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JOHN GOODMAN (Sam) - John Goodman remembers the day in 1975 when he left his
native St. Louis for New York, armed only with a degree from Southwest Missouri
State University, $1,000 borrowed from his brother and a dream of becoming a
professional actor. He didn't want to look back later and say, "I wonder if I
could have ..." So he made the rounds, worked at odd jobs and just tried to keep
busy. He's been busy ever since.
Goodman recently made his West End debut starring alongside Damian Lewis and Tom
Sturridge in the revival of David Mamet's 1975 play American Buffalo at the
Wyndham's Theatre in London.
His upcoming films include Bad Robot's thriller Valencia and Jay Roach's Trumbo.
In 2013, Goodman starred in Ben Affleck's drama Argo, which won the Academy
Award for Best Picture and in Robert Zemeckis' thriller Flight.
That same year he won the 2013 National Board of Review Spotlight Award for his
work in Argo, Flight and Trouble with the Curve. Goodman was also seen in the
Weinstein Co.'s black-and-white silent feature The Artist which won the 2012
Academy Award for Best Picture.
His other TV credits include Amazon's original series Alpha House, the Starz
miniseries Dancing on the Edge, DirecTV's Damages, and NBC's Community.
Among Goodman's many accolades are a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and
seven Emmy nominations for his role in Roseanne. He also won Emmy nominations
for his starring roles in TNT's Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long, in the CBS
production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and in the Coen
Brothers film Barton Fink. In 2007, Goodman won his second Emmy, for
Outstanding Guest Actor, on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
HBO's biopic of Jack Kevorkian, You Don't Know Jack, reunited Goodman with Al
Pacino (Sea of Love) and Susan Sarandon ( Speed Racer). He won 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.
Previous film credits included, Paramount's remake of 1974's The Gambler,
Monument's Men, Inside Llewyn Davis, Monster's University, Trouble with the
Curve, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, 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 many 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 led 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'. His other stage credits include many dinner theatre and
children's theatre productions, as well as several off-Broadway plays. His
regional theatre credits includeHenry 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 he 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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