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JOHN GOODMAN (Big Daddy) remembers the day in 1975 when he left his native 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 becoming a professional actor.

He didn't want to look back 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 quite busy ever since.

Goodman's film project "You Don't Know Jack,”—HBO's biopic of Jack Kevorkian—reunites him with Al Pacino ("Sea of Love”) and Susan Sarandon ("Speed Racer.”) In addition, Goodman stars in "The Station,” a comedy pilot produced by Ben Stiller for FOX.

Upcoming releases include MGM's "Bunyan and the Babe,” Constantin Films' "Pope Joan” and Alabama Moon Entertainment's "Alabama Moon.”

Goodman has garnered many accolades, including a Golden Globe Award® for Best Actor and seven Emmy® nominations for his role in "Roseanne.” He also earned Emmy nominations for his starring roles in TNT's "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long,” CBS's production of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire,” and the Coen brothers' film "Barton Fink.” In 2007, Goodman won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor for his role on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”

Previous film credits include "In the Electric Mist,” "Confessions of a Shopaholic,” "Speed Racer,” "Bee Movie,” "Gigantic,” "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School,” "Beyond the Sea,” "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” "The Wrong Guys,” "Raising Arizona” and "The Big Lebowski.”

He has lent his voice to numerous animated films, including "Monsters, Inc.,” "The Emperor's New Groove,” "Tales of the Rat Fink” and "The Jungle Book II.” He also voiced a main character in NBC's animated series "Father of the Pride.”

Goodman went to Southwest Missouri State intending to play football, but suffered an injury, changed his major to drama and graduated with a degree in Theatre.

Most recently, he starred on Broadway in "Waiting for Godot,” receiving rave reviews as Pozzo. His other stage credits include dinner theatre and children's theatre productions and several off-Broadway plays. His regional theatre credits include "Henry IV, Parts I and II,” "Antony and Cleopatra,” "As You Like It” and "A Christmas Carol.” He performed in a road production of "The Robber Bridegroom” and starred in two Broadway shows, "Loose Ends” in 1979 and "Big River” in 1985. In 2001, he starred in the NY Shakespeare Festival Central Park staging of "The Seagull,” directed by Mike Nichols. The following year, Goodman appeared on Broadway in the Public Theatre's "Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.”

Goodman and his family have homes in Los Angeles and New Orleans.


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