His brother, Garrett Myles, died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) on August 3, 1948.
He is a big fan of actors Robert Ryan and Lee Marvin. Favorite movie is Billy Budd (1962).
When a Freshman at Brentwood Academy in 1964, he was on the High School Football "A" Team.
Is only the fifth actor in Oscar history to be nominated for an award for playing a part that had already won a previous actor an award. John Wayne won Best Actor for playing Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969), the same role that earned Bridges a nomination. Previously, Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both won Oscars for playing Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974). Gérard Depardieu was nominated for playing the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), the same role that had won an Oscar for José Ferrer forty years earlier and Peter O'toole earned a Best Actor Nomination for 1969's "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" the same role for which Robert Donat had won the Best Actor prize 3 decades prior. Also, the academy acknowledged both Charles Laughton and Robert Shaw for their portrayals of King Henry VIII: Laughton in an award winning performance in The Private Life of Henry VIII and Shaw in A Man For All Seasons. Bridges, O'toole and Depardieu were nominated for a direct remake of an earlier Oscar-winning film while Deniro earned his Statuette for a sequel and Shaw was nominated for a completely different story revolving around his shard character.
He was offered the male lead in Love Story (1970). His brother Beau Bridges was the director's first choice. Both turned it down.
Turned down the part of 'Zachariah' in Zachariah (1971) to work on The Last Picture Show (1971).
Was in a relationship with Candy Clark in the early 70s. They met on the set of Fat City (1972).
Was considered for the part of "McKenna" in The Mechanic (1972) when Cliff Robertson was set to star in the film.
It was during the filming of The Iceman Cometh (1973) that he decided to focus solely on acting, and make it his profession. Up until then, he has said that he "just enjoyed the ride".
Turned down a part in The California Kid (1974) (TV).
The first actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in a film that also starred Clint Eastwood. Bridges was nominated for Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974).
Met his wife, Susan Bridges, in 1975 while filming Rancho Deluxe (1975) - she was working as a maid on a dude ranch.
Turned down the role of 'Hooper' in Jaws (1975).
Was considered for the part of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976).
Considered for Christopher Walken's role in The Deer Hunter (1978).
Auditioned for the part of 'Cpt. Willard' in Apocalypse Now (1979), as did his good friend Nick Nolte.
Fan and friend of Kris Kristofferson. They both appeared in Heaven's Gate (1980), and Kristofferson famously sang "Help Me Make it Through the Night" in Fat City (1972), which starred Bridges.
Eagerly pursued the lead in The Stunt Man (1980). Bridges was reportedly very keen to play Cameron, a fugitive who hides out at a movie set and accidentally becomes a stunt man.
Father of Isabelle Annie Bridges (Isabelle Bridges) (born August 6, 1981), Jessica Lily Bridges (born June 14, 1983) and Haley Roselouise Bridges (born October 17, 1985) with Susan Bridges.
Director Michael Mann strongly considered Bridges for the lead in Thief (1981), but among other things, he was believed to be too young to be able to pull of the role of a seasoned criminal.
Turned down the lead role of Indiana Jones, one of the most famous movie characters of all time, in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). He does not regret it.
Turned down the role of "Snake Plissken" in Escape from New York (1981). The role went to Kurt Russell. Strangely Bridges was also considered for the lead in The Thing (1982) A role also played by Kurt Russell.
He was one of many considered for the role of 'John Rambo' in First Blood (1982) when the script was still circulating.
Was director Taylor Hackford's original choice for the lead role in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), but he had to turn it down due to a busy schedule.
Along with Bruce Boxleitner, he is one of only two actors to appear in both TRON (1982) and TRON: Legacy (2010).
Considered for the lead in The Thing (1982).
Turned down the lead role of 'Jack Cates' in 48 Hrs. (1982), because he didn't want to do a simple cop movie. The role went to Nick Nolte. Bridges later worked with the director Walter Hill in Wild Bill (1995).
He was considered, along with Nick Nolte, for the role of Det. Sonny Crockett on "Miami Vice" (1984). Both were deemed too expensive, and Don Johnson got the part.
Offered the part of Bobby Grady in Crimes of Passion (1984).
Considered for the lead in Year of the Dragon (1985).
Was considered for the role of Dan Gallagher in Fatal Attraction (1987).
Considered for the lead in Big (1988).
Was set to star in Tequila Sunrise (1988) with Nick Nolte, but when Nolte dropped out, so did he. Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell starred in the film.
Jacknife (1989) was developed as a vehicle for Bridges. He turned it down, and Robert De Niro took on the lead role.
He was considered for the part of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989).
He was strongly considered for the lead role of 'Quaid' in Total Recall (1990).
Has stated American Heart (1992) and Fearless (1993) as his favorites.
Was considered for the part of Jack in Speed (1994).
The lead role of 'Jack' in Speed (1994) was originally written for him.
His good friend, Terry Gilliam, wanted him for the part of "James Cole" in Twelve Monkeys (1995). Bruce Willis got the part because he was a more bankable star.
Bridges and Nick Nolte were considered as possible candidates for the two leads in Heat (1995), roles that famously went to Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.
His performance as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski (1998) is ranked #90 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
His performance as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski (1998) is ranked #90 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of AllTime.
He was considered for the lead in Kinsey (2004).
In 2010, both he and Colin Firth were nominated for the Academy Award in the category 'Best Leading Actor' (for Crazy Heart (2009) and A Single Man (2009) respectively). Bridges won the award. The next year, both men were again contending in the same category (for True Grit (2010) and The King's Speech (2010) respectively), with Firth winning this time.
National Spokesperson and Founder of, "No Kid Hungry" (2010-2011)
In 2011, he took a year off from acting to focus on recording, promoting and touring for his self-titled album.