10 Things You Didn’t Know About John Goodman
8. Early Life
John Stephen Goodman was born on June 20, 1952 in Affton, Missouri, to Leslie Francis and Virginia Roos Goodman. When John was only two years old, his father who was a postal worker, passed away from a heart attack. Growing up with his siblings Elisabeth and Leslie, John’s mother worked as a waitress, a retail associate, and washed laundry in order to support the family. While in high school, Goodman focused on football and, after graduation he earned a scholarship to Missouri State University, but it was while there he discovered the drama program.
7. Being A Celebrity
Thanks to many of his on-screen personalities, John Goodman is known as a jovial and always laughing kind of guy, but that isn’t always the case. When it comes to being famous, Goodman has never been a fan, once stating, “Celebrity is a dirty word. People are conditioned to hate you if you’re famous or in show business. It’s that love-hate thing. They can’t wait for you to fail or get pulled over with a hooker or a stripper or a teenage boy with a lot of blow in the car.” Not to mention, his 2012 interview with The Guardian was anything but what the journalist expected. Of his interview with Goodman, Xan Brooks wrote, “From time to time, he emits a long, breathy groan, as though invisible doctors are subjecting him to some invasive medical procedure. I don’t know whether he’s exhausted or sick; whether he hates interviews or this particular interviewer. On balance, with the benefit of hindsight, I decide it’s all four of these things with the gas turned up.” After the interview went so poorly, the Brooks said he was “a little bruised” and so confused by Goodman’s mood that he even emailed Roseanne Barr asking her what their relationship was like on the set of Roseanne and what Goodman is like off-screen. Despite his interview experience with Goodman, Barr replied, “John is the funniest and deepest actor in the world. He has only gotten more open, more sweet, more expansive and giving, on-screen and off, if that were possible, since the Roseanne show.”