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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Birth NameJohn Stephen Goodman
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Stephen Goodman is a U.S. film, television, and stage actor. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Virginia Roos (Loosmore), a waitress and saleswoman, and Leslie Francis Goodman, a postal worker who died when John was a small child. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry. John is best known for his role as Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne (1988), which ran until 1997, and for which he won a Best Actor Golden Globe award in 1993. Goodman is also noted for appearances in the films of the Coen brothers, with prominent roles in Raising Arizona (1987), as an escaped convict, in Barton Fink (1991), as a congenial murderer, in The Big Lebowski (1998), as a volatile bowler, and in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), as a cultured thief. Additionally, Goodman's voice work has appeared in numerous Disney films, including the voice for "Sulley" in Monsters, Inc. (2001). Having contributed to more than 50 films, Goodman has also won two American Comedy Awards and hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) fourteen times.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Annabeth Hartzog (27 October 1989 - present) (1 child)

Trade Mark (6)

[Late 1990s] Occasionally impersonated Linda Tripp on Saturday Night Live (1975) during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Frequently plays the sympathetic friend of the lead character
Frequently plays leaders and authority figures
Frequently appears in films by The Coen Brothers
Deep baritone voice with southern accent
Expressive facial expressions

Trivia (42)

Is one of the favorite hosts on Saturday Night Live (1975), hosting the show 11 times and making numerous surprise appearances starting from the 1989-1990 season to the present.
Became a father for the first time at age 38 when his wife Annabeth Hartzog gave birth to their daughter Molly Evangeline Goodman on August 31, 1990.
His first job was as a bouncer.
Attended and graduated from Affton High School in Affton, Missouri, where he played football and dabbled in theater.
Received his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri (1975).
His first television appearance was for a Burger King commercial in which he had no lines. He only had to bite into a Whopper sandwich with glee.
He was in the original Broadway cast of the musical "Big River" (1985), which is based on "The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn". He played Pap Finn and can be heard on the cast recording singing "Guv'ment".
He was regarded as being so crucial to the feature film version of The Flintstones (1994) that the project would have been shelved if he had turned down the role of Fred Flintstone.
Has played both the King of England (in King Ralph (1991)) and the President of the United States (in certain episodes of The West Wing (1999)).
Dan Conner, Goodman's character on Roseanne (1988), was ranked #13 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [June 20, 2004 issue].
Resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Has appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire (1995) with Alec Baldwin. Baldwin, who played the role originated by Marlon Brando, has played Robert De Niro on Saturday Night Live (1975). Goodman has played Brando and De Niro on "Saturday Night Live".
Moved to New York City shortly after college and lived in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. One of the jobs he held down as a struggling actor was as a waiter.
In 2005, he was ordered by his doctors to lose a great deal of weight. He referred to this as his biggest challenge since quitting smoking in 2003.
Was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon national fraternity (Missouri Eta chapter - Southwest Missouri State University).
Bought his home in New Orleans, Louisiana from Trent Reznor, the brain behind the rock band Nine Inch Nails.
Was the first guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) when the show premiered on September 13, 1993.
On Inside the Actors Studio (1994), he revealed that of all the projects he has worked on, The Big Lebowski (1998) is his favorite.
Had to lose weight in order to play Babe Ruth.
Is a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
Bought a $4.6 million dollar home in Pacific Palisades, California (2008).
Born to Leslie Goodman, Sr, a postal worker (died 1955), and his wife Virginia, a store clerk and waitress, he has a sister, Elisabeth (born after father's death), and a brother, Leslie, Jr (14 years senior to John).
His unique style of throwing darts, holding the pointing tip of the dart with his thumb and index finger and then throwing the dart with the opposite end pointing to the board, so that the dart makes a 180-degree in mid air, with the pointed end to the stuck board, can be seen in many of his movies such as King Ralph (1991).
Started off in a small theater in Springboro, Ohio called the Miami Valley Dinner Theater now called La Comedia Dinner Theater. He appeared in the musical "1776" (1975).
Was considered for the role of Buck Russell in the comedy film Uncle Buck (1989), which went to John Candy.
Was considered for the role of Paul Hennessy on 8 Simple Rules (2002), which went to John Ritter.
In 2007, he quit drinking and has vowed to remain sober.
Enjoys fishing and playing golf.
Drama classmates at Missouri State University included Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper.
Was friends with Bruce Willis during their New York City days as struggling actors.
Has provided the voice of two computer-generated characters named Sullivan: James P. "Sulley" Sullivan in Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Sullivan Truck in Cars (2006).
Though he has been nominated multiple times for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards (two common indicators for an Academy Award nomination), he has never been nominated for an Oscar.
His wife, Anna Beth Goodman, owns a children's clothing store called Pippen Lane on Magazine Street in New Orleans.
He is known for frequently playing roles in animated films more than any other celebrity actor in film history, like Frosty the Snowman in Frosty Returns (1992) Rex in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993), Santa Claus in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (1998), Pacha in The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Kronk's New Groove (2005), and The Emperor's New School (2006), James P. "Sulley" Sullivan in Monsters, Inc. (2001) Mike's New Car (2002), Baloo in The Jungle Book 2 (2003), George Wolfsbottom in Clifford's Really Big Movie (2004), Sulley Truck in the closing credits sequence of Cars (2006), Layton T. Montgomery in Bee Movie (2007), 'Big Daddy' La Bouff in The Princess and the Frog (2009), Santa Claus (again) in SpongeBob SquarePants: It's a SpongeBob Christmas! (2012), Mr. Prenderghast in ParaNorman (2012), and young James P. "Sulley" Sullivan in Monsters University (2013).
Has appeared with Richard Jenkins in four films: Sea of Love (1989), What Planet Are You From? (2000), One Night at McCool's (2001) and Kong: Skull Island (2017).
Has appeared with Steve Buscemi in four films: Barton Fink (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Monsters University (2013).
As of 2016, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), The Artist (2011) and Argo (2012). The latter two are winners in the category.
Has worked with eight directors who have won a Best Director Oscar: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Barry Levinson, Michel Hazanavicius and Robert Zemeckis.
He appeared in the music video "Wild Wild Life" by the new wave band Talking Heads (both MTV and film versions) (1986).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on March 10, 2017.
He was awarded a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri on May 18, 1997.
Has English, German and Welsh ancestry.

Personal Quotes (14)

[on his role as a gay construction worker] We'll shoot in Los Angeles, on the same lot where we shot Roseanne. It'll be difficult because I live in New Orleans. But I really enjoy doing sitcoms. You've got 22 minutes a week to put on a new play. It keeps me off the street.
Doing Roseanne (1988) made me famous. To this day, people will call me "Dan Arnold". They will shout out, "Where's Roseanne?".
[on his performance in The Babe (1992)] I wish I could do it again. I didn't have enough time to get it right.
[on how he met and began his relationship with the Coen Brothers] I flew into New York for the Raising Arizona (1987) audition, and we just started joking around. I started going through their résumé pile, looking at actors, and just kinda made myself at home in my obnoxious way. I think they cast me because I had a baby face and that was a motif of the film.
[on quitting smoking in 2003] I quit a year and a half ago and I turned into a werewolf. I went nuts. I've been smoking since I was in junior high school. I did a couple of episodes of The West Wing (1999) two years ago and I was in the middle of one of these psycho things and turned around and smacked the stage door as hard as I could and my fist immediately swelled up. Thank God I didn't break anything, but that was the last episode I had of nicotine withdrawal.
[2007 - After completing rehab at Promises in Malibu] For my family and myself, I voluntarily took the necessary steps to remain sober the rest of my life.
[2008, on avoiding the Vietnam draft] I went to take my physical. But they measured me two inches shorter than I am. They measured me at six foot instead of six foot two. I was eleven pounds overweight for that height. They told me to lose weight and come back. By the time I was scheduled to come back, the draft was abolished.
[2008, on working with Al Pacino] I just idolized Al Pacino, and I was afraid that, you know, he was gonna wipe his feet on me or put a cigarette out on my neck or something. But he was so full of fire. He had such passion for acting. It's nice to meet someone like that.
[2008] When I look at myself on film, I just see shit I should have done. I'm incapable of watching myself objectively. Unless it's The Big Lebowski. The writing is so goddamned good, you can just enjoy it, go along for the ride like everybody else. Babe Ruth is one of those things I wish I could go back and do over. It's like being in that dream where you're in the subway with no clothes on.
[2008] I always overtip. Because at the end of the night, your feet hurt and you get to count it up and there's a nice feeling when you've gotten tipped well. I know what it's like. My mom lived on tips.
[2008] Celebrity is a dirty word. People are conditioned to hate you if you're famous or in show business. It's that love-hate thing. They can't wait for you to fail or get pulled over with a hooker or a stripper or a teenage boy with a lot of blow in the car.
[on Coyote Ugly (2000)] For the money. Honest to God, that's the only reason I did it.
[on whether the character Dan Connor reflected his own life] No, because Dan actually worked for a living.
[on moving to New York City after graduating college] And then I learned what life was all about... starvation.

Salary (3)

The Flintstones (1994) $3,000,000
Normal, Ohio (2000) $4,400,000 (first season)
Alpha House (2013) $100,000 per episode (2013-2014)

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