Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges has brought audiences an array of incredible performances, from The Last Picture Show to Starman, Crazy Heart, True Grit, Hell or Highwater, and—of course—The Big Lebowski. Bridges carries with him a warm confidence and easy affability that makes him believable in his bravado whether he’s playing a grizzled cowboy or a carpet-seeking stoner. All of this is to say, Bridges has given audiences a wealth of joy. So, it’s with a heavy heart that we report he’s been diagnosed with cancer.
Nonetheless, it’s not all bad news. Bridges shared the news on Twitter yesterday in a pair of tweets, in which he says his “prognosis is good.”
As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light.— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
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.— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together. https://t.co/6sAU4MYixl
It is unknown which form of lymphoma he has. However, his attitude is optimistic. He thanked followers for hopes and prayers but then encouraged them to get out there and vote.
THR notes Bridges is in production on the FX action-drama series The Old Man, in which he stars and executive produces. The team behind the show, which is slated to debut in 2021, released the following statement:
“Our thoughts go out to Jeff and his family during this challenging time and they have our love and support. We wish him a safe and full recovery. And, as Jeff always says, ‘We are all in this together.’ Jeff, we are all in this together with you.”
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Bridges’ mentions were full of love and support. Among the famous folk who wished him well were Jimmi Simpson, Billy Jensen, James Urbaniak, Barbara Crampton, Patricia Arquette, Donal Logue, Rosie Perez, Olivia Wilde, and George Takei.
We’ll be here reflectin all the light you’ve shown us back onto ya, sir. Godspeed to a full recovery. ❤️— Jimmi Simpson (@jimmisimpson) October 20, 2020
Dude, you had our back for so many years. Now we have your back.— Billy Jensen (@Billyjensen) October 20, 2020
You are one of the all-time best, get well soon!— James Urbaniak (@JamesUrbaniak) October 20, 2020
Dude, sending you the very best and most fervent good thoughts for your treatment and recovery. You’ve given us so much, take all these kind thoughts now from your abundant loving fans. We are all sending you the best vibes and lots of love x— Barbara Crampton (@barbaracrampton) October 20, 2020
Sending you and your family love and healing.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 20, 2020
.@TheJeffBridges is such a treasure- God look over him- good thoughts, vibes, prayers, & love will carry him as he addresses his lymphoma- not with anger- but with "you don't need to be in my body right now," energy.— donal logue (@donallogue) October 20, 2020
Oh my. Man. My prayers are with you my friend. Sending love and a big hug. xo— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) October 20, 2020
I love you so much, Jeff.— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) October 20, 2020
You’re a fighter. You can beat this.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 20, 2020
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