Jeff Bridges Announces He Has Been Diagnosed With Cancer

Matt Bagwell
·Head of Entertainment, HuffPost UK
·2-min read

Jeff Bridges has announced he has been diagnosed with lymphoma.

The 70-year-old actor said he was starting treatment and promised to keep fans updated.

He said the prognosis is “good”.

Jeff Bridges (Photo: SIPA USA/PA Images)
Jeff Bridges (Photo: SIPA USA/PA Images)

Announcing the diagnosis on social media, the Oscar-winner referenced one of his most famous characters and said: “As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma.

“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.

“I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

The actor ended the message by urging fans to vote in the presidential election, adding: “Because we are all in this together. Love, Jeff.”

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Fans and celebrities wished Bridges well following the diagnosis.

The actor is a Hollywood great who was born into a prominent showbusiness family in Los Angeles in 1949. His father was the actor Lloyd Bridges while his mother was actress Dorothy Bridges.

A career highlight came in 2010, with both Academy Award and Golden Globe wins for Best Actor for his performance as Otis ‘Bad’ Blake in Crazy Heart.

He is perhaps best known as middle-aged Jeffrey ‘The Dude’ Lebowski in 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski.

He 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, the actor, 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”.


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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.