The USC School of Cinema-Television has received a gift from playwright and actor Jack Larson for the establishment of the James Bridges Endowment Fund, School dean Elizabeth Daley announced Wednesday.
The fund will be used to grant a yearly scholarship, beginning in the upcoming academic year, to a student who demonstrates particular talent as a director working with actors.
“Jim always believed the most important experience for young directors is learning how to work with actors and to tell a film’s story through them,” Larson said.
“This gracious endowment will serve to encourage and educate future film and television professionals about the vital collaborative relationship between directors and actors,” Daley said.
Bridges began his career as an actor and went on to write for theater and television. His film writing-directing credits include “The Baby Maker,” “The Paper Chase,” “September 30, 1955,” “The China Syndrome,” “Urban Cowboy,” “Mike’s Murder,” “Perfect” and “Bright Lights, Big City.”
Bridges’ partner, Larson, gained fame playing Jimmy Olsen in the 1950s “Superman” television series. His plays include “The Candied House,” “Chuck” and “Cherry, Larry, Sandy, Doris, Jean, Paul” starring John Ritter. He has adapted various librettos for the L.A. Philharmonic and translated Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale.”
A plaque in memory of Bridges will be presented by Daley and Larson at 7 tonight at the School’s George Lucas Building and placed on permanent display in the Cinema-Television School’s courtyard. Daley and Larson will speak at the reception along with some of Bridges’ peers.