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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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hat Planet Are You From?" (2000), "One Night at McCool's" (2001), and "Coyote Ugly" (2001). He managed to redeem himself as the one-eyed Bible salesman Big Dan Teague in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2001), a Coen Brothers' retelling of Homer's Ulysses set in the Depression.A voiceover role for "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story" (1993) opened up a whole new line of work for Goodman ¿ he subsequently voiced "Frosty Returns" (CBS, 1995), "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie" (1998) and the series "The Pigs Next Door" (Fox Family). He began a relationship with Disney and voiced "The Emperor's New Groove" (2000), "The Jungle Book 2" (2003), "Clifford's Really Big Movie" (2004), and "Cars" (2006). His most memorable voice was that of the hulking, but soft-hearted monster James P. "Sully" Sullivan in the much-loved "Monsters, Inc." (2001) as well as its various sequels and tie-ins. In 2000, Goodman returned to series TV playing a gay single father sharing his home with another single dad in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Normal, Ohio" (2000), which earned him a People's Choice Award for Best Actor. Back on the big screen, he had a supporting role in "My First Mister" (2001), an hysterical turn in Todd...

hat Planet Are You From?" (2000), "One Night at McCool's" (2001), and "Coyote Ugly" (2001). He managed to redeem himself as the one-eyed Bible salesman Big Dan Teague in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2001), a Coen Brothers' retelling of Homer's Ulysses set in the Depression.

A voiceover role for "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story" (1993) opened up a whole new line of work for Goodman ¿ he subsequently voiced "Frosty Returns" (CBS, 1995), "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie" (1998) and the series "The Pigs Next Door" (Fox Family). He began a relationship with Disney and voiced "The Emperor's New Groove" (2000), "The Jungle Book 2" (2003), "Clifford's Really Big Movie" (2004), and "Cars" (2006). His most memorable voice was that of the hulking, but soft-hearted monster James P. "Sully" Sullivan in the much-loved "Monsters, Inc." (2001) as well as its various sequels and tie-ins. In 2000, Goodman returned to series TV playing a gay single father sharing his home with another single dad in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Normal, Ohio" (2000), which earned him a People's Choice Award for Best Actor. Back on the big screen, he had a supporting role in "My First Mister" (2001), an hysterical turn in Todd Solondz's "Storytelling" (2001) and another supporting job in the Bob Dylan-penned oddity "Masked & Anonymous" (2003). Following the off-Broadway Nazi drama "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui," Goodman had an excellent run on 2003-04 season of "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) as Glenallen Walken, a Republican Speaker of the House who temporarily relieves President Bartlett as Commander in Chief during a moment of personal crisis involving Bartlett's daughter, Zoey (Elisabeth Moss).

Goodman made a brief return to the sitcom universe with "Center of the Universe" (2004-05) but the show was cancelled after 12 episodes. That same year he appeared in "Beyond the Sea" (2004), Kevin Spacey's biography of jazz singer Bobby Darin before hitting the stage in a production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse (2005). In 2006, he co-starred in the little seen film "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School" and made a couple of appearances as a small town Nevada judge on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC 2006-07). Goodman kept up his three-picture-a-year average in 2007, following up the universally panned "Evan Almighty" with a voiceover in the Jerry Seinfeld-penned animated feature "Bee Movie" and the Kevin Bacon thriller "Death Sentence." Meanwhile, Goodman earned himself yet another Emmy award nomination, getting the nod for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for "Studio 60." After playing Pops Racer in "Speed Racer" (2008), Goodman returned to the stage for the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of "Waiting for Godot" (2009). He next had a recurring role as a college professor on the acclaimed series, "Treme" (HBO, 2010), which he followed with a co-starring role in Barry Levinson's biography on Jack Kevorkian (Al Pacino), "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO, 2010). His performance earned Goodman Emmy and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.

Working at one of the more breakneck paces that he had in years, 2011 saw him in no fewer than five projects, among them a leading role as a by-the-book ATF agent in charge of a botched raid on a radical religious cult¿s compound in Kevin Smith¿s incendiary horror movie "Red State" (2011). Later, he was perfectly cast as a larger-than-life movie studio chief during Hollywood¿s Golden Age in the Academy Award-winning comedy-drama "The Artist" (2011). On television, Goodman picked up a recurring role as unscrupulous government contractor Howard T. Erickson on the fourth season of "Damages" (FX, 2007-2010/Audience, 2011-12), in addition to a hilarious recurring turn as the Machiavellian Dean Laybourne on the continuing education sitcom "Community" (NBC, 2009- ). Closing out the season for the veteran actor was a small cameo as Stan the Doorman in the critically-maligned 9/11 melodrama "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (2011).

Showing no signs of slowing down, Goodman ventured across the Atlantic, where he appeared in several episodes of the British television series "Dancing on the Edge" (BBC, 2012- ), a period drama set against the backdrop of London¿s jazz scene in the 1930s. Over the course of the summer, he voiced a small-town misfit who speaks to ghosts in the animated horror comedy-adventure "ParaNorman" (2012) and lent his support to Clint Eastwood in the actor-director¿s baseball-themed drama "Trouble with the Curve" (2012). Goodman delivered another memorably gregarious performance when he played a crafty Hollywood makeup effects artist in writer-director-star Ben Affleck¿s universally acclaimed Iranian hostage crisis docudrama "Argo" (2012). Continuing his winning streak, he also took on a role as the drug-dealing friend of Denzel Washington¿s troubled airline pilot in director Robert Zemeckis¿ return to live-action filmmaking, "Flight" (2012). The fun-loving actor then capped the busy year off by voicing Santa Claus for the animated TV-movie "It¿s a SpongeBob Christmas!" (Nickelodeon, 2012).

Continuing his resurgent hot streak, Goodman had bit roles in the broad comedies "The Internship" (2013) and "The Hangover Part III" (2013) and reprised one of his most beloved animated characters in the Pixar prequel "Monsters University" (2013). Goodman joined with creator Garry Trudeau for the political sitcom "Alpha House" (Amazon Originals 2013- ), a satire about a group of Republican senators who share a Washington D.C. townhouse. Finally, Goodman rejoined his longtime friends Joel and Ethan Coen for a memorable supporting role as junkie jazz musician Roland Turner in "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013), a character study set in the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.one as a flawed but basically good-natured oaf and devoted husband who succeeds despite his loudmouthed manner and co-dependent relationship with Barney Rubble (Rick Moranis). The summer blockbuster grossed $37 million its first weekend, making it the first film to truly benefit from Goodman's rising star power. By then a part-time resident of Louisiana, Goodman produced and starred in the TNT biopic of its infamous son, "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long" (1995), earning himself an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special. He also co-starred opposite Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange in that year's TV remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (CBS), snagging his ninth Emmy nod. Goodman was a natural to play Shakespeare's larger-than-life Falstaff in a San Diego stage production of "Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2) at the Old Globe Theatre during his 1995 hiatus from "Roseanne," then followed with small roles in "Pie in the Sky" and "Mother Night" (both 1996). His growing film career led to his decision to leave "Roseanne" at the end of the eighth season. Producers accommodated him and decreased his presence in the story line of the sitcom, which was flagging in popularity after a sudden departure into the surreal. But for his breakout role, Goodman would forever be ranked No. 13 on TV Guide's list of "50 Greatest Dads of All Time."

Fully devoted to the big screen post-"Roseanne," Goodman was villainous in the film adaptation of the children's book "The Borrowers" (1997), then was brilliant as irascible Vietnam vet Walter Sobchak in the Coen Brothers bowling crime caper "The Big Lebowski" (1997). After a "Saturday Night Live" appearance where Goodman performed alongside Dan Aykroyd as a new member of the reformed Blues Brothers, the two filmed a lackluster sequel to the original film, "Blues Brothers 2000" (1998), directed by John Landis. Following a role as a hyperactive paramedic in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing out the Dead," (1999), Goodman churned out a string of uninspiring features, including "W

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 Ratchet & Clank (2016)
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 Valencia (2016)
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 Ratchet & Clank (2016)
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 Coldest City (2016)
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 Love the Coopers (2015)
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 Trumbo (2015)
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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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