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John Goodman

Highest Rated:   100% The Sweatbox (2002)
Lowest Rated:   0% Kronk's New Groove (2005)
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Birthplace:   St. Louis, Missouri, USA
With a talent as large as his girth, John Goodman proved himself both a distinguished character actor and engaging leading man. A native of St. Louis, MO, Goodman went to Southwest Missouri State University on a football scholarship, but an injury compelled him to seek out a less strenuous major. He chose the university Drama Department, attending classes with such stars-to-be as Tess Harper and Kathleen Turner. Moving to New York in 1975, he supported himself by performing in children's and dinner theater, appearing in television commercials, and working as a bouncer. Goodman made his off-Broadway debut in a 1978 staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and, a year later, graduated to Broadway in Loose Ends. His best Broadway showing was as the drunken, brutish Pap in Big River, Roger Miller's 1985 musical adaptation of Huckleberry Finn. Goodman has occasionally played out and out villains or louts (The Big Easy, Barton Fink), but his essential likeability endeared him to audiences even when his onscreen behavior was at its least sympathetic. He contributed topnotch supporting appearances to such films as Everybody's All-American (1988), Sea of Love (1989), Stella (1989), and Arachnophobia (1990), and starred in such films as King Ralph (1991), The Babe (1992, as Babe Ruth), Born Yesterday (1993), and The Flintstones (1994, as Fred Flintstone). Goodman did some of his best work in Matinee (1992), in which he starred as William Castle-esque horror flick entrepreneur Lawrence Woolsey, and topped himself in The Big Lebowski (1998), playing a quirky security-store owner. He was seen the following year with Nicolas Cage and Ving Rhames in Martin Scorsese's Bringing out the Dead as an ambulance driver.Between 1988 and 1996, Goodman appeared as blue-collar patriarch Dan Conner on the hit TV sitcom Roseanne, a role that earned him four Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe award; his additional TV credits included two 1995 made-for-cable movies: the title role in Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long and Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, for which he earned another Emmy nomination. Announcing that the 1996-1997 season of Roseanne would be his last, Goodman limited himself to infrequent appearances on the series, his absences explained away as a by-product of a heart attack suffered by his character at the end of the previous season.After making his 10th appearance on Saturday Night Live (2000), Goodman could be seen playing a red-faced bible salesman in director Joel Coen's award winning O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000), and participated in Garry Shandling's film debut What Planet Are You From? (2000). He could be spotted playing an Oklahoma cop in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000), while Coyote Ugly (2000) and Storytelling (2001) found Goodman stepping back into the role of over-protective father. Interestingly enough, he donned hippie-gear to play a goth-chick's Leelee Sobieski dad in 2001's My First Mister. Though Goodman's status as an amiable big guy was well established by the early 2000's, he didn't actually appear on-screen for two of his most beloved roles. In The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Goodman lent his vocal talents for the part of Pacha, a poor farmer who taught a spoiled prince (David Spade) some valuable lessons about life, love, and the meaning of societal standing. Any film-going youngster will recognize Goodman's voice as Monsters, Inc.'s kind-hearted Sully, the furry blue monster who risked life and limb to return a little girl to her home; and who other than Goodman would have been appropriate to voice the part of Baloo, The Jungle Book 2's (2003) freewheeling bear? 2001's ill received One Night at McCool's features Goodman as one of three men lusting after Liv Tyler's character, while 2002's Dirty Deeds took John to Australia, where he played an American mafia-goon thoroughly ill suited to the intricacies of culture down under. Thoug

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
76% Atomic Blonde
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Hound
2017
77% Kong: Skull Island
  • Bill Randa
$161.3M 2017
No Score Yet Bunyan and Babe
  • Paul Bunyan
2017
80% Patriots Day
  • Ed Davis
$31.9M 2017
No Score Yet Once Upon a Time in Venice
  • Actor
2017
17% Ratchet & Clank
  • Grimroth
2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Howard Stambler
$59.5M 2016
18% Love the Coopers
  • Sam
2015
74% Trumbo
  • Frank King
2015
No Score Yet Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle
  • Houston
2015
51% Live From New York!
  • Actor
2015
46% The Gambler
  • Frank
$18.9M 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Hound
$206.8M 2014
30% The Monuments Men
  • Walter Garfield
$67.3M 2014
No Score Yet Party Central
  • Sullivan
2014
No Score Yet Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Actor
2013
94% Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Roland Turner
$9.7M 2013
78% Monsters University
  • Sullivan
$260.4M 2013
20% The Hangover Part III
  • Marshall
$112.2M 2013
78% Flight
  • Harling Mays
$89.5M 2012
96% Argo
  • John Chambers
$136.1M 2012
51% Trouble with the Curve
  • Pete Klein
$35.8M 2012
87% ParaNorman
  • Mr. Prenderghast
$56.0M 2012
25% Drunkboat
  • Mr. Fletcher
2012
46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Stan the Doorman
$31.9M 2012
No Score Yet It's a SpongeBob Christmas!
  • Actor
2012
96% The Artist
  • Al Zimmer
$44.7M 2011
59% Red State
  • Joseph Keenan
$1.1M 2011
No Score Yet Alabama Moon
  • Mr. Wellington
2011
No Score Yet Ole War Skule: The Story of Saturday Night
  • Narrator
2011
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet You Don't Know Jack
  • Neal Nicol
2010
84% The Princess and the Frog
  • ''Big Daddy" La Bouff
$104.4M 2009
No Score Yet Pope Joan
  • Pope Sergius
2009
37% Gigantic
  • Al Lolly
2009
60% In the Electric Mist
  • "Baby Feet" Balboni
2009
25% Confessions of a Shopaholic
  • Graham
$44.3M 2009
No Score Yet Spring Break '83
  • Actor
2009
39% Speed Racer
  • Pops
$44.0M 2008
51% Bee Movie
  • Layton T. Montgomery
$126.6M 2007
20% Death Sentence
  • Bones Darley
$9.5M 2007
32% Freshman Orientation
  • Rodney
2007
23% Evan Almighty
  • Congressman Long
$100.3M 2007
No Score Yet The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Santa Claus
2006
No Score Yet Tales of the Rat Fink
  • Ed `Big Daddy' Roth
2006
74% Cars
  • Sullivan Truck
$244.1M 2006
22% Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
  • Steve Mills
$0.2M 2006
No Score Yet Carnaval
  • Actor
2006
0% Kronk's New Groove
  • Pacha
2005
42% Beyond the Sea
  • Steve Blauner
$6.2M 2004
53% Clifford's Really Big Movie
  • George Wolfsbottom
$2.8M 2004
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Uncle Sweetheart
$0.2M 2003
19% The Jungle Book 2
  • Baloo
$47.9M 2003
No Score Yet Mike's New Car
  • Sulley
2002
53% My First Mister
  • Benjamin
2002
53% Storytelling
  • Marty Livingston
$0.9M 2002
100% The Sweatbox
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
64% Negocios Sucios
  • Tony Testano
2002
96% Monsters, Inc.
  • James P. Sullivan "Sully"
$34.1M 2001
No Score Yet On the Edge
  • The Dean
2001
33% One Night at McCool's
  • Det. Dehling
$5.7M 2001
No Score Yet When Dinosaurs Roamed America
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet When Dinosaurs Roamed America
  • Narrator
2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Big Dan Teague
$45.2M 2000
85% The Emperor's New Groove
  • Pacha
$87.4M 2000
22% Coyote Ugly
  • William Sanford
2000
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  • Oklahoma Cop
$0.5M 2000
42% What Planet Are You From?
  • Roland Jones
2000
71% Bringing Out the Dead
  • Larry
1999
80% The Jack Bull
  • Judge Tolliver
1999
No Score Yet The Runner
  • Deep Throat
1999
40% Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
  • Santa Claus
1998
No Score Yet The Real Macaw
  • Actor
1998
17% Dirty Work
  • Mayor Adrian Riggins (uncredited)
1998
No Score Yet Double Date Night: The Big Lebowski
  • Actor
1998
81% The Big Lebowski
  • Walter Sobchak
1998
73% The Borrowers
  • Ocious P. Potter
1998
47% Blues Brothers 2000
  • Mighty Mack McTeer
1997
40% Fallen
  • Jonesy
1997
64% Mother Night
  • Frank Wirtanen
1996
No Score Yet Pie in the Sky
  • Alan
1996
No Score Yet Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long
  • Huey P. Long
  • Producer
1995
No Score Yet A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Mitch
1995
21% The Flintstones
  • Fred Flintstone
1994
26% Born Yesterday
  • Harry Brock
1993
38% We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
  • Rex
1993
No Score Yet Frosty Returns
  • Frosty
1992
93% Matinee
  • Lawrence Woolsey
1992
46% The Babe
  • George Herman `Babe' Ruth
1992
91% Barton Fink
  • Charlie Meadows
1991
20% King Ralph
  • Ralph
1991
91% Arachnophobia
  • Delbert McClintock
1990
No Score Yet Stella
  • Ed Munn
1990
65% Always
  • Al Yackey
1989
77% Sea of Love
  • Det. Sherman
1989
46% Everybody's All-American
  • Edward Lawrence
1988
50% Punchline
  • John
1988
No Score Yet The Wrong Guys
  • Duke Earl
1988
88% The Big Easy
  • Detective DeSoto
1987
27% Burglar
  • Detective Nyswander
1987
90% Raising Arizona
  • Gale
1987
No Score Yet Murder Ordained
  • Actor
1987
76% True Stories
  • Louis Fyne
1986
94% Sweet Dreams
  • Otis
1985
No Score Yet Maria's Lovers
  • Frank
1984
23% C.H.U.D. (Chud)
  • Cops in Diner
1984
69% Revenge of the Nerds
  • Coach Harris
1984
9% The Survivors
  • Commando
1983
No Score Yet Eddie Macon's Run
  • Hebert
1983
No Score Yet Chiefs
  • Newt "Tub" Murray
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
61% Dancing on the Edge
2013
  • Masterson
  • 2016
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2013
72% Alpha House
2013-2014
  • Senator Gil John Biggs
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Alpha House #DEL
2013-2014
  • Gil John Biggs
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1990
  • 1989
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
  • Voice
  • 2012
86% Community
2009-2015
  • Vice Dean Laybourne
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2012
  • 2011
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • Howard T. Erickson
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
98% Treme
2010-2013
  • Creighton Bernette
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Reports
2010-2013
  • Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Glenallen Westin
  • 2003
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet Treme
  • Creighton Bernette

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