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Jeff Bridges

Now: Rooster Cogburn, "True Grit"

Then: Dave Melkin, "The Lloyd Bridges Show"

Growing up in an acting family, Jeff Bridges was exposed to the Hollywood life at a very young age. He made appearances on his father’s shows, "Sea Hunt" and the self-titled "Lloyd Bridges Show" in his early adolescent years, but it wasn’t long before Bridges established himself as a credible actor, nepotism aside. His first major role in "The Last Picture Show" earned Bridges a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination in 1971 and the accolades continued to flow. His latest nod for "True Grit" marks Bridges’ sixth Academy Award nomination and potential second win after taking home the Best Actor gold for "Crazy Heart" last year. It takes someone particularly impressive not only to earn such praise and maintain a career for four decades, but to manage to get the Academy to overlook something like "Tron"… twice… and appeal to the masses with films like "The Big Lebowski." Bridges “is enough to make a picture worth seeing,” The New York Times once wrote of the actor. “Jeff Bridges just moves into a role and lives in it— so deep in it that the little things seem to come straight from the character’s soul.”

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