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John Goodman

For other people of the same name, see John Goodman (disambiguation).

Jonathan Stephen "John" Goodman[1] (born June 20, 1952)[2] is an American film, television, and stage actor. He is best known for his role as Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne (1988–1997), for which he won a Best Actor Golden Globe Award in 1993, and for providing the voice of Sulley in Monsters, Inc. He is also known as the voice of Larry in Father of the Pride. Other prominent roles Goodman has portrayed include his leading voice role in Frosty Returns, his recent supporting roles in ArgoFlight, and The Artist, and a cameo in C.H.U.D. As a film actor, he has frequently collaborated with the Coen Brothers, including in Raising ArizonaBarton FinkThe Big Lebowski, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Early life[]

Goodman was born Jonathan Stephen Goodman in St. Louis, Missouri. His mother, Virginia Roos (née Loosmore), was a store clerk and waitress who worked at Jack and Phil's Bar-B-Que, while his father, Leslie F. Goodman, was a postal worker who died of a heart attack in 1954.[1][2][3] He has a sister, Elisabeth Horvath, and a brother, Leslie.[4] He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry.[3]

Goodman went to Affton High School, where he played football and dabbled in theater. He won a football scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University.[5] He pledged to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, but was not formally initiated until several years later. He discovered Southwest Missouri's drama program and studied there with actors Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper.[6] After a college injury ended his football career, he decided to become a professional actor and left Missouri for New York in 1975.[5]

With a small bankroll from his brother, Goodman found an apartment on Ninth Avenue and 51st Street, near Manhattan's Theater District, and attempted unsuccessfully to earn money as a bartender and waiter. He was soon to find modest success on stage, though, in commercials and in voiceover performances. He was the person who slapped himself in the commercial for Skin Bracer by Mennen, saying the famous line "Thanks ... I needed that!"[6] He performed off-Broadway and in dinner theatres before landing character roles in movies during the early 1980s.[5]


In 1985, Goodman originated the role of Pap Finn in the Broadway musical Big River. For his role, he received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; he also is featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording. He had a long history of appearances on late night comedy shows, and was the first guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which won him the show's "First Guest Medal" (Goodman joked that he would pawn the medal for a bottle of cheap Scotch).[citation needed] He has hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live 12 times, while also making sevencameo appearances as Linda Tripp during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.[5] Goodman auditioned to be a cast member for Jean Doumanian's tumultuous 1980–1981 SNL season, but was rejected.[citation needed]

In 1982, Goodman started landing movie roles, beginning with a small role in Eddie Macon's Run. During this period he continued to work on the stage, starring in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Big River from 1985 to 1987. He landed his big break into movies in 1986, when he had a significant comedic role in the David Byrne absurdist comedy/musical True Stories.[7] In that film, his character Louis Fyne memorably utters the line: "I'm 6' 3" and maintain a consistent panda bear shape", establishing his trademark size as an important part of many characters he would later play on film and stage. He is also known for his role as the head football coach for Adams College in the movie Revenge of the Nerds. In 1997, John Goodman was added to the St. Louis Walk of Fame.[8]

He first worked with the Coen Brothers on Raising Arizona (1987). He would go on to appear in their films Barton Fink (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). In 2011, it was announced he would return to working with them on Inside Llewyn Davis—his fifth film with them and his first for a decade.[9] Only Steve Buscemi has appeared in more Coen works (six films), though Frances McDormand and Jon Polito have also appeared in five of their films.

Goodman is most famous for his role as Dan Conner on the American sitcom Roseanne, which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997.[5]

Goodman had guest roles on the Aaron Sorkin television dramas The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In the former he appeared in four episodes, playing Speaker of the House and eventual President Glen Allen Walken. In the latter, he appeared as Pahrump, Nevada Judge Robert Bebe, earning a 2007 Emmy[10] for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series for his performance.[11] In addition, Goodman starred as Fred Flintstone in the film adaptation of The Flintstones.[8]

He voiced Robot Santa in the character's first appearance on Futurama. Beginning in 2007, Goodman has been the voiceover in Dunkin' Donutscommercials.[12] In 2000, Goodman provided the voice of Pacha in the Disney film The Emperor's New Groove and, a year later, the voice of Sulley in the Disney/Pixar film Monsters, Inc. In 2009, Goodman voice "Big Daddy" La Bouff in Disney's The Princess and the Frog. Goodman's voice can also be heard on an automated message system at Lambert St. Louis International airport.[13]

In theater, Goodman played the Ghost of Christmas Present in the 2008 Kodak Theatre production of A Christmas Carol, starring Christopher Lloyd asEbenezer Scrooge. He played the role of Pozzo in a Studio 54 revival of the play Waiting for Godot, opposite Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane.

In 2011, Goodman was a guest star on the third season of NBC's Community. He also voiced a character in id Software's game RAGE voicing Dan Hagar, and played movie studio chief Al Zimmer in the Academy Award–winning live action film The Artist. In February 2012, it was reported that Goodman would reunite with Roseanne Barr for a new NBC pilot titled Downwardly Mobile. The show will be set in a trailer park and use a multiple-camera setup. Goodman will play one of the residents of the community.[14]

New Orleans residency[]

Goodman has long resided in New Orleans, Louisiana.[5] Since Hurricane Katrina, Goodman has appeared on several recovery commercials aired in Louisiana.

Goodman was cast in In the Electric Mist (2009) as Julie "Baby Feet" Balboni, which is set in post–Hurricane Katrina Louisiana. Goodman was at one time slated to play the role of Ignatius Reilly, the main character of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. The story takes place almost entirely in New Orleans. However, the movie was never put into production. The movie The Princess and the Frog where he lent his voice as Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff also takes place in New Orleans. Goodman was featured in the HBO series TremeTreme focuses on a group of interconnected people trying to rebuild their lives in post–Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Goodman played Creighton Bernette, a Tulane English professor.

In 2010, Goodman appeared in a commercial to raise awareness for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also starring in the commercial were Sandra BullockPeyton ManningEli ManningJack Del RioDrew BreesEmeril LagasseJames Carville, and Blake Lively.[citation needed]

Personal life[]

Goodman and his wife, Anna Beth, live in New Orleans. As of October 2012, their daughter, Molly, was 22 and in film school.[15]

In a 2009 interview, Goodman was open about his alcoholism, saying, "I don't know how much the old Jackie Daniel's franchise ruined my memory, which is going anyway, because of my advancing decrepitude. I had a 30-year run, and at the end I didn't care about anything. I was just fed up with myself. I didn't even want to be an actor anymore."[16] In October 2012, he told Vulture's Jada Yuan: “If I’d picture in my mind a drink—usually straight out of the ­bottle—I couldn’t not do it.” Acting in plays, “I’d have the shakes so bad I’d have to have a drink to get through the show. I’m lucky I never got fired.” Then one night, he says, “I bottomed out." He has been sober since 2007 and tries to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every morning.,[15] and toward the end of 2009–2010, Goodman lost 100 pounds. He has stated that exercising and keeping a journal of food he consumed are what helped him keep the weight off.[17]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Jailbait Babysitter[citation needed]
1983 Eddie Macon's Run Herbert
1983 The Survivors Commando
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Coach Harris
1984 C.H.U.D. Cop in Diner
1984 Maria's Lovers Frank
1985 Sweet Dreams Otis
1986 True Stories Louis Fyne
1987 The Big Easy Det. Andre DeSoto
1987 Raising Arizona Gale Snoats
1987 Burglar Det. Nyswander
1988 The Wrong Guys Duke Earle
1988 Punchline John Krytsick
1988 Everybody's All-American Lawrence
1989 Sea of Love Det. Sherman
1989 Always Al Yackey
1990 Stella Ed Munn
1990 Arachnophobia Delbert McClintock
1991 King Ralph Ralph Hampton Gainesworth Jones
1991 Barton Fink Charlie Meadows
1992 The Babe George Herman 'Babe' Ruth
1992 Frosty Returns Frosty the Snowman Voice
1993 Matinee Lawrence Woolsey
1993 Born Yesterday Harry Brock
1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story Rex the Dinosaur Narrator


1994 The Hudsucker Proxy Newsreel Announcer Credited as Karl Mundt[18]
1994 The Flintstones Fred Flintstone
1996 Pie in the Sky Alan Davenport
1996 Mother Night Major Frank Wirtanen
1997 The Borrowers Ocious P. Potter
1998 Fallen Jonesy
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 Mighty Mack McTeer
1998 The Big Lebowski Walter Sobchak
1998 Dirty Work Mayor Adrian Riggins Uncredited[citation needed]
1998 The Real Macaw Mac the Parrot Voice
1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Santa Claus Voice
1999 The Runner Deepthroat
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Larry
1999 The Jack Bull Judge Joe B. Tolliver
2000 What Planet Are You From? Roland Jones
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Daniel 'Big Dan' Teague
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Oklahoma Cop
2000 Coyote Ugly Billene Sanford
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Pacha Voice
2001 My First Mister Benjamin
2001 One Night at McCool's Det. Dehling
2001 Storytelling Marty Livingston Segment: "Non-Fiction"
2001 Monsters, Inc. James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice
2001 Happy Birthday[citation needed] The Dean
2002 Mike's New Car James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice

Short film

2002 Dirty Deeds Tony
2003 Masked and Anonymous Uncle Sweetheart
2003 The Jungle Book 2 Baloo Voice
2004 Home of Phobia[citation needed] Rodney Released under the title Freshman Orientation
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie George Wolfsbottom Voice
2004 Beyond the Sea Steve 'Boom Boom' Blauner
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Steve Mills
2005 Kronk's New Groove Pacha Voice


2006 Cars Sullivan Truck Voice

Cameo appearance Car version of James P. "Sulley" Sullivan;[citation needed] Sulley made an appearance in one of the Cars Toons series.[citation needed]

2006 The Year Without a Santa Claus Santa Claus
2006 Tales of the Rat Fink Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Narrator


2007 Death Sentence Bones Darley
2007 Evan Almighty Congressman Long
2007 Bee Movie Layton T. Montgomery Voice
2008 Speed Racer Pops Racer
2009 Gigantic Al Lolly
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Graham Bloomwood
2009 In the Electric Mist Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni
2009 Alabama Moon Mr. Wellington
2009 Beyond All Boundaries Capt. Edwin Simmons Voice

Short film

2009 The Princess and the Frog Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff Voice
2009 A Sewer Runs Through It Narrator Voice
2009 Pope Joan Pope Sergius II
2009 Drunkboat Mr. Fletcher
2011 The Artist Al Zimmer Silent film
2011 Red State Joseph Kennan
2011 Spring Break '83 Dick Bender
2011 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Stan the Doorman
2012 Bunyan and Babe Paul Bunyan Voice
2012 ParaNorman Mr. Prendergast Voice
2012 The Campaign Scott Talley Cameo appearance
2012 Trouble with the Curve Pete Klein
2012 Argo John Chambers
2012 Flight Harling Mays
2013 Monsters University James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice


2013 Monuments Men Filming
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis[citation needed] Actor
2013 The Hangover Part III[citation needed] Actor
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Face of Rage Fred Television film
1983 Chiefs Newt 'Tub' Murray Miniseries
1983 Heart of Steel Raymond Bohupinsky Television film
1987 Murder Ordained Hugh Rayburn Television film
1987 The Equalizer Harold Winter Episode: "Re-Entry"
1987 Moonlighting Donald Chase Episode: "Come Back Little Shiksa"
1988–1997 Roseanne Dan Conner 221 episodes
1995 Kingfish Huey P. Long Television film
1995 A Streetcar Named Desire Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell Television film
1996 Muppets Tonight Himself Season 1, Episode 4
1999 Now and Again Michael Wiseman Episode: "Origins"
1999 The Simpsons Meathook Voice

Episode: "Take My Wife, Sleaze"

1999 Futurama Robot Santa Voice

Episode: "Xmas Story"

2000 Normal, Ohio William "Butch" Gamble 13 Episodes
2001 When Dinosaurs Roamed America Narrator Voice

Discovery Channeldocumentary

2003–2004 The West Wing Glen Allen Walken Four Episodes
2004 Father of the Pride Larry Voice only

15 episodes

2004–2005 Center of the Universe John Barnett 10 episodes
2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Judge Bobby Bebe Episodes: "Nevada Day: Part I & II"
2007 King of the Hill Tommy Episode: "SerPUNt"
2010 You Don't Know Jack Neal Nicol
2010–2011 Treme Creighton Bernette 11 episodes
2011 Damages Howard T. Erickson Season 4
2011–2012 Community Vice Dean Robert Laybourne[19] 6 episodes
2012 Dancing on the Edge Masterson 5 episodes
2012 SpongeBob SquarePants Santa Claus Voice

Episode: "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"

2013 Alpha House[citation needed]

Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Pyst King Mattruss Voice
2002 Monsters Inc. Scream Arena James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice
2007 Cars Mater-National Championship James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck Voice
2009 Cars Race-O-Rama James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck Voice
2011 Rage Dan Hagar[20] Voice


Guest Appearance

Awards and nominations[]

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
1989 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Sea of Love Nominated
1989 People's Choice Awards "Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program" Roseanne Nominated
1989 American Comedy Awards "Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication" Roseanne Won
1989 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne Nominated
1989 Golden Globe Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical" Roseanne Nominated
1990 American Comedy Awards "Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication" Roseanne Won
1990 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne Nominated
1990 Golden Globe Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical" Roseanne Nominated
1991 Saturn Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Arachnophobia Nominated
1991 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne Nominated
1991 Golden Globe Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical" Roseanne Nominated
1991 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Barton Fink Nominated
1991 New York Film Critics Circle Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Barton Fink 3rd
1992 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne Nominated
1992 Golden Globe Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" Barton Fink Nominated
1992 Viewers For Quality Television Awards "Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series" Roseanne Won
1993 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne Nominated
1993 Golden Globe Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical" Roseanne Won
1994 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne Nominated
1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne Nominated
1995 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" Roseanne Nominated
1995 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special" Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Nominated
1996 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special" A Streetcar Named Desire Nominated
1999 Satellite Awards "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical" The Big Lebowski Nominated
2001 People's Choice Awards "Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series" Normal, Ohio Nominated
2002 World Soundtrack Awards "Best Original Song Written for a Film" Monsters, Inc. Won
2004 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards "Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie" The Jungle Book 2 Nominated
2007 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Won
2007 TV Land Awards "Favorite Elvis Impersonation" Roseanne Nominated
2008 TV Land Awards "Innovator" Roseanne Won
2010 Black Reel Awards "Best Ensemble" The Princess and the Frog Nominated
2010 Emmy Awards "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseies or TV Movie" You Don't Know Jack Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries" You Don't Know Jack Nominated
2011 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards "Best Cast" The Artist Nominated
2011 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards "Best Supporting Actor" The Artist Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" The Artist Nominated
2012 20/20 Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Barton Fink Won
2012 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Argo Nominated
2012 Satellite Awards "Best Supporting Actor" Flight Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" Argo Won