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John Goodman: The Man, the Actor, the Movies

Updated on December 29, 2017
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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


Fallen –Jonesy


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.  

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