John Goodman Biography

(American Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Dan Conner’ in the TV Series ‘Roseanne’)

Birthday: June 20, 1952 (Gemini)

Born In: Affton, Missouri, United States

American film, television, and stage actor and a recipient of the Golden Globe Award, John Goodman paved his way to success with the successful and one of the most watched television series, ‘Roseanne’. He has proved himself to be one of Hollywood’s most skilled and talented character actors who can play any role with ease and comfort. An enthusiastic football player, during his school and teenage years, he even won a football scholarship to study at Missouri State University. Unfortunately due to his injuries, Goodman was not able to continue playing football and he instead moved to New York City in search of acting opportunities. After a period of struggle in New York, doing odd jobs and embarrassing commercials, he finally made his first appearance in films with ‘Eddie Macon's Run’, in which he played a minor role. He has appeared in over 50 films, including numerous Disney films and films directed by the Coen brothers. Some of his films include, ‘Argo, ‘The Flintstones,’ ‘Coyote Ugly’ and The Artist’. He speaks openly about his struggles with alcoholism which he has since overcome.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: John Stephen Goodman

Age: 71 Years, 71 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Annabeth Goodman (m.1989)

father: Leslie F. Goodman

mother: Virginia Roos (née Loosmore)

siblings: Elisabeth Horvath, Leslie

children: Molly Evangeline Goodman

Born Country: United States

Quotes By John Goodman Actors

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males

Notable Alumni: Southwest Missouri State University

U.S. State: Missouri

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education: Southwest Missouri State University

Childhood & Early Life

John Stephen Goodman was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Leslie F. Goodman, a postal worker, and Virginia Roos, a store clerk and waitress. He has two siblings.

He attended the Affton High School in St. Louis County, Missouri, where he was an avid football player and theatre actor. He later graduated from Missouri State University.

In 1975, after he injured himself, he put an end to his football career and relocated to New York in order to pursue a career in the field of acting. In New York, he did many jobs, acted in commercials, and performed off-Broadway.

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In 1983, he made his first appearance in the movies with ‘Eddie Macon's Run’, which was directed by Jeff Kanew. In the film, he played a minor role as ‘Herbert’.

In 1985, he was part of the cast of the successful Broadway musical, ‘Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’. The musical was based on Mark Twain's novel, ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’.

In 1987, he played the role of ‘Gale Snoats’ in the comedy film, ‘Raising Arizona’, which was directed by the Coen brothers. The movie is best known for its visual gags and symbolic elements.

In 1988, he starred in the American sitcom, ‘Roseanne’, which was an immensely successful TV series, broadcasted on the ABC network. In the show, he played the role of ‘Dan Conner’.

In 1991, he starred in the American comedy film, ‘King Ralph’, which was directed by David S. Ward. The film was a moderate success and was based on the novel, ‘Headlong’ by Emlyn Williams.

In 1992, he delivered the voice role of ‘Frosty the Snowman’ in the animated Christmas TV special, ‘Frosty Returns’. The show was broadcast on the CBS television network.

He played the role of ‘Fred Flintstone’ in the Brian Levant comedy film, ‘The Flintstones,’ in 1994. Even though the film received negative reviews, it was a success at the box office.

In 1998, he starred in the comedy film, ‘The Big Lebowski’, which was directed by the Coen brothers. The movie received good reviews and it was screened at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2000, he was seen in the romantic comedy-drama film, ‘Coyote Ugly’, which was based on the real Coyote Ugly Saloon, a chain of bars in the U.S. The film was set in New York City.

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In 2004, he appeared as ‘Stephen Blauner’, singer/actor Bobby Darin’s talent manager in the biographical film, ‘Beyond the Sea’. The film was based on the life of Bobby Darin.

In 2006, he played a voice role in the animated film, ‘Cars’, which was directed by John Lasseter. The film earned several accolades including an Academy Award nomination.

In 2009, he played the role of ‘Graham Bloomwood’ in the romantic comedy film, ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’. The film revolves around the life of a shopaholic journalist.

He played the role of ‘Al Zimmer’ in the silent film, ‘The Artist’ in 2011. The film was directed by Michel Hazanavicius and it was rereleased in France and Belgium the following year.

In 2012, he played the role of ‘John Chambers’, in the historical drama film, ‘Argo’, which was based on the Iran Hostage crisis in 1979. The film was directed by Ben Affleck. That same year, he was also seen in the Robert Zemeckis-directed American drama film ‘Flight’ where he portrayed ‘Harling Mays.’ The film was lightly based on the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261.

He continued to star in films such as ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (2013), ‘The Hangover Part III’ (2013), ‘Monsters University’ (2013), ‘The Monuments Men’ (2014), ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ (2014), ‘Trumbo’ (2015), ‘Love the Coopers’ (2015), ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ (2016), and ‘Ratchet & Clank’ (2016).

In 2016, he portrayed Boston Police Department’s former commissioner, ‘Ed Davis,’ in the American action thriller film ‘Patriots Day’ directed by Peter Berg. The film told the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and received positive reviews from critics. He was next seen in films like ‘Bunyan and Babe’ (2017), ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (2017), ‘Atomic Blonde’ (2017), ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ (2017), ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ (2017), ‘Captive State’ (2019), and ‘Easy Does It’ (2019).

In 2019, he joined the cast of the American comedy crime television series ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ as ‘Dr. Eli Gemstone.’ He is also a part of animated television shows like ‘The Freak Brothers’ and ‘Monsters at Work.’

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Major Works

He starred in the successful TV sitcom, ‘Roseanne’, which was the most-watched show in the U.S. from 1989 to 1990. Later, the show was ranked 34th on TV Guide's ‘50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time’.

He appeared in the film, ‘The Artist’, which earned a whopping $133,432,856 at the box office. The film was the recipient of five Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.

Awards & Achievements

In 1993, he was the recipient of the Golden Globe in the category, ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical’ for ‘Roseanne’.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1989, he married Annabeth Hartzog and the couple have a child together. The couple lives in New Orleans.

He openly admits that he has problems with his weight and is also open about his alcoholism.


This Golden Globe-winning American TV and film actor was once a bouncer.

John Goodman Movies

1. The Big Lebowski (1998)

  (Comedy, Crime)

2. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

  (Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music)

3. Barton Fink (1991)

  (Drama, Comedy, Thriller)

4. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

  (Mystery, Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama)

5. Argo (2012)

  (Drama, Thriller, History, Biography)

6. The Artist (2011)

  (Romance, Comedy, Drama)

7. Trumbo (2015)

  (Biography, Drama)

8. Patriots Day (2016)

  (Drama, History, Crime, Thriller)

9. Fallen (1998)

  (Mystery, Action, Thriller, Fantasy, Crime, Drama)

10. Flight (2012)

  (Thriller, Drama)


Golden Globe Awards
1993 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Roseanne (1988)
Primetime Emmy Awards
2007 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006)
People's Choice Awards
2001 Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series Normal, Ohio (2000)
1989 Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program Winner

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