Elliott Gould (born Elliott Goldstein; August 29, 1938) is an American actor. He began acting in Hollywood films during the 1960s. In addition to his performance in the 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 leading roles in Robert Altman films, starring in M*A*S*H (1970), The Long Goodbye (1973) and California Split (1974).
Gould in 1986
August 29, 1938
(m. 1963; div. 1971)
(m. 1973; div. 1975)
(m. 1978; div. 1979)
|Children||3, including Jason Gould|
He gained recognition for his recurring role as Jack Geller on the television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), as Reuben Tishkoff in the Ocean's film series (2001–2007, 2018) and as Ezra Goldman on the television series Ray Donovan (2013–2016).
Gould was born in Bensonhurst, 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 emigrants from Ukraine, Poland, and Russia. He graduated from the Professional Children's School.
Gould began acting in the Broadway theatre in the late 1950s, making his Broadway debut in Rumple (1957). He had a number of small parts in the successful musicals Irma La Douce (1960–61) and Say, Darling.
In 1962 he had a starring role in I Can Get It for You Wholesale, where he met future wife Barbra Streisand, which ran for 300 performances. Following that he landed prominent roles in 1965's Drat! The Cat! and, in 1967, Little Murders.
In January 1969, Gould announced he had formed his own film production company with Jack Brodsky. The company would make two films: The Assistant, based on a novel by Bernard Malamud, and Little Murders.
In March 1969, Gould signed a non-exclusive, four-picture contract with 20th Century Fox, the first of which was to be M*A*S*H and the second Move. "I'm the hottest thing in Hollywood right now," he said in October 1969.
His third film as star was 1970's Getting Straight, where he played a Vietnam veteran who gets involved in student protests. Not as popular as the other two movies, it was nonetheless still considered a success – the only student protest film to make money – and cemented Gould's place as one of the biggest film stars in the country. He appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1970, where he was described as a "star for an uptight age".
However, Gould's next film Move, co-starring Paula Prentiss, was also his first critical and commercial flop.  Also unsuccessful was I Love My Wife with Brenda Vaccaro, for which Gould had turned down a reunion with Altman on McCabe and Mrs Miller.
Following his starring role in the stage version, Gould bought the rights for Little Murders with an eye to producing and reprising his lead role in a film adaptation. Directed by Alan Arkin, it was another commercial disappointment, but has since earned a cult following. Brodsky and Gould announced plans to make The Dick from the novel by Bruce Jay Friedman but it was not made.
Gould went to Sweden to play the lead role in Ingmar Bergman's English-language debut The Touch (1971). He was the first Hollywood star to appear in a Bergman film. However the movie was a critical and commercial disappointment.
A Glimpse of Tiger and Two Year SabbaticalEdit
Gould continued developing projects in a behind-the-scenes capacity, including a failed adaptation of the novel A Glimpse of Tiger. Filming was abandoned after four days of shooting, following rumours that Gould was addicted to drugs, something the actor has strenuously denied.
Gould and his producing partner helped make Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), later selling it to United Artists. He was reportedly offered the lead role in Pocket Money, but turned it down because he did not want to work with director Stuart Rosenberg again after his experience making Move.
Gould's comeback came in 1973's The Long Goodbye, Robert Altman's adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel. Gould starred as detective Philip Marlowe, a role which had previously been played by Humphrey Bogart and Dick Powell. By comparison, Gould's performance was more naturalistic, with the screenplay by Leigh Brackett (who had previously adapted The Big Sleep for Howard Hawks and Bogart) updating the setting to contemporary Los Angeles. Although not a major hit, the film was later regarded as one of Gould's best.
He followed it with another with Altman, California Split (1974), co-starring George Segal. He went straight into two more films, both "buddy" movies: Busting (1974), a cop movie with Robert Blake, directed by Peter Hyams; and S*P*Y*S (1975), a spy spoof which reunited him with Sutherland. Neither were particularly popular.
Returning to comedy, he played the lead in two films for Brut Productions, both comedies: Whiffs (1975) and then opposite Diane Keaton in I Will, I Will... for Now (1976). He and Keaton also starred in Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976) with James Caan and Michael Caine. All flopped at the box office.
During this period Gould 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. Although he never hosted again, he did appear 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 the show five times.
Gould returned to mainstream success with Capricorn One (1978), directed by Peter Hyams. The film was financed by producer Lew Grade, who later arranged Gould's guest appearances in The Muppets and its movie spin-offs. After making Capricorn One Gould was announced to direct A New Life from a novel by Bernard Malamud with Robert Altman producing but the film was not made.
In England he appeared in the much-maligned remake of The Lady Vanishes.
He followed it up with two films for Disney, The Last Flight of Noah's Ark and The Devil and Max Devlin. He made his return to Broadway with The Guys in the Truck in 1983, another critical and commercial failure.
In 1984 he made the transition to television acting with the sitcom called E/R in 1984–1985, followed by roles in the TV movies Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (1987) and Frog (1988), and the Australian miniseries Act of Betrayal. In the same period he had the lead in Inside Out and went to Italy for My First Forty Years. After supporting Whoopi Goldberg in The Telephone in 1988 he had the lead in Dangerous Love.
Over time Gould became more of a supporting actor. In 1989 alone he could be seen in smaller roles in Night Visitor, The Big Picture, Massacre Play and The Lemon Sisters, with a rare return to a lead role in 1991's Dead Men Don't Die. He received critical praise for his performance as an aging mobster in Warren Beatty's 1991 film Bugsy and once again performed as cameo as "himself" in Robert Altman's The Player. He returned to Australia for Exchange Lifeguards.
He became known to a new generation of viewers thanks to a semi-recurring role as Jack Geller, the father of Courteney Cox and David Schwimmer's characters Monica and Ross on the hit NBC sitcom Friends. Around the same time he took a more dramatic role, as the boyfriend of the protagonist's mother, in the controversial drama American History X. He co-starred in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven, a 2001 remake of the classic Rat Pack caper film. He reprised the role for its sequels, Ocean's Twelve in 2004 and Ocean's Thirteen in 2007. He had another supporting turn in Soderbergh's Contagion, followed by Ruby Sparks in 2012.
In 2005 he guest starred in a feature-length episode of the UK TV series Poirot, subsequently appearing in similar one-off or small roles in television series including Law & Order and CSI, and a more significant role in Showtime's Ray Donovan from 2013 to 2016. He has loaned his voice to several animated series, including the Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible, and the 2006 video game Scarface: The World Is Yours.
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; one child, actor Jason Gould)
- Jennifer Bogart (December 8, 1973 – 1975; June 9, 1978 – 1982). They were divorced twice. The couple had two children. Jennifer's father was director Paul Bogart.
Gould currently serves on the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors. He 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.
|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||MASH||Capt. "Trapper" John Francis Xavier McIntyre||Laurel Awards for Comedy Performance, Male|
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
|Getting Straight||Harry Bailey|
|I Love My Wife||Richard Burrows|
|1971||Little Murders||Alfred Chamberlain|
|The Touch||David Kovac|
|1973||The Long Goodbye||Philip Marlowe|
|1974||Busting||Vice Detective Michael Keneely|
|California Split||Charlie Waters|
|Mean Johnny Barrows||The Professor|
|1976||I Will, I Will... for Now||Les Bingham|
|Harry and Walter Go to New York||Walter Hill|
|1977||A Bridge Too Far||Col. Bobby Stout|
|Capricorn One||Robert Caulfield|
|The Silent Partner||Miles Cullen|
|1979||Escape to Athena||Charlie Dane|
|The Muppet Movie||Beauty Contest Compere||Cameo|
|The Lady Vanishes||Robert Condon|
|1980||The Last Flight of Noah's Ark||Noah Dugan|
|Falling in Love Again||Harry Lewis|
|1981||The Devil and Max Devlin||Max Devlin|
|Dirty Tricks||Prof. Colin Chandler|
|1984||Over the Brooklyn Bridge||Alby Sherman|
|The Naked Face||Angeli|
|The Muppets Take Manhattan||Cop in Pete's||Cameo|
|1986||Inside Out||Jimmy Morgan|
|1987||Lethal Obsession||Serge Gart|
|My First Forty Years||Nino Ranuzzi|
|1989||The Big Picture||Lawyer||Uncredited cameo|
|Night Visitor||Ron Devereaux|
|The Lemon Sisters||Fred Frank|
|Massacre Play||Theo Steiner|
|Secret Scandal||Film director|
|1990||I'll Be Going Now||Alcide|
|1991||Dead Men Don't Die||Barry Barron|
|Bugsy||Harry Greenberg||Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Beyond Justice||Red Murchison|
|Wet and Wild Summer!||Mike McCain|
|Hoffman's Hunger||Felix Hoffman|
|1994||Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult||Himself||Uncredited cameo|
|The Glass Shield||Greenspan|
|Bleeding Hearts||Mr. Baum|
|1995||A Boy Called Hate||Richard|
|Kicking and Screaming||Grover's Dad|
|Cover Me||Capt. Richards|
|The Feminine Touch||Kahn||Direct-to-video|
|1997||Inside Out||Aaron's Father||Short Film|
|City of Industry||Gangster||Uncredited cameo|
|Busted||TV Show Host||Direct-to-video|
|Camp Stories||Older David Katz|
|1998||Michael Kael vs. the World News Company||Coogan|
|The Big Hit||Morton Shulman|
|Caminho dos Sonhos||Samuel Stern|
|Getting Personal||Jack Kacmarczyk|
|American History X||Murray|
|2000||Playing Mona Lisa||Bernie Goldstein|
|Picking Up the Pieces||Father LaCage|
|Boys Life 3||Aaron's Father||Segment: "Inside Out"|
|2001||Ocean's Eleven||Reuben Tishkoff|
|The Experience Box||Dr. Keith Huber||Also producer|
|2003||The Cat Returns||Toto||English dub|
|2004||Ocean's Twelve||Reuben Tishkoff|
|2007||Ocean's Thirteen||Reuben Tishkoff|
|Saving Sarah Cain||Bill|
|The Ten Commandments||God||Voice|
|2008||The Deal||Rabbi Seth Gutterman|
|The Caller||Frank Turlotte|
|2009||Little Hercules in 3-D||Socrates|
|2010||Expecting Mary||Horace Weitzel|
|Morning||Male Doctor Goodman|
|2011||The Encore of Tony Duran||Jerry Braill|
|Contagion||Dr. Ian Sussman|
|Art & Sex||Therapist||Also executive producer|
|Noah's Ark: The New Beginning||God||Voice|
|Fred Won't Move Out||Fred|
|Ruby Sparks||Dr. Rosenthal|
|Divorce Invitation||Paul Lipnicks|
|2013||Live at the Foxes Den||Paul Munchak|
|2016||The History of Love||Bruno Leibovitch|
|2017||Humor Me||Bob Kroll|
|2018||Ocean's 8||Reuben Tishkoff|
|Romancing Brazil||Samuel Stern|
|1964||Once Upon a Mattress||Jester||Television film|
|1972||The Special London Bridge Special||The Villain||Television special|
|1975–1980||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||6 episodes|
|1982||The Rules of Marriage||Michael Hagen||Television film|
|1983||Faerie Tale Theatre||The Giant||Episode: "Jack and the Beanstalk"|
|1984–1985||E/R||Dr. Howard Sheinfeld||23 episodes|
|1986||Vanishing Act||Lieutenant Rudameyer||Television film|
|1986||The Twilight Zone||Harry Folger||Episode: "The Misfortune Cookie"|
|1986||Tall Tales & Legends||Casey||Episode: "Casey at the Bat"|
|1986||Together We Stand||David Randall||6 episodes|
|1987||Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8||Leonard Weinglass||Television film|
|1987||Frog||Bill Anderson||Television film|
|1988||Act of Betrayal||Callaghan||Television film|
|1989||Murder, She Wrote||Lt. J. T. Hanna||Episode: "The Error of Her Ways"|
|1990||Stolen: One Husband||Martin Slade||Television film|
|1991||The Hitchhiker||Augie Benson||Episode: "A Whole New You"|
|1991||Beyond Justice||Red Murchison||3 episodes|
|1992||The Ray Bradbury Theatre||Leo Auffmann||Episode: "The Happiness Machine"|
|1992||Somebody's Daughter||Hindeman||Television film|
|1993||Frogs!||Bill Anderson||Television film|
|1993||Bloodlines: Murder in the Family||Stewart Woodman||Television film|
|1993||L.A. Law||Ed Morrison||3 episodes|
|1993||Moon Over Miami||Gavin Mills||Episode: "In a Safe Place"|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Vincent Winninger||Episode: "Witness"|
|1994||Burke's Law||Harry Waters||Episode: "Who Killed the Host at the Roast?"|
|1994||Screen One||Joe Warren||Episode: "Doggin' Around"|
|1994–2003||Friends||Jack Geller||20 episodes|
|1995||The Magic School Bus||Mr. Perlstein||Voice|
Episode: "Going Batty"
Episode: "The Last Temptation of Cybill"
|1995||P.C.H||Randy's Father||Television film|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Max||Episode: "Dear God"|
|1997||The Shining||Stuart Ullman||Episode #1.1|
|1997||Shanghai 1937||Hutchinson||2 episodes|
|1997–1998||Hey Arnold!||Rabbi Goldberg||Voice|
|1998||Diagnosis: Murder||Peyton Cartwright||Episode: "Drill for Death"|
|1998||Mentors||Albert Einstein||Episode: "The Genius"|
|1998||Getting Personal||Jack Kacmarczyk||17 episodes|
|1999||It's Like, You Know...||Himself||3 episodes|
|2000||Just Shoot Me!||Himself||Uncredited|
Episode: "Hot Nights in Paris"
|2001||Life with David J||Pilot|
|2002–2003||Baby Bob||Sam Spencer||14 episodes|
Episode: "The Dad Who Knew Too Little"
|2003||Las Vegas||The Professor||Episode: "Jokers and Fools"|
|2003||K Street||Bergstrom||3 episodes|
|2003, 2007||Kim Possible||Mr. Don Stoppable||Voice|
|2003||Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time||Mr. Don Stoppable||Voice|
|2004||Bad Apple||Buddha Stanzione||Television film|
|2005||Crumbs||Frank Bergman||2 episodes|
|2005||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Rufus Van Aldin||Episode: "The Mystery of the Blue Train"|
|2006||Masters of Horror||Barney||Episode: "The Screwfly Solution"|
|2007||St. Urbain's Horseman||Uncle Abe||2 episodes|
|2007||American Dad!||Russell Rothberg||Voice|
Episode: An Apocalypse to Remember
|2008||WordGirl||Masked Meat Marauder||Voice|
Episode: "The Masked Meat Marauder"
|2009||Drop Dead Diva||Larry Baxter||Episode: "Second Chances"|
|2009||Law & Order||Stan Harkavy||Episode: "Shotgun"|
|2009||Uncorked||Paul Browning||Television film|
|2010||The Life & Times of Tim||Dr. Fishman||Voice|
Episode: "Personality Disorder"
|2010||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Earnest Boozell||Episode: "Pool Shark"|
|2011||The Cape||Samuel||2 episodes|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Walter Thompkins||Episode: "Lessons Learned"|
|2012||I'm Not Dead Yet||Irv||Television film|
|2012||Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling||Grandpa||3 episodes|
|2013–2016||Ray Donovan||Ezra Goldman||19 episodes|
|2013||Back in the Game||Louie||Episode: "I'll Slide Home for Christmas"|
|2014||Sensitive Skin||Dr. H. Cass||3 episodes|
|2014||The Michaels||Max Barnworth||Television film|
|2015||Maron||Himself||Episode: "Stroke of Luck"|
|2015||Oscar's Hotel for Fantastical Creatures||Sir Loin||Voice|
Episode: "Hunger Pains"
|2016||Hawaii Five-0||Leo Hirsch||Episode: "Pilina Koko"|
|2017||Doubt||Isaiah Roth||13 episodes|
|2018||The Kominsky Method||Himself||Episode: "An Agent Crowns"|
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- 'I'm all smiles' Latest little Gould rules roost By June Carroll Special to The Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor 28 Mar 1967: 4.
- Gould Striving for Super Status Haber, Joyce. Los Angeles Times (8 Jan 1969: k13.
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/1970. Retrieved 6 August 2019. Missing or empty
- CALL SHEET: Heston to Return to 'Planet' Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times 18 Mar 1969: g12.
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- Movies from Behind the Barricades Farber, Stephen. Film Quarterly (ARCHIVE); Berkeley Vol. 24, Iss. 2, (Winter 1970/1971): 24-33.
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In 1970, Time magazine put Gould on its cover, declaring him a "Star for an Uptight Age"....
- Shame-Faced Friend's Early Advice to Elliott Gould: Get Out of Acting Servi, Vera. Chicago Tribune 10 Jan 1971: n4.
- Bruce Jay Friedman Novel Sold As Film Before It Is Published By A.H. WEILER. New York Times 15 Apr 1970: 52.
- "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses". Variety. 31 May 1973. p. 3.
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- Flip-Flop Life of Elliott Gould: Gould's Flip-Flop Life Blume, Mary. Los Angeles Times 9 Dec 1973: c26.
- 'I just wanted people to listen to me ...': Positive talkathon Different directors By David Sterritt. The Christian Science Monitor 24 June 1976: 30.
- After plenty of turbulence, it's clear skies for Gould Dangaard, Colin. Chicago Tribune 13 Feb 1977: e14.
- FILM CLIPS: Basketball Soothes Gould's Soul Lee, Grant. Los Angeles Times 8 June 1977: g9.
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