After announcing last month that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma, Jeff Bridges has given his fans an update on his condition.
Jeff Bridges posted a photo of himself on Instagram in a gown and with a portable IV, saying, “I want to thank you all for reaching out during this time, it feels good getting all the well wishes and love!” Bridges also directed readers to his site where he posted a longer message to fans:
“This cancer thing is bringing on feelings of preciousness, and gratitude, and good old fashion love, and lots of it, big time. I’m feeling so much of it comin’ my way, and man, I appreciate it. It’s contagious, all this love, like some kind of positive virus. I want to acknowledge and thank you guys for reaching out during this time. It feels good, getting all the well wishes and love!”
Jeff Bridges also continued, “This cancer is making me appreciate my mortality, appreciate impermanence. I’m realizing if I have shit to share, now’s the time.” Following this message were links to several of Bridges’ various projects, including a song from Jeff Bridges and the Abiders entitled “My Welcome Mat,” the website to Living in the Future’s Past, a National Geographic film produced and presented by Bridges, and a conversation with Bridges and Breedlove owner Tom Bedell about making wooden musical instruments while still preserving forests.
When Jeff Bridges announced his lymphoma diagnosis on October 19, 2020, he stated that he had already started treatment and that he would keep fans posted about his recovery. He also said that his prognosis is good and that he had a great team of doctors working with him. He also reminded his audience to vote, because “we are all in this together.”
Beyond providing the narration for Living in the Future’s Past in 2018, Jeff Bridges was last seen in the Drew Goddard-directed film Bad Times at the El Royale. The previous year, Bridges also acted as narrator in Dream Big, and appeared in The Only Living Boy in New York, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Only the Brave.
Currently listed as filming, Jeff Bridges’ next project is The Old Man, an upcoming thriller miniseries for FX. Based on the 2017 book by Thomas Perry, Bridges plays David Chase, a former intelligence officer living off the grid who discovers that he’s the center of an assassination plot, and must bring himself back into his former life. The show will also star John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, and Alia Shawkat, with The Leftovers’ Bill Heck playing the younger version of Chase. It is unclear when the show will debut.
Even though Jeff Bridges has been consistently working since the early 1970s, when films like The Last Picture Show and 1976’s King Kong made him a star, the actor has been remarkably busy over the last decade or so. In 2009, Bridges received his first Academy Award for Best Actor in Crazy Heart. Since then, he’s been nominated twice more, for Best Actor as Rooster Cogburn in the 2010 Coen Brothers film True Grit, and as Best Supporting Actor in 2016’s Hell or High Water.
In addition to appearing in films like Tron: Legacy, The Giver and The Men Who Stare at Goats, Jeff Bridges has also started a music career. Beyond providing his own singing in Crazy Heart, Bridges has also released two albums of his own in the last decade: 2011’s Jeff Bridges, and 2015’s Sleeping Tapes.
Our thoughts are with Jeff Bridges, and we hope he has a speedy recovery in this battle against lymphoma. If anyone can fight it, it’s Bridges. And I don’t know about you, but I take comfort in that. It’s good knowing he’s out there, The Dude.