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JOHN GOODMAN remembers the day in 1975 when he left St. Louis for New York, armed only with a degree in fine arts from Southwest Missouri State University, $1,000 his brother had lent him and a dream of being a professional actor. He didn't want to look back 15 years later and say, "I wonder if I could have ...” He made the rounds, worked at odd jobs and just tried to keep busy. He's been busy ever since.

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. Coincidentally, Goodman's breakthrough motion picture performance was in Raising Arizona, also a Coen Brothers film. He has since teamed with the Coen's in The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Goodman was most recently seen starring opposite Steve Carrell in the Universal Pictures comedy Evan Almighty, the highly anticipated sequel to Bruce Almighty. Prior to that, he starred opposite Marisa Tomei and Danny DeVito in Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School; as well as completed production on the films Tales of the Rat Fink opposite Jay Leno and Drunkboat, with John Malkovich.

Goodman has lent his voice to numerous animated characters as well. His voice-over credits include Monsters, Inc., The Emperor's New Groove and The Jungle Book II. He also voiced one of the main characters in NBC's animated series "Father of the Pride.”

Goodman was raised in St. Louis by his mother, his father having died when John was two. 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 has 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, John starred in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Seagull.”

John made his screen debut in the HBO production Mystery of the Moro Castle. His film credits include Beyond the Sea, Masked and Anonymous, Storytelling, O Brother, Where Art Thou, Coyote Ugly, What Planet Are Your 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.

John 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®.

Though he prefers to think of New York as a home base, John, his wife, Annabeth, and their young daughter, Molly, reside in New Orleans. John has sold his New York apartment, which he still refers to as a "hunting l


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