Saturday, June 15

Beau Bridges On His New ‘Matlock’ Series And Dad Lloyd’s Famed Comedic Turns In ‘Airplane!’ And ‘Seinfeld’: “He Had The Look Of A Startled Fawn”

Star Beau Bridges is being honored in a location of unique significance to his household.

The star of The Fabulous Baker Boys The Descendants Norma Raeand more than 200 other movies and tv series got the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sonoma International Film Festival on Friday. His late daddy, star Lloyd Bridges, traced his roots to the town in California’s white wine nation.

“I can truly feel my father, Lloyd’s spirit here with me in Sonoma, since this is where he was raised,” Bridges informs Deadline. “He was born in San Leandro and raised in Sonoma on Spain Street. He was an altar kid at the St. Francis Church, and after that he relocated to Petaluma, went to Petaluma High School. This is his area, and to have this recognition here in the seat of our household, so to speak, is actually unique to me.”

Beau Bridges on-set in ‘Gaily Gaily’ in October 1968 Courtesy Everett Collection

Beau Bridges’ earliest efficiencies began the cinema in the late 1940s in Force of Evil No Minor Vicesand The Red PonyHis most current work– the lead function in The Neon Highwaya drama opening theatrically this month in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, and other cities. The star informs Deadline he has actually begun shooting the CBS series Matlockstarring opposite Kathy Bates in a program influenced by the traditional episodic legal drama of the 1980s and ’90s. It’s set to premiere later on this year.

“I had my very first couple days work simply a couple days earlier,” he states,”[shooting] at Paramount in L.A.”

In MatlockBridges stars as the head of a New York law office that uses Madeline “Matty” Matlock, a septuagenarian firecracker, played by Oscar winner Bates. “She’s going to be excellent in this,” Bridges states. “She’s truly amusing. It’s difficult for me to keep a straight face with her. She’s terrific.”

‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’ 20th Century Fox Film Corp./ Everett Collection

As part of the Lifetime Achievement honor for Bridges, the Sonoma celebration evaluated his 1989 movie The Fabulous Baker Boyswhich co-starred his more youthful sibling Jeff and Michelle Pfeiffer. The Descendantslaunched in 2011, paired him on screen with George Clooney.

“That was an enjoyable task. I’ve dealt with George now a couple times, and it’s constantly an enjoyment dealing with him,” Bridges states. “He’s such a terrific guy. And we shot it basically in our yard. We have a home in Hawaii.”

Beau, Lloyd and Jeff Bridges go to the 1989 Academy Awards March 3, 1989. Courtesy Everett Collection

Beau and Jeff Bridges matured in Los Angeles, where their daddy made his profession in movie and tv,

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