Jeff Goldblum

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Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum 2010 (Straighten Crop).jpg
Jeff Goldblum in July 2010
BornJeffrey Lynn Goldblum
(1952-10-22) October 22, 1952 (age 62)
West Homestead, Pennsylvania, United States
Years active1974–present
  • Patricia Gaul (m. 1980–86)
  • Geena Davis (m. 1987–90)
  • Emilie Livingston[1] (m. 2014)
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Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum 2010 (Straighten Crop).jpg
Jeff Goldblum in July 2010
BornJeffrey Lynn Goldblum
(1952-10-22) October 22, 1952 (age 62)
West Homestead, Pennsylvania, United States
Years active1974–present
  • Patricia Gaul (m. 1980–86)
  • Geena Davis (m. 1987–90)
  • Emilie Livingston[1] (m. 2014)

Jeffrey Lynn "Jeff" Goldblum (/ˈɡldblm/; 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.

Early life

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.[2][3] He has a sister, Pamela, and an older brother, Lee. Another older brother, Rick, died at age 23.[4] His family was Jewish, and had emigrated from Russia and Austria to the U.S.[5][6] During his childhood, Goldblum belonged to an Orthodox synagogue and had a Bar Mitzvah.[7][8][9]

Goldblum's parents were interested in show business.[10] 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).


Goldblum in 1985
Goldblum after a performance of The Pillowman, May 2005

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 Wes Anderson films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 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!.

In 2014, Goldblum's jazz band did a weekly show at the Carlyle Hotel.[11]

Goldblum replaced Chris Noth as a senior detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.[12] 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.[13][14]

In 2014, Goldblum appeared in an episode of Last Week Tonight parodying his role in Law & Order.

Personal life

Goldblum with former spouse Geena Davis in 1990

From 1980 to 1986, Goldblum was married to Patricia Gaul, with whom he starred in Silverado (1985), and from 1987–1990, he was married 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 became engaged to gymnast Emilie Livingston; the couple married in November 2014.[15]

Goldblum follows "Eastern religions".[6]


1974Death WishFreak #1
1974California SplitLloyd Harris
1975NashvilleTricycle Man
1976Special DeliverySnake
1976St. IvesHood #3
1976Next Stop, Greenwich VillageClyde Baxter
1977Annie HallLacey Party Guest
1977Between the LinesMax Arloft
1977The SentinelJack
1978Thank God It's FridayTony Di Marco
1978Invasion of the Body SnatchersJack Bellicec
1978Remember My NameMr. Nudd
1981ThresholdAldo GehringNominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
1983The Right StuffRecruiter
1983The Big ChillMichael Gold
1984The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th DimensionNew Jersey
1984Terror in the AislesJack Bellicec
1985Transylvania 6-5000Jack Harrison
1985Silverado"Slick" Calvin Stanhope
1985Into the NightEd Okin
1986The FlySeth BrundleSaturn Award for Best Actor
1987Beyond TherapyBruce
1988VibesNick Deezy
1988Earth Girls Are EasyMac
1989The Tall GuyDexter King
1989The Fly IISeth BrundleUncredited
1990El Sueño del Mono LocoDan Gillis
1990Mister FrostMr. Frost
1991The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big FishPianist
1992Shooting ElizabethHoward Pigeon
1992The PlayerHimself
1992Fathers & SonsMax
1992Deep CoverDavid JasonNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1993Jurassic ParkDr. Ian MalcolmNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1995Nine MonthsSean Fletcher
1995PowderDonald Ripley
1996Independence DayDavid LevinsonNominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
1996Little SurprisesShort film
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
1996The Great White HypeMitchell Kane
1996Mad Dog TimeMickey Holliday
1997The Lost World: Jurassic ParkDr. Ian MalcolmNominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Sci-Fi
1998The Prince of EgyptAaron (voice)
1998Welcome to HollywoodHimself
1998Holy ManRicky Hayman
2000Auggie RoseJohn Nolan
2000Chain of FoolsAvnet
2000One of the Hollywood TenHerbert Biberman
2001Cats & DogsProfessor Brody
2001Beyond SuspicionJohn Nolan
2001PerfumeJamieAlso Executive Producer
2002Run Ronnie Run!HimselfUncredited
2002Igby Goes DownD.H.
2003Dallas 362Bob
2003Spinning BorisGeorge Gorton
2004Incident at Loch NessParty Guest
2004The Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouAllistair HennesseyNominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble
2006Mini's First TimeMike Rudell
2006Fay GrimAgent Fulbright
2006PittsburghHimselfAlso Producer
2006Man of the YearStewart
2009Adam ResurrectedAdam Stein
2010The SwitchLeonard
2010Morning GloryJerry Barnes
2012Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar MovieChef Goldblum
2012ZambeziaAjax (voice)
2013Le Week-EndMorganNominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014The Grand Budapest HotelKovacs


1975ColumboProtectorEpisode: "A Case of Immunity"
1976The Blue KnightDaggettEpisode: "Upward Mobility"
1977Starsky & HutchHarry MarkhamEpisode: "Murder on Stage 17"
1980The Legend of Sleepy HollowIchabod CraneTelevision movie
1980Tenspeed and Brown ShoeLionel Whitney14 episodes
1982Rehearsal for MurderLeo GibbsTelevision movie
1982Laverne & ShirleyJeffreyEpisode: "Watch the Fur Fly"
1984Ernie Kovacs: Between the LaughterErnie KovacsTelevision movie
1984American PlayhouseUnknownEpisode: "Popular Neurotics"
1985Faerie Tale TheatreBuck WolfEpisode: "The Three Little Pigs"
1986The Ray Bradbury TheaterCogswellEpisode: "The Town Where No One Got Off"
1987Life StoryJames WatsonTelevision movie
1990Sesame StreetMinneapolisEpisode: "21.72"
1990FramedWileyTelevision movie
1990–1991Captain Planet and the PlaneteersVerminous Skumm (voice)5 episodes
1993Lush LifeAl GorkyTelevision movie
1993–1997Saturday Night LiveHost2 episodes
1995The Larry Sanders ShowJeff GoldblumEpisode: "Nothing Personal"
1996The SimpsonsMacArthur Park (voice)Episode: "A Fish Called Selma"
1998Mr. Show with Bob and DavidCivil War Narrator (voice)Episode: "Like Chickens... Delicious Chickens"
2002King of the HillDr. Vayzosa (voice)Episode: "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner"
2003FriendsLeonard HayesEpisode: "The One with the Mugging"
2003War StoriesBen DansmoreTelevision movie
2003–2005Crank YankersProfessor Fermstein (voice)2 episodes
2004Tom Goes to the MayorBill Joel (voice)Episode: "Toodle Day"
2005Will & GraceScott Wooley3 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2007RainesMichael Raines7 episodes
2007Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!Himself2 episodes
2009–2010Law & Order: Criminal IntentDetective Zach Nichols24 episodes
2010Top GearHimselfSeries 15, Episode 6
2011NTSF:SD:SUV::Gunnar GeirhartEpisode: "Full Hauser"
2011–2012The LeagueRupert Ruxin2 episodes
2011Allen GregoryPerry Van Moon (voice)Episode: "Van Moon Rising"
2012Susan 313Benny BurnetPilot
2012–2014PortlandiaVarious roles5 episodes
2012GleeHiram Berry2 episodes

Video games

1996Goosebumps: Escape from HorrorlandCount Dracula (voice)
1997Independence DayDavid Levinson (voice)
1997Jurassic Park: Chaos IslandDr. Ian Malcolm (voice)



London and Broadway

London and Recklinghausen (Germany)



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  2. ^ Curtis, Nick (2008-01-29). "What Jeff loves about London". This is London. Retrieved January 29, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Jeff Goldblum: Not Dead Yet"
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Curtis, Nick (January 29, 2008). "What Jeff loves about London - Theatre & Dance - Arts - London Evening Standard". Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Jeff Goldblum goes to the head of the class | Fall Preview". Jewish Journal. September 10, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ Applebaum, Stephen (2007-04-27). "Goldblum's spiritual journey". Sunday Retrieved April 27, 2007. 
  8. ^ Elkin, Michael (2007-03-15). "The Odds of March". The Jewish Exponent. Retrieved January 29, 2008. 
  9. ^ Stephen, By (April 26, 2007). "Holocaust role a spiritual journey". Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ Knutzen, Eirik (2007-03-30). "TV Close-Up: Jeff Goldblum". Bend Weekly. Retrieved January 29, 2008. 
  11. ^ Goldblum plays jazz at Cafe Carlyle Goldblum plays jazz, MYTimes, September 18, 2014
  12. ^ "Jeff Goldblum Has 'Criminal Intent,'Chris Noth leaving 'Law & Order' series". Zap2it. Retrieved June 27, 2008. 
  13. ^ Schneider, Michael (August 3, 2010). "Jeff Goldblum exits 'Law & Order'". Variety. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Jeff Goldblum to quit Criminal Intent". The Spy Report. August 4, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  15. ^ 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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