Did john goodman died

John Goodman sits on the couch, immobile as Mount Rushmore, his forearms parked aboard meaty knees. Fishing responses from him is like chipping at granite. He says, “No, sir” and, “I don’t know”; “I suppose” and, “I wouldn’t know about that.” From time to time, he emits a long, breathy groan, as though invisible doctors are subjecting him to some invasive medical procedure. I don’t know whether he’s exhausted or sick; whether he hates interviews or this particular interviewer. On balance, with the benefit of hindsight, I decide it’s all four of these things with the gas turned up.

It is perhaps unfair to expect an actor to put on a show when the cameras aren’t rolling. But after barely five minutes, I’m floundering, rattling through the questions, desperately attempting to snag his interest. Clearly, there is no sign of the joie de vivre Goodman brought to his role as earthy, expansive Dan Conner through nine seasons of Roseanne. Nor, for that matter, is there much evidence of the playful gusto and twinkling intelligence he smuggles into even his most baleful screen incarnations (volcanic Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski, the one-eyed Bible salesman out of O Brother, Where Art Thou?). Forgive the preconceptions: I walked in to meet a warm, funny, abundantly gifted actor whose work I’ve loved for years. Instead, this feels like dinner with Grendel.

Goodman is here to promote his role in Ben Affleck’s new movie, Argo, though he’s not in town for long, “no, sir.” The film itself is punchy and involving; a stranger-than-fiction account of Hollywood’s deep-cover role in the Iranian hostage crisis that helped unseat the Carter administration. Affleck stars as CIA operative Tony Mendez, who concocts a fake movie as a means of springing six Americans who have gone to ground at the Canadian embassy in Tehran. Goodman plays the late John Chambers, a makeup artist best known for designing the masks on the original Planet Of The Apes pictures. Chambers’ task is to cook up a sci-fi production that looks legit, passing off the imperilled Americans as workaday film-makers who have come to Iran to scout for locations. Don’t worry, Chambers assures Mendez at one stage, “You can teach a rhesus monkey to be a director in a day.”

I ask Goodman what research he did into the real-life Chambers and he heaves a heavy sigh. “I didn’t have much to go on or much time to do it. I just read a couple of things. Spoke to a couple of people who knew him. There wasn’t really much to do. The script was self-explanatory.”

Did he perhaps base the character on any Hollywood crew members he’s known in the past? Chambers, after all, is one of Hollywood’s working Joes; the unsung heroes of film production. “I’m a working Joe myself,” Goodman says. “A cog in the machine.” So he feels a certain affinity with men such as Chambers? Goodman grimaces into the middle distance. He can’t think what I mean. Well, I elaborate, he describes himself as a working Joe…

“Do I?” Goodman barks. “Do I? Ah, well, if you say so.”

In Ben Affleck’s new movie Argo, about Hollywood’s role in the Iranian hostage crisis

By this point I sense we might have danced ourselves giddy with our chat about Argo, although I’m not quite sure where we go from here. Goodman seems so jaded, so hostile, so barely engaged that speaking to him has become a little unnerving. Is he feeling all right? “Yes, sir.” Can I get him some water? “No, sir,” he says and then waves me to continue.

He was born in St Louis in 1952, to a waitress mum and a postman dad who died when he was two. He liked football as a boy, and played a little in college. Now he says that he was never that good; it would not have worked out. Acting, he claims, was the only thing he could do, and he had no plan B. He liked the idea of being Marlon Brando; he loved that whole method school of acting. “Brando was different. He changed the world. He was the beginning and end of his own revolution.” Is that what inspired Goodman, what fired him up? “Yeah, I suppose.” He laughs mirthlessly. “Gee, I wish I could still get fired up.”

I had the impression that Goodman struggled during his early years as an actor, but he insists that this was not really the case – he was always able to pick up work. In his 20s, he acted on Broadway and cropped up on TV, bagging his first screen appearance as a hungry diner in a Burger King commercial. In the meantime, he was chasing the dream in 1980s New York, jockeying for position among a bunch of other young actors. “Bruce Willis was a bartender at a place I used to go,” he says, briefly illuminated by the memory. “He was a great bartender, it was a performance every night. He just had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Ah, Bruce, he was great. He got me the drinks and I drank ’em down.”

In 1988, Goodman secured what would prove to be his breakthrough role. Roseanne Barr’s portrait of a loving, scratchy, blue-collar family, struggling to get by in Lanford, Illinois, amounted to a roustabout salute to the real America, depicting a landscape of chintzy furnishings and ranch-style kitchens that was worlds away from Wall Street or Beverly Hills, though Goodman won’t be drawn on the show’s political impact. “I was just showing up and doing my job,” he says. “And if I thought I was making some sort of statement, then I was in the wrong fucking business.”

Roseanne’s on-screen fireworks sometimes spilled over on to the set as well. Life on the show could be fraught and demanding, driven with an iron hand by Barr herself, who oversaw the scripts and brought her then-husband, Tom Arnold, to serve as executive producer. Still, the show topped the ratings and made Goodman a star. “It was strange,” he admits. “I saw the world differently. I guess there was a sense of entitlement. People treated me differently and I got used to it. It’s not pleasant to look back on right now.”

How does he look back on the show itself? “Happily, now. It was great fun at first and then it was trouble. At times, it was hard to go to work.”

What was the trouble? “A lot of individual things. She had fallen in love with this guy and brought him along and this kind of upset the balance. But, you know…” He gives an epic shrug. “Everybody got along. It was like this big dysfunctional family.”

Goodman in TV comedy Roseanne. Photograph: Moviestore Collection/Rex

In the years since Roseanne, Goodman has gone on to establish a rich, rewarding film career: sometimes as a leading man, more often as a galvanising support player, a safe pair of hands, a rock to anchor the ship. He played the US president on The West Wing and the monarch of England in King Ralph. He reared up brilliantly through five collaborations with the Coen brothers, and rustled up a beautiful, heartbreaking turn as shaggy James P “Sulley” Sullivan in the animated Monsters Inc. All of which was a just reward for hard graft and talent. And yet what should have been his vintage years were also blighted by increasingly heavy drinking. In 2007, Goodman checked into a rehabilitation centre to get himself sober.

“It was getting to be too much,” he tells me. “It was 30 years of a disease that was taking its toll on everyone around me and it had got to the point where, every time I did it, it was becoming more and more debilitating. It was life or death. It was time to stop.”

Was the alcohol affecting his work? “Yes, it certainly was.”

In what respect? “Erm,” he says. “Temperament. Memory. Depression.”

All at once he swivels on the couch and stares off at the wall. He is silent for the longest time. His jaw is set, his colour is rising. Finally, he speaks: “This is not something I want to chat about to sell a fucking movie. You understand? I don’t know what you do. I’m sorry, I’m very tired. It seems a little cheap to me.”

Goodman admits that he has sometimes used work as a distraction from all the other, swirling aspects of his life, and possibly as a means of controlling them, too. He explains that he likes acting because it involves working with good people. He likes shooting with the Coen brothers best of all, he says, because their scripts are so good they’re practically foolproof, which effectively removes him from the equation: “Which works for me.” When a film isn’t going well, it makes him very “antsy”. When there’s no film to work on, he gets antsier still – although he says he’s working on that, it’s part of a process. Last summer, he had some time on his hands, so he just ended up hanging out at home with Anna, his wife of 23 years. He fixed the house, read some books, watched a little baseball. “I wound up rather enjoying myself,” he says with surprise.

At some stage he’d like to do more theatre. But right now he has an arthritic left knee that is in need of repair and a heap of new films poised to roll off the rank. Argo, for instance, is already being tipped as a potential Oscar contender, just as Michel Hazanavicius’s silent-screen comedy The Artist was last year. The actor shakes his head. He still can’t get over what happened with The Artist, in which he took a small role as a Hollywood mogul. He agreed to appear in the thing only because it sounded like a neat idea, plus he didn’t need to learn the lines. “I thought it would be a nice little film that nobody would see.”

But that’s the thing about this business, he shrugs. You can never predict which film will take off and which one will bomb. “If I could do that, I wouldn’t be sitting in this room. I’d be at a desk the size of a football pitch. Barking orders, or having someone else bark ’em for me. One thing’s for sure: I wouldn’t be sitting here with you, my friend.”

Afterwards, a little bruised from the encounter, I email Roseanne Barr for her thoughts on Goodman. I ask her about their working relationship on the set of Roseanne, about what aspects he brought to the role of Dan Conner. What I most want to know, I think, is what he’s like as a person when he’s off screen and relaxed, when he feels loved and fulfilled.

Barr emails back straight away: “John is the funniest and deepest actor in the world,” she says. “He has only gotten more open, more sweet, more expansive and giving, on-screen and off, if that were possible, since the Roseanne show.”

• Argo goes on general release on 7 November.

Is John Goodman Dead? If Not, Why Do People Think He’s Dead?

John Goodman is alive and running in his 66th year. Many people assume that he is dead and no more with us.

Death hoax is common in Hollywood with celebrities nowadays. Death report about Goodman made headlines in 2017. However, the statement was false. What made people think that John Goodman is dead?

Death Hoax About John Goodman

Around 2017, the news about John Goodman’s death was aired. The story made headlines following the announcement of the revival of Roseanne Series.

RIP John Goodman

— Jack Murphy (@jackmurphylive) 28 March 2018

The Goodman character ‘Dan’ from Roseanne was dead. The news was written about the death of a character, but some of the fans thought that famous actor John Goodman has died. Still, many people believe that John Goodman is dead. But he is still alive and living a comfortable life with his family.

John Goodman is portraying the role of Dan in Roseanne. Picture source: People and Money.

John Goodman Heart Attack?

John Goodman had a heart problem because he was an addict to alcohol. The alcohol was becoming life or death for him. He was even hospitalized and had a serious problem.

Soon after that, the death hoax was aired, and many people thought that he died from a Heart attack. People assumed the death of his character in the series to the real death of John Goodman. Anyway, he managed to cut down alcohol as of now he is living a healthy life.

Who is John Goodman?

The 66-year-old John Goodman is an American actor and comedian popularly known for his role as Dan in Roseanne. He is married to Annabeth Hartzog, and the couple has a daughter named Molly Hartzog who is also working in the film industry.

Actor John Goodman along with his wife Annabeth Hartzog attending a family party in Los Angeles. Picture source: Simple Most.

John Goodman debuts his acting career landing his first role in Eddie Macon’s Run. John Goodman’s net worth is estimated at $65 million. He lost more than 100 pounds of weight as he already had an experienced a heart attack, so he cut down alcohol and junk food which helped him a lot in weight loss also. His Personal Mackie Shilstone introduced him to workable exercise routines and helped to lose weight.

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Roseanne’s Death: Here Are All the Details as ‘The Conners’ Finally Reveals the Character’s Fate

It can finally be shared: As revealed in the first episode of ABC’s “The Conners,” Roseanne Conner died from an overdose of opioids. Of course, the news didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows social media, as disgraced star Roseanne Barr herself revealed the storyline on YouTube during an interview in September.

ABC hid the character’s fate, utilizing it as a marketing hook to convince viewers to tune into “The Conners” premiere Tuesday night. But even before Barr revealed how her character would die, star John Goodman had already let slip, in a late August interview with the Sunday Times, that Roseanne Conner’s absence would be explained by killing her off.

Nonetheless, studio audiences signed non-disclosure agreements, and ABC asked reviewers to keep Roseanne’s plight a secret until the show debuted. So now it’s official.

The death isn’t out of step with the direction “Roseanne” headed this spring. The revival series had begun to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis by showing Roseanne collecting and hiding others’ medicines, and taking more than what was prescribed for her. In the season finale, Roseanne was about to undergo knee surgery.

Barr wasn’t thrilled with the storyline (unsurprisingly, given her unhappiness over being fired): “It wasn’t enough to , they had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show,” she said on the YouTube video.

“The Conners” opens three weeks after Roseanne’s funeral. In the kitchen, as they eat casseroles dropped off by their neighbors, Darlene (Sara Gilbert) thanks Aunt Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) for pitching in around the house.

“Roseanne would want me to step in and watch over the family,” Jackie says — to which her 92-year-old mother Beverly (Estelle Parsons) replies, “No, it would kill her! But she’s already dead, so carry on.”

D.J.’s wife Geena (Maya Lynne Robinson) then pops up, on a five-day family leave, and their daughter Mary (Jayden Rose) reveals the cause of Roseanne’s death: “If you don’t eat right, your heart can attack you like Granny Rose!”

But that was a misdirect: The coroner’s office reveals, via Roseanne’s autopsy, that it wasn’t a heart attack at all: She overdosed on opioids.

John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, “The Conners”


“That’s not possible,” Dan (Goodman) says. “We knew she had a problem. She was only on pain pills two days after surgery. Then it was just ibuprofen.”

The coroner’s office, however, believes that Roseanne took additional pills before bed, and with her health issues, it was enough to stop her breathing.

“It doesn’t make any sense. I got her knees fixed, I flushed all her pills,” Dan says. Becky (Lecy Goranson), however, reveals that she found pills in her mom’s closet — not even prescribed to her.

The pills are actually prescribed to Marcy Bellinger (guest star Mary Steenburgen), and Dan retaliates by driving around town with a sign on his truck blaming her for Roseanne’s death. Later, Marcy comes to the Conners’ house and pleads for him to take the sign down.

“I have to live with this for the rest of my life, is that enough for you?” she asks. “No one can afford their meds, so we all have each other. Rosey needed painkillers, I had some, so I gave them to her… you can judge, but Roseanne called me. She said she needed those pain pills to go back to work.”

Their anger toward Marcy subsides, however, when they discover Roseanne had been hiding more pills from multiple people around the house.

“I wish I had known,” Darlene says. Replies Dan (echoing the sentiment toward the real Roseanne Barr, who had been warned to stay off social media before writing the racist Twitter post that got her fired): “It wouldn’t have mattered, she was going to do what she was going to do. She never listened to a damn person in her life.”

The episode ended with the new “Conners” opening, which parrots the familiar “Roseanne” opening of the family gathering around the kitchen table. This time, however, it’s Dan and Darlene at the center, and Roseanne nowhere in sight.

Meanwhile, ABC has shifted the run order for the “Conners” episodes. “Tangled Up in the Blue,” which features the return of David (Johnny Galecki) and his girlfriend Blue (guest star Juliette Lewis), plus introduces Darlene’s new love interest (Justin Long), will now air as Episode 2 next Tuesday, Oct. 23. (The show was originally slated as episode 4, to run in November.)

Roseanne is also briefly mentioned in that episode, but as life goes on, so do the Conners.

‘The Conners’ airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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John Goodman American actor, voice artist, and comedian


Goodman on the red carpet at the Emmys on September 11, 1994

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 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 famous 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.

In 1985, Goodman originated the role of Pap Finn in Big River. For his role, he received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; he is also featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording. He had a long history of appearances on late night comedy shows and was the first guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, which won him the series’ “First Guest Medal” (Goodman joked he would pawn the medal for a bottle of cheap Scotch). Goodman has hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live 13 times, while also making seven cameo appearances as Linda Tripp during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and cameoing on the season 28 finale hosted by former SNL cast member Dan Aykroyd. With little to no experience in TV comedy, Goodman auditioned to be a cast member for Jean Doumanian’s tumultuous 1980–1981 SNL season and was rejected, along with up-and-coming comedians Jim Carrey, Paul Reubens, and Robert Townsend.

In 1982, Goodman started landing movie roles, beginning with a small role in Eddie Macon’s Run. During this period he continued to work on the stage, starring in Big River from 1985 to 1987. Before landing his big break into movies in 1986 with a significant comedic role in True Stories, he had a brief cameo as Otis in Sweet Dreams. In the former film, his character Louis Fyne memorably utters the line: “I’m 6′ 3″ and maintain a consistent panda bear shape”, establishing his trademark size as an important part of many characters he would later play on film and stage.

He is also known for his role as the football head coach for Adams College in the movie Revenge of the Nerds. In 1997, Goodman was added to the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Goodman is most famous for his role as Dan Conner on ABC’s sitcom Roseanne.

Goodman first worked with the Coen Brothers on Raising Arizona (1987). He would go on to appear in their films Barton Fink (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). Only Steve Buscemi has appeared in more Coen works (six films), though Frances McDormand and Jon Polito have also appeared in five of their films.

Goodman had guest roles on the Aaron Sorkin television dramas The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In the former he appeared in four episodes, playing Speaker of the House and eventual acting president Glen Allen Walken. In the latter, he appeared as Pahrump, Nevada Judge Robert Bebe, earning a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series for his performance. In addition, Goodman starred as Fred Flintstone in the film adaptation of The Flintstones.

He voiced Robot Santa in the character’s first appearance on Futurama. Beginning in 2007, Goodman has been the voiceover in Dunkin’ Donuts commercials. In 2000, Goodman provided the voice of Pacha in Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove and, a year later, the voice of Sulley in Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. In 2009, Goodman voiced “Big Daddy” La Bouff in The Princess and the Frog. Goodman’s voice can also be heard on an automated message system at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

In theater, Goodman played the Ghost of Christmas Present in the 2008 Kodak Theatre production of A Christmas Carol, starring Christopher Lloyd as Ebenezer Scrooge. He played the role of Pozzo in a Studio 54 revival of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot, opposite Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane. John Heilpern of Vanity Fair called it “the greatest Pozzo I’ve ever seen.” In 2009, he reprised the role of Pozzo at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Goodman was cast in In the Electric Mist (2009) as Julie “Baby Feet” Balboni. At one time, he was slated to play the role of Ignatius Reilly, the main character of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. The story takes place almost entirely in New Orleans. However, the movie was never put into production. The Princess and the Frog where he lent his voice as Eli “Big Daddy” La Bouff also takes place in New Orleans. Goodman was featured in Treme. Treme focuses on a group of interconnected people trying to rebuild their lives in post–Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Goodman played Creighton Bernette, a Tulane English professor.

Goodman in 2014

In 2011, Goodman was a guest star on the third season of Community. He also voiced a character in the video game Rage voicing Dan Hagar, and played movie studio chief Al Zimmer in the Academy Award–winning live action film The Artist, as well as Best Picture nominee Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close the same year. Also in 2011, Goodman starred in Kevin Smith’s Red State playing ATF Agent Joseph Keenan. In February 2012, it was reported that Goodman would reunite with Roseanne Barr for a new NBC pilot titled Downwardly Mobile. The series would have had Goodman portray a bachelor mechanic who resides in a trailer park, and would have used the standard multiple-camera setup traditionally found in sitcoms; however, the series’ option was not picked up by the network. Other prominent roles include performances in Flight (2012) and The Monuments Men (2014). With his well-received supporting roles in The Artist (2011) and Argo (2012), Goodman accomplished the rare feat of appearing in back-to-back winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture.

On August 10, 2013, Goodman was inducted as a Disney Legend.

In 2013, Goodman received rave reviews for his performance as North Carolina Senator Gil John Biggs in Amazon’s Alpha House, a political comedy written by Garry Trudeau. In the show Goodman’s character, a retired UNC basketball coach, and three other Republican senators share a house on Capitol Hill. Goodman spent the summer of 2014 shooting Season Two.

In April 2015, Goodman made his return to the stage, making his West End debut in the process while starring as Donny in American Buffalo at the Wyndham’s Theatre alongside Damian Lewis and Tom Sturridge.

On March 10, 2017, Goodman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in motion pictures, located at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard.

On April 28, 2017 it was announced that a revival of Roseanne was in the works and that Goodman along with most of the original cast and some of the producers would return for the limited series that was being shopped around with ABC and Netflix the frontrunners to land the show. On May 16, 2017 it was confirmed that 8 episodes would air mid-season in 2018 on ABC. On May 29, 2018, in the wake of controversial remarks made by Barr on Twitter regarding Valerie Jarrett (an advisor of former president Barack Obama), ABC canceled the revival after a single season. The next month, ABC ordered a ten-episode Roseanne spinoff titled The Conners, which will star the Roseanne cast sans Roseanne Barr.

John Goodman

John Goodman aims an M1911A1 as Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski (1998).John Goodman brandishes a Desert Eagle as Bones Darley in Death Sentence (2007).

John Goodman is an American actor well known for his role as Dan Conner in the ABC sitcoms Roseanne and The Conners, for which he received a Golden Globe award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. He also has appeared in such films as The Big Easy, Sea of Love, Argo, and Kong: Skull Island, in addition to being the voice of Sully in the Pixar animated films Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University. He also is a regularly cast actor in the films directed by the Coen Brothers, including Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and The Big Lebowski.

John Goodman can be seen using the following weapons in the following films:


Gun Character Title Note Date
Ithaca 37 Gale Snoats Raising Arizona 1987
Beretta 950 Jetfire Detective Sergeant DeSoto The Big Easy 1987
Remington 1866 Derringer Detective Sergeant DeSoto The Big Easy 1987
Ithaca 37 Detective Sergeant DeSoto The Big Easy 1987
Smith & Wesson Model 36 Detective Sergeant DeSoto The Big Easy 1987
Smith & Wesson Model 36 Det. Sherman Touhey Sea of Love 1989
12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun Charlie Meadows Barton Fink sawed-off 1991
Glock 17 Jonesy Fallen 1998
M1911A1 Walter Sobchak The Big Lebowski 1998
Smith & Wesson Model 66 Dehling One Night at McCool’s 2001
Colt Gold Cup National Match Enhanced Bones Darley Death Sentence Stainless 2007
Colt Python Bones Darley Death Sentence 2007
Colt M1991A1 Bones Darley Death Sentence 2007
Desert Eagle Mark VII Bones Darley Death Sentence 2007
Rossi Overland Bones Darley Death Sentence 2007
Glock 17 ATF Agent Keenan Red State 2011
Heckler & Koch MP5A2 ATF Agent Keenan Red State weapon light 2011
Heckler & Koch USP Marshall The Hangover Part III two-tone 2013
Beretta 92FS Inox Marshall The Hangover Part III 2013
M1 Carbine Sgt. Walter Garfield The Monuments Men 2014
M1911A1 Sgt. Walter Garfield The Monuments Men 2014
Taurus Model 66 Howard Stambler 10 Cloverfield Lane 2016