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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 25 October 1970Santa Monica, California, USA
Birth NameAdam Charles Goldberg
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

An actor with a talent for mining the neuroses of his characters for both comedic and dramatic effect and a filmmaker adept at exploring the philosophical questions at the heart of the human experience, Adam Goldberg has solidified his position as a versatile and unique talent.

Goldberg was born in Santa Monica, California, to Donna (Goebel) and Earl Goldberg. His father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent (from Russia, Lithuania, and Romania), while Adam's mother is a lapsed Catholic who has German, Mexican, Irish, French, and English ancestry.

Goldberg made his feature film debut in 1991 as Billy Crystal's younger brother-in-law in Mr. Saturday Night (1992). Additional film credits include Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998) with Tom Hanks, Ron Howard's Edtv (1999), Richard Linklater's ode to 1970s high school life, Dazed and Confused (1993) as well as Waking Life (2001), John Singleton's Higher Learning (1995), Gregory Widen's The Prophecy (1995) opposite Christopher Walken, and lent his voice to George Miller's Babe: Pig in the City (1998).

A familiar presence on television, Goldberg's TV credits include Marcus Nispel's made-for-television film Frankenstein (2004) opposite Parker Posey, guest-starring appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), The Practice (1997), Will & Grace (1998), and a popular recurring role on Friends (1994). Additional credits include The Outer Limits (1995), ER (1994), and NYPD Blue (1993).

Goldberg also appeared on the big screen in Donald Petrie's How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) with Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, Jonathan Kesselman's send-up The Hebrew Hammer (2003), D.J. Caruso's drug noir The Salton Sea (2002) with Val Kilmer, and Ron Howard's Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind (2001) with Russell Crowe.

Goldberg co-wrote and directed the feature I Love Your Work (2003), which was produced through his production company. The film, starring Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente, Christina Ricci and Joshua Jackson, with a cameo by Elvis Costello, is about the gradual meltdown of a fictional movie star. Goldberg also composed the film's original music with The Flaming Lips' drummer Steven Drozd.

Goldberg starred in FOX's comedy, Head Cases (2005) as Shultz, a lawyer suffering from a explosive disorder who insinuates himself into the life of a fellow lawyer (played by Chris O'Donnell) recovering from a nervous breakdown. The two eventually join forces to start a law firm both to take on the cases of underdog clients who need their help, but just as importantly to try to keep each other sane.

As a filmmaker, Goldberg wrote, directed and starred in the "neo-noir", Scotch and Milk (1998), which made its debut in 1998 at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, and was featured on the Sundance Channel series "10 Best Films You May Never Seen." In addition, Goldberg directed, co-edited, and produced the comic documentary short, Running with the Bulls (2003) for the Independent Film Channel.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: his publicist.

Trivia (6)

Appeared in both Stay Alive (2006) (the last production finished in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina) and Deja Vu (2006) (the first production in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina).
He appeared in both Friends (1994) and the spin off Joey (2004) but as different characters.
Was originally offered a role in Panic Room (2002) by director David Fincher, however, due to his commitment with the TV show, The $treet (2000), he could not take the role. The part was later played by Jared Leto.
Adam's father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Russia, Lithuania, and Romania), while Adam's mother is a non-practicing Catholic. Adam's maternal grandfather, Eugene John Goebel, who was from Wisconsin, was of German ancestry. Adam's maternal grandmother, Neva Bernice Tully, was of almost half Mexican ancestry (.875/2), along with French, English, and Irish roots; Neva had deep roots in Arizona.
Lives in Los Angeles with his dog Digger.
In a relationship with Christina Ricci 2003 - 2007.

Personal Quotes (8)

(2007 - On what role stands out the most) There's absolutely no question that it's Dazed and Confused (1993). I think of that as being my first real movie. Up until that point, I would get a job. It could be speaking barely - or not speaking, in the case of Designing Women (1986) - doing these little parts, and then I'd go back to my job at the bookstore. Dazed and Confused (1993) sort of drew that line in the sand, where even though I didn't really make any money, I knew I could never go back into the bookstore, because it would seem strange. Beyond that sort of superficial, practical effect, I always feel bad for people who didn't have a first experience like that. I did that film with these kids, and a lot of them, it was their first time on location. It was definitely a fun movie, but it operated on so many levels, because there was the life outside the movie. It's this really abbreviated, condensed, high-octane equivalent of the college experience I essentially never had. And on another level, I think we all really felt that we were part of an incredibly unusual creative process, because it was a collaborative effort, and we were taken really seriously by Rich [Richard Linklater]. He's one of those guys that for years, I wished was directing everything I'd been in. And it's sort of bittersweet, because it's the thing that breaks your professional hymen, and you're always trying to recapture that spirit. But the nature of the business doesn't normally allow for such a creative atmosphere in what was essentially a studio movie.
(On making Deja Vu (2006)) A surprisingly collaborative experience, which I had very little expectation of, at least going in initially to meet [director] Tony Scott, who ends up being one of these guys who... I think it's an important lesson. You assume that these guys who are elder statesmen, in a sense, who are such visionaries, are just going to move you to your tape mark and pull your strings and then call "cut". But he solicited quite a lot of actor input, and there was a lot of scientific stuff that I became very, very involved in. I became really immersed in all this quantum-physics stuff, at least as much as my brain could process, which is fairly limited. My brain is a sieve when it comes to languages and science. And math. Anything exercising any sort of non-verbal skill. And I really enjoyed it. I was surprised, and Val [Kilmer] and I had a really nice time together. He's a hoot, so we were sort of like the bad kids on the set.
(On Mr. Saturday Night (1992)) That was my first movie, I guess. Whatever I ended up saying in the movie, I believe, was cut out. I think there was a reaction shot left in. But the experience at the time - I was 21, and I was genuinely excited in a way that I don't think I was for very much after that, because I was filled with that sort of naive conviction that once the ball started rolling, there'd be no stopping it, and this business would be a cinch, and all these other things. It was my first real job. I mean, I had done some TV stuff, but it was within the first 18 months of having started working.
(On what he remembers most about making Saving Private Ryan (1998)) I suppose I mostly remember my death scene. Pretty much any time I'm beat up, or I beat up somebody, or I get killed, it ends up being a fairly memorable experience. That, again, was one of those cathartic things, dealing with an issue I tend to have a lot of problems wrapping my head around-that being mortality. It was definitely a really exciting day, a kind of fulfilling experience. Mainly I just remember being incredibly tired. The lines began to blur between what was real and what wasn't, which I think was certainly part of the idea of sticking us in a boot camp, and directly into shooting without a break. But it felt like a very noble experience, and you have very few of those. At least, I've had very few of those experiences, where you feel like you're really doing something important on a much larger scale than to satisfy your own creative needs and pocketbook.
(On making How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)) God, what do I remember from that? The hotel bar, really. I don't remember much. Making some money.
(On making Zodiac (2007)) Zodiac. Wow. Lots of takes. Lots of takes. Lots and lots and lots of takes. I worked very briefly on it, so the only recollection I really have is doing whatever it is you see me doing in that movie, hundreds of times. Working with the ghost of Stanley Kubrick, basically.
(2009 quote on being thought of as an indie actor) Oftentimes, I think it's funny, because I'll see a one-line thing if I get cast in something, it'll say, "Indie actor Adam Goldberg". When I think about the money I've made, most of it from television for many years, I hadn't really been in an actual independent movie. The first one I really did was my own film, Scotch and Milk (1998), which I made for $60,000. Even Dazed and Confused (1993) wasn't an independent film, it was one of the first Gramercy Pictures releases. I've had experiences on really big movies - like Deja Vu (2006) - that, in many ways, felt more collaborative than some of the little movies that I've done. Tony Scott was this guy who happened to really love his crew and love his actors and love people's input, and even though I was just this cog in a wheel, I was in the presence of someone who approaches this thing in the manner you might expect an independent filmmaker would. The lines are being blurred.
(2009 quote) I feel very bizarre when I'm acting. I think things have just sort of changed for me over the last several years as my interests and passions began to sort of shift. I don't have a lot of actor friends - anymore, anyway - and I generally just feel like I'm posing as an actor, to be honest. I think some people are sort of born to do that and immerse themselves in it, and others aren't. When you find yourself straddling between those two worlds, I feel much more comfortable in reality, and I feel much more comfortable directing actors than experiencing it myself. The older I've gotten and the more that I've written and the more music stuff that I've done, acting has become an occupation. I really value my time not pretending to be something that I'm not, because as an actor, that's what you're constantly doing.

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