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Actor John Goodman played husband and father Dan Connor on the TV sitcom Roseanne, for which he was nominated for several Emmys. He has since starred in a number of films.
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John Goodman was born on June 20, 1952, in Affton, Missouri. In the 1980s, he landed a string of TV and film appearances. In 1985, he starred as Pap Finn in the musical Big River, and stayed until he was cast in his first sizable film role: the David Byrne comedy True Stories. This led to a role in Raising Arizona. In 1987 he was recruited for the sitcom Roseanne,
which won him several Emmy nominations. He has continued his on-screen career by appearing in films such as Monsters, Inc. (2001), Argo (2012) and 42 (2013).
Actor John Stephen Goodman was born on June 20, 1952, in Affton, Missouri, to postal worker Leslie Goodman and waitress Virginia Goodman. When John was only 2 years old, his father died of a heart attack, leaving Virginia to raise John and his siblings on her own.
Goodman went to Affton High School, where he excelled in football and dabbled in theater. Following high school graduation in 1970, he won a football scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University. During his first year at Missouri, he spent much of his time partying and playing football, but an injury squashed his dreams of a professional sports career.
After the injury, Goodman changed his major to drama and studied theater with notable actors such as Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper. In 1975, Goodman graduated with his theater degree and headed to New York to become a professional actor. With a loan from his brother, he found an apartment near the theater district in Manhattan. He worked as a bartender and waiter, while he took small jobs in commercials and voice over performance. In 1978 he joined fellow young and struggling actors Dennis Quaid, Bruce Willis and Kevin Kline in the Broadway production of Loose Ends, but the play failed to grab audiences.
Goodman's career began to build serious career momentum in the early '80s, however, when he landed a string of television and film appearances including a role on Eddie Macon's Run (1982) and Face of Rage (1983). In 1985, he starred as Pap Finn in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Big River, and stayed with the production until he was cast in his first sizable film role: the David Byrne comedy True Stories (1986). This led to a role in another quirky Southwestern feature, the Coen Brothers' cult-smash Raising Arizona (1987), in which Goodman starred with Nicolas Cage.
Goodman was acting in a 1987 stage production of Antony and Cleopatra in Los Angeles, when an ABC talent scout spotted him and recruited him for a role on a new television sitcom. The show Roseanne, starring comedian Roseanne Barr, focused on the ups-and-downs of a blue-collar, Midwestern family. Goodman was chosen to play the jovial, tough-loving father and the foil to Barr's role as the sarcastic, sharp-witted mother. The comedy was an overnight hit, and became a career-making move for Goodman. He was nominated for an Emmy seven times from 1989 to 1995, and earned a Best Actor Golden Globe Award in 1993.
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