Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges to receive Service to America Leadership award

MUMBAI: Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges, whose career in film and television spans decades, will receive the 2011 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation.

Bridges’ acting credits include six Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his part as Bad Blake in the 2009 film Crazy Heart. Bridges is also dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America through his leadership roles as founder of the End Hunger Network and national spokesman for Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Considered NABEF’s highest honor, the Service to America Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service. The award will be presented during the Celebration of Service to America gala held Monday, June 6, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

"Mr. Bridges’ enduring popularity and critical acclaim are a testament to his tremendous talent as an actor. He is also a remarkable humanitarian, and it is for his extraordinary efforts in ending childhood hunger in America that we proudly honor him with this prestigious award," said NABEF president Marcellus Alexander.

Bridges’ film credits include his role as Rooster Cogburn in the 2010 remake of True Grit, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.