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Also Known As: John Stephen Goodman, Karl Mundt Died:
Born: June 20, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Affton, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, producer, bouncer

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An endearing film, television and stage actor, John Goodman skyrocketed to leading man status on the strength of his meat-and-potatoes, regular-guy affability and easygoing charm. For eight years, he was a crucial part of the top-rated series "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997), playing the title character's forthright husband and comic foil. And while he enjoyed mainstream feature film success with the box office hits "The Flintstones" (1994), "Monsters, Inc." (2001) and "Evan Almighty" (2007), he maintained an art house fan base as a perennial favorite in Coen Brothers movies like "Raising Arizona" (1987), "Barton Fink" (1991), "The Big Lebowski" (1997) and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000). Adept at any medium, Goodman thrived on the stage in productions of "Waiting for Godot" (2009) while returning to the small screen for the acclaimed drama "Treme" (HBO, 2010- ). His widely diverse roles throughout the years allowed the actor to display charm and menace - sometimes within the same role - making Goodman both an assured leading man and dependable character performer with broad audience appeal, wide range and a great deal of respect among peers.

An endearing film, television and stage actor, John Goodman skyrocketed to leading man status on the strength of his meat-and-potatoes, regular-guy affability and easygoing charm. For eight years, he was a crucial part of the top-rated series "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997), playing the title character's forthright husband and comic foil. And while he enjoyed mainstream feature film success with the box office hits "The Flintstones" (1994), "Monsters, Inc." (2001) and "Evan Almighty" (2007), he maintained an art house fan base as a perennial favorite in Coen Brothers movies like "Raising Arizona" (1987), "Barton Fink" (1991), "The Big Lebowski" (1997) and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000). Adept at any medium, Goodman thrived on the stage in productions of "Waiting for Godot" (2009) while returning to the small screen for the acclaimed drama "Treme" (HBO, 2010- ). His widely diverse roles throughout the years allowed the actor to display charm and menace - sometimes within the same role - making Goodman both an assured leading man and dependable character performer with broad audience appeal, wide range and a great deal of respect among peers.

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 Trumbo (2015)
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 Transformers 4 (2014)
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 Gambler, The (2014)
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 Monsters University (2013) Sullivan
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Raised in the St Louis, MO area
1975:
Moved to New York City to pursue acting
1975:
Performed in children's theater productions and had walk-on or bit parts in off-off-Broadway plays
1979:
Broadway debut in Michael Weller's "Loose Ends" starring Kevin Kline
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Performed in sketches on a NYC monthly radio show called "Citizen Kafka" (WBAI)
1983:
Cast in the touring production of the musical "The Robber Bridegroom"
1983:
TV-movie debut, "The Face of Rage" (ABC)
1983:
Feature film debut, "Eddie Macon's Run"
1985:
Originated role of Pap Finn (Huck's father) in the American Repertory Theatre production of "Big River"
1985:
Reprised role of Pap in his Broadway musical debut "Big River"
1986:
Left cast of "Big River" to appear in David Byrne's "True Stories"
1987:
Portrayed a murderously crooked cop in "The Big Easy" opposite Dennis Quaid
1987:
Cast in the Los Angeles production of "Antony and Cleopatra"; spotted by casting directors for "Roseanne"
1988:
Breakthrough screen performance as a larcenous lout in the Coen bothers' comic gem "Raising Arizona"
1988:
Re-teamed with Quaid for the football-themed "Everybody's All-American"
1988:
Played Sally Field's insurance-salesman husband in "Punchline"
1988:
Played the title character's blue-collar husband on the long running ABC sitcom "Roseanne"; nominated for an Emmy as Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for seven consecutive years (1989-95)
1991:
First starring role in a feature, "King Ralph"
1991:
Re-teamed with the Coen brothers, as a traveling salesman, in "Barton Fink"
1992:
Portrayed George Herman 'Babe' Ruth in the feature biography "The Babe"
1993:
Played Harry Brock in remake of "Born Yesterday" opposite Melanie Griffith
1994:
Starred as Fred Flintstone in the live-action feature "The Flintstones"
1994:
Credited as Karl Mundt for his role as the newsreel announcer in the Coen brothers' "The Hudsucker Proxy"
1995:
Played title role (also produced) in the TNT biopic "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long"; earned a Best Actor Emmy nomination
1995:
Cast as Mitch in the CBS remake of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" opposite Jessica Lange; earned an Emmy nomination for Suporting Actor
1995:
First stage role in eight years, playing Falstaff in "Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2)" at San Diego's Old Globe Theater
1997:
Re-teamed with the Coen brothers for "The Big Lebowski"
1998:
Replaced the late John Belushi as Dan Aykroyd's music-making partner in John Landis' sequel "Blues Brothers 2000"
1998:
Made recurring appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" playing Linda Tripp during the Lewinsky scandal
1999:
Portrayed a hyperactive paramedic in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing out the Dead"
2000:
Played a high-strung FAA agent in the Mike Nichols directed "What Planet Are You From?"
2000:
Re-teamed with the Coen brothers for the feature "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
2001:
Appeared in the NY Shakespeare Festival Central Park staging of "The Seagull" directed by Mike Nichols
2003:
Had a recurring role on Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" (NBC) as House Speaker Glen Allen Walken
2004:
Cast in the short-lived CBS comedy "Center of the Universe"
2004:
Portrayed Bobby Darin's (Kevin Spacey) best friend turned manager, Steve Blauner in "Beyond the Sea"
2005:
Returned to the stage, as Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the terminally ill, bullying patriarch in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; performed at the Geffen Playhouse
2006:
Co-starred in Randall Miller's "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"
2006:
Won an Emmy guest-starring as a judge on Sorkin's NBC drama, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"
2007:
Cast opposite Steve Carell in "Evan Almighty," a sequel to the 2003 comedy "Bruce Almighty"
2007:
Cast as Bones Darly, an arms dealer opposite Kevin Bacon in the psychological thriller "Death Sentence"
2008:
Played Pops Racer in the Wachowski brothers' live action film adaptation of the 1960s Japanese series "Speed Racer"
2009:
Starred in Roundabout Theatre Company¿s Broadway production of Samuel Beckett¿s "Waiting for Godot"
2010:
Starred as a college professor on the HBO drama series "Treme"
2010:
Co-starred in the Barry Levinson directed HBO film "You Don't Know Jack" about Dr. Jack Kevorkian, played by Al Pacino; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
2010:
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("You Don't Know Jack")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("You Don't Know Jack")
2011:
Co-starred with Melissa Leo and Michael Parks in the action thriller "Red State"
2011:
Cast in the critically acclaimed black-and-white, nearly silent film "The Artist"
2011:
Joined the cast of the crime drama series "Damages" (FX)
2011:
Cast in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Stephen Daldry's feature adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel; co-starred opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock
2012:
Acted opposite Clint Eastwood in baseball drama "Trouble with the Curve"
2012:
Co-starred in political thriller "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck
2012:
Cast opposite Denzel Washington in "Flight"
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Education

St Louis Community College: Kirkwood , Missouri -
Affton Senior High School: Affton , Missouri - 1970
Southwest Missouri State University: Springfield , Missouri - 1975
Southwest Missouri State University: Springfield , Missouri - 1975

Notes

"There are so many actors I really look up to. You feel like you could never wipe their shoes. But first and foremost will always be Brando. He seemed so effortlessly real, like he wasn't acting. And the more I got to know about acting, the more I realised he was really a poet. He condenses things and crystallizes them and brings them to a head. And the little things he does, My God! I think he's a genius." --John Goodman to Premiere, February 1990

On portraying Thomas Jefferson in a dinner-theater production of "1776": "We opened in Springboro, Ohio. That's five miles from Ridgeville, which is four miles from Waynesville, which is one mile from Corwin, which is three miles from Harveysburg.

"I did a lot of preparation for the part. I actually kept slaves for a while and grew my own hemp . . . One of the critics indicated I was a little too antic to be one of the founding fathers." --Goodman to The New York Times, March 8, 1998

"People are great to me on the sidewalks. Guys in trucks--they start screaming. It's very disconcerting. Usually, I just keep my head down and continue walking. Believe it or not, I'm kind of shy." --Goodman, quoted in New York, June 29-July 6, 1998

About cutting up on the set of the Coens' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?": "George Clooney, John Turturro and I were dressed in our Ku Klux Klan robes for a scene in the movie, and George, who always makes me laugh, suddenly started singing a show tune--'Corner of the Sky' from 'Pippin'. Then Turturro started dancing around, doing interpretive moves. By that time, I was laughing so damn hard I was crying, but then I got into it, too. So we did a few numbers in our Klan robes. I don't know, but I think it might be a new kind of theater." --Goodman quoted in the Daily News, October 26, 1999

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wife:
Annabeth Hartzog. Born c. 1968; married on October 1989 in New Orleans, Louisiana; was fine arts student at University of New Orleans; met on set while Goodman was filming "Everybody's All American" (1988).

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father:
Leslie Goodman. Letter carrier. Died of a heart attack in 1954 at age 36 shortly before Goodman's second birthday.
mother:
Virginia Goodman. Waitress. Worked at Jack and Phil's Bar-B-Cue in Affton, Missouri.
brother:
Leslie Goodman Jr. Born c. 1940.
sister:
Betty Goodman. Born in 1954, after father's death.
daughter:
Molly Evangeline Goodman. Born on August 31, 1990; mother, Annabeth Hartzog.
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