JOHN GOODMAN (Harling Mays) 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 busy ever since.
Goodman is starring in the fourth season of DirecTV's "Damages," playing the CEO
of a mysterious military contractor who is put on trial in a wrongful-death
suit. In addition, Goodman has joined NBC's "Community" as the new vice dean of
Greendale's well-known air -conditioning program.
Goodman's recent film projects include the Weinstein Co's black-and-white French
silent feature "The Artist," Warner Bros' drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly
Close" and Warner Bros' political thriller "Argo."
Goodman's latest film project, HBO's biopic of Jack Kevorkian, "You Don't Know
Jack," reunited him with Al Pacino ("Sea of Love") and Susan Sarandon ("Speed
Racer"), for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting
Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, and a SAG nomination for Outstanding
Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. His recent TV
credits include the HBO drama "Treme."
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 his second Emmy, for
Outstanding Guest Actor, on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."
Previous film credits include "In The Electric Mist," "Confessions of a
Shopaholic," "Speed Racer," "Bee Movie," "Pope Joan," "Alabama Moon,"
"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 an
injury forced him to switch his major to drama. He never returned to football
and graduated with a degree in Theatre.
Goodman starred on Broadway in "Waiting for Godot," for which he received rave
reviews as Pozzo. Goodman's other stage credits include many 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," "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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