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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 23, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sheffield, England, GB Profession: actor, singer, director, theatrical artistic director, acting teacher

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When it was announced that Henry Goodman would succeed Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock in the hit Broadway musical "The Producers" in March 2002, more than a few eyebrows were raised. Despite a long and distinguished stage career in South Africa and his native London, the good-looking, light-haired actor was not well known in the USA, despite having already made his Broadway debut in "Art" in 1998.Born and raised in London's East End, Henry Goodman began his professional career at age 10 when he was cast as one of a group of Jewish children smuggled out of a concentration camp in the WWII-era drama "Conspiracy of Hearts" (1960). Six years later, he directed the stage musical "Love from Judy" which featured his sister and twin brother in the cast. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and the Leeder School of Dance in Switzerland, Goodman headed to his wife's home of South Africa where he spent nearly a decade honing his craft and winning accolades as both actor and director. Returning to England in 1981, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and earned attention for his work in a 1983 staging of "The Comedy of Errors" and where he went on to distinguish himself in a...

When it was announced that Henry Goodman would succeed Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock in the hit Broadway musical "The Producers" in March 2002, more than a few eyebrows were raised. Despite a long and distinguished stage career in South Africa and his native London, the good-looking, light-haired actor was not well known in the USA, despite having already made his Broadway debut in "Art" in 1998.

Born and raised in London's East End, Henry Goodman began his professional career at age 10 when he was cast as one of a group of Jewish children smuggled out of a concentration camp in the WWII-era drama "Conspiracy of Hearts" (1960). Six years later, he directed the stage musical "Love from Judy" which featured his sister and twin brother in the cast. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and the Leeder School of Dance in Switzerland, Goodman headed to his wife's home of South Africa where he spent nearly a decade honing his craft and winning accolades as both actor and director. Returning to England in 1981, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and earned attention for his work in a 1983 staging of "The Comedy of Errors" and where he went on to distinguish himself in a variety of roles.

In 1989, Goodman made his big screen debut as a cab driver in the little seen "Queen of Hearts" and appeared on American TV in the HBO drama "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story". Although he has occasionally appeared in other film and TV roles, most notably as an American media baron in the Dennis Potter-scripted miniseries "Cold Lazarus" (1996), the British sitcom "Unfinished Business" (1998) and the comedy "Notting Hill" (1999, as the concierge bussed by Hugh Grant after he reveals the whereabouts of movie star Julia Roberts), Goodman was best known as a stage performer. Equally adept at musical comedy and classical and contemporary plays, he distinguished himself in such roles as presidential murderer Charles Guiteau in "Assassins" (1992), closeted homosexual Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner's epic "Angels in America" (also 1992), Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls" (1996) and slippery lawyer Billy Flynn in "Chicago" (1997). Goodman garnered rave reviews for his turn as Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" (1999) under Trevor Nunn's direction and that performance was preserved in a 2001 TV adaptation. Just prior to accepting his breakthrough Broadway role in "The Producers", the actor received glowing notices as the crazed press secretary determined to protect the Prime Minister in "Feelgood" (2001).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Taking Woodstock (2009)
2.
3.
 Color Me Kubrick (2006)
5.
 Life and Death of Peter Sellers, The (2004) Dennis Selinger
6.
 Notting Hill (1999) Ritz Concierge
7.
 Saint, The (1997) Dr Lev Botvin
8.
 Private Parts (1997) Moti
9.
 Mary Reilly (1996) Haffinger
10.
 Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther (1993) Anchorman Andre
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Raised in London's East End
1960:
Acting debut as a child in "Conspiracy of Hearts"
1966:
Directed the musical, "Love from Judy"
1973:
Moved to South Africa
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Worked extensively in theater in South Africa
1981:
Directed productions at the Troop Theatre and the Space Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa
1982:
Returned to England; joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)
1983:
Had stage success with the RSC's production of "The Comedy of Errors"
1989:
Film debut in small role as a taxi driver in "Queen of Hearts"
1989:
Made TV debut in "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story" (HBO)
1992:
Cast as Charles Guiteau in the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical, "Assassins"; directed by Sam Mendes
1992:
Played Roy Cohn in the London production of "Angels in America"
1992:
Cast as studio head Buddy Fiedler in the London premiere of "City of Angels"
1993:
Portrayed Sigmund Freud in Terry Johnson's "Hysteria"
1994:
Cast in the RSC's production of "Pericles"
1995:
Had a leading role in the London premiere of Arthur Miller's "Broken Glass"; reprised role in TV production (aired in US on PBS in 1996)
1996:
Co-starred as a media baron in "Cold Lazarus," a television miniseries penned by Dennis Potter
1996:
Had featured role in "Mary Reilly"
1996:
Played Nathan Detroit, opposite Imelda Staunton, in London's National Theatre revival of "Guys and Dolls"
1997:
Appeared in the film adaptation of Howard Stern's "Private Parts"
1997:
Portrayed the slippery lawyer Billy Flynn in the London staging of "Chicago"
1998:
Starred opposite Harriet Walter in the British TV series, "Unfinished Business"
1998:
Made Broadway debut in "Art"
1999:
Portrayed the concierge at the Ritz in "Notting Hill"
1999:
Co-starred in the National Theatre staging of "Summerfolk"
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Enjoyed a success as Shylock in the Trevor Nunn-directed production of "The Merchant of Venice"; filmed for television and aired in 2001
2000:
Cast as the Sultan Billah in the ABC miniseries, "Arabian Nights"
2001:
Earned plaudits for his starring turn in "Feelgood"
2002:
Succeeded Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock in the hit musical, "The Producers"; was abruptly fired from the role
2004:
Cast in the HBO movie, "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers"
2007:
Played the lead role of Tevye in Lindsay Posner's revival of "Fiddler on the Roof"
2008:
Played the lead character in the radio serial, "The Way We Live Right Now"
2009:
Played the chairman of Leeds United in the British sports drama, "The Damned United"; adapted by Peter Morgan
2009:
Co-starred in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: -
Leeder (Laban) School of Dance: -

Notes

Goodman has taught at both the Guildhall School of Drama and BADA (the British American Drama Academy).

"I learned as much from Petticoat Lane as I did at RADA," he said, referring to the outdoor market in his Whitechapel neighborhood. "I had a stool and had to make this pitch in order to get people around to pay attention - `look at these wonderful swatches' - and keep them interested." --From "Henry Goodman: A Bialystock Made to Order" by Warren Hoge in The New York Times, February 8, 2002.

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wife:
Sue Goodman. Choreographer. South African; met while attending dance school in Switzerland.

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