Elliott Gould

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Elliott Gould
Elliott Gould - 1986.jpg
Gould in 1986
Born Elliott Goldstein
(1938-08-29) August 29, 1938 (age 76)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Barbra Streisand (1963–1971; divorced; 1 child)
Jennifer Bogart (1973–1975; 1978–1979; twice divorced; 2 children)

Elliott Gould (born Elliott Goldstein; August 29, 1938) is an American actor. He began acting in Hollywood films during the 1960s, and has remained prolific ever since. In addition to his performance in the classic comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Gould is perhaps best known for his significant roles in Robert Altman films, starring in M*A*S*H (1970), The Long Goodbye (1973), and California Split (1974). In recent years, he has starred in a recurring role as Jack Geller on Friends (1994–2003) and as Reuben Tishkoff in Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004), and Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

Early life[edit]

Gould was born in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, Lucille (née Raver), sold artificial flowers to beauty shops, and his father, Bernard Goldstein, worked in the garment business as a textiles buyer.[1][2] His family was Jewish, and his grandparents were immigrants from Ukraine, Poland, and Russia.[3][4][5] He graduated from the Professional Children's School.


Gould began acting in the Broadway theatre in the late 1950s, eventually landing a starring role in I Can Get It for You Wholesale (where he met Barbra Streisand) in 1962. Other credits include Irma La Douce, Say, Darling, Drat! The Cat!, and Little Murders. He purchased the screen rights to Little Murders, and in addition to acting in the film version, served as uncredited executive producer.

As a film actor, Gould's performance in Paul Mazursky's successful 1969 comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice proved to be his breakout role. Indeed, he earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Gould soon became one of the most prominent American film actors of the early 1970s. He is perhaps best known for playing Trapper John in Robert Altman's satirical 1970 film MASH. Time magazine placed him on one of its covers in 1970, when he was at the brief height of his long career, calling him a "star for an uptight age".[6]

Gould played the detective Philip Marlowe in Altman's landmark 1973 film noir The Long Goodbye. The role had previously been played by such distinguished actors as Humphrey Bogart and Dick Powell, and would later be essayed by Robert Mitchum, but Gould's naturalistic performance represented Altman's modern, somewhat controversial revision of the material. He soon collaborated with Altman again, as a gambling addict alongside George Segal in California Split (1974). He later cameoed as himself in the Altman films Nashville (1975) and The Player (1992).

He hosted Saturday Night Live six times, his final time being the first episode of the disastrous Jean Doumanian season (season 6) in November 1980, where he was shocked to find that the original cast and producer had left and a new cast and producer had taken their place. He has never hosted after that, but has appeared in a season 16 (1990–1991) episode hosted by Tom Hanks where Hanks is welcomed into the Five-Timers club, a society for celebrities who have hosted SNL five times or more. Also in 1980, Gould filmed two movies for Disney studios, The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980) and The Devil and Max Devlin (1981), in which he co-starred with Bill Cosby.

Other notable roles during this time include performances in A Bridge Too Far (1977), Capricorn One (1978), and a remake of The Lady Vanishes (1979).

Elliott Gould and Eddie Izzard

His career slowed down after a series of critical and commercial flops in the mid-to-late 1970s, but he has still appeared in a number of supporting and character roles in prominent television shows and movies. He starred in a sitcom called E/R in 1984–1985, and had a notable recurring guest role on Friends as Jack Geller, the father of Monica and Ross Geller. More recently he has had a prominent recurring role on Ray Donovan and is set for a regular role in the upcoming sitcom Mulaney.[7]

Gould received critical praise for his performances as an aging mobster in Warren Beatty's 1991 film Bugsy and as the boyfriend of the protagonist's mother in American History X (1998). He also co-starred as Reuben Tishkoff in the popular "caper" film Ocean's Eleven (2001) and its sequels: Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). Other recent films roles include supporting turns in Contagion (2011) and Ruby Sparks (2012).

In 2005 he was the guest star in a feature-length episode of the UK TV series Poirot, The Mystery of the Blue Train[8] and he has recently guest starred on a number of television series including Law & Order and CSI. He has also loaned his voice to several animated series, most notable among them, the Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible and the 2006 video game Scarface: The World Is Yours.

Gould currently serves on the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors.

Personal life[edit]

Gould at The 1 Second Film in June 2009

Gould has said that he has a "very deep Jewish identity".[9] He has been married three times, twice to the same woman:

  • Barbra Streisand (March 21, 1963 – July 9, 1971; divorced; 1 child, actor Jason Gould)
  • Jennifer Bogart (December 8, 1973 – 1975; June 9, 1978 – 1979). They were divorced twice. The couple had two children. Jennifer's father was director Paul Bogart.

Gould became one of the many celebrity producers of The 1 Second Film collaboration in June 2009 and is known for his association to charitable causes such as Save Ellis Island.



Year Title Role Notes
1964 Quick, Let's Get Married! The Mute
1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's Billy Minsky
1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Ted Henderson Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Laurel Awards for Male New Face
Nominated - New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1970 Move Hiram Jaffe
1970 I Love My Wife Richard Burrows
1970 Getting Straight Harry Bailey
1970 M*A*S*H Capt. "Trapper" John Francis Xavier McIntyre Laurel Awards for Comedy Performance, Male
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1971 The Touch David Kovac
1971 Little Murders Alfred Chamberlain
1973 Who? Sean Rogers
1973 The Long Goodbye Philip Marlowe
1974 California Split Charlie Waters
1974 Busting Vice Detective Michael Keneely
1974 S*P*Y*S Griff
1975 Mean Johnny Barrows The Professor
1975 Nashville Himself Cameo
1975 Whiffs Dudley Frapper
1976 I Will, I Will... for Now Les Bingham
1976 Harry And Walter Go To New York Walter Hill
1977 A Bridge Too Far Col. Bobby Stout
1978 Matilda Bernie Bonnelli
1978 The Silent Partner Miles Cullen
1978 Capricorn One Robert Caulfield
1979 Escape to Athena Charlie Dane
1979 The Lady Vanishes Robert Condon
1979 The Muppet Movie Beauty Contest master of ceremonies Cameo
1980 Falling in Love Again Harry Lewis
1980 The Last Flight of Noah's Ark Noah Dugan
1981 The Devil and Max Devlin Max Devlin
1981 Dirty Tricks Prof. Colin Chandler
1983 Tramps Willie Zobel
1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan Cop in Pete's Cameo
1984 The Naked Face Angeli
1984 Over the Brooklyn Bridge Alby Sherman
1987 Lethal Obsession (de) Serge Gart
1987 I miei primi 40 anni (it) Nino Ranuzzi
1987 The Telephone Rodney
1987 Inside Out Jimmy Morgan
1988 Dangerous Love Rick
1989 The Night Visitor Ron Devereaux
1989 The Big Picture Lawyer
1989 Massacre Play Theo Steiner
1990 I'll Be Going Now Alcide
1990 The Lemon Sisters Fred Frank
1991 Dead Men Don't Die Barry Barron
1991 Bugsy Harry Greenberg
1992 Somebody's Daughter Hindeman
1992 The Player Himself Cameo
1992 Wet and Wild Summer! Mike McCain
1992 Beyond Justice Lawyer
1992 Judgement Judge Callow
1993 Amore! George Levine
1993 Hoffman's Hunger Felix Hoffman
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Himself Cameo
1994 The Glass Shield Greenspan
1994 The Dangerous Levine
1994 Bleeding Hearts Mr. Baum
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Vincent Winniger
1995 A Boy Called Hate Richard
1995 Cybill Himself
1995 Cover Me Capt. Richards
1995 Kicking and Screaming Grover's Dad
1995 The Feminine Touch Kahn
1996 johns Manny Gold
1996 Busted TV Show Host
1997 Inside Out Aaron's Father
1997 City of Industry Gangster
1997 Camp Stories Older David Katz
1997 Hotel Shanghai Hutchinson
1998 Michael Kael vs. the World News Company Coogan
1998 The Big Hit Morton Shulman
1998 Getting Personal Jack Kacmarczyk
1998 American History X Murray
2000 Picking Up the Pieces Father LaCage
2000 Boys Life 3 Aaron's Father Segment: Inside Out
2000 Playing Mona Lisa Bernie Goldstein
2001 Ocean's Eleven Reuben Tishkoff
2001 The Experience Box Dr. Keith Huber
2002 Puckoon Dr. Goldstein
2002 The Cat Returns Toto English dub
Voice role
2004 Ocean's Twelve Reuben Tishkoff
2006 Open Window John
2007 Saving Sarah Cain Bill
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Reuben Tishkoff
2007 The Ten Commandments God Voice role
2008 The Deal Rabbi Seth Gutterman
2008 The Caller Frank Turlotte
2009 Noah's Ark: The New Beginning God Voice role
2008 Little Hercules in 3-D Socrates
2009 The Life & Times of Tim Dr. Fishman Voice role
2009 Morning Male Doctor Goodman
2010 Expecting Mary Horace Weitzel
2010 Uncorked Paul Browning
2011 The Encore of Tony Duran Jerry Braill
2011 Contagion Dr. Ian Sussman
2012 Ruby Sparks Dr. Rosenthal
2012 Divorce Invitation Paul Lipnicks
2012 Dorfman Burt Dorfman
2012 Fred Won't Move Out Fred
2012 Switchmas Sam Finkelstein
2013 Live at the Foxes Den Paul Munchak


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Once Upon a Mattress Jester TV Movie
1972 The Special London Bridge Special The Villain TV special
1975-1980 Saturday Night Live Juror/Host/Himself TV series
8 episodes
1982 The Rules of Marriage Michael Hagen TV movie
1983 Faerie Tale Theatre The Giant TV series
One episode
1983-1985 E/R Dr. Howard Sheinfeld TV series
23 episodes
1986 Vanishing Act Lieutenant Rudameyer TV movie
1986 The Twilight Zone Harry Folger TV series
One episode
1986 Tall Tales and Legends Casey TV series
One episode
1987 Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 Leonard Weinglass TV movie
1987 Frog Bill Anderson TV movie
1988 Act of Betrayal Callaghan TV movie
1989 Murder, She Wrote Lt. J. T. Hanna TV series
One episode
1990 Stolen: One Husband Martin Slade TV movie
1991 Frogs! Bill Anderson TV movie
1993 Bloodlines: Murder in the Family Stewart Woodman TV movie
1993 L.A. Law Ed Morrison TV series
3 episodes
1994-2003 Friends Jack Geller TV series
20 episodes
1995 P.C.H Randy's Father TV movie
1997 The Shining Stuart Ullman TV miniseries
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Episode 100 Peyton Cartwright TV series
One episode
1999 Mentors Albert Einstein TV series
One episode
2003 Las Vegas The Professor TV series
One episode
2003-2006 Kim Possible Mr. Possible TV series
Voice role
6 episodes
2004 Bad Apple Buddha Stanzione TV movie
2005 Poirot Rufus Van Aldin TV series
One episode
2006 Masters of Horror Barney TV series
One episode
2011 The Cape Samuel TV series
2 episodes
2013-2014 Ray Donovan Ezra Goldman TV series
16 episodes
2014 Sensitive Skin Dr. H. Cass TV series
3 episodes
2014-2015 Mulaney Oscar TV series regular
13 episodes


  1. ^ "Show Business: Elliott Gould: The Urban Don Quixote". Time. September 7, 1970. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ James Mottram (2012-07-22). "Elliott Gould: 'I didn't have a drug problem. I had a problem with reality' – Profiles – People". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  3. ^ Elliott Gould: Reel to real
  4. ^ "Elliott Gould Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Gould, ‘centered and grateful,’ to accept award at festival | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California". Jweekly.com. 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  6. ^ Walters, Ben (12 August 2008). "It's okay by him". Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2012. In 1970, Time magazine put Gould on its cover, declaring him a "Star for an Uptight Age".... 
  7. ^ "Nasim Pedrad, Elliott Gould Join Fox's "Mulaney"". Hollywood Reporter. December 5, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Agatha Christie Poirot: The mystery of the Blue Train (IMDB) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465569/
  9. ^ "Elliott Gould: An Actor's Life". Aish.com. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 

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