30 Unknown Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About John Goodman


John Goodman, an American stage and film actor, has been one of the most frequent hosts of “Saturday Night Live,” hosting the show 11 times and making numerous surprise appearances. Here are 30 interesting facts about the actor:

  1. Goodman is a movie and television actor known for his portrayal of character ‘Dan Conner on the ABC sitcom ‘Roseanne.’
  2. In July 2017 Goodman’s death spread quickly in July 2017 causing concern among fans across the world. Later it was confirmed as aninternet death hoax and fans expressed anger.
  3. He was born John Stephen Goodman on June 20, 1952 in Affton, Missouri and resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  4. His father Leslie Francis Goodman was a postal worker and his mother Virginia Roos, worked in a cafeteria and drugstore. She also took in laundry to keep the family going.
  5. He lost his father when he was two years old and was raised by his mother. He has a sister Elisabeth and a brother Leslie Goodman.
  6. He attended ‘Affton High School,’ where he was good in both, football and theatre. He ignored a football scholarship at Missouri State University and enrolled in a drama program.
  7. In 1975, he moved to New York and hired an apartment in search for acting works. Initially he worked a bartender and as a waiter to make a living.
  8. Goodman took up commercials, voice-overs and appeared in dinner theatre to be noticed. He appeared briefly in a film ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ as a disco slant shaking his head.
  9. During Vietnam War draft, he was found eleven pounds overweight. When he was scheduled for checkup after weight loss, the draft was abolished. He was measured as 6’ instead of 6’ 2”.
  10. He made his feature film debut in ‘Jailbait Babysitter’ in 1977, before appearing as Hebert in Jeff Kanew’s film ‘Eddie Macon’s Run’ and as a commando in Michael Ritchie’s ‘The Survivors’ in 1983.
  11. At 6’2” height and maintaining a shape like panda bear, Goodman, was a go to man for a beefy, construction-worker type role.
  12. Without any TV or film credit to his name Goodman auditioned to be cast as member of ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1980 and was rejected. He later went on host the show 12 times.
  13. He wasthe first guest on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien,’ for which he received ‘First Guest Medal.’He joked that he would pawn the medal for any cheap Scotch.
  14. Goodman earned fame with his portrayal of Dan Conner in 1988 TV sitcom series ‘Roseanne.’ He wonthe ‘Golden Globe Award’ for Best Actor.
  15. He appeared as Nevada judge, Robert Bebe, in a guest role in the 2006 comedy drama TV series ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.’ He won a ‘2007 Emmy’ for this role.
  16. Goodman was cast as Fred in the 1994 buddy comedy film ‘The Flintstones.’ Steven Spielberg of Amblin Entertainment, who bought the rights for the film, was determined to cast him while working with Goodman in film ‘Always.’
  17. The film ‘The Flintstone,’ was the Goodman’s first live action adaptation of a cartoon. He was not keen to take on the role of Fred, as he feared he would be saying ‘Yabba Dabba Doo’ in excitement, for the rest of his life.
  18. As a voice-over artist, Goodman was in ‘Dunkin’ Donuts’ commercials and can also be heard on an automated message system at ‘Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.’
  19. In 2013, he was inducted as a ‘Disney Legends.’ It is a hall of fame program for his contribution to ‘The Walt Disney Company.’ He provided the voice of Pacha in ‘The Emperor’s New Groove,’ and for Sulley in ‘Monsters.’
  20. For the 1998 film ‘Blue Brothers 2000,’ Goodman worked without pay in order to keep the budget down and in the same way he admitted that he participated in the 2000 film ‘Coyote Ugly’ only for the money.
  21. He appeared in two films ‘The Artist’ and ‘Argo’ which won consecutive Oscar for Best Pictures. In both films, he portrayed a Hollywood character, a Producer in ‘The Artist’ and a Make-up Artist in ‘Argo.’
  22. He has worked with eight directors who have won Best Director Oscar and yet the award has eluded him.
  23. Goodman said ‘I can feel a part of Hollywood history now. It’s something I never expected. It’s amazing.’ He was reacting after receiving a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame,’ located at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard, for his work in motion pictures.
  24. He was one among the celebrities who appeared in the commercial to raise awareness for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
  25. During the filming of ‘Everybody’s All-American,’ in 1988, Goodman met his future wife. He enacts the roll of football player, which he was in real life during his college days.
  26. Goodman is married to Annabeth Hartzog in 1989 and they have a daughter Molly Evangeline, who works as a production assistant in the film industries.
  27. He reduced his weight by more than 50 kg with systematic exercise and dieting. He weighed in at 180 pounds at one time.
  28. He had struggled with drinks and depression after 30 years of alcoholism. He sometimes needed to have a drink to get through the show, while acting in plays. He tries to attend Alcoholic Anonymous meeting every morning.
  29. He is huge fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and enjoys fishing and playing golf. As an actor he idolized Al Pacino.
  30. It was reported in April, 2017, that Goodman will be part of ‘Roseanne,’ an iconic hit sitcom that ran in ABC could be coming back to TV with its original cast.
  31. John Goodman Net Worth: $65 million.

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