Jeff Goldblum


Actor
Jeff Goldblum

About

Also Known As
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum
Birth Place
West Homestead, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
October 22, 1952

Biography

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 ma...

Photos & Videos

The Big Chill - Movie Poster
Earth Girls Are Easy - Scene Stills
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - Lobby Card Set

Family & Companions

Patricia Gaul
Wife
Actor. Married 1980; divorced.
Geena Davis
Wife
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.
Laura Dern
Companion
Actor. Met during 1992 filming of Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" (1993); engaged to be married on December 25, 1994; separated by December 1996.
Kristin Davis
Companion
Actor. Reportedly dating as of spring 2002; no longer together as of September 2002.

Biography

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.

Born on Oct. 22, 1952 in West Homestead, PA, Goldblum was raised by his father, Harold, a doctor, and his mother, Shirley, a radio broadcaster who later ran a kitchen equipment sales firm. Both his parents harbored show business ambitions, but never acted upon them. Growing up, Goldblum played the piano and had a penchant for mimicry. While attending music camp after the fifth grade, he discovered acting and soon began performing on stage. He joined a summer drama program at Carnegie Mellon University when he was 15, which did nothing but fuel his obsession with becoming an actor. After graduating from Taylor Allderdice High School, he left West Homestead for New York City, where he pretended to be 18 in order to study acting with famed coach Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. In short order, Goldblum was cast by the Public Theater to appear in a New York Shakespeare Festival staging of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" (1971), which soon made its way to Broadway. He followed with an appearance in the off-Broadway production of "El Grande de Coca-Cola" (1973).

Goldblum soon made his film debut in the classic action thriller, "Death Wish," playing one of several drug-addled thugs responsible for murdering the wife and raping the daughter of a man (Charles Bronson) who goes on a vigilante rampage. He followed up with a bit part as a frustrated actor in Robert Altman's "California Split." In Altman's "Nashville" (1975), he played the more substantial role of a man who silently rides around on a three-wheel motorcycle. Goldblum contributed an indelible bit in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" (1977) as a nervous Los Angeles party guest overheard fretting on the telephone that he had forgotten his mantra. After roles in "The Sentinel" (1977) and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978), he played the lecherous owner of a disco named the Zoo in the lightweight comedy-of-the-times, "Thank God It's Friday" (1978). Goldblum next took a detour into television with "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe" (ABC, 1980), a superior detective comedy co-starring Ben Vereen. The show presented Goldblum as a hopelessly square stockbroker-turned-P.I. who narrated each episode with hilariously maladroit hard-boiled voiceovers. The show lasted only a handful of episodes, leading Goldblum to shy away from regular series roles for the majority of his career.

Once the 1980s hit, Goldblum had turned into a busy actor who easily fluctuated between stage and screen. After smaller parts in "Rehearsal for Murder" (CBS, 1982) and "The Right Stuff" (1983), he had a breakthrough playing the somewhat sleazy People magazine journalist in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" (1983), a role that helped launch his career alongside the likes of William Hurt, Glenn Close and Kevin Kline. In "Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter" (ABC, 1984), he aptly re-enacted the famed television comedian's antic bits, which he followed with a darkly intense turn as a treacherous frontier cardsharp in Kasdan's offbeat Western "Silverado" (1985). Goldblum made a career misstep opposite Ed Begley, Jr. in the atrocious horror comedy "Transylvania 6-5000" (1985), which he followed with a starring turn as an arrogant man bored with his life in what many considered to be director Robert Altman's worst film, "Beyond Therapy" (1986). But Goldblum bounced back in a big way with a heartbreaking and critically acclaimed portrayal of a scientist-turned-insect in David Cronenberg's gory remake of "The Fly" (1986). The intense rapport between Goldblum and co-star Geena Davis transformed the horror film into a deeply moving romance that turned into a real-life, three-year marriage after the film, with the offbeat couple becoming a tabloid fixture and fan favorite.

Now an actor with a name to go with his face, Goldblum was featured in numerous feature and television projects throughout the rest of the decade. He starred opposite Cyndi Lauper in the lackluster screwball comedy "Vibes" (1988), which he followed by playing the captain of an alien spaceship who swoops into the life of a good-natured woman (Geena Davis) from the San Fernando Valley in the fluffy comedy "Earth Girls Are Easy" (1989). In "Mr. Frost" (1989), he was an alleged serial killer who turns out to be none other than Satan himself. Goldblum made a rare foray into romantic comedy territory with "The Tall Guy" (1989), in which he played an insecure American actor struggling on the London theater scene while falling for a charming nurse named Kate (Emma Thompson). He next played a naïve art forger who partners with a more cunning scam artist (Kristin Scott Thomas) in the enjoyable made-for-cable movie, "Framed" (HBO, 1990). In his personal life, the seeming match made in heaven with wife Geena Davis ended in divorce that same year, though the two remained friends throughout the years.

Returning to the big screen, Goldblum had a showy turn as a yuppie lawyer-turned-drug dealer in Bill Duke's "Deep Cover" (1992), a cameo as himself in Altman's acclaimed Hollywood satire "The Player" (1992), and a sober change-of-pace performance as a father raising an adolescent son (Rory Cochrane) in "Fathers and Sons" (1992). He was perfectly cast as eccentric, black-clad mathematician Ian Malcolm in Steven Spielberg's wondrous adaptation of "Jurassic Park" (1993), which earned the actor the best notices of the human participants in the mammoth summer blockbuster. And like he had on "The Fly," he began an on-set romance with his "Jurassic" co-star, Laura Dern. The couple would get engaged, but break things off in December of 1996. Rather than aggressively capitalizing on his film success, Goldblum continued to take a fairly unconventional path for a celebrity of his stature. He lent his distinctive voice to narrating chores on several science-themed documentaries for PBS, which he followed with a winning performance in "Lush Life" (1994), playing a New York City jazz musician who arranges a once-in-a-lifetime session with a fellow musician dying from brain cancer (Forrest Whitaker). Meanwhile, he returned to features as a leading man in the supernatural flop "Hideaway" (1995), playing a man who dies in a car accident, only to revive two hours later with a spiritual connection to a Satanic murder (Jeremy Sisto).

Following a supporting role in the Hugh Grant comedy vehicle "Nine Months" (1995) and a winning character turn in the fantasy "Powder" (1995), Goldblum returned to blockbuster territory with "Independence Day" (1996), playing a genius computer expert who helps a hot-shot fighter pilot (Will Smith) thwart an alien invasion. By the time all the box office receipts were tallied, Goldblum could count himself as being a star in two of the biggest movies of their day - the other being "Jurassic Park." In the comedy "Mad Dog Time" (1996), he was the enforcer to a mentally deficient crime boss (Richard Dreyfuss). He continued to play a diversity of parts, including a supporting role as a journalist in "The Great White Hype" (1996), while reviving his mad scientist role in the mediocre sequel, " The Lost World: Jurassic Park." As it happened so often in his career, a major success was followed by a few years in the artistic doldrums. He went on to appear in the forgettable Eddie Murphy comedy "Holy Man" (1998), which he followed with a starring turn as a man who takes on another man's identity after his death in the cable-released thriller, "Beyond Suspicion" (2000).

Following the ensemble heist comedy "Chain of Fools" (2000) and voice duty on the silly "Cats & Dogs" (2001), Goldblum's fortunes rose again when he appeared in the dark comedy hit, "Igby Goes Down" (2002). He next played the godfather of an angry, rebellious youth (Kieran Culkin) who runs away from his dysfunctional family and his self-absorbed, pill-popping mother (Susan Sarandon). His next triumph was as the dashing oceanographer Alistair Hennessey, the friendly arch-rival of the title character (Bill Murray) in director Wes Anderson's quirky "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (2004), in which Goldblum delivered one of the film's most delightfully droll performances. He also enjoyed memorable comic stints on hit sitcoms of the day, playing an acting coach on an episode of "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) and Karen's bitter high school rival-turned-billionaire corporate raider for a three-show arc on "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). The latter earned him his first-ever Emmy Award nomination. Meanwhile, he had a long run as the commercial voice for Apple Computer's iMac line and also enjoyed a diversionary side career playing jazz piano - complete with his trademark witty asides - in lounges across the Los Angeles area.

Returning to the stage, Goldblum played Tupolski, the good, but coldly calculating detective who interrogates a disturbed writer (Billy Crudup) arrested for murdering his parents in the Broadway production of "The Pillowman" (2005). He next appeared as a leering neighbor in "Mini's First Time" (2006), a dark comedy about an opportunistic teenager (Nikki Reed) whose obsession with having "firsts" leads her into the seedier side of Los Angeles' nightlife. Goldblum co-starred in Barry Levinson's return to political satire, "Man of the Year" (2006), playing a corporate thug at a voting machine company where a glitch was discovered by an employee (Laura Linney) that helps elect a popular talk show host (Robin Williams) to the presidency during his mock campaign. Decades after "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe," he tried his hand again at a regular series gig with "Raines" (NBC, 2007), in which he played a gifted, unorthodox detective who solves cases by imaging conversations with the dead. But like his previous attempt almost 30 years prior, it was also short-lived.

Goldblum next starred in "Pittsburgh" (2007), a quasi-mockumentary about staging "The Music Man" in the steel-making Pennsylvania city. Continuing his penchant for offbeat material, he played a Holocaust survivor struggling to recover from mental illness in "Adam Resurrected" (2008). Following another successful return to the stage opposite Kevin Spacey in the revival of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" (2008), he made a third stab at series television. But this time, he joined an already existing and highly successful show, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-07; USA, 2007-11), replacing Chris Noth's detective character.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Little Surprises (1995)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Isle of Dogs (2018)
Voice
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Hotel Artemis (2018)
Thor 3: Ragnarok (2017)
Independence Day 2 (2016)
Mortdecai (2015)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Le Weekend (2013)
Adventures in Zambezia (2013)
Voice
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012)
The Switch (2010)
Morning Glory (2010)
Adam Resurrected (2008)
Man of the Year (2006)
Pittsburgh (2006)
Fay Grim (2006)
Incident at Loch Ness (2004)
Spinning Boris (2004)
George Gorton
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
Igby Goes Down (2002)
D H
Run, Ronnie, Run (2002)
War Stories (2002)
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Auggie Rose (2000)
One of the Hollywood Ten (2000)
Chain of Fools (2000)
Holy Man (1998)
Welcome to Hollywood (1998)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
The Great White Hype (1996)
Mad Dog Time (1996)
Independence Day (1996)
Nine Months (1995)
Sean Fletcher
Hideaway (1995)
Powder (1995)
Lush Life (1994)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Deep Cover (1992)
The Player (1992)
Himself
Fathers and Sons (1992)
Shooting Elizabeth (1992)
Harold Pigeon
The Favour, the Watch, and the Very Big Fish (1991)
Pianist
Mister Frost (1990)
Mister Frost
Framed (1990)
The Mad Monkey (1989)
Dan Gillis
The Tall Guy (1989)
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
Vibes (1988)
Beyond Therapy (1987)
The Fly (1986)
Silverado (1985)
Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
Into The Night (1985)
Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Sidney "New Jersey" Zwibel
The Right Stuff (1983)
Threshold (1983)
Dr Aldo Gehring
The Big Chill (1983)
Rehearsal For Murder (1982)
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow (1979)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Remember My Name (1978)
Mr Nudd
Thank God It's Friday (1978)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Sentinel (1977)
Between The Lines (1977)
Special Delivery (1976)
Snake
Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)
Nashville (1975)
California Split (1974)
Lloyd Harris
Death Wish (1974)

Producer (Feature Film)

Pittsburgh (2006)
Producer

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Festival in Cannes (1999)
Special Thanks To

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Festival in Cannes (1999)
Other
The Player (1992)
Other

Director (Special)

Little Surprises (1996)
Director

Cast (Special)

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2003)
14th Independent Spirit Awards (1999)
Presenter
The 5th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1999)
Performer
When Dinosaurs Ruled (1999)
Narrator
Barenaked In America (1999)
Himself
The AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999)
The Walt Disney Company Presents The 8th American Teacher Awards (1998)
Presenter
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998)
Presenter
Masters of Fantasy: Stan Winston (1997)
Interviewee
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1997)
Presenter
The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1996)
Presenter
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards (1996)
Presenter
Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond (1996)
Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion (1996)
The Sci-Fi Channel's Invasion of Independence Day (1996)
Host
Fourth Annual Environmental Media Awards (1994)
Presenter
Independent Spirit: Close Up (1993)
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake (1991)
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Performer
Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary (1986)
The Town Where No One Got Off (1986)
Popular Neurotics (1984)

Misc. Crew (Special)

Barenaked In America (1999)
Other

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Robbie the Reindeer in the Legend of the Lost Tribe (2002)
Voice
Double Helix (1987)
James Watson

Life Events

1971

Made his 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

Made film debut in "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

Made his first film with Geena Davis, "Transylvania 6-5000"

1985

Earned his first lead role in a feature, John Landis' "Into the Night"

1986

Had breakthrough role in David Cronenberg's "The Fly"; also co-starred Geena 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 with a rock star's attitude, 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 the 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

Cast as Karen's old nemesis and Grace's new love interest on NBC's "Will & Grace"; garnered an Emmy nomination

2004

Had a supporting role in Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"

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"

2012

Had a recurring role on Portland, OR-based sitcom "Portlandia"

2014

Re-teamed with Wes Anderson for "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

2016

Reprised "Independence Day" role in the off-the-mark sequel "Independence Day: Resurgence"

2017

Had an uncredited role in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"

2017

Reprised "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" role in "Thor: Ragnarok"

2018

Appeared in futuristic thriller "Hotel Artemis"

2018

Co-starred with Tye Sheridan in the drama "The Mountain"

2018

Returned to the "Jurassic Park" universe with "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"

Photo Collections

The Big Chill - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Big Chill (1983), starring Kevin Kline, JoBeth Williams, William Hurt, Glenn Close, and Jeff Goldblum. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Earth Girls Are Easy - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Earth Girls Are Easy (1989), starring Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, and Jim Carrey.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Big Chill, The (1983) - Cold World Out There Together after the funeral of a college friend, Mary Kay Place is a lawyer, Jeff Goldblum a writer, Tom Berenger a TV actor, Kevin Kline and Glenn Close their hosts, Jobeth Williams and druggie William Hurt their pals, in Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill, 1983.
Big Chill, The (1983) - I Told Him He Was Wasting His Life Rolling Stones' music from the church to the grave of their suicide-victim friend, mourners William Hurt and Mary Kay Place, Jeff Goldblum and Tom Berenger with Meg Tilly, Jobeth Williams with husband Don Galloway, who's not one of the crowd, early in Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill, 1983.
Big Chill, The (1983) - This Is One Of Those Times After the music-driven opening in which all learn of the death by suicide of a college friend, gathering for the funeral are Kevin Kline, Tom Berenger, Jeff Goldblum, Meg Tilly, Glenn Close, Mary Kay Place, Jobeth Williams, James Gillis the preacher, in Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill, 1983.
Big Chill, The (1983) - Ain't Too Proud To Beg Dining the evening after the funeral of suicide victim friend Alex, friends (Glenn Close, Jobeth Williams, Tom Berenger, Mary Kay Place, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Meg Tilly) do the dishes to a Temptations' song, a popular scene from Lawerene Kasdan's The Big Chill, 1983.
Remember My Name (1978) - I Have A Speech Newly paroled Emily (Geraldine Chaplin) at the five and dime tangling with assistant manager Rita (Alfre Woodard) then interviewing with boss "Nudd," (Jeff Goldblum), in writer-director Alan Rudolph's Remember My Name, 1978.
Right Stuff, The (1983) - That Guy! Watching Ed Sullivan during their mostly comic astronaut recruiting trip, the government guys (Harry Shearer and Jeff Goldblum) meet Marine pilot John Glenn (Ed Harris) and Navy flier Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn), in Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuf, 1983.

Trailer

Family

Pamela Goldblum
Sister
Artist.

Companions

Patricia Gaul
Wife
Actor. Married 1980; divorced.
Geena Davis
Wife
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.
Laura Dern
Companion
Actor. Met during 1992 filming of Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" (1993); engaged to be married on December 25, 1994; separated by December 1996.
Kristin Davis
Companion
Actor. Reportedly dating as of spring 2002; no longer together as of September 2002.
Lisa Marie
Companion
Dating as of September 2002.
Catherine Wreford
Companion
Engaged as of October 1, 2003.

Bibliography