JOHN GOODMAN (Mulligan) reunites with director Rupert Wyatt
after his co-starring role opposite Mark Wahlberg in his 2014 drama, The
Goodman remembers the day in 1975 when he left his native St. Louis for New
York, armed only with a theatre degree from Southwest Missouri State University
(a football injury forced him to trade the gridiron for the footlights), $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 returned to the stage for a three-month run in the 2017
Broadway revival of the classic Ben Hecht/MacArthur comedy, "The Front Page,"
starring alongside Nathan Lane and John Slattery. He also made his West End
debut in David Mamet's 1975 play "American Buffalo" at the Wyndham's Theatre in
Earlier in his career, Goodman starred on Broadway in "Waiting for Godot"
(for which he received rave reviews as Pozzo in 2009), "Big River" (1985,
earning a Drama Desk nomination as Featured Actor in a Musical), his Broadway
debut, Michael Weller's 1979 drama, "Loose Ends" and the National Actors Theatre
presentation of "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" (2002), co-starring alongside
Al Pacino. In 2001, he starred in the NY Shakespeare Festival Central Park
staging of "The Seagull," directed by Mike Nichols.
His other stage credits include many dinner theatre and children's theatre
productions, as well as several off-Broadway plays. His regional theatre credits
include "Henry IV, Parts I and II," "Antony and Cleopatra," "As You Like It" and
"A Christmas Carol." He also performed in a road production of "The Robber
On the motion picture screen, Goodman's recent work includes Peter Berg's
Patriots Day, Bad Robot's hit thriller, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Kong: Skull Island,
Coldest City and David Leitch's Cold War thriller, Atomic Blonde opposite
Charlize Theron. He also starred in Ben Affleck's 2012 Oscar-winning Best
Picture, Argo, and Robert Zemeckis' thriller Flight alongside Denzel Washington
(Goodman won the 2013 National Board of Review Spotlight Award for his work in
Argo, Flight and Clint Eastwood's Trouble with the Curve). A year earlier, he
was seen in the black-and-white silent feature The Artist, which won the 2012
Academy Award for Best Picture.
Previous film credits include Trumbo, Love the Coopers, George Clooney's
Monument's Men, Monster's University, the Oscar-nominated Best Picture
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, In The Electric Mist, Confessions of a
Shopaholic, Bee Movie, Pope Joan, Alabama Moon, Gigantic, Marilyn Hotchkiss'
Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, Beyond
the Sea, Masked and Anonymous, Storytelling, Coyote Ugly, What Planet Are You
From?, One Night at McCool's, Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead, Fallen,
The Borrowers, Blues Brothers 2000, The Runner, The Flintstones, Mother Night,
Arachnophobia, Steven Spielberg's Always, Pie in the Sky, Born Yesterday,
Matinee, The Babe, King Ralph, Punchline, Everybody's All-American, 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 and five films with the Coen
Brothers - Barton Fink, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, Inside Llewyn Davis
and O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
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.
Among Goodman's many accolades are a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and
seven Emmy nominations for his role in ABC's Roseanne. He also won Emmy
nominations for his starring roles in Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long, in the
production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and in the Coen
Brothers drama, Barton Fink. In 2007, Goodman won his second Emmy, for
Outstanding Guest Actor, on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
He also earned an Emmy nomination (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a
Miniseries or a Movie), along with a SAG nomination (Outstanding Performance by
a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries), for HBO's biopic of Jack
Kevorikian, You Don't Know Jack, which reunited Goodman with Al Pacino ("Sea of
Love") and Susan Sarandon (Speed Racer). His other TV credits include Alpha
House, the miniseries Dancing on the Edge, Damages, and NBC's Community. Goodman
most recently reprised his star-making role of Dan Connor on ABC's 20-year
reunion show, Roseanne.
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