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Born: June 20, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Affton, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ...


"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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