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July 18, 1954 |
Blythe, California, United States
Gary Goddard (born July 18, 1954) is the founder and CEO of The Goddard Group, an entertainment design firm based in North Hollywood, California.
Work in theater
Goddard has produced several shows on and off Broadway, including the 2009 revival of Hair (Tony Award winner, Best Revival of a Musical), Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty (Tony Award nominee, Best Play), Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar (one-night concert event), The Wiz at Encores!, among others.
Work in themed entertainment
Goddard began his career at The Walt Disney Company in 1974, as an original cast member of, and later directing, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Walt Disney World Resort's Fort Wilderness. He then went on to work at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he developed concepts for EPCOT, Tokyo Disneyland, and River Country, among others.
Gary Goddard Productions, Goddard's first company, was formed in 1980, which became Landmark Entertainment Group in 1985. Goddard exited Landmark Entertainment Group in 2002 to start his new company, Gary Goddard Entertainment (now "The Goddard Group").
Goddard created several large-scale attractions for Universal Studios, including The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (at Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Japan), Terminator 2/3D: Battle Across Time (at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan), Jurassic Park: The Ride (Universal Studios Hollywood, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Japan), Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacular (Universal Studios Hollywood), and Kongfrontation (Universal Studios Hollywood).
Other notable attractions created by Goddard and team include Star Trek: The Experience (Las Vegas Hilton), The Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta, Georgia), and Sanrio Puroland (Japan).
For Six Flags, Goddard is responsible for the creation of the Monster Plantation dark ride at Six Flags Over Georgia, as well as its 2009 makeover into Monster Mansion. Goddard also oversaw the creation of the Glow in the Park Parade (playing at Six Flags Great Adventure beginning in 2008, Six Flags Mexico beginning in 2008, Six Flags New England beginning in 2008, Six Flags St. Louis beginning in 2009, Six Flags Over Texas beginning in 2009, and Six Flags Great America beginning in 2010). Goddard also was responsible for the conceptual development of Six Flags Dubailand and Six Flags Qatar.
Work in film
Work in television
- Monster Plantation (dark ride)
- Jurassic Park: The Ride (dark ride)
- T23D (3D film)
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-man (dark ride)
- Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow (3D film)
- Georgia Aquarium (aquarium)
Sexual assault allegations
On April 21, 2014, Gary Goddard was named in a lawsuit by Michael Egan for alleged sexual assault that took place when Egan, an aspiring actor, was 17 years old. Mr Egan, who has also filed suit against Hollywood director Bryan Singer, is represented by Miami-based lawyer Jeff Herman, "the country's leading attorney when it comes to handling high-profile sexual abuse lawsuits" according to the Miami New Times.
In May 2014, a second accusation was brought against Goddard, claiming he sexually assaulted an underage boy with Singer. Goddard's lawyer, Alan Grodin, issued the following statement as a response to the claims: "Gary Goddard vehemently denies the extremely serious, false and defamatory allegations made against him. And it is a sad indictment on society that when spurious claims have been made in one suit - especially where compensation is sought - other similar claims may follow. Despite the extent of uninformed and damaging commentary on the matter in the media, the allegations have not been tested in any way, let alone through the judicial process. We will not dignify these outrageous claims with anything other than a vigorous denial on behalf of our client, and by confirming that they will be fiercely defended at any trial where Mr. Goddard is entirely confident that he will be fully vindicated."
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