20 October 2020 02:40
Actor Jeff Bridges announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma. He started his post off with a reference to "The Big Lebowski," writing: "As the Dude would say… New sh– has come to light." Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good," Bridges continued. "I'm starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery." In a second tweet to the same thread, Bridges thanked his supporters and encouraged them to vote in the upcoming presidential election, linking to the website Vote.org. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes," Bridges tweeted. "Our thoughts go out to Jeff and his family during this challenging time and they have our love and support.
Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is the body's network that fights off diseases. Bridges most recently appeared in "Bad Times at the El Royale" in 2018 and is currently in production for the TV miniseries "The Old Man." Bridges has been nominated for a total of seven Academy Awards throughout his illustrious career, winning one for "Crazy Heart" in 2010. Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges has announced he has been diagnosed with lymphoma. The 70-year-old star of films including The Big Lebowski, Crazy Heart and True Grit said he was starting treatment and promised to keep fans updated. Announcing the diagnosis on social media, Oscar-winner Bridges referenced one of his most famous characters and said: "As the Dude would say..
Bridges has earned seven Oscar nominations over his career, most recently a best supporting actor nod for the 2017 heist film Hell Or High Water. At the 76th Golden Globes in 2019, Bridges, long considered one of Hollywood's most underrated stars before a flurry of late-career awards recognition, was honoured with the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement prize for his "incredible impact on the world of entertainment". Jeff Bridges says he is being treated for lymphoma and his prognosis is good. The actor channeled his The Dude character from "The Big Lebowski" in a statement on social media about the diagnosis Monday evening. He expressed gratitude to his family, friends and medical team and promised to keep fans posted on his recovery.
Personally, Bridges is one of my favorite actors of all-time, as his effortless yet gruff charisma has served as a calming influence and anchor across multiple films and decades, whether that be as the veteran lawman alongside Matt Damon in True Grit, the lead in sci-fi cult classics such as Tron, or his career-defining performance in iconic comedies such as The Big Lebowski. Bridges is one of the best actors of his generation and American pop culture in a better place because he's been a part of it. We wish Bridges a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him on the big screen again. Jeff Bridges shared heartbreaking news on Oct. 19: 'The Big Lebowski' star has been diagnosed with a cancer that affects the lymph system. Jeff Bridges, 70, has sadly been diagnosed with a type of cancer called lymphoma. The legendary actor used a line from his most iconic character "The Dude" in the 1998 film, The Big Lebowski, to gently break the news on Oct. 19. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma," Jeff tweeted on Monday evening. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I'm starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery. — Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020 Lymphoma is "a general term for cancers that start in the lymph system," according to the CDC, which reports that there are two types of lymphoma: Hodgkin lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (stars and well-known figures like Abby Lee Miller, Gene Wilder, Mr. T and Jackie Kennedy have battled various forms of lymphoma as well). I'm profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Love, Jeff — Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020 "I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I'm starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery," Jeff revealed. Despite suffering from such a disease, Jeff still managed to encourage his many fans to vote ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election in another tweet: "I'm profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Love, Jeff." Sending love and a big hug. You can beat this." Patricia Arquette — whose sister Rosanna Arquette starred alongside Jeff in the 1986 action flick 8 Million Ways To Die — chimed in, writing, "Sending you and your family love and healing," and comedian Kathy Griffin wrote, "Jeff, sending you the wish, the hope, that you get everything you need and anything you want." Sending you and your family love and healing. He has been nominated for seven Oscars throughout his lifetime for his roles in The Last Picture Show (1971), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Starman (1984), The Contender (2000), Crazy Heart (2010), True Grit (2010) and Hell or High Water (2017) — Jeff took home the Academy Award for his role in Crazy Heart.