Bridges at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, New York on October 17, 2009.
Todd Anthony Bridges|
May 27, 1965
San Francisco, California, United States
Todd Anthony Bridges (born May 27, 1965) is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his role as Willis Jackson on the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, and for his recurring role as Monk on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. He was a comedic commentator from 2008-2013 on the television series TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest....
Bridges was born May 27, 1965, in San Francisco, California. He is the son of Betty Alice Pryor, an actress, director, and manager, and James Bridges, Sr., an agent. Bridges' brother Jimmy Bridges, nieces Penny Bridges, Brooke Bridges and Rachel Bridges and sister Verda Bridges are all actors. Bridges' son, Spencir Bridges (born July 15, 1998), from his divorced wife Dori Bridges née Smith, is also a child actor and appearing in the film Daddy Day Camp and an iCarly episode. Bridges has a daughter, Bo Bridges, from a previous relationship.
In his 20s, Bridges battled a crack cocaine addiction for several years. In 1988, he was arrested and tried for the attempted murder of Kenneth "Tex" Clay, a Los Angeles area drug dealer who, prosecutors argued, had been shot by Bridges. Bridges pleaded not guilty to the charges and was represented by the high-profile defense attorney Johnnie Cochran. Cochran successfully portrayed Bridges as an abused minor who had been driven to drugs by an exploitative entertainment industry, and was now being unfairly framed. A witness finally testified that Bridges was not present at the time of the shooting. Bridges was acquitted of all charges by a jury.
Bridges appeared on The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie, and appeared in the landmark miniseries Roots. He was a regular on the Barney Miller spinoff Fish. But it was as Willis Jackson on the long-running sitcom Diff'rent Strokes that he made his name, along with fellow co-stars Conrad Bain, Dana Plato and Gary Coleman. Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey and Charlotte Rae are Diff'rent Strokes' only surviving cast members.
Bridges appeared as a contestant on a 2006 celebrity episode of Fear Factor, but was eliminated after the first stunt. In January 2007, he appeared as a member of the "mob" on the US version of the game show 1 vs. 100. He appeared on MyNetworkTV's new show, Decision House with his wife, Dori Bridges, on the episode titled, "Burned Bridges" aired on November 14, 2007. He also had a recurring role on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris.
In March 2008, Bridges appeared on truTV's TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest...; he continues to appear as a frequent commentator. That same year in October, he debuted as one of the contestants on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling on the CMT Network. He was a member of Team Beefcake (coached by former wrestler Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake). On the show, Bridges' wrestling persona was the character "Mr. Not So Perfect." In one episode, he put the smack down on Tonya Harding with a lead pipe. The judges praised him for his athleticism and his cunning at defeating Harding. After reaching the finals along with Butterbean and Dustin Diamond, Bridges was defeated by Dennis Rodman.
In 2015, Bridges was the host of a live game show, Lovers or Losers: The Game Show, at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bridges wrote a book, Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted, discussing his childhood sexual abuse, drug addiction, criminal charges, and efforts to establish a public identity independent of the character, "Willis," he portrayed. He appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on April 28, 2010, to discuss the troubled past he chronicles in his memoir.
He appeared as a contestant on the Fox reality show Skating with Celebrities, but was eliminated on the second episode of the show because he was using roller skates instead of ice skates. Fans were surprised he made it past the first episode. Todd Bridges defeated Vanilla Ice on a 2002 episode of Celebrity Boxing.
Bridges has appeared in a few music videos. His first music video appearance was in Penny Ford's 1984 single "Change Your Wicked Ways". Almost fifteen years later, he made a cameo in Moby's 2002 music video for "We Are All Made of Stars". In 2011, he appeared in the video for The Black Keys single "Howlin' for You".
In 1998, Todd Bridges and his brother James Bridges were credited with saving the life of a 51-year-old paraplegic woman, Stella Kline. The woman nearly drowned when her wheelchair rolled into a lake while she was fishing. Quoting Kline, "I was thanking God that he was there, and you know, everybody's been saying nothing but bad stuff about Todd Bridges on the news and in the papers... He has a heart of gold." Todd Bridges remarked on the rescue, "We felt God put us there at the right time to save this lady's life, because there was no one else around."
|1989||She's Out of Control||Water Man||Ind. film|
|1992||The Sounds of Silence||Joe Goodman||Ind. film, co-starring Dana Plato|
|1992||Homeboys||Johnny Davis||Ind. film, co-starring David Garrison|
|1997||The Girl Gets Moe||Dr. Glick||Ind. film starring Tony Danza|
|1997||Hoover Park||Ind. film co-starring Laura Harring|
|1998||The Waterfront||Directed by John M. Sjogren|
|1999||Flat Out||Dr. Acosta||Directed by John M. Sjogren|
|2000||The Thief & the Stripper||Burn||Directed by John M. Sjogren & co-starring Michael Madsen|
|2002||The Beach House||Todd|
|2002||Welcome to America||Easy T||Directed by John M. Sjogren, co-starring Michael Madsen|
|2002||Scream at the Sound of the Beep||Lamar|
|2002||Pacino is Missing||Harrison Dodge|
|2002||Baby of the Family||Ted|
|2003||Pauly Shore Is Dead||Cameo|
|2003||Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail||Power Plant Guard||starring Jack Wagner|
|2004||Land of the Free?||Alex|
|2004||Curse of the Maya||Ruben Herardo|
|2005||Treasure N'Tha Hood||Henry Nails||Ind. film, directed by Greg Carter|
|2005||Issues||Carson||Ind. film, co-starring Laz Alonso|
|2005||I Got Five on It (film)|
|2007||Frankie D||Frankie D||Ind. film|
|2008||Darkroom||Charles the Barkeep||Ind. film, directed by Iosua Tai Taeoalii|
|2009||See Dick Run||ATM||Ind. film, co-starring Kel Mitchell and Page Kennedy|
|2009||I Got Five on It Too||Jimmy||Ind. film|
|2009||The Jerk Theory||Waiter (uncredited)||Starring John Henderson|
|2010||Big Money Rustlas||Scruffy Scrub #3|
|2010||The Apparition of Roxanne||Officer Johnston|
|2010||Do Me a Solid||Maurice||Short Film, co-starring Brent Huff|
|2011||King of the Underground||Todd||Co-starring Paula Jai Parker and Malcolm-Jamal Warner|
|2012||That's My Boy||Himself||Cameo|
|2014||Monsters on Main Street||Larry Goleman||Ind. film|
|2014||College Friday Night||Ind. film, co-starring Sara Fletcher|
|2016||Dependent's Day||Hank Wright||Ind. film|
|2016||Precious Mettle||Sam||Ind. film|
|2016||The White Sistas||Bishop Wilkins||Post-Production, directed by Paula Jai Parker|
|2016||Dead Ringer||Detective Billington||Post-Production, directed by Johnny Kearns|
|2016||Bar Chronicles||The Customer||Post-Production, Ind. film|
|2016||Nightblade||Detective Francesco||Post-Production, directed by Jim O'Rear|
|2016||Renaissance Man||Todd||Ind. film, screenplay by Kenneth del Vecchio|
|2016||Hospital Arrest||Prosecutor Denuyl||Ind. film, screenplay by Kenneth del Vecchio|
|2017||The Deaf Kid||Harold||Pre-Production, Ind. film|
|2017||Nat Turner: Story of A Prophet||Jack Waller||Pre-Production|
|1975||Barney Miller||Truman Jackson||1 episode|
|1975||The Orphan and the Dude||Leonard Brown||TV Movie, directed by James Frawley|
|1976||Police Story||Little Walter||1 episode|
|1977||Little House on the Prairie||Solomon Henry||1 episode|
|1977||A Circle of Children||Todd||TV Movie, directed by Don Taylor|
|1977||A Killing Affair||Todd York||TV Movie|
|1977-1978||Fish||Loomis||Main role, 35 episodes|
|1977-1978||The Waltons||Josh Foster||2 episodes|
|1978||The Love Boat||Michael Jr.||1 episode|
|1978-1986||Diff'rent Strokes||Willis Jackson||Main role, 169 episodes|
|1979||The Return of Mod Squad||Jason Hayes||TV Movie|
|1979||CHiPs||Todd Bridges (uncredited)||1 episode|
|1979||Hello, Larry||Willis Jackson||3 episodes|
|1979-1981||The Facts of Life||Willis Jackson||2 episode|
|1980-1981||Here's Boomer||Turk/Benny||2 episodes|
|1983||High School U.S.A.||Otto Lipton||TV Movie, directed by Rodney Amateau|
|1988||Twice Dead||Petie||TV Movie|
|1991||The New Lassie||Deputy Kirby||1 episode|
|1992||The Ben Stiller Show||Todd Bridges||2 episodes|
|1996||Circle of Pain||TV Movie, co-starring Rosalind Cash|
|1997||L.A. Heat||Trevor||1 episode|
|2000||The Darkling||Baron||TV Movie, directed by Po-Chih Leong|
|2001||Son of the Beach||Todd Bridges||1 episode|
|2002||The Rerun Show||T.J. Davis||1 episode|
|2002||The Young and the Restless||Juice||8 episodes|
|2004||Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't||The Man||TV Movie|
|2005||Alien Express||Peter||TV Movie|
|2007-2009||Everybody Hates Chris||Monk||17 episodes|
|2012||World's Dumbest||Himself||1 episode|
|2014||Hotel P||Bryce||1 episode (pilot)|
|2015||Roommates on Elm Street||The Landlord||3 episodes|
|2016||2064: Read Only Memories||Hayden Webber|
- Todd Bridges with Sarah Tomlinson, Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted, Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, December 2008 (ISBN 9781439148983)
- ↑ "Todd Bridges". nytimes.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
- ↑ "Todd Bridges Biography (1965-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- ↑ "'Diff'rent Strokes' Star Todd Bridges Divorcing". yahoo.com. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- ↑ "PLUS ENTERTAINMENT". highbeam.com. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- ↑ "Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted: Todd Bridges, Sarah Tomlinson: 9781439148983: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- ↑ "Former Child Star Todd Bridges' Darkest Days". Oprah.com. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- ↑ Kantor, Justin. "Interview: Penny Ford – The Power of Experience". blogcritics.org. Blogcritics Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
- ↑ Stephen M. Silverman. "Bridges's Latest Strokes". People.