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Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum in July 2010
Born Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum
(1952-10-22) October 22, 1952
West Homestead, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present
  • Patricia Gaul (m. 1980–86)
  • Geena Davis (m. 1987–90)
  • Emilie Livingston[1] (m. 2014)

Jeffrey Lynn "Jeff" Goldblum (; 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 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]


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Death Wish Freak #1
1974 California Split Lloyd Harris
1975 Nashville Tricycle Man
1976 Special Delivery Snake
1976 St. Ives Hood #3
1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village Clyde Baxter
1977 Annie Hall Lacey Party Guest
1977 Between the Lines Max Arloft
1977 The Sentinel Jack
1978 Thank God It's Friday Tony Di Marco
1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Bellicec
1978 Remember My Name Mr. Nudd
1981 Threshold Aldo Gehring Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
1983 The Right Stuff Recruiter
1983 The Big Chill Michael Gold
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension New Jersey
1984 Terror in the Aisles Jack Bellicec
1985 Transylvania 6-5000 Jack Harrison
1985 Silverado "Slick" Calvin Stanhope
1985 Into the Night Ed Okin
1986 The Fly Seth Brundle Saturn Award for Best Actor
1987 Beyond Therapy Bruce
1988 Vibes Nick Deezy
1988 Earth Girls Are Easy Mac
1989 The Tall Guy Dexter King
1989 The Fly II Seth Brundle Uncredited
1990 Framed Wiley
1990 El Sueño del Mono Loco Dan Gillis
1990 Mister Frost Mr. Frost
1991 The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish Pianist
1992 Shooting Elizabeth Howard Pigeon
1992 The Player Himself
1992 Fathers & Sons Max
1992 Deep Cover David Jason Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1993 Jurassic Park Dr. Ian Malcolm Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1995 Hideaway Hatch
1995 Nine Months Sean Fletcher
1995 Powder Donald Ripley
1996 Independence Day David Levinson Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
1996 Little Surprises Short film
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
1996 The Great White Hype Mitchell Kane
1996 Mad Dog Time Mickey Holliday
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Dr. Ian Malcolm Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Sci-Fi
1998 The Prince of Egypt Aaron (voice)
1998 Welcome to Hollywood Himself
1998 Holy Man Ricky Hayman
2000 Auggie Rose John Nolan
2000 Chain of Fools Avnet
2000 One of the Hollywood Ten Herbert Biberman
2001 Cats & Dogs Professor Brody
2001 Beyond Suspicion John Nolan
2001 Perfume Jamie Also Executive Producer
2002 Run Ronnie Run! Himself Uncredited
2002 Igby Goes Down D.H.
2003 Dallas 362 Bob
2003 Spinning Boris George Gorton
2004 Incident at Loch Ness Party Guest
2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Allistair Hennessey Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble
2006 Mini's First Time Mike Rudell
2006 Fay Grim Agent Fulbright
2006 Pittsburgh Himself Also Producer
2006 Man of the Year Stewart
2009 Adam Resurrected Adam Stein
2010 The Switch Leonard
2010 Morning Glory Jerry Barnes
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Chef Goldblum
2012 Zambezia Ajax (voice)
2013 Le Week-End Morgan Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Kovacs
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
2015 Mortdecai TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Columbo Protector 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 movie
1980 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe Lionel Whitney 14 episodes
1982 Rehearsal for Murder Leo Gibbs Television movie
1982 Laverne & Shirley Jeffrey Episode: "Watch the Fur Fly"
1984 Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter Ernie Kovacs Television movie
1984 American Playhouse Unknown 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 movie
1990 Sesame Street Minneapolis Episode: "21.72"
1990 Framed Wiley Television movie
1990–1991 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Verminous Skumm (voice) 5 episodes
1993 Lush Life Al Gorky Television movie
1993–1997 Saturday Night Live Host 2 episodes
1995 The Larry Sanders Show Jeff Goldblum Episode: "Nothing Personal"
1996 The Simpsons MacArthur Park (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"
2003 Friends Leonard Hayes Episode: "The One with the Mugging"
2003 War Stories Ben Dansmore Television movie
2003–2005 Crank Yankers Professor 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 Zach Nichols 24 episodes
2010 Top Gear Himself Series 15, Episode 6
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
2012–2014 Portlandia Various roles 5 episodes
2012 Glee Hiram Berry 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role
1996 Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland Count Dracula (voice)
1997 Independence Day David Levinson (voice)
1997 Jurassic Park: Chaos Island Dr. 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".  
  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".  
  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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