Gould in 1986
August 29, 1938
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|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).
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. His family was Jewish, and his grandparents were immigrants from Ukraine, Poland, and Russia. 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".
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.
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.
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 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.
Gould has said that he has a "very deep Jewish identity". 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.
|1964||Once Upon a Mattress||Jester||Joe Layton
|The Confession||The Mute||William Dieterle|
|1968||The Night They Raided Minsky's||Billy Minsky||William Friedkin|
|1969||Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice||Ted Henderson||Paul Mazursky||Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Laurel Awards for Mal New Face
Nominated - New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
- 1970 Move – Hiram Jaffe
- 1970 Airport – (uncredited) – Voice
- 1970 I Love My Wife – Richard Burrows
- 1970 Getting Straight – Harry Bailey
- 1970 M*A*S*H – Capt. "Trapper" John Francis Xavier McIntyre
- 1971 The Touch – David Kovac
- 1971 A Glimpse of Tiger – also producer (abandoned)
- 1971 Little Murders – Alfred Chamberlain
- 1972 The Special London Bridge Special – The Villain
- 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
- 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 Compere
- 1980 Falling in Love Again – Harry Lewis
- 1980 Saturday Night Live – Juror/Host/Himself (8 episodes, 1975–1980)
- 1980 The Last Flight of Noah's Ark – Noah Dugan
- 1981 The Devil and Max Devlin – Max Devlin
- 1981 Dirty Tricks – Prof. Colin Chandler
- 1982 The Rules of Marriage
- 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre – The Giant (1 episode, Jack and the Beanstalk)
- 1983 E/R – Dr. Howard Sheinfeld
- 1983 Tramps
- 1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan – Cop in Pete's
- 1984 The Naked Face – Angeli
- 1984 Over the Brooklyn Bridge – Alby Sherman
- 1984 Terror in the Aisles – archival footage
- 1985 George Burns Comedy Week – (1 episode, The Mission)
- 1986 Vanishing Act – Lieutenant Rudameyer
- 1986 The Twilight Zone – Harry Folger (1 episode, The Misfortune Cookie)
- 1986 The Myth
- 1986 Tall Tales and Legends – Casey (1 episode, Casey at the Bat)
- 1987 Lethal Obsession (de) – Serge Gart
- 1987 I miei primi 40 anni (it) – Nino Ranuzzi
- 1987 Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 – Leonard Weinglass
- 1987 Frog – Bill Anderson
- 1987 The Telephone – Rodney
- 1987 Inside Out – Jimmy Morgan
- 1988 Act of Betrayal – Callaghan
- 1988 Dangerous Love – Rick
- 1988 Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim
- 1989 Murder, She Wrote – Lt. J. T. Hanna (1 Episode)
- 1989 Judgement – Judge Callow
- 1989 Secret Scandal
- 1989 The Night Visitor – Ron Devereaux
- 1989 The Big Picture – Lawyer
- 1989 Massacre Play – Theo Steiner
- 1990 I'll Be Going Now – Alcide
- 1990 Stolen: One Husband – Martin Slade
- 1990 The Lemon Sisters – Fred Frank
- 1991 Dead Men Don't Die – Barry Barron
- 1991 Bugsy – Harry Greenberg
- 1991 Frogs! – Bill Anderson
- 1992 Somebody's Daughter – Hindeman
- 1992 The Player – Himself
- 1992 Wet and Wild Summer! – Mike McCain
- 1992 Beyond Justice – Lawyer
- 1993 Bloodlines: Murder in the Family – Stewart Woodman
- 1993 Amore! – George Levine
- 1993 Hoffman's Hunger – Felix Hoffman
- 1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult – Himself
- 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 P.C.H – Randy's Father
- 1995 Cybill – As 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
- 1997 The Shining – Stuart Ullman
- 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
- 1999 Mentors – Albert Einstein (1 episode, The Genius)
- 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 (English voice)
- 2003 Friends – Jack Geller (20 episodes, 1994–2003)
- 2003 Las Vegas – The Professor (Episode 4)
- 2004 From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks – Narrator
- 2004 Ocean's Twelve – Reuben Tishkoff
- 2004 Bad Apple – Buddha Stanzione
- 2005 Poirot – Rufus Van Aldin (1 episode)
- 2006 Open Window – John
- 2006 Masters of Horror episode "The Screwfly Solution" – Barney
- 2007 Saving Sarah Cain – Bill
- 2007 Ocean's Thirteen – Reuben Tishkoff
- 2007 The Ten Commandments – God (voice)
- 2007 WordGirl – The Masked Meat Marauder (voice)
- 2008 The Deal – Rabbi Seth Gutterman
- 2008 The Caller – Frank Turlotte
- 2009 Noah's Ark: The New Beginning – God (voice)
- 2009 Little Hercules in 3-D – Socrates
- 2009 The Life & Times of Tim – Dr. Fishman (voice)
- 2009 Morning – TBA
- 2010 Expecting Mary – Horace Weitzel
- 2010 Uncorked – Paul Browning (Andrew's father)
- 2011 The Encore of Tony Duran – Jerry Braill
- 2011 Contagion – Dr. Ian Sussman
- 2011 The Cape – Samuel
- 2012 Ruby Sparks – Dr. Rosenthal
- 2012 Divorce Invitation
- 2012 Dorfman – Burt Dorfman
- 2012 Switchmas - Sam Finkelstein
- 2013 Ray Donovan – Ezra Goldman
- 2014 Sensitive Skin
- 2014 Mulaney - Oscar
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- Elliott Gould: Reel to real
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- "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.
- 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"....
- "Nasim Pedrad, Elliott Gould Join Fox's "Mulaney"". Hollywood Reporter. December 5, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2014.
- Agatha Christie Poirot: The mystery of the Blue Train (IMDB) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465569/
- "Elliott Gould: An Actor's Life". Aish.com. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Elliott Gould.|
- Elliott Gould at the Internet Movie Database
- Elliott Gould at the Internet Broadway Database
- Elliott Gould at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
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