Jeff Bridges as The Dude in The Big Lebowski
Jeff Bridges as The Dude in The Big Lebowski
Chaplin Award? The Dude Abides

(released 1/17/2024)

Film at Lincoln Center is honoring Academy Award(TM)-winning actor Jeff Bridges as the recipient of the 49th Charlie Chaplin Award. An evening to honor him has been set for April 29, 2024.

"One of America's greatest actors, Jeff Bridges is an artist and creative soul who naturally brings compassion and depth to every role he inhabits. His humanity and intelligence inform iconic characters such as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit, Duane Jackson in The Last Picture Show (NYFF9), and of course the iconic Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski," said Lesli Klainberg, president of Film at Lincoln Center. "The Chaplin Award is meant to recognize the work of artists who believe in cinema and Film at Lincoln Center is delighted that Jeff Bridges will receive the 49th Chaplin Award."

Born in 1949 to actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, his first role was as a baby in The Company She Keeps.­­­ His work in television began in his youth with his brother Beau in occasional appearances on their father's show Sea Hunt (1958–1961) and the CBS anthology series The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962–1963). He also appeared in episodes of Lassie and TV movie In Search of America. He is currently starring as retired CIA operative Dan Chase in the FX/Hulu dramatic thriller The Old Man.

Over the course of a robust seven-decade career, Bridges has starred in numerous critically acclaimed films such as The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Fisher King (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), and Bad Times at the El Royale (2018). He also had roles in the commercially successful films King Kong (1976), Tron (1982), Iron Man (2008), and Tron: Legacy (2010). Additional roles include The Last American Hero (1973), Against All Odds (1984), Jagged Edge (1985), and Fearless (1993).

His additional accomplishments include the publication of two photography books: Picturesand Pictures, Volume 2; and co-writer of The Dude and the Zen Master with Bernie Glassman.

Bridges lives in California and Montana with his wife of 46 years Susan Geston. He plays guitar, sings, composes songs, and performs with his band The Abiders. Committed to several philanthropic causes, Bridges is the national spokesperson for No Kid Hungry.

The Chaplin Award Tribute will feature excerpts from a selection of his work, appearances by co-stars, friends, and colleagues, and the presentation of the award itself.

Gala tickets are on sale now. All proceeds from the Chaplin Award Gala benefit Film at Lincoln Center's programs and activities as a nonprofit organization. You can find more details and ticket links here:

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