Born in San Leandro, California, on January 15, 1913, actor Lloyd Bridges grew up in Northern California as the son of a hotelier. Bridges discovered a talent for dramatics while attending UCLA in the 1930s, where he excelled at athletics and played football, basketball, and baseball. He met his future wife, Dorothy Dean, at UCLA, and the couple married in 1938. After graduating from college in 1936, he made his way to New York, and by the following year he landed a small part in a Broadway production of Othello. More roles on stage followed, and in 1941 he was put under contract with Columbia, then a B movie studio. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Bridges starred in a number of B movies such as the science fiction effort Rocketship X-M (1950; with Osa Massen and Hugh O'Brian), the western The Tall Texan (1953; with Marie Windsor and Lee J. Cobb), and the noirish The Limping Man (1953; with Moira Lister). He also had supporting roles in some A pictures, including High Noon (1952; with Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly) and Wichita (1955; with Joel McCrea and Vera Miles). While he had been a busy actor for nearly twenty years, it was a television series that would prove to be Bridges' breakthrough.

Lloyd Bridges and John Davidson

With John Davidson from a 1980 appearance on The John Davidson Show

Lloyd Bridges' greatest role came in his 1957 TV series Sea Hunt, which stands as one of the most successful syndicated series of all time and finally made Lloyd Bridges a star. Afterward, he made relatively few films in the 1960s but worked extensively in television, both on his series and as a guest star on popular programs of the day.

the films of lloyd bridges

The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941)

Evalyn Knapp, Lloyd Bridges, and Warren William

With Evalyn Knapp and Warren William in the Columbia mystery The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance, which was Lloyd Bridges' first film

Secret Service Investigator (1948)

Lloyd Bridges and Lynne Roberts

With Lynne Roberts in the Republic crime drama Secret Service Investigator

Home of the Brave (1949)

Lloyd Bridges and James Edwards

With James Edwards in the excellent low-budget war film Home of the Brave

Colt .45 (1950)

Lloyd Bridges, Ruth Roman, and Zachary Scott

With Ruth Roman and Zachary Scott in the Warner Bros. western Colt .45

The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)

Lenore Lonergan and Lloyd Bridges

With Lenore Lonergan in the Columbia drama The Whistle at Eaton Falls

The Kid from Left Field (1953)

Lloyd Bridges and Anne Bancroft

With Anne Bancroft in the 20th Century Fox baseball comedy The Kid from Left Field

The Tall Texan (1953)

Lloyd Bridges

As the title character in the low-budget Lippert western The Tall Texan

Wichita (1955)

Keith Larsen, Joel McCrea, Vera Miles, and Lloyd Bridges

With Keith Larsen, Joel McCrea, and Vera Miles in the Warner Bros. western Wichita

The Goddess (1958)

Kim Stanley and Lloyd Bridges

From the respected Columbia drama The Goddess with Kim Stanley

Sea Hunt (1958-1961 Syndicated TV Series)

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Bridges portrayed Mike Nelson in the popular syndicated TV series Sea Hunt

The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962-1963 CBS TV Series)

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From Bridges' short-lived dramatic series The Lloyd Bridges Show, in which he portrayed Adam Shepherd

Around the World, Under the Sea (1966)

Shirley Eaton, Lloyd Bridges, and David McCallumShirley Eaton, Brian Kelly, Marshall Thompson, and Lloyd BridgesShirley Eaton, Brian Kelly, and Lloyd Bridges

From MGM's adventure flick Around the World, Under the Sea. RIGHT: With Shirley Eaton and David McCallum. CENTER: With Shirley Eaton, Brian Kelly, and Marshall Thompson. RIGHT: With Shirley Eaton and Brian Kelly

Daring Game (1968)

Lloyd Bridges

From the Paramount action flick Daring Game

Silent Night, Lonely Night (1969)

Lloyd Bridges and Shirley Jones

With Shirley Jones in the NBC TV movie Silent Night, Lonely Night

The Love War (1970)

Angie Dickinson and Lloyd Bridges

With Angie Dickinson in the ABC TV movie The Love War

Cop on the Beat (1975)

Lloyd Bridges and Dane Clark

With Dane Clark in the NBC TV movie Cop on the Beat

Joe Forrester (1975-1976 NBC TV Series)

Edie Adams and Lloyd Bridges

From the pilot of the short-lived NBC drama Joe Forrester with Edie Adams

Capital News (1990 ABC TV Series)

Lloyd Bridges, Mark Blum, and Chelsea Field

From the short-lived ABC drama Capital News with Mark Blum and Chelsea Field

later years

Throughout the 1970s, he kept busy in made-for-TV films and in television series. While older audiences recall Lloyd Bridges from his earlier films and his television series Sea Hunt, younger audiences know Bridges from his appearances in comedies in the 1980s and 1990s, including the films Airplane! and Hot Shots. Bridges passed away on March 10, 1998, at the age of 85. He was survived by his wife, Dorothy, and their actor children Beau, Cindy, and Jeff.

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Meeting Daddy (2000) with Beau Bridges, Kristy Swanson, and Edie McClurg
Jane Austen's Mafia! (1998) with Jay Mohr, Billy Burke, Christina Applegate, Olympia Dukakis, and Tony Lo Bianco
Peter and the Wolf (1996) with Kirstie Alley
Nothing Lasts Forever (1995) with Gail O'Grady, Brooke Shields, Vanessa Williams, Gregory Harrison, and Chris Noth
The Other Woman (1995) with Jill Eikenberry and Rosemary Forsyth
Blown Away (1994) with Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, and Forest Whitaker
Secret Sins of the Father (1994) with Beau Bridges and Lee Purcell
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) with Charlie Sheen, Valeria Golino, Richard Crenna, Miguel Ferrer, Rowan Atkinson, David Wohl, and Mitch Ryan
Mr. Bluesman (1993) with Rufus Beck
Devlin (1992) with Bryan Brown and Roma Downey
Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992) with Rick Moranis and Marcia Strassman
In the Nick of Time (1991) with Michael Tucker and Cleavon Little
Hot Shots! (1991) with Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Jon Cryer, Kristy Swanson, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift (1990) with Ringo Starr and Didi Conn
Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (1990) with Suzanne Pleshette
Cross of Fire (1989) with John Heard, Mel Harris, and Kim Hunter
Cousins (1989) with Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young, and William Petersen
Winter People (1989) with Kurt Russell, Kelly McGillis, and Mitch Ryan
She Was Marked for Murder (1988) with Debrah Farentino and Polly Bergen
The Wild Pair (1987) with Beau Bridges, Bubba Smith, and Gary Lockwood
The Thanksgiving Promise (1986) with Beau Bridges, Millie Perkins, and Jason Bateman
Weekend Warriors (1986) with Chris Lemmon, Vic Tayback, Graham Jarvis, and Daniel Greene
Dress Gray (1986) with Eddie Albert, Alec Baldwin, Hal Holbrook, and Alexis Smith
Alice in Wonderland (1985) with Red Buttons, Sherman Hemsley, Donald O'Connor, Shelley Winters, Scott Baio, and Sammy Davis Jr.
Grace Kelly (1983) with Cheryl Ladd, Diane Ladd, Alejandro Rey, Ian McShane, William Schallert, Salome Jens, Brian Patrick Clarke, and Heidi Bohay
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) with Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Chad Everett, Peter Graves, Chuck Connors, William Shatner, Raymond Burr, John Vernon, Stephen Stucker, and Kent McCord
Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice (1982) with Carol Burnett, Marian Mercer, Geoffrey Lewis, and Conchata Ferrell
Airplane! (1980) with Peter Graves, Julie Hagerty, Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Stephen Stucker, and Barbara Billingsley
This Year's Blonde (1980) with Norman Fell and Vic Tayback
Bear Island (1979) with Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, and Barbara Parkins
Disaster on the Coastliner (1979) with Raymond Burr, Robert Fuller, Pat Hingle, E.G. Marshall, Yvette Mimieux, and William Shatner
The Fifth Musketeer (1979) with Sylvia Kristel, Ursula Andress, Beau Bridges, Cornel Wilde, Ian McShane, Alan Hale Jr., Jose Ferrer, Olivia de Havilland, Helmut Dantine, and Rex Harrison
The Critical List (1978) with Melinda Dillon, Buddy Ebsen, Barbara Parkins, Robert Wagner, Ken Howard, Louis Gossett Jr., and Richard Basehart
The Great Wallendas (1978) with Britt Ekland and Taina Elg
Shimmering Light (1978) with Beau Bridges
Telethon (1977) with Polly Bergen, Red Buttons, Edd Byrnes, Dick Clark, Janet Leigh, Kent McCord, Eve Plumb, David Selby, and Jill St. John
The Force of Evil (1977) with Pat Crowley and Eve Plumb
Cop on the Beat (1975) with Pat Crowley, Jim Backus, Dane Clark, Dean Stockwell, Della Reese, Janis Paige, Edie Adams, Charles Drake, and Don Stroud
Stowaway to the Moon (1975) with Jeremy Slate and John Carradine
The Whirlwind (1974) with Beau Bridges, Sheree North, and Susan Sarandon
Death Race (1973) with Roy Thinnes, Eric Braeden, and Doug McClure
Running Wild (1973) with Dina Merrill, Pat Hingle, and Gilbert Roland
Crime Club (1973) with Victor Buono, Paul Burke, William Devane, David Hedison, Cloris Leachman, Belinda Montgomery, Barbara Rush, and Martin Sheen
Trouble Comes to Town (1973) with Pat Hingle, Sheree North, and Joseph Bottoms
Haunts of the Very Rich (1972) with Cloris Leachman, Edward Asner, Anne Francis, Donna Mills, and Robert Reed
To Find a Man (1972) with Pamela Sue Martin, Phyllis Newman, Tom Bosley, and Tom Ewell
Deadly Dream (1971) with Janet Leigh, Carl Betz, Leif Erickson, Don Stroud, Richard Jaeckel, Arlene Dahl, and Salome Jens
A Tattered Web (1971) with Murray Hamilton, Broderick Crawford, Anne Helm, and Whit Bissell
Do You Take This Stranger? (1971) with Diane Baker, Gene Barry, and Joseph Cotten
The Love War (1970) with Angie Dickinson and Daniel J. Travanti
The Happy Ending (1969) with Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Shirley Jones, Teresa Wright, Dick Shawn, Nanette Fabray, Bobby Darin, and Tina Louise
Silent Night, Lonely Night (1969) with Shirley Jones, Carrie Snodgress, Cloris Leachman, and Robert Lipton
The Silent Gun (1969) with John Beck, Ed Begley, Edd Byrnes, Pernell Roberts, Susan Howard, and Michael Forest
Lost Flight (1969) with Anne Francis and Ralph Meeker
Attack on the Iron Coast (1968) with Sue Lloyd
Daring Game (1968) with Michael Ansara, Joan Blackman, and Shepperd Strudwick
A Case of Libel (1968) with Angie Dickinson, Jose Ferrer, George Grizzard, Van Heflin, and E.G. Marshall
Around the World Under the Sea (1966) with Brian Kelly, Shirley Eaton, David McCallum, Keenan Wynn, Marshall Thompson, and Gary Merrill
The Goddess (1958) with Kim Stanley, Patty Duke, Joanne Linville, Joyce Van Patten, Louise Beavers, and Werner Klemperer
Ride Out for Revenge (1957) with Rory Calhoun, Gloria Grahame, Joanne Gilbert, and Vince Edwards
The Rainmaker (1956) with Burt Lancaster, Katharine Hepburn, Wendell Corey, Earl Holliman, and Yvonne Lime
Wetbacks (1956) with Nancy Gates, Barton MacLane, and John Hoyt
Apache Woman (1955) with Joan Taylor, Lance Fuller, Paul Birch, Jonathan Haze, and Dick Miller
Wichita (1955) with Joel McCrea, Vera Miles, Edgar Buchanan, Peter Graves, and Keith Larsen
The Big Deadly Game (1954) with Finlay Currie
Pride of the Blue Grass (1954) with Vera Miles
The Limping Man (1953) with Moira Lister
City of Bad Men (1953) with Jeanne Crain, Dale Robertson, Richard Boone, Carole Mathews, and Carl Betz
The Kid from Left Field (1953) with Dan Dailey, Anne Bancroft, Billy Chapin, Ray Collins, Richard Egan, Fess Parker, and John Beradino
The Tall Texan (1953) with Lee J. Cobb and Marie Windsor
Last of the Comanches (1953) with Broderick Crawford, Barbara Hale, Lloyd Bridges, Mickey Shaughnessy, and Martin Milner
Plymouth Adventure (1952) with Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson, and Dawn Addams
High Noon (1952) with Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., and Harry Morgan
The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) with Dorothy Gish, Carleton Carpenter, Murray Hamilton, Anne Francis, Ernest Borgnine, and Arthur O'Connell
Three Steps North (1951)
Little Big Horn (1951) with John Ireland, Marie Windsor, Reed Hadley, Jim Davis, Hugh O'Brian, and King Donovan
The Sound of Fury (1950) with Frank Lovejoy, Richard Carlson, Adele Jergens, and Irene Vernon
The White Tower (1950) with Glenn Ford, Claude Rains, Oskar Homolka, and Cedric Hardwicke
Colt .45 (1950) with Randolph Scott, Ruth Roman, and Zachary Scott
Rocketship X-M (1950) with Osa Massen, Noah Beery Jr., Hugh O'Brian, and Morris Ankrum
Trapped (1949) with Barbara Payton, John Hoyt, and Russ Conway
Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949) with Yvonne De Carlo and Howard Duff
Home of the Brave (1949) with Jeff Corey, Frank Lovejoy, and Steve Brodie
Red Canyon (1949) with Ann Blyth, Howard Duff, George Brent, Edgar Buchanan, John McIntire, Chill Wills, and Jane Darwell
Hideout (1949) with Lorna Gray, Ray Collins, Sheila Ryan, and Jeff Corey
Moonrise (1948) with Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore, Rex Ingram, Harry Morgan, Selena Royle, and Harry Carey Jr.
16 Fathoms Deep (1948) with Lon Chaney Jr. and Arthur Lake
Secret Service Investigator (1948) with Lynne Roberts and George Zucco
Unconquered (1947) with Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Boris Karloff, Cecil Kellaway, Ward Bond, Katherine DeMille, Henry Wilcoxon, and Virginia Grey
The Trouble with Women (1947) with Ray Milland, Teresa Wright, Brian Donlevy, and Frank Faylen
Ramrod (1947) with Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Don DeFore, Preston Foster, Arleen Whelan, and Charles Ruggles
Canyon Passage (1946) with Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, Ward Bond, Hoagy Carmichael, and Andy Devine
Miss Susie Slagle's (1946) with Veronica Lake, Sonny Tufts, Joan Caulfield, Ray Collins, Billy De Wolfe, and Lillian Gish
Abilene Town (1946) with Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak, Edgar Buchanan, and Rhonda Fleming
A Walk in the Sun (1945) with Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, John Ireland, Sterling Holloway, Huntz Hall, and Steve Brodie
Strange Confession (1945) with Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, and J. Carrol Naish
Secret Agent X-9 (1945) with Keye Luke and Benson Fong
Saddle Leather Law (1944) with Charles Starrett and Dub Taylor
The Master Race (1944) with George Coulouris, Osa Massen, and Nancy Gates
Louisiana Hayride (1944) with Judy Canova, Ross Hunter, and Minerva Urecal
She's a Soldier Too (1944) with Beulah Bondi, Nina Foch, Jess Barker, and Percy Kilbride
Crime Doctor's Strangest Case (1943) with Warner Baxter, Lynn Merrick, Barton MacLane, Jerome Cowan, Reginald Denny, and Rose Hobart
The Heat's On (1943) with Mae West
Hail to the Rangers (1943) with Charles Starrett and Arthur Hunnicutt
Sahara (1943) with Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish, Rex Ingram, and Dan Duryea
Passport to Suez (1943) with Warren William, Ann Savage, Eric Blore, and Sheldon Leonard
The Daring Young Man (1942) with Joe E. Brown and Marguerite Chapman
A Man's World (1942) with William Wright, Marguerite Chapman, Larry Parks, Wynne Gibson, Roger Pryor, and Edward Van Sloan
Atlantic Convoy (1942) with Bruce Bennett, Virginia Field, John Beal, and Larry Parks
Riders of the Northland (1942) with Charles Starrett
Sweetheart of the Fleet (1942) with Joan Davis, Jinx Falkenburg, Joan Woodbury, Elvia Allman, William Wright, and Tim Ryan
North of the Rockies (1942) with Bill Elliott, Tex Ritter, and Larry Parks
Canal Zone (1942) with Chester Morris, Harriet Hilliard, Larry Parks, and Forrest Tucker
Shut My Big Mouth (1942) with Joe E. Brown, Adele Mara, Victor Jory, Forrest Tucker, Will Wright, and Joan Woodbury
Blondie Goes to College (1942) with Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Janet Blair, Adele Mara, and Larry Parks
The Royal Mounted Patrol (1941) with Charles Starrett, Wanda McKay, and Donald Curtis
Two Latins from Manhattan (1941) with Joan Davis, Jinx Falkenburg, and Joan Woodbury
Harmon of Michigan (1941) with Tom Harmon, Anita Louise, Tim Ryan, and Larry Parks
The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941) with Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, and Eric Blore

Harts of the West, 1993-1994 CBS TV series. Bridges portrayed Jake Tyrell
Capital News, 1990 ABC TV series. Bridges portrayed Jonathan Turner
Paper Dolls, 1984 ABC TV series. Bridges portrayed Grant Harper
Joe Forrester, 1975-1976 NBC TV series. Bridges portrayed Joe Forrester
The Loner, 1965-1966 CBS TV series. Bridges portrayed William Colton
The Lloyd Bridges Show, 1962-1963 CBS television series. Bridges portrayed Adam Shepherd
Sea Hunt, 1958-1961 syndicated TV series. Bridges portrayed Mike Nelson

Seinfeld, episode The Blood, originally aired October 16, 1997
Seinfeld, episode The English Patient, originally aired March 13, 1997
Second Noah, episode The Big Chief, originally aired April 1, 1996
The Outer Limits, episode Sandkings, originally aired March 26, 1995
Matt Houston, episode Heritage, originally aired September 9, 1983
The Love Boat, episode Farnsworth's Fling/Three in a Bed/I Remember Helen/Merrill, Melanie & Melanesia/Gopher Farnsworth Smith: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired November 21, 1981
Battlestar Galactica, episode : The Living Legend: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired November 26 and December 3, 1978
Tales of the Unexpected, episode Force of Evil, originally aired March 13, 1977
Police Story, episode Wolf, originally aired November 19, 1974
Here's Lucy, episode Lucy's Big Break, originally aired September 11, 1972
San Francisco International Airport, episode The High Cost of Nightmares, originally aired December 2, 1970
San Francisco International Airport, episode Emergency Alert, originally aired October 28, 1970
CBS Playhouse, episode The People Next Door, originally aired October 15, 1968
Mission: Impossible, episode Fakeout, originally aired December 3, 1966
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, episode Exit from a Plane in Flight, originally aired January 22, 1965
The Eleventh Hour, episode Cannibal Plants, They Eat You Alive, originally aired February 5, 1964
The Great Adventure, episode Wild Bill Hickok - the Legend and the Man, originally aired January 3, 1964
Kraft Suspense Theatre, episode A Hero for Our Times, originally aired October 31, 1963
Checkmate, episode The Two of Us, originally aired November 29, 1961
Alcoa Premiere, episode The Fortress, originally aired October 24, 1961
The Dick Powell Theatre, episode Who Killed Julie Greer?, originally aired September 26, 1961
The Frank Sinatra Show, episode A Time to Cry, originally aired February 21, 1958
Zane Grey Theater, episode Wire, originally aired January 31, 1958
Playhouse 90, episode Clash by Night, originally aired June 13, 1957
Climax!, episode The Disappearance of Amanda Hale, originally aired May 30, 1957
Studio 57, episode Man on the Outside, originally aired February 2, 1957
The United States Steel Hour, episode They Never Forget, originally aired January 30, 1957
The Alcoa Hour, episode Ride the Wild Mare, originally aired January 20, 1957
Zane Grey Theater, episode Time of Decision, originally aired January 18, 1957
Playhouse 90, episode Heritage of Anger, originally aired November 15, 1956
Studio One in Hollywood, episode American Primitive, originally aired October 29, 1956
Climax!, episode Figures in Clay, originally aired May 31, 1956
Studio 57, episode The Regulators, originally aired April 8, 1956
Climax!, episode The Sound of Silence, originally aired March 1, 1956
The Alcoa Hour, episode Tragedy in a Temporary Town, originally aired February 19, 1956
Studio One in Hollywood, episode The Silent Gun, originally aired February 6, 1956
Front Row Center, episode The Ainsley Case, originally aired January 29, 1956
Chevron Hall of Stars, episode Across the Dust, originally aired January 1, 1956
Chevron Hall of Stars, episode Prairie Dog Count, originally aired January 1, 1956
Crossroads, episode Broadway Trust, originally aired November 11, 1955
Climax!, episode Edge of Terror, originally aired August 11, 1955
Climax!, episode The Dark Fleece, originally aired June 16, 1955
Goodyear Playhouse, episode The Long Way Home, originally aired April 19, 1953
Schlitz Playhouse, episode This Plane for Hire, originally aired October 17, 1952
Suspense, episode Her Last Adventure, originally aired August 19, 1952
Studio One in Hollywood, episode International Incident, originally aired June 16, 1952
Robert Montgomery Presents, episode Rise Up and Walk, originally aired February 4, 1952
The Bigelow Theatre, episode Man's First Debt, originally aired January 1, 1951

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