Jeff Bridges first fell ill with cancer, then with the corona virus. This is how the “The Big Lebowski” star is doing today.

In October 2020, Jeff Bridges (72) received the shock diagnosis of lymph node cancer. In January 2021 he then became infected with the corona virus. According to his own statement, the actor is doing better today. “I’m feeling good,” he told Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of his new drama series The Old Man.

“Cancer-wise, yes, remission. And Covid… you know, it made my cancer look like nothing, this Covid. I did my chemo for the cancer. And that destroyed my whole immune system and then I got Covid. And that blew my mind.”

“I was very close to death”

Bridges had already spoken about his struggle for survival in an interview with “People” magazine at the end of May. “I was very close to death. The doctors kept telling me, ‘Jeff, you have to fight. You don’t fight.’ I was in surrender mode. I was ready to go. I was dancing with my mortality,” he said.

Thanks to plasma therapy, things suddenly went uphill for the “The Big Lebowski” star. Every day brought him some hope and strength. “I started taking baby steps,” Bridges said. A physiotherapist worked with him three times a week after the acute infection to help him recover. Now he is in the best of health – and apparently full of energy.

Delayed: drama series “The Old Man” celebrates its premiere

After a two-year hiatus, Jeff Bridges has just completed The Old Man. He plays the role of CIA agent Dan Chase in hiding. The actor also served as executive producer.

“The Old Man” is based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Thomas Perry and will start on June 16 on US broadcaster FX and in the Hulu stream. In Germany, the series will appear on Disney.