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- March 23, 1998
- Vol. 49
- No. 11
Actor Lloyd Bridges Sailed Straight and True for 85 Years
His fame began exactly 80 years earlier. In 1913, the year he was born in San Leandro, Calif., he won a trophy from President Taft for being America's fattest baby. The actor, who gained acclaim in the 1952 film High Noon, became more famous playing underwater investigator Mike Nelson on the syndicated 1957-61 TV series Sea Hunt. The show typecast him as a stone-faced macho man, until another generation came to know him as a gruff dimwit in spoofs like Airplane! ('80) and Hot Shots! ('91). In the upcoming Jane Austen's Mafia! he plays a bumbling godfather. He also guest-starred as a geriatric strongman on Seinfeld.
The only aspect of life Bridges seemed to cherish above his career was his family—especially his 59-year marriage to college sweetheart Dorothy. The couple and their three children—Beau, 56, Jeff, 48, and Cindy, a homemaker in her mid-40s—"were the quintessential Hollywood family who stayed together," says friend Neal Konigsberg. Certainly his sons will continue to follow in his footsteps—a fact he recently acknowledged. "There are times when I look at them," he told the Tacoma, Wash., News Tribune in 1994, "and I feel myself when I was a young blade."
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