Look very closely at the picture!
Bill Jones The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Trivia Guide
Lloyd Bridges Trivia
 © Copyright 2003-13  Bill Jones    World Rights Reserved
The most comprehensive SEA HUNT Trivia Guide available anywhere!
Read more about it:   Sea Hunt Sparked Interest in Diving
Sea Hunt Trivia
Sea Hunt Episode Guide
Sea Hunt Principal Cast & Crew
Sea Hunt Guest Stars
Sea Hunt Fact or Myth
Sea Hunt FAQ
Sea Hunt Legacy
Sea Hunt Memorabilia
Sea Hunt Travel Guide
Lloyd Bridges Biography
Lloyd Bridges Trivia
    Enter The Scuba Guy Website

Sony / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has made SEA HUNT available at major DVD retailers.  Do not confuse these DVD's with the poor quality pirate DVD's offered on some websites.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Trivia Guide is the most referenced SEA HUNT trivia source in the world.

Email The Scuba Guy with your question or comment about The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Trivia Guide.

Editor Note:  Bill Jones, The Scuba Guy, is a PADI Master Instructor and a Published and Award-Winning Writer

These are a few of Lloyd Bridges favorite things:

Favorite SEA HUNT Episodes:  "Mark of the Octopus" and "Sixty Feet Below"
Favorite Movie:  "The Fabulous Baker Boys"
(1989) starring Beau and Jeff Bridges.
Favorite TV Show:  "Upstairs/Downstairs" (1971-75).
Favorite Actors:   His sons Beau and Jeff.
Favorite Song:  "Love In Bloom".
Favorite Treat:  Ice Cream.
Favorite Hobbies:  Tennis, spending time with his family, gardening, swimming, and Scuba Diving.
Favorite Historical Figure:  Shakespeare.
Favorite Charities:  American Oceans Campaign, Heal The Bay, and Earth Trust.

Lloyd BridgesPresident Taft awarded Bridges a trophy in 1913 for being the fattest baby in America.

Bridges was the son of Lloyd Vernet Bridges Sr. and Harriet Brown Bridges.

Bridges courted Dorothy Dean Simpson at the Monday afternoon socials at the Masons Lodge in Westwood while going to UCLA in 1932.  Member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Dorothy Dean Simpson and Lloyd "Bud" Vernet Bridges were married in 1938 and remained so until his death in 1998, almost 60 years! Bridges said, "My career, what there is (of it), didn't happen that easy. Thought I'd never get in the door. But I married someone who had faith in me. It helped. That's where a good marriage comes in". Bridges and his wife exchanged vows again for their 50th wedding anniversary.

The Bridges' raised three children.  Beau was born in 1941, Jeff in 1949, and (Lucinda) Cindy in 1954.  The Bridges' also had a fourth child in 1947 named Gary that died of sudden infant death syndrome.

Bridges credits being discovered by Sidney Buchman, one of Harry Cohen’s top writers at Columbia Pictures.  He said his first career break was being put under contract at Columbia. He said his most memorable project was directing "Othello" and playing the character of Yago.

Bridges admitted he had once been a member of the Communist Party during the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings (also known as "The McCarthy Red Scare" and "The Red Purge") but he wasn't blacklisted.

Bridges was in trouble again on February 19, 1956 after a live-television performance while playing Alec Beggs in "Tragedy in a Temporary Town" on "The Alcoa Hour" (1955-57).  Caught up in the heat of the live role moment,  Bridges yelled out "You g_d da_ned stinking pigs!"  NBC switchboards at Rockefeller Center in New York handled more than 500 calls about the profanity used in the broadcast.  In 1957, Bridges was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of "Best Single Performance by an Actor" for this performance.  Bridges would loose to Jack Palance for his performance in "Requiem for a Heavyweight" on "Playhouse 90" (1956-61) on CBS.

Bridges took some time to decide on accepting the role that would change his career forever to star in "Sea Hunt" (1958-61) because serious actors in those days didn't want to get stuck in a weekly television show.

"I think of Lloyd Bridges as one of the most underrated actors in our profession", said Leonard Nimoy.  "I was really intrigued with success of the show (SEA HUNT).  When things were really tough, I'd get in the car and drift by their (Bridges) house every once in a while and see if maybe Lloyd was out front on the lawn playing with his kids ... and maybe if we got to talking, he might get some idea for me in the next episode and call the producers and say ... I think it did happen ... it worked once or twice", admitted Nimoy.

In 1965, Gene Roddenberry offered Lloyd Bridges the lead role on the pilot for "Star Trek" (1966-68), but when Bridges turned him down, Jeffrey Hunter was chosen to play Captain Christopher Pike.  When NBC picked-up the show, Hunter had to be replaced because of Hunter's wife's extraordinary and 'ridiculous' compensation and perk demands for her husband.  And so, the main character name was changed from Pike to Kirk and Jack Lord turned down that role unless he could own 50% of the show and then William Shatner accepted.  The pilot wasn't aired in original runs of the show, but the character name-change would create the mechanism so that the pilot "The Cage" (1966) could be cut and re-cycled into a new story for a two-part episode "The Menagerie" (1966) that did air.  Many websites incorrectly report that Hunter refused to make the second pilot or do the series, but its clear that Hunter was willing to do the role with considerable additional compensation and perks as demanded by his wife.  Roddenberry was already trying to figure out how he was going to handle a spinning-out-of-control episode cost that was well above the generous Desilu episode budget.  It is also accurate to say that Roddenberry just didn't want to deal with Hunter's demanding wife for run of the series, so other actors were considered for the lead role.  No Star Trek episode ever came in under its Desilu budget and, along with the expensive "Mission Impossible" (1966-73), would lead to the financial death of Desilu Studios and it being sold to Paramount.  "Trek" and "Impossible" were new innovative TV shows that had been specifically selected to "save" Desilu from bankruptcy.  Roddenberry was born August 19, 1921 in El Paso and died October 24, 1991 in Santa Monica.  Hunter was born November 25, 1926 in New Orleans and died May 27, 1969 in Los Angeles.  Lord was born December 30, 1920 in New York City and died January 21, 1998 in Honolulu.  Shatner was born March 22, 1931 in Montreal.

Entertainment column writer Eddie Sherman said that he had breakfast one morning with Leonard Freeman, producer of "Hawaii Five-0" (1968-1980) at the Kahala Hilton.  Freeman told Sherman, “Wait here. I’m just gonna go next door (to the apartment building that Lord lived that is on the other side of the Kahala's square front driveway next to the parking garage) and fire Jack Lord.  He has meddled into my business for the last time.  The new star of Five-0 will be Lloyd Bridges”.  A half hour later Freeman returned to finish breakfast. “What happened?”, Sherman asked.  Freeman shook his head and said Lord “begged and pleaded for another chance . . . said he was sorry for what he did.  What could I do?  And, after all, he does a great job as McGarrett”.  In 2006, The Scuba Guy stayed at the Kahala and while standing on his balcony, thought about the shots made right there for Hawaii Five-0 and the chats that Freeman and Lord must have had.  Freeman died January 20, 1974.

Bridges, Hugh O’Brian, Aaron Spelling, and Dennis Weaver were business partners in the Whispering Waters Hotel (now senior living apartments) in Rancho Mirage.

Bridges was a member of Coast Guard Auxiliary in the 11th District and did a number of public service announcements for the Coast Guard.

Bridges owned a home in Westdale Village and then Mar Vista.  After his success with SEA HUNT, he moved to Westwood and later bought homes in Bel Air and Malibu.  The Bel Air home is just off Sunset Boulevard (near Beverly Glen Boulevard) in the 200 block of Loring Avenue in Bel Air.  The Malibu home is in the 21500 block of the Pacific Coast Highway

Bridges bought a Transformer I, a full-size electrically powered luxury car manufactured by Electric Fuel Propulsion Corporation in Troy, Michigan.  Bridges took delivery of the car at his Westwood home on October 8, 1976.

Bridges' Star on the Hollywood Walk of FameBridges' Star for TV on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the offices of the Screen Actor's Guild, not in front of a dive store.

Bridges loved people.  He was often seen around town, but never with bodyguards.  If a fan stopped Bridges for a conversation, he insisted on and enjoyed taking a moment to speak with the fan.  He was genuinely a nice guy and wanted to stay in-touch with people.

Jeff Bridges said, "It was a bit of a drag.  When SEA HUNT was in its heyday and ... we went to Disneyland ... he’d get stopped ... He was always very gracious with his fans.  He never had bodyguards or anything.  He didn’t really go in for the Hollywood fast life ... He was very much of a family man".

Shirley Jones, a longtime friend who played Bridges' girlfriend in the made-for-TV movie "Silent Night, Lonely Night" (1969) said, "He stood out for his kindness and integrity, as well as his acting.  He could combine comedy and drama and play a villain.  He was such a fine actor, a giving actor, and a gentleman".

"He's genuinely, and I say genuinely cause ... genuinely a good guy", said Martin Landau.

According to Dan Stradford at Action Duct Cleaning Company, "when our crew showed up to clean Lloyd Bridges' home heating ducts, they were invited to have breakfast with the Bridges".

Pat Collins, the "Hip" Hypnotist and Hypnotist to the Stars, hypnotized Bridges and Lucille Ball on television for a segment of the Lucy Show.  The last years of her career as an entertainer were mainly spent in her Sunset Strip club.  Her act featured hypnotized members of the audience singing, dancing, and doing silly stunts.  She was such a sensation that stars flocked to her club.  It is said that Bridges was hypnotized into believing he was swimming underwater through the club audience.  Several of her shows were videotaped and broadcast on cable television in the 1980’s.  Collins died on May 31, 1997 at her home in San Bernadino from a stroke.

When Matt Taibbi backed-up in a New York City elevator and stepped on Bridges toes, Taibbi turned around to apologize and Bridges simply introduced himself saying Hi, "I'm Lloyd Bridges".

Lily Wilde, an accomplished swing jazz vocalist, said "I remember going casually over to Lloyd Bridges' house with my father and sitting on Lloyd's lap.  I felt bad because I thought he smelled like fish and I wanted to get down, but I didn't want to hurt his feelings.  He was really a nice man".  Bridges didn't really smell like fish, but to a little girl that was being held by the star of her favorite TV show SEA HUNT, her imagination was running wild.

Bridges was selected as the first honorary member of the Wyland Foundation for opening "the world's eyes to the ocean "... his" legacy continues to inspire all of us who care about life in the sea".  The foundation's mission is to "inspire people to a greater awareness of our ocean planet".

Bridges accepted NAUI's "Honorary Scuba Instructor" award in September 1987.

Jerry Haleva ran into Lloyd Bridges at a fundraising event in 1992 and said "You don't know me but we co-starred in a picture together".   Bridges looked at Haleva like he was an idiot for a minute, and then said, "Wait a second ... you were Saddam.  You were great!  You've got a big part in the sequel".  Haleva asked, "There's a sequel"?  Haleva played Saddam Hussein in "Hot Shots!" (1991) appearing in the movie for about ten seconds and had a much larger part in "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993).  In a May 2004 letter, Haleva told The Scuba Guy that Lloyd Bridges "was one of the finest and kindest human beings I have ever met".  Haleva also appeared as Saddam in "The Big Lebowski" (1998), "Jane Austen's Mafia!" (1998), "The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest" (2002), and "Live From Baghdad" (2002).

Hilary Lawson who has a line of funky designer handbags and had a brief un-credited part in "Interview With a Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" (1994) claims that "One time I accidentally walked in on Lloyd Bridges going to the bathroom".  Lawson's career is full of behind the scenes anecdotes and this is one she tells.

In the 1990's, Bridges was occasionally seen driving up in a gray Lincoln Continental and shopping at Ralph's and the Sav-On Drug Store in the Malibu Colony Plaza mall located at the northwest corner of the 23800 block of the Pacific Coast Highway (West Malibu Road) and Webb Way near his Malibu home.  If a fan got his attention, he would stop and, with a big smile on his face, spend a few minutes talking with them.  He still enjoyed talking about SEA HUNT.

Bridges was regularly seen at Dan Tana's, a steakhouse in the 9000 block of  Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.  Dan Tana's is an Italian restaurant and Steakhouse that serves American, Continental, Italian, and Seafood.  The place is romantic, low light, and the seating is mostly red leather booths.  John Belushi ate one of his last dinner's here and Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges, Jay Leno, and Drew Barrymore are regulars today.  Spelling-Goldberg Productions, the producers of "Vega$" (1978-1981), liked the name so much that they got permission from the owner of the restaurant to use the name for  Robert Urich's character.

John O’Hurley (who played "J. Peterman" on "Seinfeld" (1990-98) said in 2005 that, “The show that made the biggest impression on me was SEA HUNT.  I watched Lloyd Bridges in it and that’s how I decided to be an actor. I’d act out the whole show in the bathtub. I was 3 or 4 at the time. When Lloyd guest starred on "Seinfeld" (1997), I told him the story, and he got such a kick out of it”.   O'Hurley narrates "The National Dog Show" every Thanksgiving Day following the Macy's Parade on NBC.

Bridges was loyal to friends and people he knew.  He had furniture worked on by Jose Ferrufino, a neighbor that worked out of his home in Mar Vista and later opened a store in Culver City.

Bridges used Gwilym Owen, a Master Jeweler at Johnson & Company located in the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.

The Bridge's family used Benoit's Studio Charis located at 200 South Lake Avenue in Pasadena for a family portrait.

The vest of TNT worn by Bridges playing Max O'Bannon in "Blown Away" (1994) was on display at Planet Hollywood in the South Coast Plaza mall in the 1600 block of West Sunflower Avenue in Costa Mesa. This Planet Hollywood was closed in 1999 and the building was torn down in 2000.

Dorothy Bridges, matriarch of this famed acting family, is known as "Dotty" to her friends.  But inside the family, she is affectionately known as "The General".  Bridges was referred to as "Bud" by a few close family members.

Lloyd Bridges starred in the award-winning Earth Trust educational TV production "WhaleSong" and received the "gold" award at the Houston International Film Festival in 1990In 1990, Bridges received the Gold Award at the Houston International Film Festival for his stirring narration of the award-winning Earth Trust educational TV production "Whale Song".

Bridges celebrated his 80th birthday with his family on the set of "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993).  Cast and crew witnessed the love among the members of the Bridges family.

Bridges picked up a new generation fans with his spoofed role as Steve McCrosky in "Airplane!" (1980) and thanks to Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker, the industry realized Bridges could be a comedic actor.  He proved it again in 1997 on "Seinfeld" (1990-98) playing Izzy Mandelbaum.

Bridges said that the best lesson he could teach his sons was that if you're doing something you really love, you can do it forever.  "I really exist when I'm working as an actor, and next to my family, that's my greatest joy in life".

In June of 1992, Bridges underwent open-heart surgery and was back at work in six weeks on "Hot Shots Part Deux" (1993) playing Tug Benson.

Bridges died in his Loring Avenue home in Bel Air California on March 10, 1998 of natural causes and was cremated.  He had suffered from a heart condition since 1992.  His wife Dorothy, son Beau and daughter (Lucinda) Cindy were at his side.  Beau Bridges said, "If dad could speak to those people who are thinking about him right now, he would want you to all think about family.  I think that was probably the most important thing to him" .

A memorial service was held for Lloyd Bridges at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood.  Bridges' children and grandchildren made speeches.  Betty Garrett Parks, producer-director "Airplane!" (1980), Jim Abrahams, and Jimmy Connors also spoke at the service.

Bridges starred in more than 150 motion pictures for film and television in an extraordinary career spanning over six decades.  Bridges was represented the Phil Gersh Agency and later by the William Morris Talent Agency.  Somehow, Bridges was more famous for being Lloyd Bridges than any part he ever played.

Bridges said that he wanted to be remembered for his concern for the good health of the earth.

You Caught Me KissingFor more than fifty years, Dorothy Bridges wrote a love poem to Lloyd every Valentine's day.  For Dorothy, Beau, Cindy, Jeff at book signing,  2005Valentines day 2005,  she published the book "You Caught Me Kissing: A Love Story" (© Copyright 2005, ibooks, distributed by Simon & Schuster) with several of these poems included.  The book is the story of the romantic saga of this legendary Hollywood couple told through vignettes written by Beau, Cindy, and Jeff Bridges.  Loaded with family photos and Dorothy's poems, the book is a tribute to their life-long romance.  Dorothy Bridges was born Dorothy Dean Simpson September 19, 1915 in Worcester Massachusetts and died February 16, 2009 in (Holmby Hills) Los Angeles of natural causes.

Email The Scuba Guy with your question or comment about The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Trivia Guide.

Editor Note:  Bill Jones, The Scuba Guy, is a PADI Master Instructor and a Published and Award-Winning Writer

Attention Publishers:  An un-shopped, un-published, narrative, 400 page manuscript of The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Trivia Guide is available for publication.

Read more about it:   Sea Hunt Sparked Interest in Diving
Sea Hunt Trivia
Sea Hunt Episode Guide
Sea Hunt Principal Cast & Crew
Sea Hunt Guest Stars
Sea Hunt Fact or Myth
Sea Hunt FAQ
Sea Hunt Legacy
Sea Hunt Memorabilia
Sea Hunt Travel Guide
Lloyd Bridges Biography
Lloyd Bridges Trivia
    Enter The Scuba Guy Website

Sea Hunt

Caution:  This text contains some minor deliberate errors for the purpose of prosecution of copyright infringement.
Questions & Comments:
The Scuba Guy