Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides
American Masters Season 24

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Filmmaker Gail Levin explores the life and work of celebrated Hollywood star Jeff Bridges in this documentary exploring the many facets of his enduring career, and featuring candid interviews with the people who know him best. Revered for his naturalistic onscreen presence, Bridges first appeared onscreen as an infant in the 1951 film The Company She Keeps. Twenty years later, he received his first Oscar nomination for his performance in The Last Picture Show. Ever since then, Bridges has developed into one of Hollywood's most radiant and versatile stars thanks to unforgettable performances in such films as Starman, The Fisher King, and, of course, The Big Lebowski. In the wake of a phenomenal performance in the 2009 drama Crazy Heart, Bridges prepared to follow in the footsteps of John Wayne by reprising the role of Rooster Cogburn in The Coen Brother's True Grit, and waged a valiant fight to escape from the mainframe in Tron: Legacy. An avid photographer, Bridges assembles a photo book recounting each production he is involved in, and presents a copy to each member of the crew once production has wrapped. Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Duvall, Terry Gilliam, Karen Allen, T. Bone Burnett and others all weight in on what they believe makes Bridges an indispensable part of Hollywood history, while Levin reveals how the star's unwavering devotion to family has helped him to remain perpetually grounded in a business where countless others have gotten lost in the ether.