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JOHN 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 Joel and Ethan Coen's heralded BARTON FINK. Coincidentally, Goodman's breakthrough motion picture performance was in RAISING ARIZONA, also a Coen Brothers film. He has since teamed with the Coens in THE BIG LEBOWSKI and O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?

Goodman can next be seen in "Center of the Universe,” a new comedy series for CBS, which will air in the fall. He is also voicing one of the main characters in the new animated fall series "Father of the Pride,” for NBC. Goodman has lent his voice to numerous other animated characters as well. His voice-over credits include MONSTERS, INC., THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE and THE JUNGLE BOOK II.

Goodman was raised in St. Louis, Missouri by his mother, who was widowed when he was two. A high school football player, Goodman 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 moved to New York and began pursuing an acting career.

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. In 2002, Goodman starred on Broadway in the Public Theatre's "Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.” In 2001, he starred in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Seagull.”

Goodman made his screen debut in the HBO production MYSTERY OF THE MORO CASTLE. His film credits include MASKED AND ANONYMOUS; STORYTELLING; O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU; COYOTE UGLY; WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?; ONE NIGHT AT MCCOOL'S; BRINGING OUT THE DEAD; FALLEN; THE BORROWERS; BLUES BROTHERS 2000; THE RUNNER; 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. 

Goodman has also given many 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. He also starred in the HBO film THE JACK BULL. For eight seasons, John played Dan Conner in "Roseanne,” a role that has earned him seven Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award.

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