- Won "America's Fattest Baby" trophy when he was born, given to him by then-President William Howard Taft.
- Was pre-law at UCLA, studying Political Science, but chose to try acting before applying to law school.
- Made his Broadway debut in Othello in 1937.
- Blacklisted in the 1950s because of his involvement with The Actors' Lab, a radical theater group.
- Breakthrough was in 1958 as diver Mike Nelson on the syndicated series Sea Hunt.
- Had a career resurgence later in life playing dim-witted authority figures in parody movies like Airplane! (1980), Hot Shots! (1991) and Mafia! (1998).
- 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1957, Emmy — Best Single Performance by an Actor: Nominee
- Dorothy Dean — Wife
- Lucinda Louise Bridges Cunningham — Daughter
- Harriet Bridges — Mother
- Jeff Bridges — Son
- Lloyd Vernet Bridges Sr. — Father
- Beau Bridges — Son
- Garrett Myles Bridges — Son
- University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States (1936)
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