BLUES BROTHERS 2000
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
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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