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Today’s Memory – John Goodman

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John Goodman

born June 20, 1952, Affton, Missouri


John Stephen Goodman is an American theatre, film, and television actor, voice artist, and comedian.

After an injury ended his college football career, Goodman decided to become a professional actor and left Missouri for New York City in 1975. With a small bankroll from his brother, Goodman found an apartment in Hell’s Kitchen near the Theater District and unsuccessfully tried to make money as a bartender and waiter. However, he eventually found modest success in voice-overs, commercials, and plays. He was the person who slapped himself (uttering the tagline, „Thanks… I needed that!„) in an iconic television ad for Skin Bracer by Mennen. Goodman also performed off-Broadway and in dinner theaters before landing character roles in film during the early 1980s.

Early in his career, he was best known for playing Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne (1988–1997), for which he won a Best Actor Golden Globe Award in 1993.

Best Dan Conner Moments on Roseanne

He was also a regular collaborator with the Coen brothers on such films as Raising Arizona (1987), Barton Fink (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).

Barton Fink

On television, he has had regular roles on Amazon Studios’ Alpha House and on the first season of HBO’s Treme, and has been one of the most frequent hosts of Saturday Night Live.

Linda Tripp Cold Open – Saturday Night Live

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