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John Goodman plays the part of Dan Conner, Roseanne's husband, on the series.
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Height 6'2"
Born: (1952-06-20) June 20, 1952 (age 64)
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, comedian
Years active: 1975-present
Character information
Series: Roseanne
Character: Dan Conner
Episodes appeared in/
Involved with:
221 in series

John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) played Dan Conner on Roseanne. He is best known for his roles on the television series Roseanne. He also appeared on Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (for which he won an Emmy) and has had recurring roles on CommunityTreme and Damages (with Glenn Close). His film roles include Barton FinkThe Babe (with James Cromwell), The FlintstonesBlues Brothers 2000The Big Lebowski (with David Huddleston), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (with Stephen Root, Daniel von Bargen and Wayne Duvall), The Artist (with Cromwell), Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseArgo (with Željko Ivanek and Philip Baker Hall), Flight and The Monuments Men (with Bob Balaban).

Early life and education Edit

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, John's father, Leslie Francis Goodman, was a postal worker who died of a heart attack when Goodman was only 2 years old, and his mother, Virginia Roos (née Loosmore), was a store clerk and waitress who worked at Jack and Phil's Bar-B-Que. He has a sister, Elisabeth Horvath, and a brother, Leslie. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry.

Goodman attended Affton High School, where he played football and dabbled in theater. He earned a football scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University ("SoMo"), now Missouri State University. He pledged to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity but was not formally initiated until several years later. He discovered SoMo's drama program and studied there with actors Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper.After a college injury ended his football career, he decided to become a professional actor and left Missouri for New York in 1975.

With a small bankroll from his brother, Goodman found an apartment on Ninth Avenue and 51st Street, near Manhattan's Theater District, and attempted unsuccessfully to earn money as a bartender and waiter. He was soon to find modest success on stage, though, in commercials, and in voiceover performances. He was the person who slapped himself in the commercial for Skin Bracer by Mennen, saying the famous line: "Thanks ... I needed that!"[6] He performed off-Broadway and in dinner theatres before landing character roles in movies during the early 1980s.

Personal & Family life Edit

John and his wife, Anna Beth, reside in New Orleans. As of October 2012, their daughter, Molly, was 22 and in film school.

In a 2009 interview, Goodman was open about his alcoholism, saying,

"I don't know how much the old Jackie Daniel's franchise ruined my memory, which is going anyway, because of my advancing decrepitude. I had a 30-year run, and at the end I didn't care about anything. I was just fed up with myself. I didn't even want to be an actor anymore."[18] In October 2012, he told Vulture's Jada Yuan: “If I’d picture in my mind a drink—usually straight out of the bottle—I couldn’t not do it.” Acting in plays, “I’d have the shakes so bad I’d have to have a drink to get through the show. I’m lucky I never got fired.”
Then one night, he says, “I bottomed out." He has been sober since 2007 and tries to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every morning, and toward the end of 2009–2010, Goodman lost 100 pounds. He has stated that exercising and keeping a journal of food he consumed are what helped him keep the weight off.

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