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John Goodman

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John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American film, television, and stage actor. He is known for his role as Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne (1988"1997), for which he won a Best Actor Golden Globe Award in 1993, and for providing the voice of Sulley in Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University. Other prominent roles he has portrayed include his leading voice role in Frosty Returns, his recent supporting roles in The Artist, Argo, Flight, and The Hangover Part III, and a cameo in C.H.U.D. As a film actor, he has frequently collaborated with the Coen brothers on such films as Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

Early life and education

Goodman was born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 20, 1952. His mother, Virginia Roos (née Loosmore), was a store clerk and waitress who worked at Jack and Phil's Bar-B-Que, while his father, Leslie Francis Goodman, was a postal worker who died of a heart attack when Goodman was only two years old. He has a sister, Elisabeth Horvath, and a brother, Leslie. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry.

Goodman went to Affton High School, where he played football and dabbled in theater. He won a football scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University. He pledged to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, but was not formally initiated until several years later. He discovered SoMo's drama program and studied there with actors Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper. After a college injury ended his football career, he decided to become a professional actor and left Missouri for New York in 1975.

With a small bankroll from his brother, Goodman found an apartment on Ninth Avenue and 51st Street, near Manhattan's Theater District, and attempted unsuccessfully to earn money as a bartender and waiter. He was soon to find modest success on stage, though, in commercials and in voiceover performances. He was the person who slapped himself in the commercial for Skin Bracer by Mennen, saying the famous line "Thanks ... I needed that!" He performed off-Broadway and in dinner theatres before landing character roles in movies during the early 1980s.


In 1985, Goodman originated the role of Pap Finn in the Broadway musical Big River. For his role, he received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; he also is featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording. He had a long history of appearances on late night comedy shows, and was the first guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which won him the show's "First Guest Medal" (Goodman joked that he would pawn the medal for a bottle of cheap Scotch). He has hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live 13 times, while also making seven cameo appearances as Linda Tripp during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Goodman auditioned to be a cast member for Jean Doumanian's tumultuous 1980"1981 SNL season, but was rejected.

In 1982, Goodman started landing movie roles, beginning with a small role in Eddie Macon's Run. During this period he continued to work on the stage, starring in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Big River from 1985 to 1987. Before landing his big break into movies in 1986, with a significant comedic role in the David Byrne absurdist comedy/musical True Stories, he had a brief cameo as Otis - in the Patsy Cline biopic Sweet Dreams. In the former film, his character Louis Fyne memorably utters the line: "I'm 6' 3" and maintain a consistent panda bear shape", establishing his trademark size as an important part of many characters he would later play on film and stage - and in the latter film, he plays the `guy who sold Patsy's husband the car' he would destroy in the Demolition Derby.

He is also known for his role as the head football coach for Adams College in the movie Revenge of the Nerds. In 1997, John Goodman was added to the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

He first worked with the Coen Brothers on Raising Arizona (1987). He would go on to appear in their films Barton Fink (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). In 2011, it was announced he would return to working with them on Inside Llewyn Davis"?his fifth film with them and his first for a decade. Only Steve Buscemi has appeared in more Coen works (six films), though Frances McDormand and Jon Polito have also appeared in five of their films.

Goodman is most famous for his role as Dan Conner on the American sitcom Roseanne, which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997.

Goodman had guest roles on the Aaron Sorkin television dramas The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In the former he appeared in four episodes, playing Speaker of the House and eventual President Glen Allen Walken. In the latter, he appeared as Pahrump, Nevada Judge Robert Bebe, earning a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor " Drama Series for his performance. In addition, Goodman starred as Fred Flintstone in the film adaptation of The Flintstones.

He voiced Robot Santa in the character's first appearance on Futurama. Beginning in 2007, Goodman has been the voiceover in Dunkin' Donuts commercials. In 2000, Goodman provided the voice of Pacha in the Disney film The Emperor's New Groove and, a year later, the voice of Sulley in the Disney/Pixar film Monsters, Inc. In 2009, Goodman voice "Big Daddy" La Bouff in Disney's The Princess and the Frog. Goodman's voice can also be heard on an automated message system at Lambert St. Louis International airport.

In theater, Goodman played the Ghost of Christmas Present in the 2008 Kodak Theatre production of A Christmas Carol, starring Christopher Lloyd as Ebenezer Scrooge. He played the role of Pozzo in a Studio 54 revival of the play Waiting for Godot, opposite Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane.

In 2011, Goodman was a guest star on the third season of NBC's Community. He also voiced a character in id Software's game RAGE voicing Dan Hagar, and played movie studio chief Al Zimmer in the Academy Award"winning live action film The Artist, as well as Best Picture nominee Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close the same year. In February 2012, it was reported that Goodman would reunite with Roseanne Barr for a new NBC pilot titled Downwardly Mobile. The show would have had Goodman portray a bachelor mechanic and all around clown as a resident in a trailer park, and would have used the standard multiple-camera setup traditionally found in sitcoms, however the series' option was not picked up by the network.

John Goodman was inducted as a Disney Legend on August 10, 2013.

Charity work

Goodman has long resided in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since Hurricane Katrina, Goodman has appeared on several recovery commercials aired in Louisiana.

Goodman was cast in In the Electric Mist (2009) as Julie "Baby Feet" Balboni, which is set in post"Hurricane Katrina Louisiana. Goodman was at one time slated to play the role of Ignatius Reilly, the main character of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. The story takes place almost entirely in New Orleans. However, the movie was never put into production. The movie The Princess and the Frog where he lent his voice as Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff also takes place in New Orleans. Goodman was featured in the HBO series Treme. Treme focuses on a group of interconnected people trying to rebuild their lives in post"Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Goodman played Creighton Bernette, a Tulane English professor.

In 2010, Goodman appeared in a commercial to raise awareness for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also starring in the commercial were Sandra Bullock, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Jack Del Rio, Drew Brees, Emeril Lagasse, James Carville, and Blake Lively.

Personal life

Goodman and his wife, Anna Beth, live in New Orleans. As of October 2012, their daughter, Molly, was 22 and in film school.

In a 2009 interview, Goodman was open about his alcoholism, saying, "I don't know how much the old Jackie Daniel's franchise ruined my memory, which is going anyway, because of my advancing decrepitude. I had a 30-year run, and at the end I didn't care about anything. I was just fed up with myself. I didn't even want to be an actor anymore." In October 2012, he told Vulture's Jada Yuan: "If I'd picture in my mind a drink"?usually straight out of the ­bottle"?I couldn't not do it." Acting in plays, "I'd have the shakes so bad I'd have to have a drink to get through the show. I'm lucky I never got fired." Then one night, he says, "I bottomed out." He has been sober since 2007 and tries to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every morning, and toward the end of 2009"2010, Goodman lost 100 pounds. He has stated that exercising and keeping a journal of food he consumed are what helped him keep the weight off.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Eddie Macon's Run Herbert
1983 ' Commando
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Coach Harris
1984 C.H.U.D. Cop in Diner
1984 Maria's Lovers Frank
1985 Sweet Dreams Otis
1986 True Stories Louis Fyne
1987 ' Det. Andre DeSoto
1987 Raising Arizona Gale Snoats
1987 Burglar Det. Nyswander
1988 ' Duke Earle
1988 Punchline John Krytsick
1988 Everybody's All-American Lawrence
1989 Sea of Love Det. Sherman Touhey
1989 Always Al Yackey
1990 Stella Ed Munn
1990 Arachnophobia Delbert McClintock
1991 King Ralph Ralph Hampton Gainesworth Jones
1991 Barton Fink Charlie Meadows
1992 ' George Herman 'Babe' Ruth
1992 Frosty Returns Frosty the Snowman Voice
1993 Matinee Lawrence Woolsey
1993 Born Yesterday Harry Brock
1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story Rex the Dinosaur Narrator
1994 ' Newsreel Announcer Credited as Karl Mundt
1994 ' Fred Flintstone
1996 Pie in the Sky Alan Davenport
1996 Mother Night Major Frank Wirtanen
1997 ' Ocious P. Potter
1998 Fallen Jonesy
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 Mighty Mack McTeer
1998 ' Walter Sobchak
1998 Dirty Work Mayor Adrian Riggins Uncredited
1998 ' Mac the Parrot Voice
1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Santa Claus Voice
1999 ' Deepthroat
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Larry
1999 ' Judge Joe B. Tolliver
2000 What Planet Are You From? Roland Jones
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Daniel 'Big Dan' Teague
2000 ' Oklahoma Cop
2000 Coyote Ugly Billene Sanford
2000 ' Pacha Voice
2001 My First Mister Benjamin
2001 One Night at McCool's Det. Dehling
2001 Storytelling Marty Livingston Segment: "Non-Fiction"
2001 Monsters, Inc. James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice
2001 Happy Birthday
2002 Mike's New Car James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice
Short film
2002 Dirty Deeds Tony
2003 Masked and Anonymous Uncle Sweetheart
2003 ' Baloo Voice
2004 Home of Phobia Rodney Released under the title Freshman Orientation
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie George Wolfsbottom Voice
2004 Beyond the Sea Steve 'Boom Boom' Blauner
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Steve Mills
2005 Kronk's New Groove Pacha Voice
2006 Cars James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck Voice
Cameo appearance
Car version of James P. "Sulley" Sullivan;
Sullivan Truck made an appearance in Tokyo Mater.
2006 ' Santa Claus
2006 Tales of the Rat Fink Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Narrator
2007 Death Sentence Bones Darley
2007 Evan Almighty Congressman Long
2007 Bee Movie Layton T. Montgomery Voice
2008 Speed Racer Pops Racer
2009 Gigantic Al Lolly
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Graham Bloomwood
2009 In the Electric Mist Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni
2009 Alabama Moon Mr. Wellington
2009 Beyond All Boundaries Capt. Edwin Simmons Voice
Short film
2009 ' Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff Voice
2009 ' Narrator Voice
2009 Pope Joan Pope Sergius II
2009 Drunkboat Mr. Fletcher
2011 ' Al Zimmer Silent film
2011 Red State Joseph Kennan
2011 Spring Break '83 Dick Bender
2011 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Stan the Doorman
2012 Bunyan and Babe Paul Bunyan Voice
2012 ParaNorman Mr. Prendergast Voice
2012 ' Scott Talley Cameo appearance
2012 Trouble with the Curve Pete Klein
2012 Argo John Chambers
2012 Flight Harling Mays
2013 ' Marshall
2013 ' Sammy Boscoe Uncredited
2013 Monsters University James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Roland Turner Post-production
2013 Monuments Men Filming
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1983 ' Fred Television film
1983 Chiefs Newt 'Tub' Murray Miniseries
1983 Heart of Steel Raymond Bohupinsky Television film
1987 Murder Ordained Hugh Rayburn Television film
1987 ' Harold Winter Episode: "Re-Entry"
1987 Moonlighting Donald Chase Episode: "Come Back Little Shiksa"
1988"1997 Roseanne Dan Conner 221 episodes
1995 Kingfish Huey P. Long Television film
1995 ' Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell Television film
1996 Muppets Tonight Himself Season 1, Episode 4
1999 Now and Again Michael Wiseman Episode: "Origins"
1999 ' Meathook Voice
Episode: "Take My Wife, Sleaze"
1999 Futurama Robot Santa Voice
Episode: "Xmas Story"
2000 Normal, Ohio William "Butch" Gamble 13 Episodes
2001 When Dinosaurs Roamed America Narrator Voice
Discovery Channel documentary
2003"2004 ' Glen Allen Walken Four Episodes
2004 Father of the Pride Larry Voice only
15 episodes
2004"2005 Center of the Universe John Barnett 10 episodes
2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Judge Bobby Bebe Episodes: "Nevada Day: Part I & II"
2007 King of the Hill Tommy Episode: "SerPUNt"
2010 You Don't Know Jack Neal Nicol
2010"2011 Treme Creighton Bernette 11 episodes
2011 Damages Howard T. Erickson Season 4
2011"2012 Community Vice Dean Robert Laybourne 6 episodes
2012 Dancing on the Edge Masterson 5 episodes
2012 SpongeBob SquarePants Santa Claus Voice
Episode: "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"
2013 Alpha House Gil John Biggs
2013 The Book of Manning Narrator ESPN Original Film
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Pyst King Mattruss Voice
2002 Monsters Inc. Scream Arena James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice
2007 Cars Mater-National Championship James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck Voice
2009 Cars Race-O-Rama James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck Voice
2011 Rage Dan Hagar Voice


Guest Appearance

  • "Candy" (1999) -Chimes

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
1989 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Sea of Love
1989 People's Choice Awards "Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program" Roseanne
1989 American Comedy Awards "Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication" Roseanne
1989 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne
1989 Golden Globe Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series " Comedy/Musical" Roseanne
1990 American Comedy Awards "Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication" Roseanne
1990 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne
1990 Golden Globe Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series " Comedy/Musical" Roseanne
1991 Saturn Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Arachnophobia
1991 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne
1991 Golden Globe Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series " Comedy/Musical" Roseanne
1991 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Barton Fink
1991 New York Film Critics Circle Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Barton Fink
1992 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne
1992 Golden Globe Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" Barton Fink
1992 Viewers For Quality Television Awards "Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series" Roseanne
1993 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne
1993 Golden Globe Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series " Comedy/Musical" Roseanne
1994 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne
1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne
1995 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne
1995 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special" Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long
1996 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special" '
1999 Satellite Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture " Comedy or Musical" '
2001 People's Choice Awards "Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series" Normal, Ohio
2002 World Soundtrack Awards "Best Original Song Written for a Film" Monsters, Inc.
2004 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards "Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie" '
2007 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
2007 TV Land Awards "Favorite Elvis Impersonation" Roseanne
2008 TV Land Awards "Innovator" Roseanne
2010 Black Reel Awards "Best Ensemble" '
2010 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseies or TV Movie" You Don't Know Jack
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries" You Don't Know Jack
2011 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards "Best Cast" '
2011 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards "Best Supporting Actor" '
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" '
2012 20/20 Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Barton Fink
2012 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Argo
2012 Satellite Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Flight
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" Argo

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