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Jeff Bridges: Lessons I Learned from My Dad

With six Oscar nominations, one win and four decades in the biz under his belt, Jeff Bridges knows a thing or two about longevity. And The Giver actor and producer says he owes much of that to his own dad, the late actor Lloyd Bridges.

“My mom [Susan] and dad were great examples,” Bridges, 64, tells PEOPLE, noting that his father (remembered for his turns in Airplane! and Sea Hunt) played a big part in helping him find his place in the industry.

“How my father dealt with fame – it didn’t seem that unusual to me,” he says. “He was such a lover of showbiz, loved [doing interviews], loved signing autographs.”

But it wasn’t his dad’s comfort and ease with the glitz and glamour that sold him on a life in entertainment. “He taught me the basics of acting, but what I really got from him was the joy he experienced while working,” Bridges says of their shared passion for the craft.

Bridges appeared with his father in 1994′s Blown Away, a memory the actor still cherishes today.

“I remember when he came on the set, in a genuine way he was just joyful – it was contagious. It would go through the community,” he says.

“With joy comes relaxation about the way things are, and with that comes getting out of your own way. And you end up with some good work.”

Acting wasn’t the only passion the acting veteran instilled in his son, though: His fervor for philanthropy “comes from my folks, who were very civic-minded and my father bringing home the book The Family of Man. [It's] all about what being alive on our planet means,” Bridges says. “He said, ‘This is what it’s all about: We’re a family. We have to look out for each other.’ “

“I kind of took that on as well,” says the actor, who is a founding member of the End Hunger Network, which aims to provide food to the impoverished and eliminate hunger in America.

Today, Bridges is the spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign, which is sponsored by Share Our Strength. “We all have strengths we can share,” he says. “I thought, ‘What are you going to do, man?’ And not just give a couple hundred bucks and scratch the itch but do something I could sustain and make a difference.”

For more on Jeff Bridges and The Giver, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

Reporting by MARY GREEN

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Neil Patrick Harris Dispels Breakup Rumors: ‘I Couldn’t Be More in Love with My Family’

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Neil Patrick Harris may have played womanizer Barney Stinson for 10 seasons on How I Met Your Mother, but in real life, the former sitcom star is a family man of legen-wait for it–dary proportions.

“I couldn’t be more in love with my family,” the actor posted on Instagram Friday along with a photo of his fiancé David Burtka and their fraternal twins Harper Grace and Gideon Scott, 3½. “Any reports to the contrary are woefully mistaken.”

Harris, 41, is referring to reports from earlier this week that claimed he and Burtka had ended their engagement after eight years together.

But Harris is not denying that their relationship hasn’t changed over the years.

“Honeymoon phases end. They just do,” the actor tells Glamour in its September issue. “I think you have to find new elements that turn you on, and not only sexually.”

But according to his social-media post, which he ended with “#grateful,” the Tony winner could not be happier.

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Downton Abbey Photo Gaffe Sparks Internet Sensation

Say this for the Crawleys: They sure know how to hydrate.

Thing is, as this publicity photo to help hype the upcoming season 5 of Downton Abbey all too nakedly displays, for once the noble family has done something wrong – and very publicly.

As picked up by the BBC and several other news outlets worldwide – to say nothing of fans by the thousands – a very modern plastic water bottle perched behind them spoils the otherwise perfect period pose of Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), and his daughter, Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael), as they stand before the grand mantelpiece of the manor.

So, while the new season – due to arrive on American shores in January 2015, after first playing in its native U.K. later this year – will be set in 1924, plastic water bottles didn’t debut until the 1960s.

Perhaps show creator Julian Fellowes was previewing a visit to Downton by The Beatles? (Perhaps Paul will even buy it?)

No matter. ITV, the U.K. network behind the show, has yanked the photo from social media and its press site, though not before keen-eyed observers had made their comments known online. They also had their fun with the aid of a little Photoshopping.

And, as might well be expected, given the richness of the series, its dress and décor, let alone the memorable dialogue, this wasn’t the first gaffe to haunt the Abbey. This, too, was expressed publicly.

Still, say what you will, we can’t wait till season 5. Keep calm and carry on. Oh, and please recycle that plastic bottle.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Considers Himself a Feminist, Michael J. Fox Reacts To Robin Williams’…

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt says women are an “oppressed category” of people, Michael J. Fox publicly reacts to the news of Robin Williams‘ Parkinson’s disease, 19 Kids & Counting star Jessa Duggar is engaged, and more celebrity news you missed while you were sleeping.

  • Michael J. Fox, who has openly battled Parkinson’s disease for years, was “stunned” when he learned Robin Williams was in the early stages of the sickness. [NY Post]
  • 19 Kids & Counting star Jessa Duggar is engaged to Ben Seewald. [People]
  • JGL would “absolutely call [himself] a feminist.” [Cosmopolitan]
  • Comedian Mike Birbiglia is joining Orange Is the New Black for a top secret season three role. [E!]
  • Reese Witherspoon was caught hilariously dancing all by herself at a wedding and we want to party with her. [US Weekly]
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  • Rumor has it Jim Parsons has proposed to his boyfriend of 12 years, Todd Spiewak. [THG]
  • Dianna Agron takes a stand on equal rights for youths. [MSNBC]
  • Reviews on The Giver are starting to roll in. [Vulture]
  • Teen Wolf‘s Holland Roden channels her inner “I’m a Slave 4 U” Britney Spears. [Seventeen]
  • Holland’s co-star Dylan O’Brien gets down and dirty for a new Teen Vogue feature and talks about his upcoming film The Maze Runner. [Just Jared]

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