John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American film, television, and stage actor. He is best known for his role on the television series Roseanne, as well as his work with the Coen brothers, and as the voice of Sully in the film Monsters, Inc.
John Goodman was born in Affton, Missouri, the son of Virginia, a store clerk and waitress who worked at Jack and Phil's Bar-B-Que, and Leslie Goodman, a postal worker who died of a heart attack in 1954. He has a sister, Elisabeth, and a brother, Leslie, with his extended family living in St. Louis, Missouri.
Goodman went to Affton High School, where he played football and dabbled in theater. He then won a football scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University, now called Missouri State University. He pledged the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, but was not formally initiated until several decades later. He admittedly "wasted a year in the keg," before discovering Southwest Missouri's drama program. He studied there with actors Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper. After a college injury ended his football career, he decided to become a professional actor, leaving Missouri for New York in 1975.
With a small bankroll from his brother, he found an apartment on Ninth Avenue and 51st street near the Theatre District, Manhattan, and attempted (unsuccessfully) to earn money as a bartender and waiter. But, he was soon to find modest success on stage, in commercials and in voice over performance. He was the person who slapped himself in the commercial for Skin Bracer by Mennen, saying the famous line "Thanks...I needed that!". He performed off Broadway and in dinner theatres, before getting character roles in movies during the early 1980s.
Goodman is most famous for his role as Dan Conner on the American sitcom, Roseanne, which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997. In 1985, Goodman originated the role of Pap Finn in the Broadway musical Big River. For his role, he received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; he also is featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording. He 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 show's "First Guest Medal" (Goodman joked that he would pawn the medal for a bottle of cheap scotch). He was a popular guest host on NBC's Saturday Night Live, hosting the show thirteen times, while also making seven cameo appearances as Linda Tripp during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Goodman once auditioned to be a castmember for Jean Doumanian's tumultuous 1980-1981 SNL season, but was rejected.
In 1982 Goodman started landing movie roles, beginning with a small role in Eddie Macon's Run. During this period he continued to work on the stage, starring in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Big River from 1985 to 1987. He landed his big break into movies in 1986, when he had a significant comedic role in the David Byrne mockumentary True Stories. In that film, his character Louis Fyne memorably utters the line "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. He is also known for his role as the Head Football Coach for Adams College in the movie Revenge of the Nerds.
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 an ordinary man who unexpectedly becomes the official British 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 (Martin Sheen) yielded power temporarily under the terms of the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
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 James Belushi (Zee Blues) through 2001. Health problems eventually forced Goodman to retire the character.
He appeared as a federal judge in the 1999 HBO production, The Jack Bull, bringing some semblance of order and justice to the story. He also appeared in the 2000 motion picture Coyote Ugly. In 2000, Goodman provided the voice of Pacha in the Disney film The Emperor's New Groove and, a year later, the voice of Sully in the Disney/Pixar film Monsters, Inc.
A recent project was the film version of the Sophie Kinsella novel, Confessions of a Shopaholic, where he played Becky's father, Graham Bloomwood. The movie was released February 13, 2009. In the same year he starred in the epic drama Pope Joan as Pope Sergius II.
Goodman played the Ghost of Christmas Present in the 2008 Kodak Theatre production of A Christmas Carol, starring Christopher Lloyd as Ebenezer Scrooge. He is set to play the role of Pozzo in a Studio 54 revival of the play Waiting for Godot, opposite Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane. Goodman's voice can also be heard on an automated message system at Lambert St. Louis International airport.
New Orleans residency
Goodman has long resided in New Orleans, Louisiana and is now being thought of as a "Fellow Louisianian" by the people in Louisiana. Since Hurricane Katrina, Goodman has appeared on several recovery commercials aired in Louisiana.
Goodman was cast in In the Electric Mist (2009) as Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni, which is set in post-Hurricane Katrina Louisiana. Goodman was at one time 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 movie The Princess and the Frog where he lent his voice as Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff also takes place in New Orleans. Goodman is also featured in HBO series Treme, which shares many producers in common with The Wire. Treme focuses on a group of interconnected people trying to rebuild their lives in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.
Goodman met his wife, Annabeth 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 August 31, 1990). Goodman has done television advertisements in order to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and the Be The Match bone marrow registry.
In an April 16, 2009 interview with New York Times theater writer Charles McGrath, Goodman is open about his alcoholism. He says, "I don't know how much the old Jackie Daniels 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." He says he stopped drinking in 2007. "I could never please myself. That's part of what fuels the alcoholic, I guess. You set yourself impossible goals, and then you kick yourself because you're not good enough. But I can't do that every night. I don't have the energy anymore."
In June 2010, Goodman arrived at the AFI Tribute to Mike Nichols appearing to have lost significant weight. There has been no official word on how much weight he has lost or how he lost it, but the weight loss has been rumored to be at least 200 pounds. According to John himself, while on The Late Show with David Letterman, he is boxing to help control his weight.
In 2010, as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Goodman appeared in a commercial to raise awareness for the spill. Also starring in the commercial were Sandra Bullock, Peyton and Eli Manning, Jack Del Rio, Drew Brees, Emeril Lagasse, James Carville, and Blake Lively.
|1983||The Face of Rage||Fred||TV film|
|Chiefs||Newt 'Tub' Murray||Miniseries|
|Heart of Steel||Raymond Bohupinsky||TV film|
|1987||Murder Ordained||Hugh Rayburn||TV film|
|The Equalizer||Harold Winter||Episode: "Re-Entry"|
|Moonlighting||Donald Chase||Episode: "Come Back Little Shiksa"|
|1988–1997||Roseanne||Dan Conner||221 episodes|
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series- Comedy/Musical (1993)
American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) (1989,1990)
Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1989–1995)
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy (1989–1991)
Nominated- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (1994)
|1989–2001||Saturday Night Live||Himself
|1990||Grand||Episode: "The Healing"|
|1992||Frosty Returns||Frosty the Snowman||Voice |
|1993||Grace Under Fire||Police Officer||Episode: "Pilot" |
|Mike & Spike||Sergeant/Sarge||Episode: "Person To Animal" (voice)|
|1994||All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!||Tough Guy Helpline operator||TV Special|
|Mike & Spike||Sergeant/Sarge (cameo)||Episode: "Person To Insect" (voice)|
|1995||Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long||Huey P. Long Jr.||TV film|
Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|A Streetcar Named Desire||Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell||TV film|
Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1997–1998||Soul Man||Capt. Stan Hamel||Episode: "The Lost Sheep Squadron" |
Episode: "The Stan Plan"
|1999||Saturday Night Live: Best of the Clinton Scandal||Linda Tripp||TV Special|
|The Jack Bull||Judge Tolliver||TV film|
|The Simpsons||Meathook||Episode: "Take My Wife, Sleaze" |
|Futurama||Robot Santa Claus||Episode: Xmas Story|
|1999–2000||Now and Again||Michael Wiseman||Episode: "Origins"|
Episode: "Deep In My Heart Is a Song"
|2000||Pigs Next Door||Voice|
|Normal, Ohio||William 'Butch' Gamble/Rex Gamble||13 episodes|
|2001||Ed||Big Rudy||Episode: "Loyalties"|
|On the Edge||The Dean||Miniseries|
Segment: "Happy Birthday"
|2003||Freedom: A History of Us||William 'Big Bill' Haywood
|Episode: "Working for Freedom|
|2003–2004||The West Wing||Glen Allen Walken||4 episodes, uncredited (except in ep. 5x10)|
|2004–2005||Center of the Universe||John Barnett||15 episodes|
|Father of the Pride||Larry||Voice|
|2006||Odd Job Jack||Garbage Czar||Voice |
Episode: "The Big Dump"
|Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Judge Robert Bebe||Episode: "Nevada Day (1)" |
Episode: "Episode: Nevada Day (2)"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|The Year Without a Santa Claus||Santa Claus||TV film|
|2007||King of the Hill||Tommy||Voice |
|The Emperor's New School||Pacha||Episode: "The Emperor's New Tuber/Room for Improvement" |
Episode: "Cool Summer/Prisoner of Kuzcoban"
|2009||You Don't Know Jack||Neal Nicol||TV film|
Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|2010||Treme||Creighton Bernette||Episode: "Do You Know What It Means" |
Episode: "Meet De Boys on the Battlefront"
|Dinosaur Train||Carrol the Carnotaurus|
|2002||Monsters Inc. Scream Arena||James P. "Sulley" Sullivan|
Awards and nominations
- 1991: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor" - Arachnophobia
- 1989: Won, "Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication" - Roseanne
- 1990: Won, "Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication" - Roseanne
- 1989: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" - Roseanne
- 1990: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" - Roseanne
- 1991: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" - Roseanne
- 1992: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" - Roseanne
- 1993: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" - Roseanne
- 1994: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" - Roseanne
- 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" - Roseanne
- 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special" - Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long
- 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special" - A Streetcar Named Desire
- 2007: Won, "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" - Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
- 2010: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseies or TV Movie" - You Don't Know Jack
- 1989: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical" - Roseanne
- 1990: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical" - Roseanne
- 1991: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical" - Roseanne
- 1992: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" - Barton Fink
- 1993: Won, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical" - Roseanne
- 2004: Nominated, "Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie" - The Jungle Book 2
- 1989: Won, "Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program" - Roseanne
- 2001: Won, "Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series" - Normal, Ohio
- 1999: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical" - The Big Lebowski
- 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series" - Roseanne
- 2007: Nominated, "Favorite Elvis Impersonation" - Roseanne
- 2008: Won, "Innovator Award" - Roseanne
- 1992: Won, "Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series" - Roseanne
- 2002: Won, "Best Original Song Written for a Film" - Monsters, Inc.
- John Goodman Biography (1952-2009)
- John Goodman Biography - Yahoo! Movies
- Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio
- Nevada Day, Part 1 - TV.com
- John Goodman's Incredible Weight Loss
- The Late Show with David Letterman airing June 16, 2010
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