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Jeff Goldblum
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Goldblum in 2019
Born
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum

(1952-10-22) October 22, 1952 (age 71)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s)
Children 2
Musical career
Genres Jazz
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Labels Decca Records
Associated acts Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum (/ˈɡldblm/; born October 22, 1952) is an American actor and musician. He has starred in some of the highest-grossing films, such as Jurassic Park (1993) and Independence Day (1996), as well as their sequels.

Goldblum made his acting film debut in Death Wish (1974) with early roles in California Split (1974), Nashville (1975), and Annie Hall (1977). He gained wider attention for his roles in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Big Chill (1983), and The Fly (1986). In 1996 he received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film nomination for Little Surprises.

His career had a resurgence with his roles in the Wes Anderson films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Isle of Dogs (2018), and Asteroid City (2023). He is also known for his role as Grandmaster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok (both in 2017) as well as the Disney+ series What If...? (2021).

He has also appeared in several TV series, including Will & Grace, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series nomination, as well as appeared in Friends, Portlandia, and Inside Amy Schumer. As of 2022, he hosts his own series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum (2019–present). His jazz band released their first album, The Capitol Studios Sessions, in 2018.

Early life

Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born to Jewish parents 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 physician and major in the U.S. Army during World War II. His family was from Russian and the Austro-Hungarian Empires, with roots in Starobin (now Belarus) and Zolochiv (now Ukraine). 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, 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.

Career

Jeff Goldblum
Goldblum in 1985

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 had a brief part as a party guest in Annie Hall (1977); Goldblum is seen speaking into a 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 has had leading roles in films such as The Fly (1986), Deep Cover (1992), Jurassic Park (1993), Earth Girls Are Easy (1989), The Tall Guy (1989), Vibes (1988), Into the Night (1985) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).

Goldblum's supporting roles include Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Big Chill (1983), The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984), Independence Day (1996), and Igby Goes Down (2002), as well as the Wes Anderson films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and Asteroid City (2023).

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 with the same name about a former Jewish German entertainer who becomes the ringleader to a group of Holocaust survivors in an asylum after World War II.

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Goldblum at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

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 Mr. 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 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Jurassic World Dominion (2022); with these films, Goldblum tied with BD Wong for the most appearances out of all the cast members in the franchise.

On May 29, 2018, Billboard reported that he had been signed by Decca Records to record a studio album for release later in the year. The Capitol Studios Sessions, the debut by his jazz band Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, duly appeared on November 9, 2018. This was followed a year later by I Shouldn't Be Telling You This, with the band having played Glastonbury that summer. The band's third album, Plays Well with Others, was released on March 24, 2023.

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.

Goldblum was the subject of the 2021 biography Because He's Jeff Goldblum (Penguin Random House), written by Washington Post features writer Travis M. Andrews. In October 2022, it was reported that Goldblum was in final talks to play the Wizard in the two-part film adaptation of the musical, Wicked. His role in the film was confirmed on December 8, 2022.

Personal life

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). Geena Davis filed for divorce in October 1990, and it was finalized the following year.

In mid-2014, Goldblum became engaged to Emilie Livingston, a Canadian Olympic rhythmic gymnast 30 years his junior; the couple married on November 8, 2014. Their first child, a son, was born on July 4, 2015. Their second son was born on April 7, 2017.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1974 Death Wish Freak #1
California Split Lloyd Harris
1975 Nashville Tricycle Man
1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village Clyde Baxter
St. Ives Hood #3
Special Delivery Snake
1977 The Sentinel Jack
Annie Hall Lacey Party Guest
Between the Lines Max Arloft
1978 Remember My Name Mr. Nudd
Thank God It's Friday Tony Di Marco
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Bellicec
1981 Threshold Aldo Gehring
1983 The Big Chill Michael Gold
The Right Stuff Recruiter
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension New Jersey
Terror in the Aisles Jack Bellicec
1985 Into the Night Ed Okin
Silverado "Slick" Calvin Stanhope
Transylvania 6-5000 Jack Harrison
1986 The Fly Seth Brundle
1987 Beyond Therapy Bruce
1988 Vibes Nick Deezy
Earth Girls Are Easy Mac
1989 The Tall Guy Dexter King
El Sueño del Mono Loco Dan Gillis
1990 Mister Frost Mr. Frost
1991 The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish Pianist
1992 Fathers & Sons Max
The Player Himself Cameo
Deep Cover David Jason
Shooting Elizabeth Howard Pigeon
1993 Jurassic Park Dr. Ian Malcolm
1995 Hideaway Hatch Harrison
Nine Months Sean Fletcher
Powder Donald Ripley
1996 The Great White Hype Mitchell Kane
Independence Day David Levinson
Little Surprises N/A Director; Short film
Mad Dog Time Mickey Holliday
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Dr. Ian Malcolm
1998 Holy Man Ricky Hayman
The Prince of Egypt Aaron Voice
Welcome to Hollywood Himself Cameo
2000 Beyond Suspicion John Nolan
Chain of Fools Avnet
One of the Hollywood Ten Herbert Biberman
2001 Perfume Jamie Also executive producer
Cats & Dogs Professor Brody
2002 Run Ronnie Run! Himself Uncredited cameo
Igby Goes Down D.H. Banes
2003 Dallas 362 Bob
Spinning Boris George Gorton
2004 Incident at Loch Ness Party Guest Cameo
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Allistair Hennessey
2006 Mini's First Time Mike Rudell
Fay Grim Agent Fulbright
Pittsburgh Himself Also producer
Man of the Year Stewart
2008 Adam Resurrected Adam Stein
2010 The Switch Leonard
Morning Glory Jerry Barnes
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Chef Goldblum
Zambezia Ajax Voice
2013 Le Week-End Morgan
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Deputy Kovacs
Unity Narrator Voice; Documentary
2015 Mortdecai Milton Krampf
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence David Levinson
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Grandmaster Closing credits cameo
Thor: Ragnarok
Miyubi The Creator Short film
2018 Isle of Dogs Duke Voice
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Dr. Ian Malcolm
Hotel Artemis Niagara (The Wolf King)
The Mountain Dr. Wallace Fiennes
2021 The Boss Baby: Family Business Dr. Erwin Armstrong Voice
2022 Jurassic World Dominion Dr. Ian Malcolm
2023 Asteroid City The Alien
They Shot the Piano Player (Dispararon al pianista) Narrator Voice
2024 Wicked The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Post-production
2025 Wicked Part Two

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe Lionel Whitney 14 episodes
1982 Rehearsal for Murder Leo Gibbs Television film
Laverne & Shirley Jeffrey Episode: "Watch the Fur Fly"
The Devlin Connection Alexis Papageorgio Episode: "The Absolute Monarch of Ward C"
1984 Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter Ernie Kovacs Television film
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
Framed Wiley Television film
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
1994 Future Quest Himself (host) 22 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"
2002 King of the Hill Dr. Vayzosa Voice; Episode: "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner"
Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe White Rabbit Voice; Television special
2003 Friends Leonard Hayes Episode: "The One with the Mugging"
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
2007 Raines Michael Raines 7 episodes
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"
Allen Gregory Perry Van Moon Voice; Episode: "Van Moon Rising"
2011–2012 The League Rupert Ruxin 2 episodes
2012 Susan 313 Benny Burnet Pilot
Glee Hiram Berry 2 episodes
2012–2015 Portlandia Various roles 5 episodes
2014 Monkey Love Roger Voice; Episode: "It's a Jungle Out There"
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Civil Forfeiture Cop 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
Happy! God Voice; Episode: "Resurrection"
2019–2022 The World According to Jeff Goldblum Himself (host) 22 episodes
2020 RuPaul's Drag Race Guest Judge 1 episode
2021, 2023 What If...? Grandmaster Voice; 2 episodes: "What If... Thor Were an Only Child?", "What If... Iron Man Crashed Into the Grandmaster?"
2022 Search Party Tunnel Quinn 6 episodes
Big Mouth Apple Brooch Voice; Episode: "The Apple Brooch"
TBA Kaos Zeus Regular role

Audio fiction

Year Title Role Notes
2021–present Dark Dice Balmur / The Nameless God Actual play podcast; featured as player in season 2; as voice actor in season 3

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland Count Dracula Video
1997 Independence Day David Levinson Voice
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Dr. Ian Malcolm Video
Chaos Island: The Lost World Voice
2002 Quest for the Code Alex Dander Voice
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Nero Blackstone Voice
Lego Jurassic World Dr. Ian Malcolm Voice (Archive Audio from the films)
2018 Jurassic World Evolution Dr. Ian Malcolm Voice
2020 Jurassic World Aftermath Voice
2021 Jurassic World Evolution 2 Voice

Theatre

Year Title Role Venue
1971 Two Gentlemen of Verona Citizen / Eglamour St. James Theatre, Broadway
1981 The Moony Shapiro Songbook Various roles Morosco Theatre, Broadway
1989 Twelfth Night Malvolio The Public Theatre, Off-Broadway
2002 The Exonerated Gary Gauger Culture Project, Off-Broadway
2003 The Play What I Wrote Mystery Guest Lyceum Theatre, Broadway
2004 The Music Man Harold Hill Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera
2005 The Pillowman Tupolski Booth Theatre, Broadway
2008 Speed-the-Plow Gould The Old Vic, West End
2010 The Prisoner of Second Avenue Mel Edison The Old Vic West End
2012 Seminar Leonard John Golden Theatre, Broadway
2014 Domesticated Bill Lincoln Center Theatre, Off-Broadway

Discography

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Studio albums
Title Details
The Capitol Studios Sessions
I Shouldn't Be Telling You This
  • Release date: November 1, 2019
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, digital download
Plays Well with Others
  • Release date: March 24, 2023
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, digital download
Compilation appearances
Title Details
Hollywood Goes Wild!
  • Song: "Born Free'ky"
  • Release date: March 27, 2001
  • Label: Navarre Corporation
  • Formats: CD, vinyl

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Project Result
1981 Genie Award Best Performance by a Foreign Actor Threshold Nominated
1986 National Society of Film Critics Best Actor The Fly 2nd Place
New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor 3rd place
Saturn Award Best Actor Won
1992 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Deep Cover Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Male Nominated
1993 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Jurassic Park Nominated
1996 Best Actor Independence Day Nominated
Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film Little Surprises Nominated
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Ensemble The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Cast Nominated
2005 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Will & Grace Nominated
2013 British Independent Film Award Best Supporting Actor Le Week-End Nominated
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture The Grand Budapest Hotel Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Cast Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Ensemble Won
Georgia Film Critics Circle Best Ensemble Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Acting Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated
2020 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special The World According to Jeff Goldblum Nominated
2022 Nominated
2022 Miami Web Fest Best Actor /Performer in a Podcast Dark Dice Won
Signal Awards Most Innovative Audio Experience Won
Signal Awards Most Innovative Audio Experience (Listener's Choice) Won
Audio Verse Awards Best Actor in an Improvised Production Won
Indie Series Awards Best Actor - Audio Fiction Won

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