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"Basically, though, I'm just lucky to love what I do for a living."

You trope John Goodman without a description and you are entering into a world of pain.

John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American film and television actor. In his early career, he was best known for playing Dan Conner on the ABC series Roseanne, a role which earned him a Golden Globe Award and seven Emmy Award nominations for Best Actor during his run.

He's known for his large frame (though he has recently lost a considerable amount of weight due to health concerns) and deep, familiar bass which makes him instantly recognizable. He's a frequent collaborator with The Coen Brothers, and is otherwise incredibly prolific to the point of being iconic.

In addition to his many accolades for his acting, a recent article on FiveThirtyEight suggested, with considerable supporting analysis, that he is the greatest supporting actor of modern times.

Oh, and only Alec Baldwin (17) and Steve Martin (15) have hosted Saturday Night Live more times than he has (13).

Film Roles

Television Roles

Theater Roles

  • 1975 Destry Rides Again as Tom Destry
  • 1981 Henry IV, Part 1 as Blunt
  • 1983 Triple Feature as Winninger (half)
  • 1984-1987 Big River as Pap Finn
  • 1998 The Skin of Our Teeth as Mr. Antrobus
  • 2001 The Seagull as Shamrayev
  • 2002 The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui as Emanuele Giri
  • 2005 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Big Daddy
  • 2008 A Christmas Carol as the Ghost of Christmas Present
  • 2009 Waiting for Godot as Pozzo
  • 2015 American Buffalo as Donny
  • 2016-2017 The Front Page as Sheriff Hartman

Tropes associated with his works:

  • The Big Guy: One of the most famous actors of this type. Even after losing a considerable amount of weight in The New '10s for health reasons, the man still stands at an impressive 6'1.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When his characters aren't raging or over the top, they're often this.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: An expert at playing characters like this. This can be hilarious as with Walter in The Big Lebowski or utterly terrifying as seen in 10 Cloverfield Lane.
  • Large Ham: Magnificently so, though he can pull off subtlety with just as much expertise.
  • Playing Against Type: Zig-zagged. Originally he was cast as calm and harmless characters until getting the role of Walter, an aggressive and militant Large Ham. After The Big Lebowski came out, Walter has become his new character type, so he's getting to play both kind-hearted and hot-headed roles.
  • What Could Have Been: Goodman actually auditioned to be a Saturday Night Live cast member when the show was looking for new cast members during its sixth season. Because he was inexperienced with TV acting at the time, he wasn't picked.