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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 15 January 1913San Leandro, California, USA
Date of Death 10 March 1998Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameLloyd Vernet Bridges Jr.
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The star of many land and underwater adventures, Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. was born on January 15, 1913 in San Leandro, California, to Harriet Evelyn (Brown) and Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Sr., who owned a movie theater and also worked in the hotel business. He grew up in various Northern California towns. His father wanted him to become a lawyer, but young Lloyd's interests turned to acting while at the University of California at Los Angeles. (Dorothy Dean Bridges, Bridges' wife of more than 50 years, was one of his UCLA classmates, and appeared opposite him in a romantic play called "March Hares.") He later worked on the Broadway stage, helped to found an off-Broadway theater, and acted, produced and directed at Green Mans ions, a theater in the Catskills. Bridges made his first films in 1936, and went under contract to Columbia in 1941. Allegations that Bridges had been involved with the Communist Party threatened to derail his career in the early 1950s, but he resumed work after an FBI clearance. Making the transition to television, Bridges became a small screen star of giant proportions by starring in Sea Hunt (1958), the country's most successful syndicated series. Trouper Bridges worked right to the end, winning even more new fans with his spoofy portrayals in the movies Airplane! (1980) and Hot Shots! (1991), and their respective sequels. Lloyd Bridges died at age 85 of natural causes on March 10, 1998.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Dorothy Dean Bridges (15 October 1938 - 10 March 1998) (his death) (4 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Gravelly raspy voice

Trivia (16)

Was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Grandfather of Isabelle Bridges, Jessica Lily Bridges and Haley Roselouise Bridges.
Was considered for the role of Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek (1966), which went to William Shatner.
In 1914, he was awarded the winner's cup in a fat-baby contest by its judge, former President William Howard Taft, who thought Lloyd was as fat as he was.
His final film, the comedy film Mafia! (1998), was dedicated to his memory.
His father, Lloyd Vernet Bridges Sr. (born May 1, 1887), died on his 75th birthday (May 1, 1962). His mother, Harriet Evelyn Brown (born January 15, 1893), turned 20 the day Lloyd was born.
His second-born son, Garrett Myles Bridges (born June 14, 1948), died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) on August 3, 1948.
Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book "They Fought in the Creature Features" (McFarland & Co., 1995).
Attended and graduated from Petaluma High School in Petaluma, California (1930).
Attended and graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (1936).
Had appeared in two films featuring a manned mission to the Moon: Rocketship X-M (1950) and Stowaway to the Moon (1975).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 1, 1994.
The Seinfeld (1989) episode "The Burning" was dedicated "In memory of our friend Lloyd Bridges", who played Izzy Mendelbaum in "The English Patient" and "The Blood".
The Bridges family made its way from North Carolina to Arkansas to Kansas, to California to Oregon to California through successive generations. Lloyd's great grandfather James Graham Bridges fought with the Confederacy in the 35th Arkansas Infantry.

Personal Quotes (1)

The devastation caused by war and the pollution of our environment knows no boundaries. Only an effective world government could provide sufficient law and have the power to control these destructive forces.

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