Los Angeles, US, Oct 19 (efe-epa).- American Oscar-winning actor and star of “The Big Lebowski,” Jeff Bridges announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with a form of cancer known as lymphoma.
“As the Dude [his Big Lebowski character] would say.. New S**T has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma,” the actor wrote on Twitter.
“Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good,” he said.
Bridges, a seven-time Oscar nominee and 2010 Academy Award Best Actor winner for his role in “Crazy Heart,” said he was beginning treatment and would share his progress.
The 70-year-old took the opportunity to ask people to vote in the US presidential election scheduled for Nov. 3.
“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,” he added.
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the immune system responsible for fighting infectious and agents harmful to the body.
There are different types of lymphoma, and one of the most common is Hodgkin, although the actor has not given more details of his diagnosis.
Born in Los Angeles in 1949, Bridges is a veteran of the big screen who made his film debut in the early 1970s.
While he’s perhaps best known for playing The Dude in the Coen brothers’ cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” more of his most popular films include “The Last Picture Show,” “Iron Man,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” “Starman,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and “The Fisher King.”
Married since 1977 to Susan Geston and son of fellow actors Lloyd Bridges and Dorothy Bridges, Bridges has also stood out for his forays into other arts such as music and photography. EFE-EPA