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JOHN GOODMAN (Mighty Mack McTeer) remembers the day in 1975 when he left St. Louis for New York, armed only with a dream of becoming a working actor, a degree in fine arts from Southwest Missouri State University and $1,000 that his brother lent him. He had the same goal most aspiring young actors share - he wanted to act professionally. He didn't want to look back fifteen years later and say, "I wonder if I could have…" He made the rounds, worked at odd jobs and just tried to keep busy. Goodman has fond memories of those days.

Today, Goodman is one of the entertainment industry's most respected actors. He earned a Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for his chilling performance in the Coen Brothers' heralded Barton Fink. Ironically, Goodman's breakthrough motion picture performance was in Raising Arizona, also a Coen Brothers' film. He teams with the Coen Brothers for a third time in The Big Lebowski.

Goodman was raised in St. Louis by his mother after his father died when he was two years old. As a tall, broad-shouldered teenager, he attended Afton High School, where he dedicated himself to playing football (his team won one game). Goodman next entered nearby Meramec Community College, before transferring to Southwest Missouri State University. Goodman's intention was to play football, but he sustained a knee injury and was forced to sit out a year. He spent that year studying drama with fellow students Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper. He never returned to football, and he graduated in 1975 with a B.F.A. degree in theatre.

He performed in numerous dinner theatre and children's theatre productions, as well as several off-Broadway plays. His regional theatre credits include Henry IV, Parts I and II, Antony and Cleopatra and As You Like It. Things started to come together when he joined a road production of The Robber Bridegroom for nine months. Eventually, he starred in two Broadway shows, Loose Ends in 1979 and Big River in 1985.

Goodman made his screen debut in the HBO production, Mystery of the Moro Castle and has emerged to the forefront of Hollywood's finest and most prestigious actors. His film credits also include The Flintstones, Mother Night, Arachnophobia, Always, Pie in the Sky, Born Yesterday, Matinee, The Babe, King Ralph, Punchline, Everybody's All-American, Sea of Love, Stella, Eddie Macon's Run, C.H.U.D., Revenge of the Nerds, Maria's Lovers, Sweet Dreams, True Stories, The Big Easy, Burglar and The Wrong Guys. His current and upcoming feature films include Fallen and The Borrowers.

Goodman has also given many highly acclaimed television performances. He received Emmy nominations for his starring role in TNT's Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long and for his role as "Mitch" in the CBS production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. For eight seasons, Goodman played "Dan Conner" in Roseanne - a role that has earned him seven Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe.

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