Who is Todd Bridges?
Todd Bridges is an American actor, who is perhaps still best known for his starring role as Willis Jackson in the TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” in the 1970s and 80s. In addition, he is widely recognized for his memorable performances in TV series such as “Fish” and “Everybody Hates Chris”, as well as in films such as “Frankie D” (2007), “The Jerk Theory” (2009) and “That’s My Boy” (2012).
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Todd Anthony Bridges was born under the constellation Gemini on the 27e May 1965, in San Francisco, California, to talent agent James Bridges Sr. and actress and director Betty Alice Pryor.
He has two older siblings, a brother Jimmy Bridges and a sister Verda Bridges, both of whom are also actors.
Todd’s interest in acting started when he was six years old, when he was an avid viewer of the TV series ‘Sanford and Son’. To be acting career began two years later when, in 1973, at just eight years old, he made a film debut in an episode of the TV series “The Young and the Restless.” Over the next few years, he honed his skills through a series of small screen appearances in TV series “Police Story” and “Little House of the Prairie,” as well as in Primetime Emmy-nominated TV movies such as “Katherine,” ” A Circle of Children” and “A Killing Affair”.
Young people more famous Todd Bridges came in 1977, when he was cast for the recurring role of Loomis on the ABC TV series “Fish”.
The real breakthrough in Todd’s acting career took place in 1978 at the age of only 13, when he landed one of the main roles in the TV sitcom series “Diff’rent Strokes”. As Willis Jackson, he starred in more than 170 episodes of the show over its eight seasons before it was discontinued in 1986. For his performance, Bridges was honored with two nominations for the Prize for young artists in 1983 and 1984, as well as with two TV Land Award nominations. In addition, the sitcom produced a popular catchphrase ‘What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?’, often spoken by his co-star Gary Coleman.
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During the late 1970s, he made several notable guest appearances in TV series such as “Hello, Larry”, “CHiPs” and “The Facts of Life”. In 1988, he appeared in the horror thriller film “Twice Dead”, which was followed in 1989 by the comedy film “She’s Out of Control”. After appearing in the critically booed drama film “The Sounds of Silence” in 1992, Bridges was cast for the lead role in the action movie “Homeboys”. In 1996 he starred in the TV drama film “Circle of Pain”, while in 1997 he appeared in the films “The Girl Gets Moe” and “Hoover Park”. Towards the end of the 1990s, he was also seen in action drama films “The Waterfront” and “Flat Out”, as well as in the biographical drama film about himself and his own ‘rise, fall and riseentitled ‘Building Bridges’.
In the early 2000s, Todd Bridges added several big screen appearances to his professional portfolio, including starring roles in “Wrong Way to Sundance”, “The Climb”, “Baby of the Family” and “Land of the Free?”, as well as his directorial debut – the 2001 drama film “Flossin”. In 2006 he starred in the action movie “Last Call” before being cast for the title role in the drama movie “Frankie D”, for which he was awarded the Best Actor accolade at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. in 2008.
Between 2007 and 2009, he played the recurring role of Monk on the Golden Globe nominated sitcom series “Everybody Hates Chris”.
He then appeared in a series of supporting roles in films such as “The Apparition of Roxanne”, “King of the Underground” and “That’s My Boy”. In 2012, he appeared in the drama film “Turning Point”, while Todd starred in the 2014 comedy horror film “College Fright Night”. In 2016, he was a guest in “Dependent’s Day”, after which he appeared in films “Chasing Gold” and “Nightblade”.
Between 2016 and 2020, Bridges occasionally appeared in the role of Dante Lewis in the TV drama series “Sangre Negra”, while some of his most recent on-screen appearances include films such as “Justice on Trial: The Movie 20/20” and “I have five out of 3”.
In addition to his acting career, Todd Bridges has also appeared in several music videos, including Moby’s “We Are All Made of Stars” and “Howlin’ for You” by The Black Keys. In 2008, he was a contestant on the TV reality show “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling” – as a member of the Team Beefcake, he wrestled under the name “Mr. Not So Perfect’, and reached the final where he was defeated by basketball player Dennis Rodman.
When it comes to his private life, Todd was married to Rebbeca between 1989 and 1991, while since May 1998 he has been married to Dori Bridges with whom he has welcomed a son named Spencir.
From one of his previous relationships, he also has a daughter named Bo J. Rushing.
At age 15 Todd started smoking marijuana and over the years developed a crack and methamphetamine addiction. To support these habits, he started dealing drugs during his 20s and was eventually jailed for cocaine possession and assault. In 1989 he was detained for alleged attempted homicide, but was found not guilty. In late 1992, he was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm and for transporting narcotics after Burbank police found a gun and methamphetamine in his car. He was eventually released on $10,000 bail.
In 2008 Todd Bridges published a book titled “Killing Willis: From Diff’rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted” – his memoir in which he wrote about his childhood, criminal actions and drug addiction, as well as an attempt to distance himself from his character from Willis Jackson.
Speaking of Todd Bridges’ wealth as of mid-2020, authoritative sources to have estimated that his net worth revolves around the sum of $250,000 acquired through his acting career since 1973. It would no doubt be slightly higher, except for his brushes with the law.