The 70-year-old actor shared the news publicly through social media on Monday, referencing his The Big Lebowski character as he did so.
“As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,” Bridges wrote. “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.”
As the Dude would say.. New S**T 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. 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. Vote.org Love, Jeff
A post shared by Jeff Bridges (@thejeffbridges) on Oct 19, 2020 at 5:01pm PDT
Bridges, a seven-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actor winner for 2010’s Crazy Heart, went on to say he’s “starting treatment” and will keep fans “posted on my recovery.” He described himself as “profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends.”
He ended his message by saying, “And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together. http://Vote.org Love, Jeff.”
Bridges, of the Bridges acting family (his parents were Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, his older brother is Beau), has had his social media pages flooded with supportive messages from peers. Cary Elwes wrote, “We send you all good thoughts, meditations and prayers for a speedy recovery.” John Lithgow posted, “With the love and support of absolutely everyone, @TheJeffBridges willl do just fine #TheDudeAbides.”
We love you, Jeff. We send you all good thoughts, meditations and prayers for a speedy recovery. 🙏
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) October 20, 2020
— John Lithgow (@JohnLithgow) October 20, 2020
Mark Ruffalo, Kathy Griffin and Rosario Dawson were others sharing thoughtful words:
Sending you so much love, man.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 20, 2020
Jeff, sending you the wish, the hope, that you get everything you need and anything you want.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 20, 2020
Keeping the faith with you love!
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) October 20, 2020
sending love and light xxxx
— ROSIE (@Rosie) 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
Sending you and your family love and healing.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) 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
Sending you and your family so much love and to you healing! always remember meeting you and your wife so fondly. 💕🙏
— Karen Elson (@KarenElson_) October 20, 2020
Godspeed for rapid recovery
— Willie Garson 🇺🇸 (@WillieGarson) October 20, 2020
love ya dude. beat that shit!!!!
— Michael Rosenbaum (@michaelrosenbum) October 20, 2020
Sending love Jeff. 💥You got this.
— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) October 20, 2020
Love you always Jeff. We are with you and Susan all the way!
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) October 20, 2020
We’re pulling for you, Jeff!
— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) October 20, 2020
Every cool human on this planet is wishing you well brother. ✊️
— Sean Ono Lennon (@seanonolennon) October 20, 2020
Love to you and the whole family dear Jeff .you will get through this and you will be ok. God bless you
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) October 20, 2020
We love you, Jeff. You got this.
— Ed Helms (@edhelms) October 20, 2020
Sending you all the positive vibes from the TCM family. ❤️
— TCM (@tcm) October 20, 2020
Love from all here, sir.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) October 20, 2020
We're thinking of Oscar winning actor @TheJeffBridges who just announced that he's been diagnosed with #lymphoma. @ReeveWill shares the latest on his health...and @DrJAshton joins to explain his condition coming up @GMA.
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) October 20, 2020
Sending love and good thoughts, my friend.
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) October 20, 2020
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 20, 2020
And various lymphoma organizations sent well wishes too. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body's germ-fighting network, according to the Mayo Clinic.
You are not alone! There is a whole community here for you. 💪💪💪
— Lymphoma Research Foundation (@lymphoma) October 20, 2020
— The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (@LLSusa) October 20, 2020
Bridges started acting as an infant (1951’s The Company She Keeps) and his last film was 2018's Bad Times at the El Royale. He has been married to Susan Geston since 1977 and they have three daughters.
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