“As the Dude would say… New S**T has come to light.”
Acclaimed actor Jeff Bridges has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system when abnormal white blood cells grow.
“Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good,” Bridges, aged 70, shared on Twitter. “I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”
In a follow-up tweet, the actor said he was “profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends.” He also added a reminder for everyone to ensure they vote as the US election fast approaches.
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
The Oscar winner has been filming an action-drama series titled The Old Man, which is set for a Hulu release in 2021. Based on the novel by Thomas Perry, Bridges will be playing former CIA agent Dan Chase, who absconded decades ago and has been living off the grid since. Everything takes a turn when an assassin arrives and tries to take him out, pushing the old operative to reconcile his past.
FX, Touchstone Television, Hulu and FXP had the following to say in a joint 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.”
Bridges earned a Best Actor Oscar for Crazy Heart (2009) and has a lengthy resume of beloved films that includes The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, TRON, Hell or High Water, Starman, True Grit (2010) and Seabiscuit (2003), among many others.
Wishing him all the best on the road to recovery.