Partner Jack Larson

Queer Places:
University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave, Conway, AR 72035, Stati Uniti
Oakwood Cemetery, Paris, Arkansas 72855, Stati Uniti

'''James Bridges'''[1] (February 3, 1936-June 6, 1993) was an American screenwriter, film director, producer and actor.

Bridges was born February 3, 1936 in Paris, Arkansas. He got his start as a writer for ''Alfred Hitchcock Presents'' after catching the attention of Norman Lloyd, a producer for the series.[2] One of his episodes, ''An Unlocked Window'', earned him a 1966 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Episode in a TV Series.

Bridges went on to write and direct a number of notable films, including ''The Baby Maker'', ''The Paper Chase'', ''September 30, 1955'', ''The China Syndrome'', ''Urban Cowboy'', ''Mike's Murder'', ''Perfect'', and ''Bright Lights, Big City''. Bridges was a mentor to actress Debra Winger.

In 1990, Bridges was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. He died of kidney failure and was pronounced dead at the UCLA Medical Center on June 6, 1993. He was 57 years old. He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in his hometown of Paris, Arkansas. Bridges was survived by his partner Jack Larson, his mother Celestine Wiggins and his sister Mary Ann Wiggins.[3] [4] [5]

The James Bridges Theater at University of California, Los Angeles was named in his honor in November 1999. Bridges was a faculty member there early in his career.


  1. ^ James Bridges, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  2. ^ cite web|url=http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/06/entertainment/la-et-jack-larson-20110706|website=latimes.com|accessdate=August 28, 2015
  3. ^ cite web|title=New York Times obituary|url=https://www.nytimes.com/1993/06/08/obituaries/james-bridges-57-a-film-maker-twice-nominated-for-oscars-dies.html|website=nytimes.com|date=June 8, 1993|accessdate=August 29, 2015
  4. ^ cite web|title=Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture|url=http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=2740|website=encyclopediaofarkansas.net|accessdate=29 August 2015
  5. ^ cite web|title=Variety obituary|date=June 7, 1993|url=https://variety.com/1993/scene/people-news/urban-cowboy-helmer-bridges-dies-107543|website=variety.com|accessdate=August 29, 2015