The Dude

Jeff Bridges as The Dude

Jeff Bridges as The Dude

I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. That or His Dudeness… Duder… or El Duderino, if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing. – Jeff Bridges as The Dude, from “The Big Lebowski”

American Masters opens its 25th season with Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides giving viewers a window into the life of the actor whose easygoing style has endeared him to audiences for almost 40 years.

He’s played every type of role in every type of movie, starting first as an infant, soon playing his father Lloyd’s son in “The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962-63), up through today, where he can be seen filling John Wayne’s large boots in “True Grit,” and revisiting the cyber-world of “TRON: Legacy.”

He’s certainly been in his fare share of trash (I defy anyone to recount any details from “K-PAX” or not shudder when remembering “King Kong”), but he’s been so good for long, we now take it for granted that he’ll be great in anything.

Think you know Jeff? Check out this list below provided by IMDB

2010 True Grit
2010 TRON: Legacy
2009 Crazy Heart (An Oscar-winning role)
2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats
2009 A Dog Year
2009 The Open Road
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
2008 Iron Man
2007 Surf’s Up
2006 Stick It
2005 Tideland
2005 The Amateurs
2004 The Door in the Floor
2003 Seabiscuit
2003 Masked and Anonymous
2001 K-PAX
2001 Scenes of the Crime
2000 The Contender
1999 Simpatico
1999 The Muse
1999 Arlington Road
1998 The Big Lebowski
1996 Hidden in America (TV movie)
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces
1996 White Squall
1995 Wild Bill
1994 Blown Away
1993 Fearless
1993 The Vanishing
1992 American Heart
1991 The Fisher King
1990 Texasville
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys
1989 Cold Feet
1989 See You in the Morning
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream
1987 Nadine
1986 The Morning After
1986 The Thanksgiving Promise (TV movie)
1986 8 Million Ways to Die
1985 Jagged Edge
1984 Starman
1984 Against All Odds
1983 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV series)
1982 Kiss Me Goodbye
1982 The Last Unicorn
1982 TRON
1981 The Girls in Their Summer Dresses and Other Stories by Irwin Shaw (TV movie)
1981 Cutter’s Way
1980 Heaven’s Gate
1980 The American Success Company
1979 Winter Kills
1978 Somebody Killed Her Husband
1976 King Kong
1976 Stay Hungry
1975 Hearts of the West
1975 Rancho Deluxe
1974 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
1973 The Iceman Cometh
1973 The Last American Hero
1973 Lolly-Madonna XXX
1972 Bad Company
1972 Fat City
1971 The Last Picture Show
1971 In Search of America (TV movie)
1970 The Most Deadly Game (TV series)
1970 Halls of Anger
1970 The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go
1969 Silent Night, Lonely Night (TV movie)
1969 The F.B.I. (TV series)
1965 The Loner (TV series)
1962-1963 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV series)
1958-1960 Sea Hunt (TV series)
1951 The Company She Keeps (as an infant)

In this clip from “Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides” Bridges visits the shop in New York’s Greenwich Village called The Little Lebowski dedicated to collector items for The Big Lebowski and explains how he first got involved acting for the Coen Brothers. The script eerily echoed Bridges’ former life:

American Masters asked PBS’s Facebook fans and Twitter followers what *they* would want to ask him. Here is his answer to one of the most interesting questions:

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Air times for American Masters – Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides
1/12/2011 8:00 pm WOSU TV
1/13/2011 1:00 am WOSU TV
1/13/2011 8:00 pm WOSU PLUS
1/16/2011 3:00 am WOSU TV

I actually prefer his work in two other movies: “The Fisher King” and “The Door in the Floor,” two roles where he plays an arrogant SOB and learns some hard truths.

Anyone have a favorite role/movie featuring Jeff?

– Scott