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John Goodman

John Goodman remembers the day in 1975 when he left his native St. Louis for New York, armed only with a degree in fine arts from Southwest Missouri State University, $1,000 his brother had lent him and a dream of becoming a professional actor. He didn't want to look back later and say, I wonder if I could have... He made the rounds, worked at odd jobs and just tried to keep busy. He's been busy ever since.

Goodman is starring in the fourth season of DirecTV's Damages, playing the CEO of a mysterious military contractor who is put on trial in a wrongful-death suit. In addition, Goodman has joined NBC's Community as the new vice dean of Greendale's well-known air -conditioning program.

Goodman's recent film projects include the Weinstein Co's black-and-white French silent feature The Artist, Warner Bros' drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Warner Bros' political thriller Argo.

Goodman's latest film project, HBO's biopic of Jack Kevorkian, You Don't Know Jack, reunited him with Al Pacino (Sea of Love) and Susan Sarandon (Speed Racer), for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, and a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. His recent TV credits include the HBO drama Treme.

Goodman has garnered many accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and seven Emmy nominations for his role in Roseanne. He also earned Emmy nominations for his starring roles in TNT's Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long, CBS's production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and the Coen Brothers film Barton Fink. In 2007, Goodman won his second Emmy, for Outstanding Guest Actor, on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Previous film credits include In The Electric Mist, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Speed Racer, Bee Movie, Pope Joan, Alabama Moon, Gigantic, "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, Beyond the Sea, Masked and Anonymous, Storytelling, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Coyote Ugly, What Planet Are You From?, One Night at McCool's, Bringing Out the Dead, Fallen, The Borrowers, Blues Brothers 2000, The Runner, The Flintstones, Mother Night, Arachnophobia, Always, Pie in the Sky, Born Yesterday, Matinee, The Babe, King Ralph, Punchline, Everybody's All-American, Sea of Love, Stella, Eddie Macon's Run, C.H.U.D., Revenge of the Nerds, Maria's Lovers, Sweet Dreams, True Stories, The Big Easy, Burglar The Wrong Guys, Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski."

He has lent his voice to numerous animated films, including Monsters, Inc., The Emperor's New Groove, Tales of the Rat Fink and The Jungle Book II. He also voiced a main character in NBC's animated series Father of the Pride. Goodman went to Southwest Missouri State intending to play football, but an injury forced him to switch his major to drama. He never returned to football and graduated with a degree in Theatre.

Goodman starred on Broadway in Waiting for Godot, for which he received rave reviews as Pozzo. Goodman's other stage credits include many dinner theatre and children's theatre productions, as well as several off-Broadway plays. His regional theatre credits include Henry IV, Parts I and II, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and A Christmas Carol. He performed in a road production of The Robber Bridegroom and starred in two Broadway shows, Loose Ends in 1979 and Big River in 1985. In 2001, he starred in the NY Shakespeare Festival Central Park staging of The Seagull directed by Mike Nichols. The following year Goodman appeared on Broadway in the Public Theatre's Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Goodman and his family have homes in Los Angeles and New Orleans.

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John Goodman Facts

BirthdayJune 20, 1952 (70)
BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, USA
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is John Goodman compared to you?
Awards1993 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Roseanne)

Selected Filmography

10 Cloverfield Lane
The Gambler
Patriot's Day
Monsters, Inc.
Monsters University
KFC Loves Gays with John Goodman
The Big Lebowski
Patriots Day
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