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26. 'The Iceman Cometh' (1973)

John Frankenheimer directed this American Film Theatre version of Eugene O’Neill's classic booze-soaked play of disillusionment and delusion; these were cinematic but faithful adaptations of classic stage works, offering the chance to see great, veteran actors (like Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan and Fredric March) in famous parts. And playing the young, troubled anarchist Don Parritt, Bridges gives a volatile and somewhat theatrical performance. But this film held a special place for the actor: Before this, despite having an Oscar nomination under his belt, he didn't know if he wanted to continue with acting. Working alongside these lions rejuvenated his love for the profession, he's said, and reconnected him with his art.