The Provost of Washington University is William Masters' longtime friend and mentor. He is also harboring a painful, long-held secret that has had tragic consequences in his decades-long marriage.
Beau Bridges is an award-winning actor who has portrayed a myriad of characters during his successful career spanning more than six decades. Part of a preeminent Hollywood acting dynasty, he started at a young age and has worked non-stop in his profession ever since.
Bridges will next be seen on Fox Television’s comedy series THE GOODWIN GAMES. Bridges will also star in the CBS comedy THE MILLERS, created by Greg Garcia. The sitcom centers on a recently divorced man, whose own parents decide to split up. Recently on Broadway, Bridges starred in the musical comedy hit HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Bridges portrayed J. B. Biggley, returning to Broadway for the first time in 38 years since productions WHERE'S DADDY? (1966) and WHO'S WHO IN HELL (1974).
In 2011 Bridges starred in Alexander Payne’s Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated film, THE DESCENDANTS. Bridges' small but pivotal role as Cousin Hough captured audiences, his character relaying the film’s paramount twist to protagonist, Matt King played by George Clooney. Bridges also will soon be seen in the film RUSHLIGHTS, a crime thriller with a twist of romance.
On the small screen, Bridges has recently starred on USA Network’s WHITE COLLAR as Agent Kramer, mentor to lead Peter Burke played by Tim DeKay. Bridges also guest starred on ABC’s BROTHERS & SISTERS playing Sally Fields’ love interest, assuming the role of Nick Brody, reminiscent of his part as Sally Field's husband in NORMA RAE. He was nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Nick. Bridges has also had acclaimed guest starring turns on TNT’s hit series THE CLOSER for which he received a 2010 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, and on NBC’s hit comedy MY NAME IS EARL, which garnered him a 2007 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
Bridges has explored the world of acting from a new perspective as a playwright with his daughter Emily, adapting Richard Boleslavsky's 1933 novel and publishing "Acting: The First Six Lessons" with Samuel French. Prior to publishing the play, both Beau and Emily performed the play in spring 2010 at Theatre West in Los Angeles, receiving rave reviews.
Other projects Bridges has completed include South Africa on FREE WILLY: SOUTH AFRICA, starring with Bindi Irwin. He was also seen on the big screen in the 20th Century Fox dramatic thriller MAX PAYNE staring alongside Mark Wahlberg. Bridges played the role of B. B. Hensley, a former cop and mentor figure to Payne, who helps him track down a killer.
Additionally Bridges shared a 2009 Grammy Award win with Al Gore, Cynthia Nixon, and Blair Underwood for AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which won the category of Best Spoken Word Album. In 2008 Bridges lent his voice for a very special documentary entitled, “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience,” which received a 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. He wrapped production on two made-for-Television films in 2007: STARGATE: THE ARC OF TRUTH and STARGATE: CONTINUUM, based on the popular Sci-fi drama STARGATE SG-1 in which he played General Hank Landry.
Bridges filmed several independent features including, DON'T FADE AWAY with Mischa Barton, AMERICANIZING SHELLEY, which premiered at the 2007 Nashville Film Festival and SPINNING INTO BUTTER with Sarah Jessica Parker and Miranda Richardson, which premiered at the 2007 Montreal World Film Festival. He also appeared in several feature films in 2006 including Warner Bros./Section Eight’s THE GOOD GERMAN from director Steven Soderbergh, alongside Cate Blanchett and George Clooney, in which he plays a German officer in World War II and Paramount’s live action/animated remake of CHARLOTTE'S WEB from director Gary Winick.
Bridges also appeared in the Steven Spielberg-produced mini-series INTO THE WEST for TNT. Filming for this six-part epic western took place in Calgary. The film is directed by Robert Dornhelm and Simon Wincer and co-stars Josh Brolin, Keri Russell, Matthew Settle, and Skeet Ulrich. The series aired over six weeks in summer 2005 and was nominated for a Golden Globe award.
Bridges earned a 2002 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Michael Mulvaney in the Lifetime original movie WE WERE THE MULVANEYS, which was based on the best-selling novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Bridges also was nominated for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie in 2000 for his portrayal of Phineas Taylor Barnum, the legendary showman who transformed the circus from a one-ring juggling act to a three-ring spectacle in A&E’s original production P.T. BARNUM.
In 1997, Bridges received his third Emmy Award for his portrayal of Governor Farley of Idaho in HBO's THE SECOND CIVIL WAR, a black comedy about race relations, rebellion, and the American dream runs amok. James Coburn, Dan Hedaya, James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Pena and Denis Leary also starred in this film.
In 1996, Bridges starred in a hard-hitting drama for SHOWTIME, HIDDEN IN AMERICA. He received lead actor nominations for both the Emmy Award and SAG Award for his portrayal of a family man who finds himself without a job and struggling to feed his children after his company downsizes and his wife's untimely death leaves the family penniless.
Also in 1996, Bridges starred as Richard Nixon in TNT's KISSINGER & NIXON for which he received an Emmy nomination as Best Actor in a Miniseries or Special. He also starred with Kyra Sedgwick and Helen Mirren in SHOWTIME's LOSING CHASE, Kevin Bacon's directorial debut where he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Made-For-Television.
In 1993, Bridges won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his supporting role opposite Holly Hunter in the HBO project THE POSITIVELY TRUE ADVENTURES OF THE ALLEGED TEXAS CHEERLEADER MURDERING MOM. He also starred in CBS' THE MAN WITH THREE WIVES, the highest rated television movie of the season.
Bridges starred in the critically acclaimed HBO film WITHOUT WARNING: THE JAMES BRADY STORY, for which he won the Emmy and Golden Globe in 1991. In the film, written by Academy Award winner Robert Bolt, he portrayed former White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was shot and paralyzed during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
Bridges was honored by the National Society of Film Critics named Best Supporting Actor for his role in THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS.
He also starred with his father and son Dylan in THE SAND KINGS, the debut episode of the SHOWTIME series, OUTER LIMITS. For his performance Bridges received an Emmy nomination for Best Actor.
Bridges has also directed films, including THE WILD PAIR and SEVEN HOURS TO JUDGMENT, in which he also starred. In 1994, Bridges directed his father, Lloyd Bridges, and his son, Jordan Bridges, in a movie-of-the-week titled SECRET SINGS OF THE FATHER. He also directed Jordan in THANKSGIVING PROMISE, the highest-rated Disney television film ever broadcast at that time. His after-school Special DON'T TOUCH was nominated for an Emmy.
Bridges resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife Wendy, four sons, and one daughter.