Jeff Goldblum in July 2010
|Born||Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum
October 22, 1952
West Homestead, Pennsylvania, United States
Jeffrey Lynn "Jeff" Goldblum (//; born October 22, 1952) is an American actor. His career began in the mid-1970s and he has appeared in major box-office successes including The Fly, Jurassic Park and its sequel Jurassic Park: The Lost World, and Independence Day. He starred as Detective Zach Nichols for the eighth and ninth seasons of the USA Network's crime drama series Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Goldblum was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Homestead, Pennsylvania. His mother, Shirley (née Temeles), was a radio broadcaster who later ran a kitchen equipment and appliances sales firm, and his father, Harold L. Goldblum, was a medical doctor. He has a sister, Pamela, and an older brother, Lee. Another older brother, Rick, died at age 23. His family was Jewish, and had emigrated from Russia and Austria to the U.S. During his childhood, Goldblum belonged to an Orthodox synagogue and had a Bar Mitzvah.
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 the Tony Award-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona. He is also an accomplished jazz pianist and declared that if he did not act, he would have become a professional musician. He made his film debut as a thug in the 1974 Charles Bronson film Death Wish. He briefly appeared as a protester in the TV movie Columbo: A Case of Immunity (1975).
In 1974, Goldblum appeared in Death Wish as Freak # 1. Later in his career, as Lacey Party Guest in Annie Hall (1977), Goldblum is seen saying into the telephone at a Hollywood party, "This is Mr. Davis. I forgot my mantra." Goldblum has had leading roles in films such as The Fly, Independence Day, The Lost World (1997), Earth Girls Are Easy, The Tall Guy, Vibes (1988) and Into the Night (1985). Goldblum's strong supporting roles include those in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Big Chill (1983), and Jurassic Park (1993), as well as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and the cult films The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984) and Igby Goes Down (2002).
For several years, Goldblum was the voice for most U.S. Apple commercials, including advertisements for the iMac and iBook. He also voices some 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 taught acting at Playhouse West in North Hollywood 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.
Goldblum got the role of Adam in Adam Resurrected, a film adaptation of the Yoram Kaniuk novel about a former German entertainer who becomes the ringleader to a group of Holocaust survivors in an asylum after World War II.
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.
His guest appearance was on Sesame Street in 1990 as Bob's long-lost brother Minneapolis (parody of Indiana Jones) where Big Bird's friend Snuffleupagus had "the golden cabbage of Snuffertiti" hidden in his cave. He has also appeared on Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Colbert Report, and Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!.
Goldblum replaced Chris Noth as a senior detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the series, Goldblum plays the role of Detective Zach Nichols. In August 2010, media outlets reported that Goldblum had decided not to return to Criminal Intent due to persistent concerns about the program's future.
Goldblum has been married twice: from 1980 to 1986, to Patricia Gaul, with whom he starred in Silverado (1985), and from 1987–1990 to Geena Davis, his co-star in three films: Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), The Fly (1986), and Earth Girls Are Easy (1988). In Summer 2014, he was engaged to actress Emilie Livingston.
|1975||Columbo||Protector||Episode: "A Case of Immunity"|
|1976||The Blue Knight||Daggett||Episode: "Upward Mobility"|
|1977||Starsky & Hutch||Harry Markham||Episode: "Murder on Stage 17"|
|1980||The Legend of Sleepy Hollow||Ichabod Crane||Television movie|
|1980||Tenspeed and Brown Shoe||Lionel Whitney||14 episodes|
|1982||Rehearsal for Murder||Leo Gibbs||Television movie|
|1982||Laverne & Shirley||Jeffrey||Episode: "Watch the Fur Fly"|
|1984||Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter||Ernie Kovacs||Television movie|
|1984||American Playhouse||Unknown||Episode: "Popular Neurotics"|
|1985||Faerie Tale Theatre||Buck Wolf||Episode: "The Three Little Pigs"|
|1986||The Ray Bradbury Theater||Cogswell||Episode: "The Town Where No One Got Off"|
|1987||Life Story||James Watson||Television movie|
|1990||Sesame Street||Minneapolis||Episode: "21.72"|
|1990–1991||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Verminous Skumm (voice)||5 episodes|
|1993||Lush Life||Al Gorky||Television movie|
|1993–1997||Saturday Night Live||Host||2 episodes|
|1995||The Larry Sanders Show||Jeff Goldblum||Episode: "Nothing Personal"|
|1996||The Simpsons||MacArthur Park (voice)||Episode: "A Fish Called Selma"|
|1998||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Civil War Narrator (voice)||Episode: "Like Chickens... Delicious Chickens"|
|2002||King of the Hill||Dr. Vayzosa (voice)||Episode: "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner"|
|2003||Friends||Leonard Hayes||Episode: "The One with the Mugging"|
|2003||War Stories||Ben Dansmore||Television movie|
|2003–2005||Crank Yankers||Professor Fermstein (voice)||2 episodes|
|2004||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Bill Joel (voice)||Episode: "Toodle Day"|
|2005||Will & Grace||Scott Wooley||3 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2007||Raines||Michael Raines||7 episodes|
|2007||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Himself||2 episodes|
|2009–2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Detective Zach Nichols||24 episodes|
|2010||Top Gear||Himself||Series 15, Episode 6|
|2011||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Gunnar Geirhart||Episode: "Full Hauser"|
|2011–2012||The League||Rupert Ruxin||2 episodes|
|2011||Allen Gregory||Perry Van Moon (voice)||Episode: "Van Moon Rising"|
|2012||Susan 313||Benny Burnet||Pilot|
|2012–2014||Portlandia||Various roles||5 episodes|
|2012||Glee||Hiram Berry||2 episodes|
|1996||Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland||Count Dracula (voice)|
|1997||Independence Day||David Levinson (voice)|
|1997||Jurassic Park: Chaos Island||Dr. Ian Malcolm (voice)|
- The Pillowman (2005)
- Two Gentlemen of Verona
- The Play What I Wrote
- The Moony Shapiro Songbook
- The Exonerated
- City Sugar
- El Grande de Coca Cola
London and Broadway
London and Recklinghausen (Germany)
- Curtis, Nick (2008-01-29). "What Jeff loves about London". This is London. Retrieved January 29, 2008.
- "Jeff Goldblum: Not Dead Yet"
- Teeman, Tim (September 27, 2013). "Jeff Goldblum: The actor talks about secret ambition, mescaline and his new red-haired poodle, Woody Allen". Financial Times. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
- Curtis, Nick (January 29, 2008). "What Jeff loves about London - Theatre & Dance - Arts - London Evening Standard". Standard.co.uk. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
- "Jeff Goldblum goes to the head of the class | Fall Preview". Jewish Journal. September 10, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
- Applebaum, Stephen (2007-04-27). "Goldblum's spiritual journey". Sunday Times.au. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
- Elkin, Michael (2007-03-15). "The Odds of March". The Jewish Exponent. Retrieved January 29, 2008.
- Stephen, By (April 26, 2007). "Holocaust role a spiritual journey". News.com.au. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
- Knutzen, Eirik (2007-03-30). "TV Close-Up: Jeff Goldblum". Bend Weekly. Retrieved January 29, 2008.
- Goldblum debuts at Carlyle Hotel
- "Jeff Goldblum Has 'Criminal Intent,'Chris Noth leaving 'Law & Order' series". Zap2it. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
- Schneider, Michael (August 3, 2010). "Jeff Goldblum exits 'Law & Order'". Variety. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Jeff Goldblum to quit Criminal Intent". The Spy Report. August 4, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- Dave Itzkoff (September 12, 2014). "Playing Piano, and Blaming Woody Allen: Jeff Goldblum's Orchestra debuts at the Carlyle". New York Times. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
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- April 2005 Interview with Goldblum from New York magazine
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- Jeff Goldblum: the Buddha of Hollywood from The Guardian, 12 July 2010