Elliott Gould


Actor
Elliott Gould

About

Also Known As
Elliott Goldstein
Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
August 29, 1938

Biography

A tall and charming Brooklyn boy at heart, actor Elliott Gould carved a path into Hollywood with dark-haired looks that veered away from the traditional matinee archetype. His career began on Broadway, but Gould went on to briefly became the embodiment of a disenchanted youth culture in antiestablishment films such as "Bob & Ted & Carol & Alice" (1969) and "M*A*S*H" (1971). Gould's paren...

Family & Companions

Barbra Streisand
Wife
Actor, singer, director, producer. Married in 1963, divorced in 1968; mother of Gould's son Jason.
Jennifer O'Neill
Companion
Actor. Had romantic involvement in the mid-1970s.
Jennifer Bogart
Wife
Divorced once and remarried in 1978; separated in 1989; filed for second divorce in 1991; later dismissed petition for divorce; do not live together; mother of Gould's two younger children.

Biography

A tall and charming Brooklyn boy at heart, actor Elliott Gould carved a path into Hollywood with dark-haired looks that veered away from the traditional matinee archetype. His career began on Broadway, but Gould went on to briefly became the embodiment of a disenchanted youth culture in antiestablishment films such as "Bob & Ted & Carol & Alice" (1969) and "M*A*S*H" (1971).

Gould's parents had emigrated from Eastern Europe and settled in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY, where Gould was born Elliot Goldstein on Aug. 29, 1938. His father worked in the garment business, while his mother kept the household in order. As a student at P.S. 247, Gould's younger years were clouded by the pressure to succeed and enormous parental expectations that would always stay with him. At the age of eight, his parents put him into dance classes to help cure him of a shy personality - an outlet that worked. Moving on to Manhattan's Professional Children's School across the East River, Gould found a quick fascination with tap dancing, which he continued to hone while enjoying summer stints working upstate in Catskills comedy clubs.

Gould finished school in 1955 and two years, at age 18, made it to Broadway with a stage debut in the musical "Rumple." By 1962, he was the star of another Broadway musical, "I Can Get It for You Wholesale." The project helped vault Gould's co-star, actress-singer Barbara Streisand, into the mainstream. Love blossomed between the two as "Wholesale" wound down, resulting in Gould moving into Streisand's apartment. In 1963, the couple married. Gould was a rising star, taking the lead onstage that year in "On the Town" in London, but as the decade progressed, he struggled to get even small onscreen parts within long, lean periods. Often supported by Streisand while working in theater, the couple had a son, Jason, in 1966, and Gould returned to Broadway with a strong turn as the nervous boyfriend Alfred Chamberlain of Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders." With the burden of Streisand's massive fame and their careers growing further apart, the couple separated in 1969, divorcing two years later.

As his marriage disintegrated, it seemed Gould's time had come, professionally. Having moved to Los Angeles, his ascent into film CAME swiftly with his debut role as the burlesque club owner Billy Minsky in "The Night They Raided Minsky's" (1968). On the momentum of that project, he jumped into bed with "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" - Paul Mazursky's look at the shifting of sexual "enlightenment" as experienced by two divergent Los Angeles couples. Gould's unconventional looks, coupled with his onscreen sense of swinging ambivalence, struck a chord with a culture similarly making sense of the changes in political and sexual attitudes. He was on a roll, and director Robert Altman - himself, a keen gauge of American culture - sensed it, casting Gould as the maverick surgeon "Trapper John" McIntyre in the Korean War satire "M*A*S*H" (1970). Gould, in his third at bat in movies, won an Oscar nomination in 1971 for his supporting role in the comedy classic which would inspire an equally brilliant television series.

As "M*A*S*H" was taking off in theaters, Gould was solidifying his unique leading man image, putting his range to use in comedies and dramas - including his role of the Vietnam veteran-turned-teacher of "Getting Straight" (1970), the sexually unfulfilled doctor of "I Love My Wife" (1970), and the reprisal of Alfred Chamberlain in Alan Arkin's adaptation of "Little Murders" (1971). Gould had an extraordinary and contentious working relationship with Ingmar Bergman on Bergman's infidelity drama "Beröringen" (1971), but capped off his impressive run with Altman's imagining of Raymond Chandler's hardboiled "The Long Kiss Goodbye" (1973), with Gould playing the cool, fast-quipping L.A. detective Philip Marlowe made famous years earlier by Humphrey Bogart.

Throughout the 1970s, Gould was working steadily, but the projects began to fit less snugly, as America veered away from the counterculture. He found love again with his second wife Jennifer Bogart, whom he married in 1973 after the couple had two children, Molly and Sam. Gould went back to working, thriving under Altman once again with the gambling drama "California Split" (1974), and later, as the Colonel Robert Stout of Richard Attenborough's war epic "A Bridge Too Far" (1977). He and Bogart divorced in 1976, but later remarried in 1978 after the end of Gould's serious relationship with actress Jennifer O'Neill. He was moving into bigger budget genre confections such as the cult thriller "Capricorn One" (1978), in which his sleuthing journalist followed a series of NASA murders, but he always maintained his credibility with the counterculture comics of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) - enough to host the show six times between 1975 and 1980.

Gould's career shifted into less edgy territory in the 1980s, softening his appeal and rendering him less relevant to a newer generation of audiences. He appeared in a pair of family-oriented Disney comedies, "The Last Flight of Noah's Ark" (1980), and opposite Bill Cosby as a soul destined for the fiery below in "The Devil and Max Devlin" (1981), which did little to help his career. In 1984, Gould summoned a strong performance in the homegrown New York drama "Over the Brooklyn Bridge," finding an equal measure of comedy and heart as a Jewish Brooklyn deli owner trying to start a Manhattan business while reconciling with his love for a Catholic model. That year, Gould also scrubbed in for a sitcom, starring as a divorced, Chicago surgeon on "E/R" (CBS, 1984-85), but the series petered out by the first season's end.

Capping out the decade, Gould's film and television resume seemed to have a longer trail of filler than he had expected, occasionally displaying some of the old magic, as he did as the probing police lieutenant of the murder mystery "Vanishing Act" (CBS, 1986). In 1989, he and wife Bogart finally divorced for good, and Gould entered the 1990s a single man facing mature career prospects. He made a triumphant return to form with a memorable appearance as the seedy Harry Greenberg of Warren Beatty's gangster epic "Bugsy" (1991), but it was the NBC series "Friends" a few years later that put Gould back on the cultural radar in a big way. As Jack Gellar, the good-natured, but fussy father of the Greenwich village-dwelling Gellar kids, Monica and Ross, Gould spent nine years recurring in the role across 10 seasons - often to hilarious results. Though he had always made guest spots and had multi-episode arcs on television, "Friends" became his career's most stable gig.

With his highest visibility in years, Gould was eager to stretch into a range of roles yet again. He appeared as a family man with a hidden sexual appetite for men in the indie film "Johns" (1996), then toured across U.S. stages as the scheming playwright Sidney Bruhl of "Deathtrap" - a role which forced him to bow out of Woody Allen's comedy "Deconstructing Harry" (1997). Gould then took to television screens again, tending to the oversight of a creepy estate in ABC's Stephen King miniseries, "The Shining"(1997). In 1998, Gould then had some small choice parts in a pair of divergent studio films - first as the sobriety-challenged Morton Shulman of the hitman comedy "The Big Hit" followed by the role of a Jewish schoolteacher at odds with a young skinhead in the gripping "American History X."

Gould's cached contributions to Hollywood were not lost on modern Hollywood heavyweights. His evolution into an elder statesman made him the right choice to play Reuben Tishkoff, the outrageous Las Vegas mogul helping to guide the crew of the new "Ocean's Eleven" (2001), for which George Clooney recruited his own team of safecrackers into a casino robbery. Gould and the highly attractive cast that included Brad Pitt and Matt Damon were nominated for an MTV Movie Award in 2002. A year later, the adoration of Clooney and "Ocean's" director Steven Soderbergh landed the actor on several episodes of their HBO political drama "K Street" (2003), with Gould playing the lobbyist firm owner Bergstrom Lowell. In this pair of collaborators, he had seemingly found his strongest champions since working with Robert Altman. He happily returned for another "Ocean's" frolic in "Ocean's Twelve" (2004), later followed by a third installment "Ocean's Thirteen" (2007), in which Tishkoff's hospitalization returned the franchise to the familiar Vegas setting and its most ambitious heist to date.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Ocean's Eight (2018)
Humor Me (2017)
The History of Love (2016)
Yellowbird (2014)
Voice
Tao of Surfing (2014)
Divorce Invitation (2013)
Switchmas (2012)
Fred Won't Move Out (2012)
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Encore of Tony Duran (2011)
Contagion (2011)
His Way (2011)
Morning (2010)
Removal (2010)
Expecting Mary (2010)
Little Hercules in 3-D (2010)
The Caller (2008)
The Deal (2008)
Saving Sarah Cain (2007)
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Baby-O (2007)
The Ten Commandments (2007)
Open Window (2007)
Bad Apple (2004)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time (2003)
Voice
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Kill Shot (2001)
Inside Out (2000)
Picking Up the Pieces (2000)
Playing Mona Lisa (2000)
Bernie Goldstein
American History X (1998)
Michael Kael vs. The World News Company (1998)
Coogan
The Big Hit (1998)
Camp Stories (1997)
David Katz--As An Adult
Hotel Shanghai (1997)
johns (1996)
Busted (1996)
The Duke of Groove (1996)
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
The November Conspiracy (1995)
Kahn
A Boy Called Hate (1995)
Richard
The Dangerous (1995)
Selected Models (1995)
The Glass Shield (1994)
Bleeding Hearts (1994)
Mr Baum
Hoffman's Hunger (1993)
Hoffman
Wet and Wild Summer (1993)
Amore! (1993)
The Player (1992)
Himself
Somebody's Daughter (1992)
Beyond Justice (1992)
Lawyer
Bugsy (1991)
Hitz (1991)
Tolgo Il Disturbo (1991)
Giocodi Massacro (1990)
Dead Men Don't Die (1990)
Scandalo Segreto (1990)
Stolen: One Husband (1990)
Martin Slade
The Lemon Sisters (1989)
Fred
The Big Picture (1989)
Night Visitor (1989)
Dangerous Love (1988)
The Telephone (1988)
Der Joker (1987)
Serge Gart
I Miei Primi Quarant'Anni (1987)
Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (1987)
Leonard Weinglass
Vanishing Act (1986)
Police Lieutenant Rudameyer
Inside Out (1986)
Jimmy Morgan
Casey at the Bat (1986)
The Naked Face (1985)
Angeli
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
(Cameo Appearance)
Over The Brooklyn Bridge (1984)
Alby Sherman
Strawanzer (1983)
Willie
Dirty Tricks (1981)
Colin Chandler
The Devil And Max Devlin (1981)
Falling in Love Again (1980)
Harry Lewis
The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980)
Noah Dugan
Escape to Athena (1979)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
The Lady Vanishes (1979)
Robert Condon
The Silent Partner (1978)
Miles Cullen
Matilda (1978)
Capricorn One (1978)
Robert Caulfield
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)
Harry And Walter Go To New York (1976)
I Will...I Will...For Now (1975)
Nashville (1975)
Who? (1975)
Sean Rogers
Whiffs (1975)
S-P-Y-S (1974)
Griff
California Split (1974)
Charlie Waters
Busting (1974)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Philip Marlowe
Ingmar Bergman (1972)
Himself
The Touch (1971)
David Kovac
Little Murders (1971)
Alfred Chamberlain
M*A*S*H (1970)
Trapper John McIntyre
Getting Straight (1970)
Harry Bailey
Move (1970)
Hiram Jaffe
I Love My Wife (1970)
Dr. Richard Burrows
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
Ted Henderson
The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
Billy Minsky

Producer (Feature Film)

Little Murders (1971)
Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Player (1992)
Other
Ingmar Bergman (1972)
Other

Cast (Special)

Remembering MASH: The 30th Anniversary Cast and Crew Reunion (2001)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs (2000)
Intimate Portrait: Victoria Principal (1998)
Narrator
Natalie Wood: The E! True Hollywood Story (1997)
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1989)
Candid Camera on Wheels (1989)
Frog (1988)
Bill
Drug Free Kids: A Parent's Guide (1988)
Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim (1987)
Your Choice for the Film Awards (1986)
Host
The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration (1984)
Circus of the Stars (1981)
Cher and Other Fantasies (1979)
The Helen Reddy Special (1979)
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes (1977)
The Olivia Newton-John Show (1976)
Rickles (1975)
Special London Bridge Special (1972)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Let It Be Me (1997)
Stephen King's The Shining (1997)
Bloodlines: Murder in the Family (1993)
Stewart Woodman
Frogs! (1992)
Act of Betrayal (1990)
The Rules Of Marriage (1982)
Michael Hagen

Life Events

1957

Broadway chorus boy in "Rumple"

1962

Chorus job in David Merrick's Broadway musical, "Irma La Douce" (1960) led to starring role in "I Can Get It For You Wholesale"

1963

London stage debut, "On the Town"

1964

Made film acting debut in the little-seen independent production, "The Confession/Quick, Let's Get Married"

1968

Returned to films to play a more sizable role in "The Night They Raided Minsky's"

1971

First American to star in an Ingmar Bergman film, "The Touch"

1984

Played Dr. Howard Sheinfeld on the CBS comedy series, "E.R."

1991

Played Dr. Bookman on the HBO comedy series, "Sessions"

1993

Played a guest role for several installments of the popular TV drama, "L.A. Law"

1995

Played recurring role of father to Ross and Monica on "Friends"

1998

Co-starred in the controversial "American History X"

1998

Had featured role in the Fox midseason sitcom "Getting Personal"

2000

Had featured role as the patriarch of a Jewish family in the festival-screened comedy "Playing Mona Lisa"

2001

Earned good notices for his turn as a former casino owner in the remake of the caper film "Ocean's Eleven"

2004

Reprised the role of Reuben Tishkoff in "Ocean's Twelve" again directed by Steven Soderbergh

2006

Cast in Showtime's "Masters of Horror" anthology series

2007

Re-teamed with the original cast for "Ocean's 13"

Videos

Movie Clip

Long Goodbye, The (1973) - All The Tigers In India Director Robert Altman opens (the old song by Johnny Mercer, who also co-wrote the title song) with rumpled Elliott Gould as Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, transported at least 20 years to contemporary LA, in The Long Goodbye, 1973, with Nina Van Pallandt and Sterling Hayden.
Big Picture, The (1989) - Only The Artistically Incorrupt Ending director Christopher Guest’s credits and incorporating uncredited Eddie Albert as the MC and two of the (highly satirical) student films up for awards at the (fictional) National Film Institute, (the first with cameos by Elliott Gould, June Lockhart, Roddy McDowall and Stephen Collins) Kevin Bacon (as nominee Nick, with girlfriend Emily Longstreth) in the audience, Jason Gould, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Dan Schneider his fellows, in The Big Picture, 1989.
Long Goodbye, The (1973) - I've Been Working On Barbara Stanwyck Director Robert Altman drops two of many versions of the original title song by John Williams and Johnny Mercer, sung by Jack Sheldon then Clydie King, as we meet Lennox (MLB pitcher and author Jim Bouton) and Marlowe (Elliott Gould) shops for cat food, in The Long Goodbye, 1973.
Long Goodbye, The (1973) - You Don't Look Like A Secretary Elliott Gould as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe at the Malibu Colony, summoned by Eileen Wade (Nina Van Pallandt, her first scene) who's both covering and looking for her wayward writer husband, the camera never still, in Robert Altman's updated version of The Long Goodbye, 1973.
Long Goodbye, The (1973) - You Got Your Friend Marlboro Marlowe (Elliott Gould) on his second visit to the Burbank detox joint where Doc Verringer (Henry Gibson) is squeezing boozy author patient Wade (Sterling Hayden, his first scene), and their return to his Malibu home and wife (Nina Van Pallandt), in Robert Altmans's The Long Goodbye, 1973.
California Split (1974) - Captain Midnight Confirming what seemed likely after the opening scene at an LA poker club, director Robert Altman moves to a strip bar and makes clear Charlie (Elliott Gould) and Bill (George Segal), who took the same side in a brawl, had never met before, Alyce Passman and Joanne Strauss the half-naked stripper and mother, early in California Split, 1974.
California Split (1974) - Open, How To Play Poker Opening at an LA poker club, Robert Altman directing, roughly from a screenplay by actor and real-life gambler Joseph Walsh, we meet George Segal as Bill, Elliott Gould as Charlie, and non-actor Edward Walsh, brother of the screenwriter, as player “Lou,” in California Split, 1974, famous as the first feature shot with 8-track stereo sound.
California Split (1974) - They Give You Powdered Eggs The morning after the night they met at an LA poker club then got mugged, Charlie (Elliott Gould) and Bill (George Segal) get bailed out by Barbara (Ann Prentiss, Paula’s younger sister) and meet her roommate (Gwen Welles), ad-libbing, misdirection and some exposition from director Robert Altman, early in California Split, 1974.
California Split (1974) - You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator! The afternoon following their night in jail, writer Bill (George Segal) joins gambler Charlie (Elliott Gould) at LA’s Santa Anita race track, where their horse comes in with a photo finish, then a lady Charlie steered away from the horse (Barbara London) comes after them, Robert Altman directing on location, in California Split, 1974.
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) - The Gazpacho Was Astonishing Another flourish in the screenplay by director Paul Mazursky and Larry Tucker, as Bob and Carol (Robert Culp, Natalie Wood) pull out the weed for Ted and Alice (Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon) after the stuffier guests split, in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, 1969.
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice - What Do You Feel? In the first scene for their co-stars (Dyan Cannon and Elliiott Gould as Ted and Alice), Bob and Carol (Robert Culp, Natalie Wood) try out the liberating truth-telling rules they've learned at "The Institute,” at a restaurant somewhere in LA, Lee Bergere the waiter, early in Paul Mazursky's Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, 1969.
M*A*S*H (1970) - It Worked For Hitler And Eva Braun Trapper (Elliott Gould) and Hawkeye (Donald Sutherland) et al discuss dentist Waldowski (John Schuck), who’s contemplating suicide because he thinks he’s a latent homosexual, improvising a counter-measure in which Father Mulcahy (Rene Auberjonois) is reluctant to assist, in M*A*S*H, 1970.

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Family

Bernie Goldstein
Father
Textile buyer. Immigrant from Eastern Europe; died c. 1988.
Lucille Goldstein
Mother
Immigrant from Eastern Europe; died of cancer in September 1998.
Jason Gould
Son
Actor, director. Born on December 29, 1966; mother, Barbra Streisand.
Molly Gould
Daughter
Born c. 1971; mother, Jennifer Bogart.
Samuel Gould
Son
Born on January 9, 1973; mother, Jennifer Bogart.

Companions

Barbra Streisand
Wife
Actor, singer, director, producer. Married in 1963, divorced in 1968; mother of Gould's son Jason.
Jennifer O'Neill
Companion
Actor. Had romantic involvement in the mid-1970s.
Jennifer Bogart
Wife
Divorced once and remarried in 1978; separated in 1989; filed for second divorce in 1991; later dismissed petition for divorce; do not live together; mother of Gould's two younger children.

Bibliography