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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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    Jaye Denman 

    10 years ago from Deep South, USA

    It's great to see John looking so fit and healthy! I've always enjoyed his acting. I may be the only person alive who's watched him in King Ralph multiple times (or the only one who will admit it)! One movie I didn't see listed that was too too funny was Mouse Hunt, also with Nathan Lane. (I've watched that one several times, too.)I like to laugh out loud at movies, and Goodman's a very good comedian, though he also handles drama well, too. He's one of those actors who are not called "stars", but whose movies you really enjoy. I don't understand that.

    Maybe it's because he doesn't hunt down the paparazzi and pose for publicity--good or bad--like the younger ones do....

    Hey! I've got an idea! Why don't we suggest to the execs for Two and a Half Men that they hire John Goodman to replace obnoxious Charlie Sheen? John could be an uncle, and I'll bet he would give the show a shot of adrenaline. Jaye

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    10 years ago from Canada

    Micky thank you. He is a great actor and seems to be a really good person also.

  • Micky Dee profile image

    Micky Dee 

    10 years ago

    Very nice hub! I've always liked him and I'm glad you created this hub for him!

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    10 years ago from Canada

    valeriebelew thank you. He definitely is one interesting fellow.



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    10 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

    Good informative hub about an interesting character. (:v

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    10 years ago from Canada

    MaryRenee thank you.

    Thanks for commenting. :)

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    10 years ago

    Grant's World: Awesome hub, I'm a huge fan of John, thanks for sharing! :)

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    10 years ago from Canada

    K J thank you. John is a great actor.

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    K J Page 

    10 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    I liked the way you wrote about John Goodman - great story - and I like watching him in movies........

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    10 years ago from Canada

    justmesuzanne I do too. He is a very likable person.

    Thanks for commenting.

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    10 years ago from Texas

    Very nice! I really like John Goodman! :)

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    10 years ago from Canada

    girlincape thank you. John does great in voice over roles. He has a great talent in entertaining us.

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    Kasey Rubenstein 

    10 years ago from California

    Nice hub. I always remember John Goodman's voice in movies like Monsters Inc. and The Emperor's New Groove. He was perfectly cast in those roles. Also his roles in the Coen brothers' films are hilarious.


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