Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum

His role in 'The Fly' (1986)

Background:

“It’s been fun. Obviously if you want to be an actor and you think of being
successful you always thought that would go along with it. I never thought that
was a horrible thing. In fact, I’ve enjoyed it. It’s a sweet thing you feel on
most encounters, like it’s an amazing rare thing that you feel connected to
people in a way your not strangers. You’re not bumping into people and they go
‘hey!’ They’re going, ‘hey, its you and I'm glad to see you and I like you,’ and
that's a delicious, wonderful thing for the most part. It gives you a sense of
responsibility too. You can’t misbehave without being talked about. You know
people are going to say, ‘you know who was a real jerk today, Jeff Goldblum,’ so
you got to be. But that's a good thing. If we all knew we were going to be
reported about and couldn't be anonymous, that's not a bad thing. But sometimes
you cant exactly, sometimes you want to be private and it can be embarrassing,
or not so nice, but for the most part it’s great.” Jeff Goldblum

The tall, gangly, oddly good-looking stage, screen, and television actor Jeff
Goldblum is recognized for his frequently eccentric, forceful or comedic
characters (often scientists), unique appearance (dark and lanky) and his
distinctive, stuttered delivery of lines. He was awarded a Saturn Award for his
affecting and critically acclaimed starring turn as Seth Brundle in the David
Cronenberg remake of The Fly (1986) and won a Catalonian International Film
Festival award as the title role in the drama/ thriller Mister Frost (1990). He
gained further popularity for playing roles in such triumphant vehicles as the
Steven Spielberg box office hit Jurassic Park (1993) and its 1997 sequel The
Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Independence Day (1996). Goldblum is also
memorable as D.H. Banes in the hit indie dark comedy Igby Goes Down (2002) and
the dashing oceanographer Alistair Hennessey in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic
with Steve Zissou (2004). On the small screen, he earned an Emmy nomination for
his guest role as the old archenemy of Karen and the new boyfriend of Grace in
three episodes of NBC’s “Will and Grace (2005).

Goldblum’s admirers should not miss his impressive acting in the forthcoming
Barry Levinson’s comedy Man of the Year (2006), the action/thriller Fay Grim
(2006) and the made-for-TV movie Raines (2006)

Off screen, a huge jazz admirer, Goldblum was once a member of a jazz band named
The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, along with actor Peter Weller, and once performed
at local clubs in Los Angeles. He became a board member of the End Hunger
Network and is also very active with The Starbright Foundation and Wildlife
Waystation. On a more private note, 6’ 4” Goldblum has been married twice. He
was married to Patricia Gaul from 1980-86 and later had a three-year marriage
with actress Geena Davis (1987-1990).

“Well, you know, I’m very easily stirred and she’s a remarkable woman. So I was
struck with that from the beginning. But it wasn’t until the film was over that
we formed an alliance. I had been discreetly casting glances across the
dinosaur. It's mysterious what attracts you to a person.” Jeff Goldblum on Laura
Dern

In addition to his two marriages, he was romantically linked to his Jurassic
Park’s costar, actress Laura Dern (engaged in 1994, relationship ended in 1996),
and is currently engaged to the Canadian stage actress Catherine Wreford.


Jazz Fan

Childhood and Family:

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jeffery Lynn Goldblum, who would later be popular
as Jeff Goldblum, was born on October 22, 1952, to a Jewish doctor and a radio
moderator. The third son of four siblings, Jeff has two brothers and a sister
named Pamela Goldblum, who also pursues an acting career. Born and raised in
Pennsylvania, he made his way to New York at age 17 to study acting at New
York’s Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of the renowned Sanford Meisner,
and also attended the Carnegie Mellon University summer drama program.

Jeff Goldblum was married twice. In 1980, he tied the knot with actress Patricia
Gaul, but they divorced six years later in 1986. A year after the divorced, on
November 1, 1987, he married actress Geena Davis, whom he met while on the set
of the 1985 film Transylvania 6-5000. The marriage, however, also ended in
divorce in October 1990.
Jeff is a passionate jazz enthusiast and plays the piano.


Jurassic Park

Career:

A Pittsburgh native, Jeff Goldblum began his career on stage after moving to New
York City when he was 17. Trained by the legendary Sanford Meisner, he made his
first stage appearance as a guard in the 1971 New York Shakespeare Festival
production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and later reprised the role on Broadway.
While performing in the Off Broadway play “El Grande de Coca-Cola” (1973),
Goldblum was discovered by director Robert Altman who soon cast him in small
roles in California Split (1974, as a discouraged actor) and Nashville (1975,
played a motorcyclist/magician). Before working with Altman, Goldblum received
his first taste in front of the camera as an extra in the 1974 movie Death Wish.
Small roles in films and guest appearances on TV shows, including a memorable
part as the jumpy Los Angeles party guest in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977),
kept the actor busy during the 70s.

An in-demand actor, Goldblum rotated between theater, film and TV throughout the
1980s. In 1980, he was seen on the small screen starring with Ben Vereen in the
short lived, detective comedy serial ”Tenspeed and Brown Shoe” (1980) and had
his TV movie debut in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980), before returning to
film acting with a costarring role opposite Donald Sutherland in the acclaimed
sci-fi movie Threshold, a year later. In 1983, he landed a high-profile,
supporting turn opposite Tom Berenger and Glenn Close in the Lawrence Kasdan-helmed
The Big Chill (1983), playing the fairly dodgy Michael Gold.

Next up for Goldblum, he had roles in such films as The Right Stuff (1983),
Popular Neurotics (1984, TV), Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984, TV), the
1980s cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
(1984), John Landis’s Into the Night (1985, first starring role), Kasdan’s
Silverado (1985) and Transylvania 6-5000 (1985, opposite Geena Davis). However,
it was Goldblum’s breakthrough role as a scientist-turned-insect, Seth Brundle,
in director David Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly (1986) that won the actor
attention as well as the 1986 Saturn’s Best Actor Award. The horror movie also
re-teamed Goldblum with actress Geena Davis.

In the late 80s and early 90s, Goldblum was cast in a number of quirky English
films and French co-productions, including the attractive British comedy The
Tall Guy (1989), for writer Richard Curtis, and the drama/ thriller Mister Frost
(1990), wherein his title role handed Goldblum a Catalonian International Film
Festival for Best Actor. He made his way back to American movies in 1992 when
director Bill Duke cast him opposite Laurence Fishburne in the action/thriller
Deep Cover, where he played a Jewish yuppie attorney turned big time drug
merchant. He also portrayed a father raising a juvenile son in Paul Mones’
Fathers and Sons.
The following year, he was cast in the supporting role of eccentric, black-clad
mathematician Ian Malcolm in the Steven Spielberg highly successful Jurassic
Park (1993), alongside Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant and Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie
Sattler. He then took a somewhat unusual path for a celebrity of his stature by
providing his unique voice to narrating PBS science documentaries and played NYC
jazz musician Al Gorky in the TV film Lush Life (1993), with Forrest Whitaker.
Back to filmmaking in 1995, the handsome actor starred in the disappointing
Hideaway (1995) and had supporting roles in Nine Months (1995, starring Huge
Grant) and the fantasy Powder (1995).

After The Great White Hype (1996), Goldblum was put back into the Hollywood
mainstream with the popular alien invasion flick Independence Day (1996,
starring Will Smith) and one of the biggest blockbusters of the 1990s, the 1997
installment The Lost World: Jurassic Park, this time in the starring role
opposite

Julianne Moore. Following the huge success, he was seen acting in several
low-profile films and unremarkable comedies like Holy Man (1998) and Cats & Dogs
(2001). Goldblum’s career received a boost in 2002 with his fine performance as
D.H. Banes in the independent comedy/drama Igby Goes Down (2002). The Burr
Steers-directed film also starred Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Amanda Peet,
Susan Sarandon and Ryan Phillippe. The same year, he also provided the voice of
White Rabbit in the animated TV film Legend of the Lost Tribe (2002), while in
the next year, he added War Stories (2003, TV), Dallas 362 (2003) and Spinning
Boris (2003) to his acting resume. Additionally, Goldblum enjoyed a comic stint
as an acting trainer, Leonard Hayes, in an episode of the hit sit-coms ‘Friends”
(2002).

Goldblum’s career gained even more momentum in 2004 when he was cast in the
supporting role of the striking oceanographer Alistair Hennessey, the nemesis of
the titular character (Bill Murray), in the Wes Anderson-helmed The Life Aquatic
with Steve Zissou. He scored another success in the following year with his
Emmy-nominated performance, in the NBC series “Will and Grace.

54-year-old Goldblum is scheduled to team up with director/writer Barry Levinson
for the comedy film Man of the Year (2006) and play Agent Fulbright, opposite
Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan and James Urbaniak in the action/thriller Fay Grim
(2006), directed and penned by Hal Hartley. On television, he is reportedly in
negotiations to act with Dov Davidoff and V.J. Foster for the upcoming TV film
Raines (2006).


Awards:

Catalonian International Film Festival: Best Actor, Mister Frost, 1990
Saturn: Best Actor, The Fly, 1986
National Association of Theater Owners: Star of Tomorrow Award, 1983
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