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Bridges to Receive Service to America Leadership Award

Veteran actor’s efforts against childhood hunger have earned him industry recognition

Yes, he abides … and in June he’ll abide in Washington, to receive an award from the NAB.

Actor Jeff Bridges has been chosen to receive this year’s Service to America Leadership Award. Given by the NAB Education Foundation, it recognizes people and groups who work to improve lives of others through public service.

Bridges’ contributions include his work to end hunger among children in America as founder of the End Hunger Network, and as a national spokesperson for Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

The End Hunger Network began in 1983 and works with members of the entertainment industry to raise awareness. Bridges joined Share our Strength as spokesperson last year. The campaign hopes to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Bridges, one of several Bridges family members who had success in Hollywood, has been nominated for six Academy Awards and won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor for his role as Bad Blake in “Crazy Heart.” His recent roles include Rooster Cogburn in the Coen Brothers’ version of “True Grit” and his reprisal of the role of game programmer Kevin Flynn in “TRON: Legacy.” Among certain fans, he will forever be remembered for his role in “The Big Lebowski,” which made famous the phrase “the Dude abides.”

The honor will be presented during the Celebration of Service to America event at the Washington Convention Center on June 6.