Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum (born October 22, 1952) is an American actor and musician. He has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of his era, such as Jurassic Park (1993) and Independence Day (1996), as well as their respective sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum
October 22, 1952
|Associated acts||Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra|
Goldblum also starred in films including Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Big Chill (1983), and Into the Night (1985), before coming to wider attention as Seth Brundle in David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986), which earned him a Saturn Award for Best Actor. His other films include The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), The Tall Guy (1989), Deep Cover (1992), Powder (1995), The Prince of Egypt (1998), Cats & Dogs (2001), Igby Goes Down (2002), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Adam Resurrected (2008), Le Week-End (2013), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
Goldblum has also starred in several TV series, including the eighth and ninth seasons of Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Zack Nichols, and in Will & Grace, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. He directed the short film Little Surprises, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. His jazz band, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, released their first album, The Capitol Studios Sessions, in 2018.
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born to Jewish parents on October 22, 1952, in West Homestead, Pennsylvania, located just outside of Pittsburgh. His mother, Shirley Jane Goldblum (née Temeles; October 30, 1926 – January 9, 2012), was a radio broadcaster who later ran a kitchen equipment and appliances sales firm; his father, Harold Leonard Goldblum (April 25, 1920 – February 23, 1983), was a medical doctor and major in the U.S. Army during World War II. His family is from Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, with roots in Starobin and Zolochiv. He has a sister, Pamela, and an elder brother, Lee. His other brother, Rick, whom Goldblum has described as a "kind of hero of mine", died in 1971 at age 23 while travelling in Morocco, having contracted dysentery which led to kidney failure. Goldblum credits his interest in jazz music to Rick's influence while they were growing up. He has stated that his brother's early death made him "more focused" and gave him a determination to "save myself and survive".
During his childhood, Goldblum attended an Orthodox synagogue and had a bar mitzvah ceremony. His family also celebrated Christmas, and he was raised to believe in Santa Claus. His parents were interested in show business. His father nearly studied acting before deciding to pursue medical studies, going on to become Chief of Medicine at a Pittsburgh hospital. Goldblum moved to New York City at 17 to become an actor. He 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 an accomplished jazz pianist.
Goldblum made his film debut as a home-invading 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). He has a brief part as a 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 starred as comedian Ernie Kovacs in the 1984 TV movie, "Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter." The movie dealt with the real-life kidnapping of Kovacs' two daughters by his former first wife. Actress Edie Adams, Kovacs' second wife and his widow, made a cameo appearance in the well-received movie.
Goldblum's supporting roles include Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Big Chill (1983), and Independence Day (1996), as well as the Wes Anderson films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984) and Igby Goes Down (2002).
For several years in the 1990s, 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 appeared on Irish TV in a commercial for the National Lottery filmed in 2003.
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 played 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.
He made a guest appearance on Sesame Street in 1990 as Bob's long-lost brother Minneapolis (parody of Indiana Jones), in a sketch where Big Bird's friend Snuffleupagus had "the golden cabbage of Snuffertiti" hidden in his cave. He has appeared on Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Colbert Report, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and Portlandia.
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.
Goldblum replaced Chris Noth as a senior detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the series, Goldblum plays Detective Zack 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.
In 2014, Goldblum's jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, did a weekly show at the Carlyle Hotel. Also in 2014, he appeared in an episode of Last Week Tonight parodying his role in Law & Order. In 2016, he reprised his role of David Levinson in Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to Roland Emmerich's 1996 alien invasion/disaster film Independence Day.
In November 2015, he joined the ensemble cast of Shane Carruth's third film The Modern Ocean. Goldblum played The Grandmaster in the Marvel superhero film Thor: Ragnarok (2017). He reprised his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the franchise's fifth film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) and will do so again, this time with fellow Jurassic Park alumni Sam Neill and Laura Dern, in Jurassic World: Dominion, currently filming.
On May 29, 2018, Billboard announced that he had been signed by Decca Records to record a studio album for release later in the year. The Capitol Studios Sessions duly appeared on November 9, 2018. This was followed 12 months later by I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, Goldblum having played Glastonbury that summer.
In July 2018, a 25 ft (7.6m) statue of Goldblum was erected next to London's Tower Bridge as a temporary installation in order to mark 25 years since the release of Jurassic Park. At Disney's D23 Expo in 2019, Disney announced the show The World According to Jeff Goldblum would feature Goldblum and be available at the launch of the Disney+ streaming service on November 12, 2019.
From 1980 to 1985, Goldblum was married to Patricia Gaul, with whom he appeared in Silverado (1985). From 1987 to 1991, he was married to Geena Davis, his co-star in Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), The Fly (1986), and Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).
In mid-2014, Goldblum became engaged to Emilie Livingston, a Canadian Olympic gymnast 30 years his junior; the couple married on November 8, 2014. On January 9, 2015, Goldblum announced on the Late Show with David Letterman that the couple was expecting a son, who was born on July 4, 2015. Goldblum announced on the January 11, 2017 episode of Conan that Livingston was pregnant with their second son, who was born on April 7, 2017.
|1975||Columbo||Protester||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 film|
|1980||Tenspeed and Brown Shoe||Lionel Whitney||14 episodes|
|1982||Rehearsal for Murder||Leo Gibbs||Television film|
|1982||Laverne & Shirley||Jeffrey||Episode: "Watch the Fur Fly"|
|1984||Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter||Ernie Kovacs||Television film|
|1984||American Playhouse||Sophisticated urbanite||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 film|
|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 film|
|1993–1997||Saturday Night Live||Host||2 episodes|
|1995||The Larry Sanders Show||Jeff Goldblum||Episode: "Nothing Personal"|
|1996||The Simpsons||MacArthur Parker||Voice; Episode: "A Fish Called Selma"|
|1998||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Civil War Narrator||Voice; Episode: "Like Chickens... Delicious Chickens"|
|1999||When Dinosaurs Ruled... (TLC Documentary Series)||Himself||Narrator (all episodes), TV Series|
|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 film|
|2003–2005||Crank Yankers||Prof. 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 Zack Nichols||24 episodes|
|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|
|2012–2015||Portlandia||Derek, Vocal Coach, Jeff, Dinner Guest, The Pull-Out King, Beet Accident Man, The Doily Shoppe Proprietor, Alan||5 episodes|
|2012||Glee||Hiram Berry||2 episodes|
|2014||Monkey Love||Roger||Episode: "It's a Jungle Out There"|
|2014||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||Civil Forfeiture Cop (sketch)||1 episode|
|2015||Inside Amy Schumer||Jury Foreman||Episode: "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer"|
|2016||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Dr. Dave||Episode: "Kimmy Meets a Celebrity!"|
|2017||Tour de Pharmacy||Marty Hass||Television film|
|2019||Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10||Himself||Television short film|
|2019||Happy!||God||Voice; Episode: "Resurrection"|
|2019–present||The World According to Jeff Goldblum||Himself/Presenter||12 episodes|
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special
|2020||RuPaul's Drag Race||Guest Judge||1 episode|
|2021||What If...?||Grandmaster||Voice; Episode: "What If... Thor Were an Only Child?"|
|2022||Search Party||Tunnel Quinn||6 episodes|
|1996||Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland||Count Dracula||Voice|
|1997||Independence Day||David Levinson||Voice|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Dr. Ian Malcolm||Video|
|Chaos Island: The Lost World||Voice|
|2015||Call of Duty: Black Ops III||Nero Blackstone||Voice|
|2018||Jurassic World Evolution||Dr. Ian Malcolm||Voice|
|2020||Jurassic World Aftermath||Voice|
|2021||Jurassic World Evolution 2||Voice|
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
|The Capitol Studios Sessions|
|I Shouldn't Be Telling You This||
|Hollywood Goes Wild!|
- Seminar (2012)
- The Pillowman (2005)
- Two Gentlemen of Verona (1971)
- 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)
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- "Harold Goldblum grave". www.findagrave.com.
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- "Jeff Goldblum: Not Dead Yet". www.genealogywise.com.
- Stated on Finding Your Roots, January 21, 2020
- Ayres, Chris (November 6, 2019). "'I didn't think fatherhood was for me... so I talked to my therapist'". Radio Times. London: Immediate Media. pp. 22–25. (November 9–15 issue).
- Barlow, Eve (June 12, 2016). "Jeff Goldblum: 'I'm like one of those yogis who wanders the Earth with a diaper'". The Guardian.
- Stephen, By (April 26, 2007). "Holocaust role a spiritual journey". News.com.au. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
- Stanley, TL (December 15, 2020). "Kroger Got Jeff Goldblum and Sterling K. Brown to Decorate Cookies, and It's So Wholesome". Adweek. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
- Jeff Goldblum's Undercover Childhood Christmases - "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (Youtube). December 23, 2020. Archived from the original on December 15, 2021. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
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- "Five surprising facts about Jeff Goldblum". BBC. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
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- "10 Greatest Actor Cameos in Woody Allen Movies – Film School Rejects". Film School Rejects. September 15, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "Jeff Goldblum says Steve Jobs asked him to be the voice of Apple, 'didn't know it was Steve' [Videos] - 9to5Mac"
- "Revisiting the time Jeff Goldblum starred in a TV ad for the Irish lottery | The Irish Post"
- "(52) National Lottery - "Bigger" (with Jeff Goldblum) - Brown Bag Films - YouTube"
- "Jeff Goldblum Has 'Criminal Intent,'Chris Noth leaving 'Law & Order' series". Zap2it. Archived from the original on June 27, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
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- Goldblum plays jazz at Cafe Carlyle Goldblum plays jazz, New York Times, September 18, 2014
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- Breznican, Anthony (May 20, 2016). "Thor: Ragnarok: Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and more join cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
- Ford, Rebecca (April 26, 2017). "Jeff Goldblum Joins 'Jurassic World' Sequel (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
- Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 4, 2019). "'Jurassic Park' Trio Laura Dern, Sam Neill & Jeff Goldblum Returning For 'Jurassic World 3'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
- Desta, Yohana (August 19, 2020). "Jurassic World: Dominion Alters Production After Inevitable Coronavirus Outbreak". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
- Smirke, Richard (May 29, 2018). "Jeff Goldblum Signs With Universal's Decca Records". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
- "Hear the first songs from Jeff Goldblum's jazz album". EW.com. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
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- "Jeff Goldblum statue marks 25 years of Jurassic Park". BBC News. BBC. July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
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- "What's so great about Jeff Goldblum? New biography explores Pittsburgh-born actor's enduring popularity". Retrieved May 6, 2019.
- Victoria Houseman (1991). Made in Heaven: The Marriages and Children of Hollywood Stars. Bonus Books. p. 126.
- David Brownstone, Irene Franck (1996). People in the News, 1996. Cengage Gale. p. 156. ISBN 002860279X.
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- Dave Itzkoff (September 12, 2014). "Playing Piano, and Blaming Woody Allen: Jeff Goldblum's Orchestra debuts at the Carlyle". The New York Times. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
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- "Jeff Goldblum/Coyote Peterson/Jimmy Eat World", Conan (January 11, 2017), Season 7, Episode 28. TBS.
- Miller, Jenni (April 15, 2017). "Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston Welcome Their Second Baby". New York Magazine. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
- "Jeff Goldblum: The Ultimate Filmography of Our Greatest Living Actor". Portland Mercury. June 22, 2016. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
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