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John Goodman stars in "Treme" on HBO as Creighton Bernette.

Goodman's latest film project, the upcoming "You Don't Know Jack," an HBO Films biopic about Jack Kevorkian, reunites him with Al Pacino ("Sea of Love") and Susan Sarandon ("Speed Racer"). Other upcoming releases include "Bunyan and the Babe," "Pope Joan" and "Alabama Moon."

John Goodman remembers the day in 1975 when he left St. Louis for New York, armed only with a degree in fine arts from Southwest Missouri State University, $1,000
John Goodman in "Evan Almighty" (2007)
John Goodman Evan Almighty (2007)
his brother had lent him and a dream of being a professional actor. He didn't want to look back 15 years later and say, "I wonder if I could have ..." He made the rounds, worked at odd jobs and just tried to keep busy. He's been quite busy ever since.

Today Goodman is one of the entertainment industry's most respected actors. He earned a Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for his chilling performance in the Coen Brothers' heralded "Barton Fink." Coincidentally, Goodman's breakthrough motion picture performance was in "Raising Arizona," also a Coen Brothers film. He has since teamed with them in "The Big Lebowski" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Goodman was recently heard in the Disney animated film "The Princess and the Frog" as "Big Daddy" La Bouff and seen starring in "Confessions of a Shopaholic"; the Wachowski brothers film "Speed Racer"; and in the sequel to "Bruce Almighty," "Evan Almighty," opposite Steve Carrell. Goodman was also recently seen starring in "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School," opposite Marisa Tomei and Danny DeVito; 20th Century Fox's "Death Sentence," opposite Kevin Bacon; and "Drunkboat," with John Malkovich.

Goodman has lent his voice to numerous animated characters as well. His voice-over credits include "Monsters, Inc.," "The Emperor's New Groove," "Tales of the Rat Fink" and "The Jungle Book II." He was also heard in the films "Tales of the Rat Fink," opposite Jay Leno, and "Bee Movie," opposite Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger. He also voiced one of the main characters 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 "Roseanne." He also earned Emmy nominations for TNT's "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long" and CBS's production of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." In 2007, Goodman won his second Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor on "Studio on the Sunset Strip."

Goodman was raised in St. Louis by his mother, his father having passed away when John was two years old. As a tall, broad-shouldered teenager, he attended Afton High School, where he dedicated himself to football (his team won one game). He intended to play football at Southwest Missouri State but injured a knee and was forced to sit out a year. He spent that year studying drama with fellow students Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper. He never returned to football and graduated in 1975 with a B.F.A. degree in Theatre.

Goodman's 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" and "As You Like It." He performed in a road production of "The Robber Bridegroom" and starred in two Broadway shows, "Loose Ends" in 1979 and "Big River" in 1985.

In 2002, Goodman starred on Broadway in the Public Theatre's "Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui". In 2001, he starred in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Seagull."

Goodman's film credits include "Beyond the Sea," "Masked and Anonymous," "Storytelling," "O Brother, Where Art Thou," "Coyote Ugly," "What Planet Are Your From?," "One Night at McCool's," "Bringing Out the Dead," "Fallen," "The Borrowers," "Blues Brothers 2000," "The Runner," "The Flintstones," "Mother Night," "Arachnophobia," "Always," "Pie in the Sky," "Born Yesterday," "Matinee," "The Babe," "King Ralph," "Punchline," "Everybody's All-American," "Sea of Love," "Stella," "Eddie Macon's Run," "C.H.U.D.," "Revenge of the Nerds," "Maria's Lovers," "Sweet Dreams," "True Stories," "The Big Easy," "Burglar," and "The Wrong Guys."




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JOHN GOODMAN: FACTS

How tall is John Goodman? How old is John Goodman? Find out here.

Age: 62 years old
Birthday: June 20, 1952
Height: 6' 2"
Full Name / Real Name: John Stephen Goodman
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Wife: Annabeth Hartzog (10/27/1989, 1 child)





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