Theatre West kicked off their 50th Anniversary with a reception at the luxurious Montage Residences in Beverly Hills honoring actor Beau Bridges.
The event unveiled a drawing of the inaugural Betty Garrett Lifetime Achievement Award, designed by Lucinda Bridges to be awarded to Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Beau Bridges at the Theatre West 50th Anniversary Gala this September 13, 2012 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. Beau Bridges and his family, along with a host of entertainment industry friends, enjoyed cocktails and appetizers at a reception celebrating the kick-off of the 50th Anniversary of Theatre West.
Beau Bridges was born in 1941 to acting parents Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges. His younger brother is also-well-known actor Jeff Bridges. Both brothers appeared in a CBS anthology series on their father’s show in 1962 -1963 called The Lloyd Bridges Show. Beau worked steadily in television and film throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Feature films of note during this time were “The Other Side of the Mountain” (1975), “Greased Lightning” (1977), “Norma Rae” (1979), “Heart Like a Wheel” (1983) and “The Hotel New Hampshire” (1984). In 1989, he starred opposite his brother Jeff as one of The Fabulous Baker Boys. In the 1993–94 television season, Bridges appeared with his father in the 15-episode CBS comedy/western series, “Harts of the West”, set at a dude ranch in Nevada. In 1995, Bridges starred with his father and his son Dylan in “The Sandkings”, the two-part pilot episode of the Showtime science fiction series, “The Outer Limits”. In 1998, he starred as Judge Bob Gibbs in the one-season “Maximum Bob” on ABC. He had a recurring role in the Showtime series “Beggars and Choosers” (1999–2000).
From 2002 to 2003, he took on the role of Senator Tom Gage, newly appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in over 30 episodes of the drama series “The Agency”. In January 2005, he was cast as Major General Hank Landry, the new commander of Stargate Command in “Stargate SG-1″. He also played the character in five episodes of the spin-off series “Stargate Atlantis”. In November 2005, he guest-starred as Carl Hickey, the father of the title character in the hit NBC Comedy “My Name Is Earl”. Bridges’s character became recurring. Bridges received a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance.
Theatre West is an internationally acclaimed non profit arts organization in Hollywood, Calif. Established in 1962, Theatre West is the oldest continually running theatre company in Los Angeles. Their productions have toured both sides of the Atlantic, including the Edinburgh and Dublin Festivals, New York City, Atlanta, South Carolina, Seattle, San Francisco, and throughout California. Over the years Theatre West’s plays have transferred to Broadway (Spoon River Anthology, Aesop in Central Park) and to feature films (A Bronx Tale, Faithful). Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars have made Theatre West their artistic home, including Betty Garrett, Lee Meriwether, Richard Dreyfuss, Carroll O’Connor, Harold Gould, Beau Bridges, Martin Landau, Bridget Hanley and Philip Abbott.
Theatre West routinely gives back to the community through benefits for local schools, the Valley Jewish Storefront, Hollygrove Orphanage, S.T.A.G.E., APLA, Concern II and other groups. In 2006 alone they raised $6,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights A.I.D.S.