Everybody’s favorite “Dude,” actor Jeff Bridges, announced on Twitter on October 19 that he’s been diagnosed with lymphoma, a potentially deadly form of cancer that’s found in the “bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, stomach, intestines and skin,” according to Cedars-Sinai.
In the Big Lebowski star’s announcement, Bridges wrote, “As the Dude would say.. New S*** 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.”
Bridges went on to thank his family and friends for their support and told the general public that he appreciates their “prayers and well-wishes.” He ended the tweet with a reminder for people to vote, saying, “We are all in this together.”
I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends.
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
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
Lymphoma Has 3 Grade Levels to Describe How Aggressive the Cancer Is but Bridges Didn’t Elaborate About His Diagnosis
Cedars-Sinai says lymphoma is categorized into three levels.
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 8, 2020
Low-grade lymphoma grows slowly and a person can have it for several years with no symptoms, yet “after five to 10 years, low-grade disorders begin to progress rapidly to become aggressive or high-grade and produce more severe symptoms,” according to Cedars-Sinai.
Intermediate-grade lymphoma can progress quickly if not treated, but in 50% to 75% of cases, people can go into remission with proper interventions, according to Cedars-Sinai.
Cedars-Sinai says high-grade lymphoma has to be treated aggressively, but with effective treatment, 50% to 75% of people go into remission if the interventions work.
Bridges did not say whether he has Hodgkin’s lymphoma or Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but according to the Mayo Clinic, “What lymphoma treatment is best for you depends on your lymphoma type and its severity. Lymphoma treatment may involve chemotherapy, immunotherapy medications, radiation therapy, a bone marrow transplant or some combination of these.”
Bridges Is an Iconic Actor Who Was in His First Movie as an Infant
Jeff Bridges made his first appearance in a movie in 1950, according to his webpage, in a film called The Company She Keeps. His name wasn’t credited for the part, which was called “Infant at Train Station.”
Born on December 4, 1949, the actor lists 85 movies on his website spanning from that first film right after he was born through a 2018 documentary called Living in the Future’s Past, which is described by IMDb as “original thinking on who we are and the life challenges we face. This film upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, and how our fundamental nature influences our future as mankind.”
While Bridges is probably best known for his role as “The Dude” in the 1998 Coen brothers cult classic The Big Lebowski, he was also in many popular movies that spanned the decades, with 91 acting credits listed on his IMDb profile.
Bridges starred in the 1976 version of King Kong.
In the 1980s Bridges’ star really began to rise as he stared in popular films like Tron, Against All Odds and The Fabulous Baker Boys, which he co-starred in with his brother Beau.
In 1991 Bridges made the hit movie The Fisher King with Robin Williams, and in 2003 he starred in the mega-hit Seabiscuit, which was nominated for seven academy awards.
In 2010 Bridges won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his part in the movie Crazy Heart, in which he played a hard-drinking country musician.
In 2011 Bridges starred in another Coen brothers film, the remake of True Grit. The movie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including a nomination for Bridges in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role category, according to IMDb.
Besides the 2010 Oscar win, Bridges has been nominated for Academy Awards six other times. He has won or been nominated for a multitude of acting awards over his long career.