Prolific American actor Jeff Bridges, known for his roles in films like “The Big Lebowski,” “True Grit,” and “Bad Times at the El Royale,” announced Monday night he has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
In a couple tweets, the 70-year-old actor said his prognosis “is good.” Bridges also thanked his fans and supporters for their prayers and well-wishes.
According to an explainer from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lymphoma is a form of cancer that attacks the lymph system, a collection of “tissues and organs that produce, store, and carry white blood cells that fight infections.”
There are two kinds of lymphoma — Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin. The former travels through the lymph nodes systematically while the latter spreads without order. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is generally easier to treat than non-Hodgkin’s.
In 2019, Bridges, who has starred in more than 70 movies over the course of his career, received the lifetime achievement award during the Golden Globes ceremony.
The beloved entertainer is currently in production for a drama series, “The Old Man,” expected to debut on FX on Hulu next year.
“Our thoughts go out to Jeff and his family during this challenging time and they have our love and support,” read a joint statement from FX, Touchstone Television, Hulu, and FXP, according to CNN. “We wish him a safe and full recovery. And, as Jeff always says, ‘We are all in this together.’ Jeff, we are all in this together with you.