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John Goodman

John Goodman

American actor, voice artist, and comedian
John Goodman
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Intro American actor, voice artist, and comedian
Known for Roseanne, Monsters, Inc.
A.K.A. Jonathan Stephen Goodman, John Stephen Goodman, Jonathan Goodman
Is Film producer Actor Television actor Film actor Comedian Voice actor Singer Stage actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor Music
Gender male
Birth 20 June 1952, St. Louis, USA
Age 68 years
Star sign GeminiGemini
Residence New Orleans, USA
Politics Democratic Party
Instruments:
Voice
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Biography

John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American actor. Early in his career, he played Dan Conner on the ABC TV series Roseanne (1988–1997; 2018), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1993. Goodman later reprised the role in its sequel series The Conners. He is a regular collaborator with the Coen brothers on such films as Raising Arizona (1987), Barton Fink (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). His voice roles include Sulley in Pixar's Monsters, Inc. franchise and Pacha in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove franchise.

His other film performances include lead roles in Always (1989), King Ralph (1991), The Babe (1992), The Flintstones (1994), Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), and supporting roles in True Stories (1986), Coyote Ugly (2000), The Artist (2011), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), Argo (2012), Flight (2012), The Hangover Part III (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Patriots Day (2016), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).

On television, Goodman has had regular roles on Amazon Studios's Alpha House and on the first season of HBO's Treme and has been a frequent host of Saturday Night Live, as well as playing guest roles on series such as Community. He stars in the HBO comedy The Righteous Gemstones, which premiered in 2019. John Heilpern of Vanity Fair has called him "among our very finest actors".

Early life

Goodman was born in Affton, Missouri. His father, Leslie Francis Goodman, was a postal worker who died of a heart attack when John was two years old. Goodman's mother, Virginia Roos (née Loosmore), was a waitress at Jack and Phil's Bar-B-Que, a retail store worker, and also took in laundry to support the family. Goodman has a younger sister, Elisabeth, born six months after his father died, and an older brother, Leslie, who is 14 years his senior. He is of English, German, and Welsh ancestry and was raised Southern Baptist.

Goodman described his childhood as alone and withdrawn after his father had died so early and his brother had left to go to college. He was bullied at school for being overweight. Goodman was in the boy scouts until 9th grade, which he said offered him the structure and camaraderie he missed; he additionally looked to Boy Scout leaders, and later, acting coaches, as father figures. His brother later returned home to help raise Goodman and his sister. As a child, Goodman spent a lot of time listening to the radio and reading comic books, initially subscribing to DC's Green Lantern and The Atom, and later turning to Marvel Comics. He also read his brother's copies of Mad and would later confess to shoplifting its paperback editions. Goodman credits his brother with introducing him to comedy and bebop.

Goodman went to Affton High School, where he played football (offensive guard and defensive tackle) and dabbled in theater. After graduating in 1970, he took a gap year. He earned a football scholarship to Missouri State University (then-called Southwest Missouri State University, or, "SMSU") in Springfield. He pledged to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, although he did not join until several years later. He discovered the drama program and studied there with future Hollywood stars Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper. He remains close to his school friends. Goodman graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975.

Career

Goodman on the red carpet at the Emmys on September 11, 1994

After an injury ended his college football career, Goodman decided to become a professional actor and left Missouri for New York City in 1975. With a small bankroll from his brother, Goodman found an apartment in Hell's Kitchen near the Theater District and unsuccessfully tried to make money as a bartender and waiter. However, he eventually found modest success in voice-overs, commercials, and plays. He was the person who slapped himself (uttering the tagline, "Thanks... I needed that!") in an iconic television ad for Skin Bracer by Mennen. Goodman also performed off-Broadway and in dinner theaters before landing character roles in film during the early 1980s.

In 1982, Goodman made his film debut with a small role in Eddie Macon's Run. During this period he continued to work on the stage, starring as Pap Finn in Big River from 1985 to 1987. For his role, he received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; he is also featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording. Before landing his big break into movies in 1986 with a significant comedic role in True Stories, he had a brief cameo as Otis in Sweet Dreams. In the former film, his character Louis Fyne says "I'm 6' 3" and maintain a consistent panda bear shape", establishing his trademark size as an important part of many characters he would later play on film and stage.

Goodman rose to fame in acting by playing the role of Dan Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997. He returned to the character in 2018 for the revived, 10th season, where he said "Roseanne and I just went back to having a ball", and then stayed on for the show's subsequent spin-off The Conners. Goodman had a long history of appearances on late night comedy shows and was the first guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which won him the series' "First Guest Medal" (Goodman joked he would pawn the medal for a bottle of cheap Scotch). Goodman has hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live 13 times, while also making seven cameo appearances as Linda Tripp during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, three appearances as Rex Tillerson, and cameoing on the season 28 finale hosted by former SNL cast member Dan Aykroyd. With little to no experience in TV comedy, Goodman auditioned to be a cast member for Jean Doumanian's tumultuous 1980–1981 SNL season and was rejected, along with up-and-coming comedians Jim Carrey, Paul Reubens, and Robert Townsend.

Goodman first worked with the Coen Brothers on Raising Arizona (1987). He would go on to appear in their films Barton Fink (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). Only Steve Buscemi has appeared in more Coen works (six films), though Frances McDormand and Jon Polito have also appeared in five of their films.

He worked with Steven Spielberg on Always (1989), Arachnophobia (1990) and The Flintstones (1994).

Goodman in 2000

Goodman had guest roles on the Aaron Sorkin television dramas The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In the former he appeared in four episodes, playing Speaker of the House and eventual acting president Glen Allen Walken. In the latter, he appeared as Pahrump, Nevada Judge Robert Bebe, earning a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series for his performance. In addition, Goodman starred as Fred Flintstone in the film adaptation of The Flintstones.

He voiced Robot Santa in the character's first appearance on Futurama. Beginning in 2007, Goodman has been the voiceover in Dunkin' Donuts commercials. In 2000, Goodman provided the voice of Pacha in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove and, a year later, the voice of Sulley in Pixar's Monsters, Inc. He returned to the character for the film's 2013 prequel Monsters University (2013) and the 2020 Disney+ series Monsters at Work. In 2009, Goodman voiced "Big Daddy" La Bouff in The Princess and the Frog. Goodman's voice can also be heard on an automated message system at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. He was the original voice of the yellow M&M in 1995 before being replaced by J. K. Simmons the following year.

In theater, Goodman played the Ghost of Christmas Present in the 2008 Kodak Theatre production of A Christmas Carol, starring Christopher Lloyd as Ebenezer Scrooge. He played the role of Pozzo in a Studio 54 revival of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot, opposite Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane. John Heilpern of Vanity Fair called it "the greatest Pozzo I've ever seen." In 2009, he reprised the role of Pozzo at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Goodman was cast in In the Electric Mist (2009) as Julie "Baby Feet" Balboni. At one time, he was slated to play the role of Ignatius Reilly, the main character of 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. The Princess and the Frog where he lent his voice as Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff also takes place in New Orleans. Goodman also featured in Treme, a drama series focusing on a group of interconnected people trying to rebuild their lives in post–Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Goodman played Creighton Bernette, a Tulane English professor, in the show's first season.

Goodman in 2014

In 2011, Goodman was a guest star on the third season of Community. He also voiced a character in the video game Rage voicing Dan Hagar, and played movie studio chief Al Zimmer in the Academy Award–winning live action film The Artist, as well as Best Picture nominee Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close the same year. Also in 2011, Goodman starred in Kevin Smith's Red State playing ATF Agent Joseph Keenan. In February 2012, it was reported that Goodman would reunite with Roseanne Barr for a new NBC pilot titled Downwardly Mobile. The series would have had Goodman portray a bachelor mechanic who resides in a trailer park, and would have used the standard multiple-camera setup traditionally found in sitcoms; however, the series' option was not picked up by the network. Other prominent roles include performances in Flight (2012) and The Monuments Men (2014). With his well-received supporting roles in The Artist (2011) and Argo (2012), Goodman accomplished the rare feat of appearing in back-to-back winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture.

On August 10, 2013, Goodman was inducted as a Disney Legend.

In 2013, Goodman received rave reviews for his performance as North Carolina Senator Gil John Biggs in Amazon's Alpha House, a political comedy written by Garry Trudeau. In the show Goodman's character, a retired UNC basketball coach, and three other Republican senators share a house on Capitol Hill. The show ended after two seasons in 2014.

In April 2015, Goodman made his return to the stage, making his West End debut in the process while starring as Donny in American Buffalo at the Wyndham's Theatre alongside Damian Lewis and Tom Sturridge. He went on to star as Sheriff Hartman in the 2016 Broadway revival of The Front Page, alongside Nathan Lane and John Slattery.

On March 10, 2017, Goodman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in motion pictures, located at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard.

On April 28, 2017 it was announced that a revival of Roseanne was in the works and that Goodman along with most of the original cast and some of the producers would return for the limited series that was being shopped around with ABC and Netflix the frontrunners to land the show. On May 16, 2017 it was confirmed that 8 episodes would air mid-season in 2018 on ABC. On May 29, 2018, in the wake of controversial remarks made by Barr on Twitter regarding Valerie Jarrett (an advisor of former president Barack Obama), ABC canceled the revival after a single season. The next month, ABC ordered a ten-episode Roseanne spin-off titled The Conners, which stars the Roseanne cast sans Roseanne Barr. The show's second season premiered on September 24, 2019.

In 2019, Goodman starred in the role of Southern megachurch preacher and family patriarch Eli Gemstone on the HBO comedy The Righteous Gemstones, created by and co-starring Danny McBride. Goodman accepted the role right after the revived Roseanne season 10 had been cancelled and before its spin-off The Conners was announced, which led to Goodman doing both shows. The Righteous Gemstones was renewed for a second season in September 2019.

Philanthropy

Since Hurricane Katrina, Goodman has appeared in several recovery commercials aired in Louisiana.

In 2010, Goodman appeared in a commercial to raise awareness for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also starring in the commercial were Sandra Bullock, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Jack Del Rio, Drew Brees, Emeril Lagasse, James Carville, and Blake Lively.

Personal life

Goodman married Annabeth Hartzog, originally of Bogalusa, Louisiana, in 1989. They had met at a Halloween party at Tipitina's when he was filming Everybody's All-American in New Orleans. They reside in the Garden District of New Orleans. Their daughter, Molly Evangeline Goodman (born 1990), works as a production assistant in the film industry.

In a 2009 interview, Goodman discussed his struggles with alcoholism:

I don't know how much the old Jackie Daniel's franchise ruined my memory, which is going anyway, because of my advancing decrepitude. I had a 30-year run, and at the end I didn't care about anything. I was just fed up with myself. I didn't even want to be an actor anymore.

In October 2012, he stated: "If I'd picture in my mind a drink—usually straight out of the bottle—I couldn't not do it," noting that while acting in plays he would "have the shakes so bad I'd have to have a drink to get through the show. I'm lucky I never got fired." He had started drinking heavily and using cocaine in 1978 after going through a breakup. Sober since 2007, Goodman tries to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every morning.

Goodman was formerly known by his sizable frame, at one point weighing close to 400 lb (180 kg). However, by August 2010, he had lost 100 lb (45 kg) through a program of exercise and food journaling. His new figure attracted attention at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015 and the BFI London Film Festival in October 2015.

Goodman is a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and narrated a 2020 MLB Network documentary about the Cardinals teams of the 1980's.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title Result
1989 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Sea of Love Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program Roseanne Nominated
American Comedy Awards Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication Roseanne Won
Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Roseanne Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical Roseanne Nominated
1990 American Comedy Awards Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication Roseanne Won
Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Roseanne Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical Roseanne Nominated
1991 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Arachnophobia Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Roseanne Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical Roseanne Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Barton Fink Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Barton Fink 3rd
1992 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Roseanne Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Barton Fink Nominated
Viewers For Quality Television Awards Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Roseanne Won
1993 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Roseanne Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical Roseanne Won
1994 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Roseanne Nominated
1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Roseanne Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Roseanne Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Nominated
1996 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special A Streetcar Named Desire Nominated
1999 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Musical or Comedy The Big Lebowski Nominated
2001 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series Normal, Ohio Nominated
2002 World Soundtrack Awards Best Original Song Written for a Film Monsters, Inc. Won
2004 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie The Jungle Book 2 Nominated
2007 Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Won
TV Land Awards Favorite Elvis Impersonation Roseanne Nominated
2008 TV Land Awards Innovator Roseanne Won
2010 Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble The Princess and the Frog Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie You Don't Know Jack Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries You Don't Know Jack Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Cast The Artist Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Artist Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Artist Nominated
20/20 Awards Best Supporting Actor Barton Fink Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Argo Nominated
Satellite Awards Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Flight Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" Argo Won
Disney Legend Award Animation - Voice The Emperor's New Groove, Monsters, Inc., The Princess and the Frog, Monsters University Won
2014 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series, Musical or Comedy Alpha House Won
2017 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Film 10 Cloverfield Lane Won
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