John Goodman

John Goodman

Infobox actor

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caption = Goodman at the premiere of "Speed Racer" at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, May 2008
birthdate = birth date and age|1952|06|20
years active = 1978-present
birthplace = Affton, Missouri, U.S.
birthname = John Stephen Goodman
othername =
website =
goldenglobeawards =
1993 "Roseanne"
emmyawards = Outstanding Guest Actor - Drama Series
2007 "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is a Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning American actor. He is well known for his deep, booming voice and his intimidating size.


Early life

Goodman was born in Affton, Missouri, the son of Virginia, a store clerk and waiter who worked at Jack and Phil's Bar-B-Cue, and Leslie Goodman, a postal worker [] who died from a heart attack in 1995. [ [ John Goodman Biography (1952-) ] ] [ [ John Goodman Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ] [ [ 1 ] ] He has a sister, Elisabeth, and a brother, Leslie. Goodman went to Affton High School and won a football scholarship at Southwest Missouri State University, now called Missouri State University.Stated in interview on "Inside the Actors Studio"] He pledged the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, but was not formally initiated until several decades later. During his college stint he got injured, ending his football career. He decided to become an actor, leaving Missouri for New York in 1975. He performed off Broadway, in dinner theatres and in television commercials before getting character roles in movies during the early 1980s. One of his earliest roles was Pap Finn in the Broadway musical "Big River", and he can be heard on the original cast album.


Goodman is famous for his role as "Dan Conner" on the American sitcom, "Roseanne", which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997. He had a long history of appearances on late night comedy shows, being the first guest on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", receiving the show's "First Guest Medal" (Goodman joked that he would pawn the medal for a bottle of cheap scotch). He had been a popular guest host on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", having hosted the show twelve times (Goodman once auditioned to be a castmember for Jean Doumanian's tumultuous 1980-1981 "SNL" season, but was rejected). His many appearances on Saturday Night Live can be partially attributed to his recurring role as Linda Tripp during the Lewinsky scandal.

Goodman is noted for his work in numerous films by Joel and Ethan Coen, including "Raising Arizona", "Barton Fink", "The Big Lebowski", and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". In the film "King Ralph", he played a good-timer who unexpectedly becomes the official head of state after the royal family dies in a freak electrical accident. In television, Goodman had a recurring role on "The West Wing" as fictional House Speaker Glen Allen Walken. In the show, his character briefly served as Acting President when President of the United States Josiah Bartlet yielded power temporarily under the terms of the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Goodman also recently played an ornery judge on Sorkin's newest show, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", earning a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor - Drama Series for his performance. He voiced Robot Santa in the character's first appearance on "Futurama". Beginning in 2007, Goodman has been the voiceover in Dunkin' Donuts commercials. [ [] ]

Goodman replaced John Belushi as Dan Aykroyd's partner in the popular Blues Brothers Band, in which he first appeared as "Mighty" Mack McTeer on "Saturday Night Live" on March 25, 1995 and co-starred in the film "Blues Brothers 2000". He continued to perform with Aykroyd (Elwood Blues) and Jim Belushi (Zee Blues) through 2001. Health problems eventually forced Goodman to retire the character.

Goodman's most recent project is the film version of the Sophie Kinsella novel, Confessions of a Shopaholic (film), where he plays Becky's father, Graham Bloomwood. The movie is expected to be released February 13, 2009.

Louisiana connection

Goodman has long resided in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since Hurricane Katrina, Goodman has appeared on several recovery commercials aired in Louisiana. Additionally, Goodman was at one time slated to play the role of Ignatius Reilly, the main character of a A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. The story takes place almost entirely in New Orleans. However, the movie was never put into production and was scrapped.

Personal life

John met his wife, Anna Elizabeth Hartzog, in New Orleans while he was filming 1988’s "Everybody’s All-American". They married in October 1989 and have a daughter named Molly Evangeline (born on August 31, 1990). Goodman has also done television advertisements in order to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.


* "Jailbait Babysitter" (1978)
* "The Face of Rage" (1983) (TV) as Fred
* "The Survivors" (1983) as Commando
* "Eddie Macon's Run" (1983) as Hebert
* "Chiefs" (1983) (mini) TV Series as Newt 'Tub' Murray
* "Heart of Steel" (1983) (TV) as Raymond Bohupinsky
* "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984) as Coach Harris
* "C.H.U.D." (1984) as Cop in Diner
* "Maria's Lovers" (1984) as Frank
* "Sweet Dreams" (1985) as Otis
* "True Stories" (1986) as Louis Fyne
* "Raising Arizona" (1987) as Gale
* "Burglar" (1987) as Detective Nyswander
* "The Big Easy" (1987) as Det. Andre DeSoto
* "Murder Ordained" (1987) (TV) as Hugh Rayburn
* "The Wrong Guys" (1988) as Duke Earle
* "Punchline" (1988) as John Krytsick
* "Roseanne" (1988 - 1997) TV Series as Daniel 'Dan' Conner
* "Everybody's All-American" (1988) as Lawrence
* "Sea of Love" (1989) as Det. Sherman
* "Always" (1989) as Al Yackey
* "Stella" (1990) as Ed Munn
* "Arachnophobia" (1990) as Delbert McClintock
* "King Ralph" (1991) as Ralph Jones
* "Barton Fink" (1991) as Charlie Meadows
* "The Babe" (1992) as Babe Ruth
* "Frosty Returns" (1992) (TV) (voice) as Frosty the Snowman
* "Matinee" (1993) as Lawrence Woolsey
* "Born Yesterday" (1993) as Harry Brock
* "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story" (1993) (voice) as Rex
* "The Hudsucker Proxy" (1994) (as Karl Mundt) as Rockwell Newsreel Announcer
* "The Flintstones" (1994) as Fred Flintstone
* "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long" (1995) (TV) as Huey Long
* "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1995) (TV) as Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell
* "Pie in the Sky" (1996) as Alan Davenport
* "Mother Night" (1996) as Maj. Frank Wirtanen
* "Pyst" (1996) (VG) as King Mattruss
* "The Borrowers" (1997) as Ocious P. Potter
* "Fallen" (1998) as Jonesy
* "Blues Brothers 2000" (1998) as Mighty Mack McTeer
* "The Big Lebowski" (1998) as Walter Sobchak
* "Dirty Work" (1998) (uncredited) as Adrian Riggins the Mayor
* "The Real Macaw" (1998) (voice) as Voice of Mac
* "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie" (1998) (V) (voice) as Santa Claus
* "The Jack Bull" (1999) (TV) as Judge Tolliver
* "Now and Again" (1999) TV Series playing the original Michael Wiseman in two episodes.
* "Bringing Out the Dead" (1999) as Larry Verber
* "The Runner" (1999) as Deepthroat
* "What Planet Are You From?" (2000) as Roland Jones
* "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000) as Big Dan Teague
* "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle" (2000) as Oklahoma Cop
* "Coyote Ugly" (2000) as Bill Sanford
* "Pigs Next Door" (2000) TV Series (voice)
* "Normal, Ohio" (2000) TV Series as William 'Butch' Gamble/Rex Gamble (original pilot)
* "Saturday Night Live: Best of the Clinton Scandal" (2000) (TV) as Linda Tripp
* "The Emperor's New Groove" (2000) (voice) as Pacha
* "Happy Birthday" (2001/I) as The Dean
* "My First Mister" (2001) as Benjamin Wilson
* "One Night at McCool's" (2001) as Detective Dehling
* "Storytelling" (2001) as Marty Livingston ('Non-fiction')
* "On the Edge" (2001/II) (TV) as The Dean (segment "Happy Birthday")
* "Monsters, Inc." (2001) (voice) as James P. "Sulley" Sullivan
* "Mike's New Car" (2002) (V) (voice) as Sulley
* "Dirty Deeds" (2002) as Tony
* "Masked and Anonymous" (2003) as Uncle Sweetheart
* "The Jungle Book 2" (2003) (voice) as Baloo
* "The West Wing" (2003-2004) TV Series, Speaker of the House, Acting President, Former President Glen Allen Walken
* "Father of the Pride" (2004) TV Series (voice) as Larry the Lion
* "Home of Phobia" (2004) as Rodney
* "Clifford's Really Big Movie" (2004) (voice) as George Wolfsbottom
* "Beyond the Sea" (2004)
* "Center of the Universe" (2004) TV Series
* "Futurama" (voice) as the Evil Robot Santa Claus
* "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School" (2005)
* "Kronk's New Groove" (2005) (voice) as Pacha
* "Cars" (2006) as Monster Truck Sulley" (cameo - voice)"
* "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (2006) as Judge Robert Bebe (2 episodes)
* "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (2006) (TV) as Santa Claus
* "Drunkboat" (2007) as Mr. Fletcher
* "Evan Almighty" (2007) as Congressman Long
* "Death Sentence" (2007) as Bones Darly
* "Bee Movie" (2007) (voice) as Layton T. Montgomery (first to voice for both Pixar and DreamWorks)
* "Speed Racer" (2008) as Pops Racer
* "In the Electric Mist" (2008) as Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni
* "Spring Break '83" (2008) as Dick Bender
* "Gigantic" (2008) as TBA
* "Confessions of a Shopaholic" (2009) as Graham Bloomwood
* "The Princess and the Frog" (2009) (voice) as Big Daddy La Bouff
* "Alien Movie" (2010) as Unknown role (also works as exclusive producer)


External links

* [ St. Louis Walk of Fame]
* [ EG Blues Brothers] , featuring screen caps from John's films

NAME= Goodman, John
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Goodman, John Stephen
DATE OF BIRTH= 1952-06-20
PLACE OF BIRTH= Affton, Missouri, U.S.

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