JEFF GOLDBLUM Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum                                                             
Born: 22 October 1952 West Homestead, Pennsylvania                                       
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum (born October 22, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated             
American actor. He often portrays quirky, intense or eccentric characters. He is         
also known for his distinctive appearance and his unique, staccato delivery of           
Goldblum was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Homestead, Pennsylvania, the         
son of Shirley, a radio broadcaster who later ran a kitchen equipment-selling           
firm, and Harold Goldblum, a doctor. He has a sister, Pamela and an older               
brother, Lee. Another older brother, Rick, only lived to age 23. His family is           
Jewish and belonged to an Orthodox synagogue; Goldblum's paternal                       
grandfather emigrated from Russia and his maternal grandfather from Austria.             
Goldblum's parents were interested in show business. Goldblum moved to New               
York City at 17 to become an actor. Goldblum worked on the stage and studied             
acting at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of acting coach         
Sanford Meisner. He made his Broadway debut in a production of The Two Gentlemen         
of Verona. He is an excellent jazz piano singer and declared that if he did not         
act, he would be performing musically as a career. His film debut was playing a         
thug in the 1974 Charles Bronson classic Death Wish. He briefly appeared as a           
protester in the TV movie Columbo: A Case of Immunity (1975).                           
Early in his career, he had a short role in Annie Hall (1977) where he attends a         
Hollywood party and is shown on the phone admitting, "I forgot my mantra".               
Goldblum has had leading roles in films such as The Fly and The Tall Guy.               
Goldblum's strong supporting roles include those in Invasion of the Body                 
Snatchers (1978), The Big Chill (1983), Into the Night (1985), Earth Girls Are           
Easy (1988), Jurassic Park (1993), and The Lost World (1997). He also had strong         
supporting roles in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and the 1984 cult         
films The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension and Igby             
Goes Down(2002). Goldblum delivers the exact same line, "must go faster," in             
very similar situations in both Jurassic Park and Independence Day. In Jurassic         
Park he exclaims it when he is sitting in the back of the jeep with his broken           
leg being chased by the tyrannosaurus. He says it in Independence Day when he           
and Will Smith are in the spaceship trying to escape the mother ship.                   
Goldblum was the voice for most of the US Apple commercials, including the ones         
for the iBook. He also voices some of the U.S. Toyota commercials as well as             
Procter & Gamble's facial cream line. He has recently appeared on Irish TV in           
commercials for the National Lottery.                                                   
Goldblum teaches acting at Playhouse West in North Hollywood, along with Robert         
Carnegie. It was with several actors from this acting company that he improvised         
and directed the live action short film Little Surprises, which was nominated           
for an Academy Award in 1996. According to gossip columnist Caffeinated Clint (as       
of September 2006) Goldblum is still rumored to reprise his role as Ian Malcolm         
in the upcoming film Jurassic Park IV.                                                   
The upcoming film Adam Resurrected is a film adaptation of the Yoram Kaniuk             
novel about a former circus clown who becomes the ringleader to a group of               
Holocaust survivors in an asylum after World War II. Goldblum was asked to take         
on the role of Adam, the story's main character, while visiting Israel for the           
first time in mid-2006.                                                                 
In September 2006, it was announced that Goldblum was one of the founding               
members of a new theater company in New York called The Fire Dept. According to         
press materials, "The Fire Dept is made up of established and emerging writers,         
directors, actors and designers who have come together to create and produce             
work that cannot be replicated inside a television box or on a movie screen...The       
work of The Fire Dept combines the rigor and structure of great narrative               
storytelling with the vitality of formal experimentation to immerse audiences in         
a total experience that leaves them awake, alive and transformed." The company           
will devote energy into developing new live theater works as well as                     
interpreting old favorites.                                                             
His guest appearance was on Sesame Street as Bob's long-lost brother Minneapolis         
(parody of Indiana Jones) where Big Bird's friend Snuffleupagus had a missing           
golden cabbage. He has also appeared on "Tom Goes To The Mayor" and "Tim and             
Eric Awesome Show Great Job!".