John Goodman: The Man, the Actor, the Movies
John Goodman's Beginnings
John Goodman was born June 20th 1952 in a little town called Affton Missouri. His mother was a waitress who worked at a restaurant called Jack and Phil’s Bar-B-Que.
His father was a postal worker who unfortunately died of a heart attack when John was only 2 years old. John attended elementary and high school in Affton Missouri and then went on to Southwest Missouri State University where he played football and after an injury ended his run at having a career playing football he found the Southwest Missouri States drama program.
In 1975 John moved to New York to pursue an acting career. John was quickly able to find some success on stage in commercials and even did some voice over’s. if you are old enough to remember you might recall the Mennen Skin Bracer commercials John starred in slapping his face with the product and saying “Thanks..I needed that”.
I saw the commercial again recently on a talk show and couldn’t believe how different john looks now from then.
John Goodman and Roseanne
John is probably best known for his role on the Roseanne Bar show as Dan Conner which ran from 1988 to 1997.
He has starred in numerous movies and television shows and has also done quite a bit of voice over’s over the years. His movie career started back in 1977 and contrary to popular belief is still going strong.
Some of the movies you might remember or have heard of include The Survivors which also included Robin Williams. John plays a commando in that movie. Revenge of the Nerds where John plays coach Harris.
Other movies and his roles in those movies, C.H.U.D. played a police officer in a diner, Sweet Dreams (Patsy Cline biography) played Otis, True Stories he played Louis Fyne, The Big Easy he played Detective Andre DeSoto, Raising Arizona he was Gale Snoats, Burglar he played Detective Nyswander.
In list format here are more movies and the roles he played:
The Wrong Guys – Duke Earl
Punchline – John Krytsick
Everybody’s All American – Lawrence
Sea of Love – Detective Sherman
Always – Al Yackey
Stella – Ed Munn
Arachnophobia – Delbert McClintock
King Ralph – Ralph Hampton Gainesworth Jones
Barton Fink – Charlie Meadows
The Babe – George Herman Babe Ruth
Frosty Returns - Voice of Frosty
Matinee - Lawrence Woolsey
Born Yesterday- Harry Brock
The Hudsucker Proxy- Newsreel Announcer
The Flinstones - Fred Flintstone
Pie in the Sky - Alan Davenport
Mother Night - Major Frank Wirtanen
The Borrowers - Ocious P. Potter
Blues Brothers 2000 - Mighty Mack McTeer
The Big Lebowski - Walter Sobchak
Dirty Work - Mayor Adrian Riggins
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie – Santa Claus
Bringing Out the Dead - Larry
What Planet Are You From? - Roland Jones
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Daniel 'Big Dan' Teague
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle - Oklahoma Cop
Coyote Ugly - Billene Sanford
The Emperor's New Groove – Voice of Pacha
My First Mister - Benjamin
One Night at McCool's - Det. Dehling
Monsters, Inc. – James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan
Dirty Deeds - Tony
Masked and Anonymous - Uncle Sweetheart
The Jungle Book 2- Voice of Baloo
Clifford's Really Big Movie – Voice of George Wolfsbottom
Beyond the Sea -Steve 'Boom Boom' Blauner
The Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove – Voice of Pacha
Cars – Voice of Sullivan Truck
Drunkboat - Mr. Fletcher
Death Sentence - Bones Darley
Evan Almighty - Congressman Long
Bee Movie – Voice of Layton T. Montgomery
Confessions of a Shopaholic - Graham Bloomwood
Alabama Moon - Mr. Wellington
The Princess and the Frog – Voice of Eli 'Big Daddy' La Bouff
That is not even the complete list of movies he has starred in, I left out some because the list is so long. There are also numerous television shows John has also appeared in. The list is so long I would have to create another Hub just for the TV shows.
Recently (June 2010) John Goodman appeared on the Late Night with David Letterman show and if you hadn’t seen John in a while you would have had to of looked twice to make sure it was really him.
Sporting a new look John was slimmer and look much healthier than he has for years. He apparently quit drinking alcohol in 2007 and started working out and even boxing for exercise. John is committed now to a healthy lifestyle and explained to Dave that his new way of living is a lifelong venture.
It is rumoured that he has lost at least 100lbs so far. He looks absolutely great and he is definitely a role model for anyone with an addiction or weight problem. Congratulations Mr Goodman you are a premiere actor and a great human being.
© 2010 Grant Handford