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Lloyd BridgesLloyd Bridges

Born January 15, 1913 – Died March 10, 1998

Lloyd Bridges was perhaps best known as the character Mike Nelson, the star of "Sea Hunt" (1957-61).  Bridges was trained as a dramatic actor and appeared in such films as "High Noon" and "Unconquered" with Gary Cooper.  He later found a niche for himself in comedy appearing in such spoofs as "Airplane" and "Hot Shots." 

During World War II he left Columbia Studios to enlist in the Coast Guard and returned to acting after the war.  He was caught up in Hollywood’s Red Purge and was blacklisted from films until he appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was probing communist influence in the film industry. 

He was a member of Coast Guard Auxiliary in the 11th District and did a number of public service announcements for the Coast Guard.  He was latter appointed an honorary commodore. 

His sons, actors Beau and Jeff, served in the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve.

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