01 Jul Jeffrey Goldblum – Unique and Interesting
Jeffrey Goldblum –
Unique and Interesting
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum (born October 22, 1952) is an American actor. His tall, lanky appearance coincides with his quirky, mischievious demeanor. Goldblum wears the smile of Cheshire cat and you get the feeling he is about to get into trouble. He has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of his era, Jurassic Park (1993) and Independence Day (1996), as well as their respective sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
Goldblum has had leading and supporting roles in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Big Chill (1983), and Into the Night (1985) before coming to the attention of wider audiences in David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986) which earned him a Saturn Award for Best Actor.
His other films include The Tall Guy (1989), Deep Cover (1992), Powder (1995), The Prince of Egypt (1998), Cats & Dogs (2001), Igby Goes Down (2002), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Adam Resurrected (2008), Le Week-End (2013), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and Thor: Ragnarok (2017). He also starred in several TV series including the eighth and ninth seasons of Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Zack Nichols.
Goldblum was born and raised in West Homestead, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. 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. He has a sister, Pamela, and an older brother, Lee. His eldest brother, Rick, died of kidney failure at age 23. The family is Jewish, and had emigrated from Russia and Austria to the U.S. During his childhood, Goldblum belonged to an Orthodox synagogue and was bar mitzvahed.
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 also an accomplished jazz pianist and declared that if he did not act, he would have become a professional musician.
Goldblum made his film debut as a home-invading thug in the 1974 Charles Bronson film Death Wish and has had leading roles in films such as The Fly (1986), Jurassic Park (1993), 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 Independence Day (1996), 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.
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.
He made a guest appearance on Sesame Street in 1990 as Bob’s long-lost brother Minneapolis (parody of Indiana Jones).
Goldblum replaced Chris Noth as a senior detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2014, Goldblum 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 alongside Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, and Abraham Attah. Goldblum played The Grandmaster in the Marvel superhero film Thor: Ragnarok (2017), reuniting with fellow Jurassic Park cast member Sam Neill. He also reprised his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the franchise’s fifth film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).
He was featured in a Currys Christmas advert campaign in November 2015. Goldblum does the commercials for Apartments.com. In 2017, Goldblum also did a series of online commercials for the Australian food ordering app Menulog.
On 29 May 2018, Billboard announced that Goldblum had signed to Decca Records to release a studio album later in that year. As recent as 2014, Goldblum’s jazz band did a weekly show at the Carlyle Hotel.
From 1980 to 1986, Goldblum was married to Patricia Gaul, with whom he appeared in Silverado (1985). From 1987 to 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 the last five years, you get a sense that Jeff Goldblum has finally settled down, possibly wanting to a more traditional home life (wife, kids, picket fence).
In mid-2014, he became engaged to Canadian Olympic gymnast Emilie Livingston; the couple married on November 8, 2014. On January 9, 2015, Goldblum announced on the Late Show with David Letterman that the couple were expecting a son. Their son Charlie Ocean was born on July 4, 2015. Goldblum announced on the January 11, 2017, episode of Conan that Emilie was pregnant with their second child. Their second child, a boy named River Joe, was born April 7, 2017. Goldblum has an interesting take on the roles he chooses and it looks like he will continue to delight us in the cinemas.