John Goodman is an American actor popularly known as Dan Conner, a character he played in the ABC television series Roseanne, which was broadcast from 1988-1997 and then in 2018. For this role, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1993.
He has worked with American filmmakers Joel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen, popularly known as the Coen Brothers, on several other films including Inside Llewyn Davis, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink and Raising Arizona.
Goodman is also a gifted dubbing artist who has acted as a voiceover artist in many animated films. In Steven Spielberg’s “We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story, he sang Rex, he was Pacha in Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. He was also a voice actor in Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University.
Goodman was born on June 20, 1952, in Affton, Missouri, the son of postal clerk Leslie Francis Goodman and his beautiful Virginia Roos. His full name is John Stephen Goodman. John Goodman is of English, German and Welsh descent.
He attended Affton High School, which he graduated from in 1970. During high school, he played soccer and also did some drama, after which he was awarded a soccer scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri (now Missouri State University). He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1975.
Goodman began his career as an athlete, but after an injury that ended his football career, he had to move to New York to pursue an acting career. As a newcomer in New York, he did all sorts of menial jobs to survive, including working as a waiter and bartender while waiting for the tables to turn.
Luckily for John, he eventually found a modest living as a voice-over artist, advertiser, and actor, performing off-Broadway and in dinner theaters until he began playing character roles in movies in the early 1980s.
John has had guest appearances on several late-night shows, including the Conan O’Brien Show (he was the show’s first guest, earning him the “First Guest Medal”). He hosted NBC Saturday Night Live so many times. With these experiences, but no prior experience in television comedy, he auditioned for a cast in Jean Doumanian’s turbulent SNL season 1980-1981 but was rejected along with other up-and-coming comedians of the time such as Paul Reubens, Robert Townsend, and Jim Carrey.
He soon began to secure so many roles in films and television series and received considerable recognition through prestigious awards.
In 1989 John Goodman received the “American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer on TV series”, the following year he received the same award. In 1993 he won the Golden Globe Awards for the best performance by an actor in a TV series. He also won an Emmy Award for outstanding guest actor in a drama series, in 2013 he was made a Disney legend, in 2017 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Some of his other film appearances include Alpha House, The Cat Part III, Patriots Day, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Babe, The Flintstones, Always, Coyote Ugly, Extremely Louise, and Incredibly Close, The Artist, Argo, Flight.
His Height And Weight
Goodman is known for his large back size when he weighed 180 kg (400 lb) until he lost 45 kg (100 lb). Since then he has been eating healthy food. He stands at 1.88 m (6ft 2in).
John Goodman’s Wife (Annabeth), Family
His father died of a heart attack when he was just two years old and his mother had to do three jobs to feed the family. She worked as a waitress in Jack and Phil’s Bar-B-Que, as a clerk in a retail store and did the laundry as well. He has two siblings – a sister named Elizabeth and a brother named Leslie.
Goodman was once married to Annabeth Hartzog. They got married in 1989 and have stayed together ever since, without rumors or scandals. Both have a daughter, Molly Evangeline Goodman, who works as a production assistant in the film industry. The couple lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Is He Dead Or Alive?
The multi-talented actor/comedian is not dead, he is alive and still working in the industry. After Hurricane Katrina hit the US, he appeared in several recovery commercials that were broadcast in Louisiana.
In 2010 he appeared in a commercial alongside Peyton Manning, Sandra Bullock, Jack Del Kio, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, and James Carville, drawing attention to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.