John Goodman

John Goodman
John Goodman by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Goodman at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
John Stephen Goodman

(1952-06-20) June 20, 1952 (age 67)
ResidenceNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice artist
Years active1975–present
Spouse(s)
Annabeth Hartzog
(m. 1989)
Children1

John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American actor and voice artist. 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. 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 in animated films include Pacha in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove (2000) and Sulley in Pixar's Monsters, Inc. (2001), as well as its prequel Monsters University (2013) and the upcoming Disney+ series Monsters at Work (2020).

His other film performances include lead roles in Always (1989), King Ralph (1991), The Babe (1992), The Flintstones (1994) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), and supporting roles in 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[1] 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".[2]

Early life[edit]

Goodman was born in Affton, Missouri.[3] 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,[3][4] a retail store worker, and also took in laundry to support the family.[2] Goodman has a younger sister, Elisabeth, born six months after his father died, and an older brother, Leslie, who is 14 years his senior.[5][6] He is of English, German, and Welsh ancestry[4] and was raised Southern Baptist.[7]

Goodman described his childhood as alone and withdrawn after his father had died so early and his brother had left to go to college.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.[6] 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.[6] 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.[6]

Goodman went to Affton High School, where he played football (offensive guard and defensive tackle)[6] 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.[8] 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.[9] He remains close to his school friends.[2] Goodman graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975.[10]

Career[edit]

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.[8] With a small bankroll from his brother, Goodman found an apartment in Hell's Kitchen[11] 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.[9] Goodman also performed off-Broadway and in dinner theaters before landing character roles in film during the early 1980s.[8]

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,[12] 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",[6] 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).[13] 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.[8] 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.[14]

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).[15] 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 smiling
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[16] for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series for his performance.[17] In addition, Goodman starred as Fred Flintstone in the film adaptation of The Flintstones.[18]

He voiced Robot Santa in the character's first appearance on Futurama. Beginning in 2007, Goodman has been the voiceover in Dunkin' Donuts commercials.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] He was the original voice of the yellow M&M in 1995 before being replaced by J. K. Simmons the following year.[22]

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."[2] 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;[23] 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.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26]

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.[27] He went on to star as Sheriff Hartman in the 2016 Broadway revival of The Front Page, alongside Nathan Lane and John Slattery.[28]

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.[29][30][31]

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.[32] On May 16, 2017 it was confirmed that 8 episodes would air mid-season in 2018 on ABC.[33] 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.[34][35][36] The next month, ABC ordered a ten-episode Roseanne spin-off titled The Conners, which stars the Roseanne cast sans Roseanne Barr.[37] 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.[38] 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.[6] The Righteous Gemstones was renewed for a second season in September 2019.[39]

Philanthropy[edit]

Since Hurricane Katrina, Goodman has appeared in several recovery commercials aired in Louisiana.[40]

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.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Goodman married Annabeth Hartzog in 1989. They met at a Halloween party at Tipitina's when he was in New Orleans, Louisiana filming Everybody's All-American.[42] His wife is originally from Bogalusa, Louisiana and they are residents of the Garden District in New Orleans.[8][43] Their daughter, Molly Evangeline Goodman (born 1990), works as a production assistant in the film industry.[44]

In a 2009 interview, Goodman opened up about his alcoholism, saying, "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."[9] In October 2012, he said, "If I'd picture in my mind a drink – usually straight out of the bottle – I couldn't not do it." He said that, while acting in plays, "I'd have the shakes so bad I'd have to have a drink to get through the show. I'm lucky I never got fired."[45] He had started drinking heavily in 1978 when he was hanging out in actors' bars like Café Central[46] in New York every night because he said he "didn't know what do with myself" after a girl he had been with had broken up with him. Goodman has admitted to using cocaine around this time.[6] Eventually, Goodman "bottomed out" and has been sober since 2007.[2][47] He tries to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every morning.[44]

Goodman was formerly known by his sizable frame, at one point weighing close to 400 lb (180 kg).[48] However, by August 2010, he had lost 100 lb (45 kg). He lost the weight by exercising and keeping a journal of what he was eating.[49] He has lost even more weight since then. His new figure attracted much attention when he appeared at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015 and the BFI London Film Festival in October 2015.[48]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Eddie Macon's Run Herbert
1983 The Survivors Commando
1984 Crackers Cracker
1984 C.H.U.D. Cop in Diner
1984 Maria's Lovers Frank
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Coach Harris
1985 Sweet Dreams Otis
1986 True Stories Louis Fyne
1987 The Big Easy Det. Andre DeSoto
1987 Raising Arizona Gale Snoats
1987 Burglar Det. Nyswander
1988 The Wrong Guys Duke Earle
1988 Punchline John Krytsick
1988 Everybody's All-American Edward Lawrence
1989 Sea of Love Det. Sherman Touhey
1989 Always Al Yackey
1990 Stella Ed Munn
1990 Arachnophobia Delbert McClintock
1991 King Ralph Ralph Hampton Gainesworth Jones
1991 Barton Fink Charlie Meadows / Karl Mundt
1992 The Babe George Herman "Babe" Ruth
1993 Matinee Lawrence Woolsey
1993 Born Yesterday Harry Brock
1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story Rex the Dinosaur (voice)
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy Newsreel Announcer (voice) Credited as Karl Mundt[50]
1994 The Flintstones Fred Flintstone
1996 Pie in the Sky Alan Davenport
1996 Mother Night Major Frank Wirtanen
1997 The Borrowers Ocious P. Potter
1998 Fallen Det. Jonesy
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 "Mighty" Mack McTeer
1998 The Big Lebowski Walter Sobchak
1998 Dirty Work Mayor Adrian Riggins Uncredited[51]
1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Santa Claus (voice)
1998 The Real Macaw Mac the Parrot (voice) US Version
1999 The Runner Deepthroat
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Larry Verber
1999 The Jack Bull Judge Joe B. Tolliver
2000 What Planet Are You From? Roland Jones
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Daniel "Big Dan" Teague
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officer Cameo
2000 Coyote Ugly William James Sanford
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Pacha (voice)
2001 My First Mister Benjamin Wilson
2001 One Night at McCool's Det. Dehling
2001 Storytelling Marty Livingston Segment: "Non-Fiction"
2001 Happy Birthday The Dean
2001 Monsters, Inc. James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (voice)
2002 Mike's New Car James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (voice) Short film
2002 Dirty Deeds Tony Testano
2003 Masked and Anonymous Uncle Sweetheart
2003 The Jungle Book 2 Baloo (voice)
2004 Freshman Orientation Rodney
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie George Wolfsbottom (voice)
2004 Beyond the Sea Steve "Boom Boom" Blauner
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Steve Mills
2005 Kronk's New Groove Pacha (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2006 Cars James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck (voice) Cameo
2006 Tales of the Rat Fink Ed "Big Daddy" Roth (voice) Documentary film
2007 Death Sentence Bones Darley
2007 Evan Almighty Congressman Chuck Long
2007 Bee Movie Layton T. Montgomery (voice)
2008 Speed Racer Pops Racer
2008 Gigantic Al Lolly
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Graham Bloomwood
2009 In the Electric Mist Julie "Baby Feet" Balboni
2009 Alabama Moon Mr. Wellington
2009 Beyond All Boundaries Capt. Edwin Simmons (voice) Short film
2009 The Princess and the Frog Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff (voice)
2009 Pope Joan Pope Sergius II
2009 Drunkboat Mr. Fletcher
2011 The Artist Al Zimmer
2011 Red State Joseph Keenan
2011 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Stan the Doorman
2012 ParaNorman Mr. Prendergast (voice)
2012 The Campaign Scott Talley Cameo
2012 Trouble with the Curve Pete Klein
2012 Argo John Chambers
2012 Flight Harling Mays
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Roland Turner
2013 The Hangover Part III Marshall
2013 The Internship Sammy Boscoe Uncredited
2013 Monsters University James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (voice)
2014 The Monuments Men Capt. Walter Garfield
2014 Party Central James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (voice) Short film
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Hound (voice)[52]
2014 The Gambler Frank
2015 Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle Hal Houston (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2015 Trumbo Frank King
2015 Love the Coopers Sam Cooper
2016 10 Cloverfield Lane Howard Stambler
2016 Ratchet & Clank Grimroth (voice)
2016 Patriots Day Ed Davis
2017 Bunyan and Babe Paul Bunyan (voice)
2017 Kong: Skull Island William "Bill" Randa
2017 Atomic Blonde Emmett Kurzfeld
2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice Dave Phillips
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Hound (voice)[53]
2017 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Igon Siruss (voice)
2019 Captive State William Mulligan
2019 Easy Does It 'Catfish' Crawford (voice)
2020 Tom and Jerry Spike (voice)
TBA Spring Break '83 Dick Bender Completed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Mystery of the Morro Castle George Rogers Unknown episodes[54]
1983 The Face of Rage Fred Television film
1983 Heart of Steel Raymond Bohupinsky Television film
1983 Chiefs Newt "Tub" Murray Episode: "Part 3"
1987 The Equalizer Harold Winter Episode: "Re-Entry"
1987 Moonlighting Donald Chase Episode: "Come Back Little Shiksa"
1987 Murder Ordained Hugh Rayburn Television film
1988–1997, 2018 Roseanne Dan Conner 221 episodes
1989–2013 Saturday Night Live Himself / Host 13 episodes
1990 Grand Red Episode: "The Healing"
1992 The Jackie Thomas Show Dan Conner Episode: "The Joke"
1992 Frosty Returns Frosty the Snowman (voice) TV special
1993 Grace Under Fire Police Officer Episode: "Pilot"; Uncredited[55]
1995 Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Huey Long Television film
1995 A Streetcar Named Desire Harold "Mitch" Mitchell Television film
1995 Sesame Street Himself 1 episode
1997–1998 Soul Man Capt. Stan Hamel 2 episodes
1999 The Simpsons Meathook (voice) Episode: "Take My Wife, Sleaze"
1999 Futurama Robot Santa (voice) Episode: "Xmas Story"
1999–2000 Now and Again Michael Wiseman 2 episodes
2000 Pigs Next Door Phil Stymington (voice) 13 episodes
2000 Normal, Ohio William "Butch" Gamble 13 episodes
2001 When Dinosaurs Roamed America Narrator (voice) Television film
2001 Ed Big Rudy Episode: "Loyalties"
2003–2004 The West Wing Glen Allen Walken 4 episodes
2004–2005 Father of the Pride Larry (voice) 15 episodes
2004–2005 Center of the Universe John Barnett 12 episodes
2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Judge Bobby Bebe 2 episodes
2006 Odd Job Jack Garbage Czar (voice) Episode: "The Big Dump"
2006 The Year Without a Santa Claus Santa Claus Television film
2007 King of the Hill Tommy (voice) Episode: "SerPUNt"
2007–2008 The Emperor's New School Pacha (voice) 16 episodes
2010 You Don't Know Jack Neal Nicol Television film
2010–2011 Treme Creighton Bernette 13 episodes
2011 Damages Howard T. Erickson 10 episodes
2011–2012 Community Vice Dean Robert Laybourne[56] 6 episodes
2012 SpongeBob SquarePants Santa Claus (voice) Episode: "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"
2013 Dancing on the Edge Masterson 5 episodes
2013–2014 Alpha House Gil John Biggs 21 episodes
2016–2018 Saturday Night Live Rex Tillerson 3 episodes[57]
2018 Black Earth Rising Michael Ennis 8 episodes
2018–present The Conners Dan Conner 18 episodes
2019–present The Righteous Gemstones Eli Gemstone 9 episodes
2020 Monsters at Work James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (voice)[20] Upcoming series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
1994 The Flintstones (pinball) Fred Flintstone
1996 Pyst King Mattruss
2002 Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena James P. "Sulley" Sullivan
2007 Bee Movie Game Layton T. Montgomery
2007 Cars Mater-National Championship James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck
2009 Cars Race-O-Rama James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck
2011 Rage Dan Hagar[58]
2018 Lego The Incredibles James P. "Sulley" Sullivan

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