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JOHN GOODMAN (Bill Sanford) is one of the entertainment industry's most respected actors. He earned a Golden Globe Award nomination in 1992 for his chilling performance in the Coen Brothers' heralded "Barton Fink." Goodman's breakthrough motion picture performance was in "Raising Arizona," also a Coen Brothers' film. Since then, he has teamed with Joel and Ethan Coen for "The Big Lebowski" and the upcoming "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Goodman was raised in St. Louis by his mother after his father died when John was two years old. As a tall, broad-shouldered teenager, he attended Afton High School, where he dedicated himself to football (his team won one game). He intended to play football at Southwest Missouri State, but hurt a knee 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 graduated in 1975 with a B.F.A. degree in theatre.

He performed in many dinner theatre and children's theatre productions, and in 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." Eventually, he starred in two Broadway shows, "Loose Ends" in 1979 and "Big River" in 1985.

John made his screen debut in the HBO production "Mystery of the Moro Castle."

Goodman is now among Hollywood's finest actors. His film credits include "What Planet Are You From?" "Bringing Out the Dead," "The Runner," Fallen," "Blues Brothers 2000," "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." He also starred in the HBO movie "The Jack Bull." Goodman will soon be seen in "One Night at McCools," and will be heard as the voice of Pacha in Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature "The Emperor's New Groove."

John has also given many highly acclaimed performances on television. He received Emmy Award 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, John played Dan Conner on "Roseanne," a role that earned him seven Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award.

Though he prefers to think of New York as a home base, John, his wife, Annabeth, and their young daughter, Molly, have homes in both Los Angeles and New Orleans.


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