Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges diagnosed with lymphoma

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Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges has announced he has been diagnosed with lymphoma.

The 70-year-old star of films including The Big Lebowski, Crazy Heart and True Grit said he was starting treatment and promised to keep fans updated.

He said the prognosis is "good".

Announcing the diagnosis on social media, Oscar-winner Bridges referenced one of his most famous characters and said: "As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I'm starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.

"I'm profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."

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Actor Jeff Bridges celebrates backstage after winning the best actor Oscar for his role in "Crazy Heart" at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES) (OSCARS-BACKSTAGE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Cast member Jeff Bridges walks by firemen as he arrives at the premiere for "Only the Brave" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Actor Jeff Bridges arrives at the 89th Oscars Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Jeff Bridges shows his hands after placing them in cement during a ceremony in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California U.S., January 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Actor Jeff Bridges takes the stage at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Susan Bridges and Jeff Bridges attend the premiere of "The Giver" in New York August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast members Jeff Bridges and Odeya Rush pose at a press line for the movie "The Giver" during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Jeff Bridges performs during Lebowski Fest at the Wiltern theatre in Los Angeles, California April 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Jeff Bridges accepts The Original Dude award at the seventh annual Spike TV's "Guys Choice" awards in Culver City, California June 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)
Actor Jeff Bridges (R) accepts The Original Dude award from actor Jake Gyllenhaal, dressed like the character of The Dude from "The Big Lebowski," at the seventh annual Spike TV's "Guys Choice" awards in Culver City, California June 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Cast members Jeff Bridges (L) and John Goodman arrive at an event celebrating the Blu-ray release of the film "The Big Lebowski" in New York August 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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Actor Jeff Bridges performs during his sound check ahead of his concert at Troubadour club in West Hollywood, California, June 28, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)
Actors Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges (L-R) pose during a photocall to promote the movie 'True Grit' at the 61st Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 10, 2011. The Berlinale International Film Festival runs from February 10 to 20, 2011. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Jeff Bridges and his wife Susan attend the 19th Annual BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Los Angeles Britannia Awards in Los Angeles November 4, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni(UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Jeff Bridges (L) holds his best actor Oscar he won for his role in "Crazy Heart" as he arrives with his wife Susan Geston at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (OSCARS-PARTY) (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Jeff Bridges (L) kisses his wife Susan Geston as he holds his best actor Oscar he won for his role in "Crazy Heart" as they arrive at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (OSCARS-PARTY) (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Jeff Bridges, nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his work in "Crazy Heart", signs autographs for fans at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (FILM-SAGAWARDS/ARRIVALS) (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast members George Clooney (R), Ewan McGregor (C) and Jeff Bridges pose at a news conference for "The Men Who Stare at Goats" during the 34th Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2009. The festival runs from September 10-19. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (CANADA ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Jeff Bridges poses at the gala screening of "The Men Who Stare at Goats" at Roy Thomson Hall during the 34th Toronto International Film Festival September 11, 2009. The festival runs from September 10-19. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (CANADA ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Jeff Bridges from the upcoming movie "TRON 2.0" attends a panel discussion during the 40th annual Comic Con Convention in San Diego July 23, 2009. The convention runs from July 23 to July 26. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)
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U.S. actor Jeff Bridges delivers his acceptance speech as he holds the Donostia award during a ceremony at the San Sebastian's International Flim Festival in Spain September 24, 2004. Bridges was honoured with this award for his lifetime achievement. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez SP/ACM
U.S. actor Jeff Bridges poses during a photocall at San Sebastian's International Film Festival in Spain September 24, 2004. Bridges will be honoured with the Donostia award for his lifetime achievement. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez SP/acm
Actor Jeff Bridges (R) star of the film "Seabiscuit" poses with his brother Beau Bridges at the DVD release party for the film at the Beverly Hills Hotel December 15, 2003. The hotel's Polo Lounge was transformed with 1938 period decor and costumed extras. The film follows the exploits of the famouse racehorse Seabiscuit, with the DVD release on December 16.
Actor Jeff Bridges poses in front of one of his photographs taken on the set of his latest film, 'Seabiscuit,' in New York December 8, 2003. The Film Society of Lincoln Center honored Bridges with 'An Evening with Jeff Bridges,' from 'The Last Picture Show' to 'Seabiscuit.' REUTERS/Albert Ferreira PP03120017 AF/HB
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Cast members of the new film "The Mirror Has Two Faces" pose together at Tavern on the Green during the post-premiere party November 10 in New York. Shown (L-R) are actor Jeff Bridges and Lauren Bacall. Barbra Streisand directed, produced, starred in, wrote and performed music for the movie which also stars Mimi-Rogers and GeorgeSegal.
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Bridges ended the message by urging fans to vote in the presidential election, adding: "Because we are all in this together. Love, Jeff."

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Fans and celebrities wished Bridges well following the diagnosis.

Actress Patricia Arquette said: "Sending you and your family love and healing."

Comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted: "Jeff, sending you the wish, the hope, that you get everything you need and anything you want."

And Star Trek's George Takei said: "You're a fighter. You can beat this."

Bridges is a Hollywood great who was born into a prominent showbusiness family in Los Angeles in 1949. His father was the actor Lloyd Bridges while his mother was actress Dorothy Bridges.

Bridges' career highlight came in 2010, with both Academy Award and Golden Globe wins for best actor for his performance as Otis 'Bad' Blake in Crazy Heart.

He is perhaps best known as middle-aged Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski in 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski.

Bridges has earned seven Oscar nominations over his career, most recently a best supporting actor nod for the 2017 heist film Hell Or High Water.

At the 76th Golden Globes in 2019, Bridges, long considered one of Hollywood's most underrated stars before a flurry of late-career awards recognition, was honoured with the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement prize for his "incredible impact on the world of entertainment".

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