48 Facts About John Goodman


John Stephen Goodman was born on June 20,1952 and is an American actor.


John Goodman rose to prominence in television before transitioning his career into film becoming an acclaimed and popular character actor.


John Goodman took on leading roles in Always, King Ralph, The Babe, The Flintstones, Blues Brothers 2000, and 10 Cloverfield Lane.


John Goodman has voiced roles in The Emperor's New Groove franchise, the Monsters, Inc franchise, Bee Movie, The Princess and the Frog, and ParaNorman.


John Goodman had regular roles in the HBO drama series Treme, the legal drama series Damages, the political comedy series Alpha House, and the HBO comedy series The Righteous Gemstones.


John Goodman has been a frequent host of Saturday Night Live, has guest starred in The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and Community.


John Goodman started his career at The Public Theatre acting numerous productions including Henry IV, Part 1, The Skin of Our Teeth, and The Seagull.


John Goodman made his Broadway debut Big River for which he received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical nomination.


John Goodman returned to Broadway in revivals of the Samuel Becket play Waiting for Godot, and the newspaper comedy The Front Page.


John Goodman made his West End debut in David Mamet revival American Buffalo.


John Goodman's father, Leslie Francis Goodman, was a postal worker who died of a heart attack when John was two years old.


John Goodman has an older brother, Leslie, who is 14 years his senior, and a younger sister, Elisabeth, who was born six months after his father's death.


John Goodman is of English, German, and Welsh ancestry and was raised Southern Baptist.


John Goodman described his childhood as alone and withdrawn after his father had died so early and his brother had left to go to college.


Until ninth grade, John Goodman was in the Boy Scouts, which he said offered him the structure and camaraderie he missed; he additionally looked to Boy Scout leaders, and later, acting coaches, as father figures.


John Goodman read his brother's copies of Mad and would later confess to shoplifting its paperback editions.


John Goodman went to Affton High School, where he played football and dabbled in theater.


John Goodman earned a football scholarship to Missouri State University in Springfield, but tore his ACL before ever suiting onto the field and instead channeled his energy into the school's theater program.


John Goodman pledged to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, although he did not join until several years later.


John Goodman discovered the drama program and studied there with future Hollywood stars Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper.


John Goodman graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975.


John Goodman performed off-Broadway and in dinner theaters before landing character roles in film during the early 1980s.


In 1982, John Goodman made his film debut with a small role in Eddie Macon's Run.


John Goodman rose to fame in acting by playing the role of Dan Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997.


John Goodman returned to the character in 2018 for the revived, 10th season, where he said "Roseanne and I just went back to having a ball", and then stayed on for the show's subsequent spin-off The Conners.


John Goodman had a long history of appearances on late night comedy shows and was the first guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which won him the series' "First Guest Medal".


John Goodman has hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live 13 times, while making seven cameo appearances as Linda Tripp during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, three appearances as Rex Tillerson, and cameoing on the season 28 finale hosted by former SNL cast member Dan Aykroyd.


John Goodman first worked with the Coen Brothers on Raising Arizona.


John Goodman worked with Steven Spielberg on Always, Arachnophobia and as Fred Flintstone in The Flintstones.


John Goodman had guest roles on the Aaron Sorkin television dramas The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.


John Goodman voiced Robot Santa in the character's first appearance on Futurama.


In 2000, John Goodman provided the voice of Pacha in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove and, a year later, the voice of Sulley in Pixar's Monsters, Inc He returned to the character for the film's 2013 prequel Monsters University and the 2021 Disney+ series Monsters at Work.


In 2009, John Goodman voiced "Big Daddy" La Bouff in The Princess and the Frog.


John Goodman played the role of Pozzo in a Studio 54 revival of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot, opposite Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane.


John Goodman was cast in In the Electric Mist as Julie "Baby Feet" Balboni.


John Goodman played Creighton Bernette, a Tulane English professor, in the show's first season.


In 2011, John Goodman was a guest star on the third season of Community.


Also in 2011, John Goodman starred in Kevin Smith's Red State playing ATF Agent Joseph Keenan.


In February 2012, it was reported that John Goodman would reunite with Roseanne Barr for a new NBC pilot titled Downwardly Mobile.


The series would have had John Goodman portray a bachelor mechanic who resides in a trailer park, and would have used the standard multiple-camera setup traditionally found in sitcoms; however, the series' option was not picked up by the network.


John Goodman went on to star as Sheriff Hartman in the 2016 Broadway revival of The Front Page, alongside Nathan Lane and John Slattery.


On March 10,2017, John Goodman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in motion pictures, located at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard.


In 2019, John Goodman starred in the role of Southern megachurch preacher and family patriarch Eli Gemstone on the HBO comedy The Righteous Gemstones, created by and co-starring Danny McBride.


John Goodman accepted the role right after the revived Roseanne series had been cancelled and before its spin-off The Conners was announced, which led to John Goodman doing both shows.


Since Hurricane Katrina, John Goodman has appeared in several recovery commercials aired in Louisiana.


In 2010, John Goodman appeared in a commercial to raise awareness for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


John Goodman married Annabeth Hartzog, originally of Bogalusa, Louisiana, in 1989.


John Goodman is a lifelong fan of the St Louis Cardinals and narrated a 2020 MLB Network documentary about the Cardinals teams of the 1980s.