Jeff Bridges to Topline FX Drama The Old Man

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The Dude is about to make the transition from the silver screen to the small screen.

Jeff Bridges will star as a retired CIA officer in an adaptation of The Old Man, a novel by Thomas Perry. 

Written by Jon Steinberg & Robert Levine, The Old Man is executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Steinberg, Dan Shotz, Levine, Jeff Bridges and David Schiff.


The Old Man centers on Dan Chase (Bridges) who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since.

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When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past.

Production of the pilot episode begins this fall.


“Jeff Bridges is an iconic, extraordinary actor and to have him as the star of this series is an incredible moment for FX,” said Nick Grad, President Original Programming, FX Entertainment.

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“Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have delivered an amazing pilot script and Jeff is perfect for the role of Dan Chase.

"We’re also happy to be working with Warren Littlefield, with whom we’ve had such a terrific partnership on Fargo, along with our partners at Fox 21.

"Jeff Bridges is one of the most important actors of his generation."


The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios in association with The Littlefield Company. 

John Landgraf, Eric Schrier, Gina Balian, Nick Grad and their team at FX have built a home for content of unparalleled quality.

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Bert Salke and his team at Fox 21 have developed a sterling track record for generating said content. And Warren Littlefield has forgotten more about making great television than we will ever know.

To call this a project a dream opportunity for us is almost certainly a gross understatement,” said Steinberg.


Jeff Bridges is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actor known for some of the most iconic roles in entertainment.

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Bridges’ career began in television as a young actor who quickly received a steady stream of feature roles.

Some of his more notable credits TRON, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Last Picture Show, Starman and his famed role as “The Dude” in The Big Lebowski.


More recent credits include Hell or High Water, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Bad Times at the El Royale and Crazy Heart, the 2009 feature for which he won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Jon Steinberg, Dan Shotz and Robert Levine are teaming back up on The Old Man after their four-season run making the Emmy-winning Black Sails for STARZ.

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Black Sails was co-created and executive produced by Steinberg and Levine and executive produced by Shotz.

Steinberg and Shotz recently signed an exclusive overall deal with Fox 21 for all TV development.

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