Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges announced Monday that he is being treated for lymphoma.
Bridges' Hollywood career stretches over six decades and has starred in more than 70 films including "True Grit" and "The Big Lebowski."
"I have been diagnosed with lymphoma," Bridges announced on Twitter, with a reference to "the Dude," his character in "The Big Lebowski." "Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I'm starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery."
As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light.— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good.
I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.
Bridges, 70, went on to express gratitude and urge everyone to take care of one another by doing their civic duty.
"I'm profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends," he wrote. "Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together."
Bridges is a seven-time Oscar nominee known for his roles in “Starman,” “True Grit,” “The Last Picture Show” and many other films. He won an Academy Award in 2010 for “Crazy Heart” and was most recently nominated for playing a grizzled lawman in “Hell or High Water.”
The affable Bridges is considered Hollywood royalty, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, who both died in 1998.
He received the lifetime-achievement award during the 2019 Golden Globes. The recognition, known as the Cecil B. DeMille Award, is given annually to someone who has made a lasting impact on the world of entertainment.
Past honorees have included Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Denzel Washington and Oprah Winfrey.
Support and condolences poured in as well, among them from actor George Takei of "Star Trek" fame and a prolific tweeter in his own right. "You're a fighter," Takei tweeted. "You can beat this."
Lymphoma is a form of cancer that affects the lymph system, or "tissues and organs that produce, store, and carry white blood cells that fight infections," according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin, which spreads in an orderly manner through lymph nodes, and Non-Hodgkin, which spreads in a non-orderly fashion, according to the CDC.
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