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Also Known As: Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum Died:
Born: October 22, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: West Homestead, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, acting teacher, musician

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Despite having starred in some of the biggest blockbuster films of all time, actor Jeff Goldblum had often opted to portray offbeat characters in limited release indies. After breaking in as a drug-addled thug in "Death Wish" (1974), Goldblum spent several years looking for that one breakthrough role that would propel his career to the next level. That role came when he played a seedy magazine journalist who reconnects with his college friends during a funeral in "The Big Chill" (1983). But his biggest moment arrived with a star-making leading role in "The Fly" (1986), which earned him widespread critical plaudits. Though he spent the next several years in some rather forgettable features, Goldblum reached new heights as an unorthodox scientist in the hit action film "Jurassic Park" (1993). Three years later, he starred in one of the biggest box office draws of all time, "Independence Day" (1996), which solidified his status as one of Hollywood's top stars. While he maintained a prolific output of film and television over the next two decades, Goldblum took a step back to concentrate on lower-profile independents like "Igby Goes Down" (2002) - not at all unusual for the iconoclastic performer. ...

Despite having starred in some of the biggest blockbuster films of all time, actor Jeff Goldblum had often opted to portray offbeat characters in limited release indies. After breaking in as a drug-addled thug in "Death Wish" (1974), Goldblum spent several years looking for that one breakthrough role that would propel his career to the next level. That role came when he played a seedy magazine journalist who reconnects with his college friends during a funeral in "The Big Chill" (1983). But his biggest moment arrived with a star-making leading role in "The Fly" (1986), which earned him widespread critical plaudits. Though he spent the next several years in some rather forgettable features, Goldblum reached new heights as an unorthodox scientist in the hit action film "Jurassic Park" (1993). Three years later, he starred in one of the biggest box office draws of all time, "Independence Day" (1996), which solidified his status as one of Hollywood's top stars. While he maintained a prolific output of film and television over the next two decades, Goldblum took a step back to concentrate on lower-profile independents like "Igby Goes Down" (2002) - not at all unusual for the iconoclastic performer.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Little Surprises (1995) Director
2.
  Little Surprises (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Zambezia (2013)
3.
 Weekend, Le (2013)
5.
 Switch, The (2010)
6.
 Morning Glory (2010)
7.
 Adam Resurrected (2008)
8.
 Pittsburgh (2006)
9.
 Man of the Year (2006)
10.
 Fay Grim (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

1969:
Moved to New York to pursue acting at age 17
1971:
Made stage debut in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Two Gentlemen of Verona"
1973:
Appeared off-Broadway in "El Grande de Coca-Cola"
1974:
Film debut, "Death Wish"
1977:
Landed a minor role in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall"
1980:
Appeared with Ben Vereen in ABC's "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe"
1983:
Joined an ensemble cast in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill"
1985:
First lead role in a feature, John Landis' "Into the Night"
1985:
First film with Geena Davis, "Transylvania 6-5000"
1986:
Breakthrough role in David Cronenberg's "The Fly"; also co-starred Davis
1987:
Cast in Robert Altman's "Beyond Therapy"
1988:
Again co-starred with Davis in the comedy "Earth Girls Are Easy"
1993:
Played Dr. Ian Malcolm, a mathematician and chaos theorist in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster hit "Jurassic Park"
1995:
Played Hugh Grant's perpetually single artist friend in the comedy "Nine Months"
1996:
Co-starred with Will Smith in Roland Emmerich's "Independece Day"
1997:
Reprised role of Dr. Malcolm in "The Lost World"
1998:
Lent his voice to the animated feature "The Prince of Egypt"
2000:
Appeared with Selma Hayek and Steve Zahn in the comedy "Chain of Fools"
2002:
Cast as the title character's extremely wealthy, morally corrupted godfather in the indie feature "Igby Goes Down"
2004:
Had a supporting role in Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"
2004:
Cast as Karen's old nemesis and Grace's new love interest on NBC's "Will & Grace"; garnered an Emmy nomination
2006:
Cast opposite Robin Williams in Barry Levinson's political comedy "Man of the Year"
2007:
Played the title character on the short-lived series "Raines" (NBC)
2008:
Returned to the stage opposite Kevin Spacey in the London Old Vic revival of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow"
2008:
Joined the cast of USA Network's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," replacing Chris Noth
2010:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "The Switch" opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman
2012:
Cast as one of Rachel Berry's (Lea Michele) dads on Fox's "Glee"
2012:
Appeared in the comedy feature "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie"
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Education

Taylor Allderdice High School: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -
Carnegie Mellon University: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -
The Neigborhood Playhouse: New York , New York -

Notes

Goldblum has also taught at Playhouse West.

He was a juror at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

Goldblum is in a jazz band called The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra with fellow actor Peter Weller

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wife:
Patricia Gaul. Actor. Married 1980; divorced.
wife:
Geena Davis. Actor. Met during the filming of "Transylvania 6-5000" (1985); co-starred in "The Fly" (1986); married November 1, 1987; co-starred in "Earth Girls Are Easy" (1989); filed for divorce October 1990.
companion:
Laura Dern. Actor. Met during 1992 filming of Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" (1993); engaged to be married on December 25, 1994; separated by December 1996.
companion:
Kristin Davis. Actor. Reportedly dating as of spring 2002; no longer together as of September 2002.
companion:
Lisa Marie. Dating as of September 2002.
companion:
Catherine Wreford. Engaged as of October 1, 2003.
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sister:
Pamela Goldblum. Artist.

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