Jeff Bridges has been a staple in Hollywood for decades. But the last two years have been tough for the veteran actor. While many knew he was struggling with his health…
Not many might have known just how serious his condition was…
It is no secret that Jeff Bridges was diagnosed with cancer and recently went into remission. The actor publicly revealed his cancer diagnosis in October 2020 and was immediately inundated with well wishes and prayers from fans around the world.
He tweeted to let his fans know, saying, “Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good.”
He kept his fans updated about his life as he fought cancer. In December 2020, after celebrating his 71st birthday the actor tweeted that he has been “feeling good.”
While he had been getting treatment for his cancer, the actor also tested positive for Covid-19. His wife Susan Geston also tested positive.
Having to fight off the virus as well as get treatment for cancer at an advanced age takes a huge toll on the body. And while he kept a brave front for his fans so as not to worry anyone, the actor was suffering.
Now, in January 2022 as the actor has made his comeback into Hollywood and is healthy again he has opened up about the struggles he has gone through in the last two years.
On Sunday, he was honored with Lifetime Achievement at the 2023 Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The award was presented to him by longtime friend and Big Lebowski co-star John Goodman. The actor dedicated the award to his late father, Lloyd Bridges.
The actor was so overwhelmed at the win that he forgot to share all of the remarks he had prepared beforehand. Later on, in the press room after the show when he was able to catch his breath and gather his thoughts, he shared a few details which shocked everyone.
The 73-year-old actor said, “I was sick for two years — with cancer and COVID — and when I talked about my family … I wanted to, you know, talk about their support during that time,” He further went on to add honestly, “I didn’t think I was going to make it at all, let alone get going back to work.”
Having battled not just cancer but also Covid-19 must have taken an immense toll on his physical and mental health. Nevertheless he overcame his diagnosis and fought off the virus. And now the actor is back to work!
He talked about being back on set, saying, “But because they supported me so beautifully, I was able to go back and finish The Old Man. We were stopped in the middle of the season and it was very surreal. It was like we had a two year long weekend ya know?”
He talked about how the last two years felt like a dream to him, saying, “I’d say to Amy Brennamen and [John] Lithgow, and say, ‘I had the weirdest dream guys. I was in the hospital. I couldn’t believe it. But their support during those times — and also The Old Man. Doing that show was terrific and I’m so happy we’re going to do another season starting in March.”
We are so happy for Jeff Bridges. He is healthy once again and doing well. We look forward to seeing him on-screen again.
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