Sean MacKenzie Bridgers (born March 15, 1968) is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer, known for his role as Johnny Burns on the HBO series Deadwood and on the SundanceTV original series Rectify as Trey Willis. Additional to many roles in television and film since 1991, Bridgers received acclaim and awards for the independent film Paradise Falls, which he wrote and produced.
Sean MacKenzie Bridgers
March 15, 1968
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, producer|
He received praise for his lead role in Lucky McKee's horror film The Woman and another Moderncine film, Jug Face, as well as notable roles in Sweet Home Alabama and Nell. He played Old Nick in the 2015 film Room.
Bridgers was born in 1968 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to Ben and Sue Ellen Bridgers. Ben was the tribal attorney for the Cherokee Indian tribe and published a memoir and books of poetry. Sue Ellen Bridgers is a novelist with seven published novels.
He graduated from St. Andrew's-Sewanee School and Western Carolina University. In interviews, Bridgers has mentioned that as a screenwriter he is influenced by his favorite author Mark Twain and developed an interest in acting after seeing Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies when he was 14 years old. Bridgers started watching everything by Tender Mercies screenwriter Horton Foote, and Duvall and Foote became his biggest creative influences.
Bridgers has received praise for a diversity of roles in both film and television, including his role as Johnny Burns on HBO's Deadwood, and his role as the father in Lucky McKee's feature film The Woman. His co-starring role in the southern-horror film, from writer/director Chad Crawford Kinkle's Slamdance award-winning screenplay, Jug Face, released by the studio Moderncine, was another performance in the horror genre. Bridgers received praise for his performance from FEARnet, Dread Central, Birth.Movies.Death, and Starburst Magazine critics, among others.
Bridgers has also received acclaim for his role as Trey Willis on Rectify, notably in one of the series' most talked about episodes in Season 3. Reviewer Nick Hogan, on tvovermind.com wrote, "this was one of the most gut-wrenching episodes of Rectify in some time. Mostly because Sean Bridgers does a masterful job portraying Trey..." Mark Walker wrote in The Copenhagen Post that Bridgers's performance as Old Nick in Room was "brilliantly restrained". Bridgers also stars in the critically acclaimed Epix show Get Shorty.
Bridgers, along with his producing and directing partner, Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot, have been developing a dark western, noted as a "Faustian western" that takes place in the South during the Civil War titled Arkansas Traveler. Bridgers wrote the original screenplay and is partners in the production company Travelin' Productions with Hemschoot, producing and shooting a trailer of the film featuring a cast including Garret Dillahunt and Angela Bettis. The resulting production was also released online as a Web series of the same name in June 2017.
Actor and filmmaker Ray McKinnon commented on Bridgers's screenplay:
Arkansas Traveler is one of the best un-produced scripts I have read in the last decade, it's not just the complex, larger narrative of the end of the Civil War and the amazing backdrop of the protagonist's travels, but Arkansas Traveler offers the continual smaller surprises of behavior and plot – of man's inhumanity to man [and woman and child and beast] and his infinite humanity. It's universal and timeless and must get made.
Bridgers and Hemschoot, under their production companies Travelin' Productions and Colorado animation studio Worker Studio are also developing an animated documentary about decorated World War II pilot John H. Ross.
|1992||Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice||Jedediah|
|1994||Getting In||Dumpster Hunter||Credited as Sean Bridges|
|1995||Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored||Mr. Bob|
|1997||Paradise Falls||Henry Bancroft||Producer and co-wrote with mother Sue Ellen Bridgers; won Southerneastern Media Award at Atlanta Film Festival, Best Feature at Hollywood Film Festival|
|2002||Sweet Home Alabama||Eldon|
|2003||Apple Jack||Les Danyou||Short film; the short won awards at L.A. Shorts Fest and Deep Ellum Film Festival|
|2008||A Night at the Zoo||Donny||Short film; producer, writer and co-director with Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot|
|2011||The Woman||Chris Cleek|
|2011||Blood on My Name||Thomas||Short film|
|2012||The Birthday Present||Dad||Short film; co-director with Michael Hemschoot. Bridgers's daughter Kate starred as Joey|
|2012||The Graveyard Feeder||Burke Sawyer||Short film|
|2014||The Best of Me||Tommy Cole|
|2015||Dark Places||Runner Day|
|2016||Free State of Jones||Will Sumrall|
|2016||The Magnificent Seven||Fanning|
|2016||The Whole Truth||Arthur Westin|
|2016||Elsie Hooper||Ridley Hooper||Short film|
|2016||Snake Heel||Leonard||Short film|
|2017||And Then I Go||Little Kid's Dad|
|2017||Thank You for Your Service||Sergeant Mozer|
|2018||The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot||Mr. Gardner|
|2019||Deathcember||Uninjured (segment "They Once Had Horses")|
|2020||The Weird Kidz||Sheriff||filming|
|1991||Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story||Ralph Welch||TV movie; credited as Sean Bridges|
|1995||Death in Small Doses||Mr. Carter||TV movie|
|1995–1998||American Gothic||Policeman / Deputy||2 episodes|
|1995||Murderous Intent||Dennis||TV movie|
|1996||Stolen Memories: Secrets from the Rose Garden||Jeff (Teen #1)||TV movie|
|1997||The Secret||Aaron Clemens||TV movie|
|1997||Close to Danger||Donna's Date||TV movie|
|1998–1999||Legacy||William Winters||11 episodes|
|2000||After Diff'rent Strokes: When the Laughter Stopped||Robert||TV movie|
|2000||Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family||Brian||Episode: "Turtle Soup"; credited as Sean Bridges|
|2004||3: The Dale Earnhardt Story||Neil Bonnett||TV movie|
|2004–2006||Deadwood||Johnny Burns||36 episodes|
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2006||Criminal Minds||James Charles||Episode: "The Boogeyman"|
|2006||Cold Case||Ty Sugar||Episode: "The Red and the Blue"|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Art Schuster||Episode: "Living Doll"|
|2008||12 Miles of Bad Road||Lyle Hartsong||6 episodes|
|2008–2009||Private Practice||Frank||2 episodes|
|2009||House Rules||Cameron Drummer||TV movie|
|2009||Saving Grace||Carl Lafong||Episode: "Do You Believe in Second Chances?"|
|2009||Bones||John Collins||Episode: "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken"|
|2009||Lie to Me||Harold Clark||Episode: "Tractor Man"|
|2010||The Mentalist||Ranger Tisdale||Episode: "Aingavite Baa"|
|2010||Justified||Virgil Corum||Episode: "The Hammer"|
|2010||True Blood||Big Bobby||Episode: "Hitting the Ground"|
|2011||Hart of Dixie||Leon Mercy||Episode: "The Undead & The Unsaid"|
|2011–2012||Raising Hope||Jack||2 episodes|
|2013–2016||Rectify||Trey Willis||17 episodes; seasons 1–4|
|2017||Arkansas Traveler||John Bones||3 episodes; written by, co-director with Michael Hemschoot|
|2017–present||Get Shorty||Louis Darnell||Main cast; 16 episodes|
|2017||Midnight, Texas||Sheriff Livingstone||2 episodes|
|2018||The Alienist||Sheriff Early||Episode: "Psychopathia Sexualis"|
|2019||Deadwood: The Movie||Johnny Burns||Television film|
|2011||L.A. Noire||Motion capture|
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- Martin, Philip. "ON FILM: Civil War film has potential for greatness if it gets made". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
- Reeves, Mary. "Old tales for new times: WW2 pilot's story to be filmed". Shelbyville Times-Gazette. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
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