Born Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum on October 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, actor Jeff Goldblum began his career on the New York stage after moving to the city at age seventeen. Possessing his own unique style of delivery, Goldblum made an impression on moviegoers with little more than a single line in Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977), when he fretted about having forgotten his mantra. Goldblum went on to appear in the remake Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and co-starred with Ben Vereen in the detective series "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe" (1980) before a high-profile turn in the classic ensemble film The Big Chill (1983).
The quirky actor turned up in the suitably quirky film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), which became a 1980s cult classic, starred in the modern-day film noir Into the Night (1985), then went on to a breakthrough role in the David Cronenberg remake The Fly (1986), which also featured actress Geena Davis, Goldblum's wife from 1987-1990 and co-star in two additional films: Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) and Julien Temple's Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).
Goldblum was the rather unlikely star of some of the biggest blockbusters of the 1990s: Steven Spielberg's dinosaur adventure Jurassic Park (1993) and its sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), as well as the alien invasion film Independence Day (1996). These films saw Goldblum playing the type of intellectual characters he has become associated with. More recently, roles have included critically acclaimed turns in Igby Goes Down (2002) and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). In 2009, he returned to television to star in his second crime series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001).
|Geena Davis||(1 November 1987 - 17 October 1990) (divorced)|
|Patricia Gaul||(4 July 1980 - 1986) (divorced)|
Often cast as either an intellectual of some sort (teachers, scientists, etc.) or an eccentric or both.
Halting delivery of lines
Towering height and slender frame
Is the voice behind the iMac/iBook commercials for Apple Computer.
Was engaged to Laura Dern (1995-1997) .
In a jazz band called "The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra" with actor Peter Weller, they perform at local clubs in Los Angeles. They were also in a band together in the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984).
Studied acting at New York City's prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of legendary acting coach, Sanford Meisner.
Was engaged to Catherine Wreford, a 23-year-old dancer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
After playing the victim of an alien invasion in the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), he appears in two films in which he fights aliens: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) and Independence Day (1996). Also one where he plays an alien: Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).
He can wiggle his ears one at a time. He demonstated this talent on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993).
Has worked twice with three of the writers of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): the film's director, Steven Spielberg, directed him in Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997); the screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan, directed him in The Big Chill (1983) and Silverado (1985). Philip Kaufman, whose idea it was for Indy to pursue the Ark of the Covenant, directed him in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and The Right Stuff (1983).
Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999.
Father was a doctor and mother a radio broadcaster. Has two older brothers, Rick and Lee, and a sister Pamela. Older brother Rick (by four years) died of kidney failure while traveling in Morocco at age 23. Lee is a realtor and Pamela an artist.
Appeared opposite his then-girlfriend Geena Davis in The Fly (1986), and future girlfriend Laura Dern in Jurassic Park (1993). In both films, each actress's character remarks that "Something went wrong.".
In three films, Jeff Goldblum plays characters that have some sort of vomit-related sickness. In The Right Stuff (1983) he plays a NASA promoter who gets seasick. In The Fly (1986), Seth Brundle gets motion sickness which is why he invents teleporting. And in Independence Day (1996), David Levinson gets airsick. It's unknown if Goldblum actually suffers from any of these.
Appeared with his first wife, Patricia Gaul, in The Big Chill (1983) and Silverado (1985), both of which were directed by Lawrence Kasdan. His second wife, Geena Davis, appeared in The Accidental Tourist (1988), also directed by Kasdan.
Is a skilled piano player.
Attended Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh.
Played one member in a trio of thugs in two Charles Bronson films: Death Wish (1974) and St. Ives (1976).
His surname is often mispronounced due to its spelling until he pointed out on a talk show that his name is pronounced Gold-'bloom' and not Gold-'blum'.
I don't think of it that way. I'm just flattered playing smart guys who get to figure out before anybody else what's going on. So that's awfully fun.
I got good grades in school, but I was in a little school and a small town out of Pittsburgh, not academically demanding or ambitious, I don't know how much that says but I was not that science thrilled I was more in to playing sports, jazz, painting and acting, stuff like that, but recently because of playing these parts I've gotten more interested in science, my dad was a doctor, and I'm reading this Carl Sagan book that makes science, see the way he talks about it is very aliquot, makes it seems kind of human kind of romantic and wondrous, spirituals, sexy vermeil, its very attractive book that he just wrote.
I grew up watching sci-fi and monster movies like I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) and all those creepy old Vincent Price horror movies. They made a huge impression on me and I think that's what Independence Day (1996) is going to do for a whole generation of youngsters. It's going to be their favorite nightmare.
I mean, forget about Jurassic Park (1993), I remember the real-event movie when I was a kid was "King Kong Vs. Godzilla" (King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)). There was a theatre outside of Pittsburgh where I grew up, a real jewel box inside, three balconies.
I've been lucky. And thank goodness the (sci-fi films) I've done have been good movies. I feel like some kind of lucky star has, for now, shone on me.
It is psychologically unsettling. But I think we've made something more sophisticated than just a slasher movie, because of the family drama in it. The Fly (1986) could have been something else (meaning a cheap monster movie). But I think we raised that to something smarter. It's a love story and something that has poetry in it and majesty and real tragedy.
It's OK. I don't mind being, you know to try and subordinate my moods, and reflexes and impulses sometimes and have to be sweet descent and nice, I don't think that's a bad thing, especially I don't think I would have that if I didn't have acting as an outlet, because acting asks you demands you and allows you to be reactive passionate all of yourself, your authentic self in fact your more naked self, your enraged self, your jerky self, your self, its a great outlet so in life if we have to be, you don't want to be phony, but its not a bad idea to have to sidestep your negativity, to count to ten sometimes do the right thing be sweet to people figure out what you can do to to contribute in a situation, and that's not a bad thing.
It's been fun, obviously if you want to be an actor and you think of being successful you always thought that would go along with it, I never thought that was a horrible thing, in fact I've enjoyed it, it's a sweet thing you feel on most encounters, like it's an amazing rare thing that you feel connected to people in a way you're not strangers, you're not bumping into people and they go hey! They're going hey it's you and I'm glad to see you and I like you, and that's a delicious wonderful thing for the most part, it gives you a sense of responsibility so you can't misbehave without being talked about, you know people are going to say, "You know who was a real jerk today? Jeff Goldblum!", so you got to be, but that's a good thing, if we all knew we were going to be reported about and couldn't be anonymous that's not a bad thing, but sometimes you can't exactly, sometimes you want to be private, and it can be embarrassing, or not so nice, but for the most part it's great.
Not to mention life, which continues to be a challenge, and which I continue to try and get better at.
Well, well, well! It's certainly a compelling provocative exciting delicious to think about idea, smart people say the universe is so big there must be something statistically it could be likely there could be something happening on some other world.
When I'm in a happy state of mind, I often am in Los Angeles, recently you know those Fantasy Tour vans that go around, I don't know what they're looking at, they're looking at studios and things like that, when I pass them in my car sometimes I roll down the window and point myself out to them, sometimes they don't notice me, and I'll go OK never mind, but sometimes they go Oh ladies and gentleman to the right we have Jeff Goldblum.
[on his relationship with Geena Davis after their divorce]: We are good friends and she's a wonderful person and a wonderful actress.
[on Laura Dern]: Well, you know, I'm very easily stirred. And she's a remarkable woman. So I was struck with that from the beginning. But it wasn't until the film was over that we formed an alliance. I had been discreetly casting glances across the dinosaur. It's mysterious what attracts you to a person.
[on the success of Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Independence Day (1996)]: The success of these three movies has certainly made my life less stressful and I'm having great fun slaying aliens and dinosaurs.
[on watching himself act]: It was odd because I hadn't seen much of what we had done until I saw it all put together up there. So, I'm watching everybody, but I care mostly about me [laughs]. So, I'm watching and thinking, "Good, Jeff. That's nice, Jeff. Yes, Jeff, go for it. Oh, YES, Jeff.
(May 2005) Performing in The Pillowman on Broadway.
(November 2006) Currently starring in an Irish commercial on RTE Television to promote the new and updated version of the Irish National Lottery.
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