John Goodman

Actor, Producer, Bouncer
An endearing film, television and stage actor, John Goodman skyrocketed to leading man status on the strength of his meat-and-potatoes, regular-guy affability and easygoing charm. For eight years, he was a crucial part ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1952 in Affton, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (158)

Love the Coopers 2015 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Spring Break '83 2015 (Movie)

Dick Bender (Actor)

The Cellar 2015 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Trumbo 2015 (Movie)

Frank King (Actor)

Alpha House 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing on the Edge 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Hitting the Wall 2014 (Movie)

Barry Secunda (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mike's New Car 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Cross 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Gambler 2014 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Monuments Men 2014 (Movie)

Walter Garfield (Actor)

Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 (Movie)

Hound (Voice)

Great Bear Stakeout 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Narrator

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

Roland Turner (Actor)

It's a SpongeBob Christmas! 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Voice

Monsters University 2013 (Movie)

Sullivan (Voice)

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Hangover Part III 2013 (Movie)

Marshall (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Argo 2012 (Movie)

John Chambers (Actor)

Community 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drunkboat 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Fletcher (Actor)

Flight 2012 (Movie)

Harling Mays (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

ParaNorman 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Prenderghast (Voice)

Trouble with the Curve 2012 (Movie)

Pete Klein (Actor)

Alabama Moon 2011 (Movie)

Mr. Wellington (Actor)

Damages 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

Stan the Doorman (Actor)

Red State 2011 (Movie)

Joseph Keenan (Actor)

Soul Man 1997 - 1998, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Artist 2011 (Movie)

Al Zimmer (Actor)

Best Food Ever 2010 (Tv Show)

Narrator

The Big Uneasy 2010 (Movie)

(Special Appearance)

Tremé 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

You Don't Know Jack 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009 (Movie)

Graham Bloomwood (Actor)

Gigantic 2009 (Movie)

Al Lolly (Actor)

In the Electric Mist 2009 (Movie)

Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni (Actor)

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

Voice of "Big Daddy" La Bouff (Actor)

Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Pope Joan 2008 (Movie)

Pope Sergius (Actor)

Speed Racer 2008 (Movie)

Pops Racer (Actor)

TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Layton T. Montgomery (Actor)

Death Sentence 2007 (Movie)

Bones Darley (Actor)

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

Congressman Long (Actor)

Freshman Orientation 2007 (Movie)

Rodney (Actor)

King of the Hill 1997, 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Sullivan Truck (Actor)

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School 2006 (Movie)

Steve Mills (Actor)

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tales of the Rat Fink 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth (Actor)

Center of the Universe 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Between the Lines 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

Steve Blauner (Actor)

Clifford's Really Big Movie 2004 (Movie)

Voice of George Wolfsbottom (Actor)

Father of the Pride 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

The West Wing 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dirty Deeds 2003 (Movie)

Tony Testano (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)

Uncle Sweetheart (Actor)

The Jungle Book 2 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Baloo (Actor)

Storytelling 2002 (Movie)

Marty Livingston (Actor)

The Firesign Theatre: Weirdly Cool 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

Voice of James P Sullivan 'Sully' (Actor)

My First Mister 2001 (Movie)

Benjamin (Actor)

Normal, Ohio 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

One Night At Mccool's 2001 (Movie)

Detective Dehling (Actor)

Coyote Ugly 2000 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Now and Again 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

Big Dan Teague (Actor)

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000 (Movie)

Oklahoma Cop (Actor)

The Emperor's New Groove 2000 (Movie)

of Pacha (Voice)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

Roland Jones (Actor)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Futurama 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

Mighty Mack McTeer (Actor)

Dirty Work 1998 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Fallen 1998 (Movie)

Jonesy (Actor)

Roger Miller Remembered 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie 1998 (Movie)

of Santa Claus (Voice)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

Walter Sobchak (Actor)

The Borrowers 1998 (Movie)

Ocious P Potter (Actor)

The Real Macaw 1998 (Movie)

of Mac (Voice)

The Runner 1998 (Movie)

Deep Throat (Actor)

The Ruby Wax Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Streetcar Named Desire 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief American Comedy Festival 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother Night 1996 (Movie)

(uncredited) Frank Wirtanen (Actor)

Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Pie in the Sky 1996 (Movie)

Alan Davenport (Actor)

Roseanne 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

Fred Flintstone (Actor)

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Born Yesterday 1993 (Movie)

Harry Brock (Actor)

Matinee 1993 (Movie)

Lawrence Woolsey (Actor)

Roseanne and Tom: Getting Away With It 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)

of Rex (Voice)

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

First Person With Maria Shriver (03/28/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Babe 1992 (Movie)

George Herman "Babe" Ruth (Actor)

2 Years... Later 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

Charlie Meadows (Actor)

Face to Face With Connie Chung (12/10/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

King Ralph 1991 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (02/06/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom & Jerry's 50th Birthday Bash 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's Comedy Sneak Peek 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Arachnophobia 1990 (Movie)

Delbert McClintock (Actor)

Stella 1990 (Movie)

Ed Munn (Actor)

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Always 1989 (Movie)

Al Yackey (Actor)

Sea of Love 1989 (Movie)

Sherman (Actor)

After Midnight 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

Edward Lawrence (Actor)

Punchline 1988 (Movie)

John Krytsick (Actor)

The Wrong Guys 1988 (Movie)

Duke Earl (Actor)

Burglar 1987 (Movie)

Detective Nyswander (Actor)

Raising Arizona 1987 (Movie)

Gale (Actor)

The Big Easy 1987 (Movie)

Andre DeSoto (Actor)

True Stories 1986 (Movie)

Louis Fyne-- (Actor)

Maria's Lovers 1985 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Sweet Dreams 1985 (Movie)

Otis (Actor)

C.H.U.D. 1984 (Movie)

Cop in Diner (Actor)

Chiefs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Revenge of the Nerds 1984 (Movie)

Coach Harris (Actor)

Frosty Returns (TV Show)

Voice

Heart of Steel (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Ordained (TV Show)

Actor

On the Edge (TV Show)

Actor

The Face of Rage (TV Show)

Actor

The Jack Bull (TV Show)

Actor

When Dinosaurs Roamed America (TV Show)

Narrator
Music (3)

The Jungle Book 2 2003 (Movie)

("Bare Necessities") (Song Performer)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

("If I Didn't Have You") (Song Performer)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

("Lookin' for a Fox" "Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)" "Funky Nassau" "Turn On Your Love Light") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

North Woods Law 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

An endearing film, television and stage actor, John Goodman skyrocketed to leading man status on the strength of his meat-and-potatoes, regular-guy affability and easygoing charm. For eight years, he was a crucial part of the top-rated series "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997), playing the title character's forthright husband and comic foil. And while he enjoyed mainstream feature film success with the box office hits "The Flintstones" (1994), "Monsters, Inc." (2001) and "Evan Almighty" (2007), he maintained an art house fan base as a perennial favorite in Coen Brothers movies like "Raising Arizona" (1987), "Barton Fink" (1991), "The Big Lebowski" (1997) and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000). Adept at any medium, Goodman thrived on the stage in productions of "Waiting for Godot" (2009) while returning to the small screen for the acclaimed drama "Treme" (HBO, 2010- ). His widely diverse roles throughout the years allowed the actor to display charm and menace - sometimes within the same role - making Goodman both an assured leading man and dependable character performer with broad audience appeal, wide range and a great deal of respect among peers.

Relationships

Leslie Goodman

Father
Died of a heart attack 1954 at age 36 shortly before John's second birthday

Virginia Goodman

Mother
Worked at Jack and Phil's Bar-B-Cue in Affton, MO

Molly Goodman

Daughter
Born Aug. 31, 1990; mother, Annabeth Hartzog

Leslie Goodman

Brother
Born c. 1940

Elisabeth Goodman

Sister
Born 1954 after father's death

Annabeth Hartzog

Wife
Born c. 1968 Met when Goodman was filming "Everybody's All American" (1988) Married Oct. 27, 1989

EDUCATION

Southwest Missouri State University

Springfield , Missouri 1975
Attended on a limited athletic scholarship; disqualified from football when he failed to take a required SAT test

Southwest Missouri State University

Springfield , Missouri 1975
Attended on a limited athletic scholarship; disqualified from football when he failed to take a required SAT test

St Louis Community College

Kirkwood , Missouri

Affton Senior High School

Affton , Missouri 1970
Played defensive tackle and offensive guard on his High School football team; acted in a few school plays

Milestones

2012

Co-starred in political thriller "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck

2012

Acted opposite Clint Eastwood in baseball drama "Trouble with the Curve"

2012

Cast opposite Denzel Washington in "Flight"

2011

Co-starred with Melissa Leo and Michael Parks in the action thriller "Red State"

2011

Cast in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Stephen Daldry's feature adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel; co-starred opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock

2011

Cast in the critically acclaimed black-and-white, nearly silent film "The Artist"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("You Don't Know Jack")

2011

Joined the cast of the crime drama series "Damages" (FX)

2010

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("You Don't Know Jack")

2010

Starred as a college professor on the HBO drama series "Treme"

2010

Co-starred in the Barry Levinson directed HBO film "You Don't Know Jack" about Dr. Jack Kevorkian, played by Al Pacino; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

2009

Starred in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Samuel Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot"

2008

Played Pops Racer in the Wachowski brothers' live action film adaptation of the 1960s Japanese series "Speed Racer"

2007

Cast opposite Steve Carell in "Evan Almighty," a sequel to the 2003 comedy "Bruce Almighty"

2007

Cast as Bones Darly, an arms dealer opposite Kevin Bacon in the psychological thriller "Death Sentence"

2006

Co-starred in Randall Miller's "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"

2006

Won an Emmy guest-starring as a judge on Sorkin's NBC drama, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"

2005

Returned to the stage, as Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the terminally ill, bullying patriarch in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; performed at the Geffen Playhouse

2004

Portrayed Bobby Darin's (Kevin Spacey) best friend turned manager, Steve Blauner in "Beyond the Sea"

2004

Cast in the short-lived CBS comedy "Center of the Universe"

2003

Had a recurring role on Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" (NBC) as House Speaker Glen Allen Walken

2001

Appeared in the NY Shakespeare Festival Central Park staging of "The Seagull" directed by Mike Nichols

2000

Re-teamed with the Coen brothers for the feature "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

2000

Played a high-strung FAA agent in the Mike Nichols directed "What Planet Are You From?"

1999

Portrayed a hyperactive paramedic in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing out the Dead"

1998

Replaced the late John Belushi as Dan Aykroyd's music-making partner in John Landis' sequel "Blues Brothers 2000"

1998

Made recurring appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" playing Linda Tripp during the Lewinsky scandal

1997

Re-teamed with the Coen brothers for "The Big Lebowski"

1995

Cast as Mitch in the CBS remake of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" opposite Jessica Lange; earned an Emmy nomination for Suporting Actor

1995

Played title role (also produced) in the TNT biopic "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long"; earned a Best Actor Emmy nomination

1995

First stage role in eight years, playing Falstaff in "Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2)" at San Diego's Old Globe Theater

1994

Credited as Karl Mundt for his role as the newsreel announcer in the Coen brothers' "The Hudsucker Proxy"

1994

Starred as Fred Flintstone in the live-action feature "The Flintstones"

1993

Played Harry Brock in remake of "Born Yesterday" opposite Melanie Griffith

1992

Portrayed George Herman 'Babe' Ruth in the feature biography "The Babe"

1991

Re-teamed with the Coen brothers, as a traveling salesman, in "Barton Fink"

1991

First starring role in a feature, "King Ralph"

1988

Played the title character's blue-collar husband on the long running ABC sitcom "Roseanne"; nominated for an Emmy as Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for seven consecutive years (1989-95)

1988

Breakthrough screen performance as a larcenous lout in the Coen bothers' comic gem "Raising Arizona"

1988

Played Sally Field's insurance-salesman husband in "Punchline"

1988

Re-teamed with Quaid for the football-themed "Everybody's All-American"

1987

Portrayed a murderously crooked cop in "The Big Easy" opposite Dennis Quaid

1987

Cast in the Los Angeles production of "Antony and Cleopatra"; spotted by casting directors for "Roseanne"

1986

Left cast of "Big River" to appear in David Byrne's "True Stories"

1985

Reprised role of Pap in his Broadway musical debut "Big River"

1985

Originated role of Pap Finn (Huck's father) in the American Repertory Theatre production of "Big River"

1983

Feature film debut, "Eddie Macon's Run"

1983

Cast in the touring production of the musical "The Robber Bridegroom"

1983

TV-movie debut, "The Face of Rage" (ABC)

1979

Broadway debut in Michael Weller's "Loose Ends" starring Kevin Kline

1975

Moved to New York City to pursue acting

1975

Performed in children's theater productions and had walk-on or bit parts in off-off-Broadway plays

Performed in sketches on a NYC monthly radio show called "Citizen Kafka" (WBAI)

Raised in the St Louis, MO area

Bonus Trivia

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"There are so many actors I really look up to. You feel like you could never wipe their shoes. But first and foremost will always be Brando. He seemed so effortlessly real, like he wasn't acting. And the more I got to know about acting, the more I realized he was really a poet. He condenses things and crystallizes them and brings them to a head. And the little things he does, My God! I think he's a genius." – Goodman quoted in Premiere magazine, February 1990

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"People are great to me on the sidewalks. Guys in trucks, they start screaming. It's very disconcerting. Usually, I just keep my head down and continue walking. Believe it or not, I'm kind of shy." – Goodman quoted in New York magazine, June 29/July 6, 1998

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"I've done my best work onstage," Goodman says. "If you screw up, you can change it the next night. You have to fake it a lot less."And he loves the buzz of a live audience. "They scare…me," he says, adding with a grin, "They are the enemy." – from The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 13, 2005

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