Lloyd Vernet “Beau” Bridges III is an American actor.
Bridges was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actor Lloyd Bridges and his college sweetheart, Dorothy Bridges. He was nicknamed “Beau” by his mother and father after Ashley Wilkes’s son in Gone with the Wind, the book they were reading at the time. He has one younger brother, Jeff–who is an Oscar-winning film actor, and one younger sister, Lucinda. His brother Garrett died in childhood of sudden infant death syndrome on August 3, 1948. He has shared a close relationship with Jeff, to whom he acted as a surrogate father during his earlier life when their father was busy with work. He and his siblings were raised in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles. In 1989, he starred opposite his brother in perhaps his best known role, as one of The Fabulous Baker Boys.
In 1949, Bridges played a secondary juvenile role in the movie The Red Pony. Wanting to be a basketball star, however, he played his freshman year at the University of California, Los Angeles, and later transferred to the University of Hawaii. He enlisted in the US Coast Guard in 1959 and also served for eight years in the Coast Guard Reserve.
In the 1962?1963 television season, Bridges, along with his brother, Jeff, appeared on their father’s CBS anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show.