2008 she received the "Exciting New Face" Award from Hollywood Life Magazine, and she spent two years as a face for the beauty brand Revlon.
Garrett resides in California with her beloved rescue dog Kona.