Robert Francis 'Bobcat' Goldthwait, born May 26, 1962, is an American comedian. He is most widely known for his high pitch voice during his comedy acts.
He was born in Syracuse, New York in 1962. He decided on a career as a comedian at an early age and was performing professionally while still in high school at the age of 15. He and his classmate, Tom Kenny, performed in a comedy duo, billing themselves as "Bobcat and Tomcat". Goldthwait became recognized as a solo stand-up comedian and had three televised concert specials in the 1980s: Bob Goldthwait - Is He Like That All the Time?, An Evening with Bobcat Goldthwait: Share the Warmth (1987) (TV) and Meat Bob.
Goldthwait's first major film role was in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985). He reprised the role in the next two films in the series.
During the fall of 1993, Goldthwait did stand-up material as an opening act for Nirvana on what would be their final North American tour.
He has made several guest appearances on talk shows as well as comedy programs including "The Ben Stiller Show" (1992). On May 9, 1994, he made a controversial appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992), where, on impulse, he set a couch on fire. This incident was then the basis of the plot for his subsequent appearance on "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992).
One of the most recognizable features of Goldthwait's performances is his voice. Goldthwait has voiced characters on the television series "Capitol Critters" (1992); "The Moxy & Flea Show" (1995); "Unhappily Ever After" (1995); "Hercules" (1998) and "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" (2000). He has also appeared, as himself, hosting the comedy quiz show "Bobcat's Big Ass Show" (1998).
Goldthwait has released two comedy albums: "Meat Bob" (1988) on Chrysalis Records and "I Don't Mean to Insult You, but You Look Like Bobcat Goldthwait" (23 September, 2003) on Comedy Central Records.
He made his feature film directorial debut with Shakes the Clown (1991), which he wrote and starred in as well.
His film, Windy City Heat (2003) (TV), won a Comedia Award for Best Comedy Film at Montreal's Just for Laughs Film Festival in 2004.
He married Ann Luly in 1986 at the age of 24. The couple have two children (now grown), Tasha and Taylor, and divorced in May 1998. At one time, Goldthwait was engaged to his "Unhappily Ever After" (1995) co-star, Nikki Cox, but the couple has since split.
Bobcat began directing ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003) in the fall 2004 season. Since joining the show's crew, the ratings went up to 2 million viewers a night, with the numbers rising nearly 50% with the teenage demographic. In May of 2006, he left to pursue his film career as a filmmaker/director but has since returned to the show.
Goldthwait's most recent feature, "Sleeping Dogs Lie" (formally Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006/I)), starring Melinda Page Hamilton, was in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and it was part of the "Independent Dramatic Features" competition. "Sleeping Dogs Lie" is about a youthful, impulsive sexual encounter which opens the door to a dark comedy about the complexities of honesty. It was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the "Dramatic Features" category. "Sleeping Dogs Lie" was picked up in a mid-six figure deal for distribution in north America by Roadside Attractions & Samuel Goldwyn Films at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. A French film company called "Gaumont" bought it for the international rights to the film in France. "Tartan Films", a UK-based production company, also bought it for international rights in the United Kingdom. The film was released in the US on October 20, 2006.
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Loud, trembling voice
During his May 9, 1994 appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992), he poured lighter fluid on his chair and set it on fire.
Was the subject (sort of) of the independent film Calling Bobcat (2000). In a key part of the film, the two main characters theorize about the sobering effect that drinking olive oil before drinking alcohol can have on the human body. This is a reference to lines spoken by Bobcat Golthwait's character in the film Burglar (1987). After the stunt fails, the two characters spend much of the movie trying to track down the comedian.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 186-187. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.
Father of Tasha Goldthwait.
He's a longtime childhood friend of "Spongebob Squarepants" voice talent Tom Kenny.
Was a close personal friend of Kurt Cobain.
He attended Bishop Grimes High School in East Syracuse, graduating with voice actor Tom Kenny, who is best known for his work on "SpongeBob SquarePants" (1999). Goldthwait & Kenny were in the class of 1980.
Goldthwait's film Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006/I) was recently bought by Roadside Attractions & Samuel Goldwyn Films at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival for the North American rights to the film. Gaumont also bought it for the international rights to the film.
Recently between June 9 - 17, 2006, Goldthwait attended the 2006 CineVegas Film Festival. He's also the panelist for the CineVegas "Outlaw Cinema Panel", which started on June 11th. Reviews after this day complemented him as the most talkative and the most interesting panelist.
He played "The Sandman" in an episode of the children's television show, "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" (1991) titled "Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Final Wish (#2.1)" (1993).
On the "Family Guy" (1999) episode, "Family Guy: The Perfect Castaway (#4.12)" (2005), "Peter Griffin" recalls being on a game show, Bobcat or Bjork, where he heard a sound and had to guess if it was by Bobcat, or Icelandic vocalist Björk. He guessed it was Bobcat, but the host tells Peter it was Bjork.
If you ever see me getting beaten by the police, put down the video camera and come help me!
[from "Bob Goldthwait - Is He Like That All The Time?" on HBO]: America is one of the finest countries anyone ever stole.
That movie looks so bad, I can't believe I wasn't in it.
You can't blame the President for everything that's wrong with this country. That's like blaming Ronald McDonald if you get a bad cheeseburger.
(about fatherhood, 1992) Yeah, my kids have already started a support group.
Fame is like a big eraser. It's strange, now that I'm famous. In my parents' opinion, all the shitty things - all the wreckage of my past - is erased. Now it's like I was never the kid who got arrested. Now I'm a wonderful son.
I retired from acting the same time they stopped hiring me. But following my own thing of making these small indie movies has been the happiest I've ever been.
(September 2003) has a new comedy album on CD coming out on September 23, 2003 by Comedy Central Records. The name of the album is: "I Don't Want To Insult You, But You Look Like Bobcat Goldthwait" (a.k.a. - The Uninspired Ramblings of a 40 Old Has-Been).
(April 2005) Currently directing ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003), where ratings have sky-rocketed since he joined the show, to touring the country with his unique comedy style.
(December 2006) Since Bobcat Goldthwait released his new film "Sleeping Dogs Lie" (a.k.a. Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006/I)), he is now a TV/film director. It's not his first time directing for television, though. In his October 2006 interview in Suicide Girls, he announced that he's not going back to stand-up comedy and has no interest of doing so. He also admitted that directing is his favorite thing to do.
(February 2008) Finishing up his stand up tour during the writer's strike.
(June 2008) Current feature film in production starting July 2008: World's Greatest Dad (2009/I).
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