Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum
October 22, 1952
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum (//; born October 22, 1952) is an American actor and musician. He has starred in some of the highest-grossing films, such as Jurassic Park (1993) and Independence Day (1996), as well as their sequels.
Goldblum made his acting film debut in Death Wish (1974) with early roles in California Split (1974), Nashville (1975), and Annie Hall (1977). He gained wider attention for his roles in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Big Chill (1983), and The Fly (1986). In 1996 he received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film nomination for Little Surprises.
His career had a resurgence with his roles in the Wes Anderson films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Isle of Dogs (2018), and Asteroid City (2023). He's also known for his role as Grandmaster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok (both in 2017) as well as the Disney+ series What If...? (2021).
He has also appeared in several TV series, including Will & Grace, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series nomination, as well as appeared in Friends, Portlandia, and Inside Amy Schumer. As of 2022, he hosts his own series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum (2019-present). His jazz band released their first album, The Capitol Studios Sessions, in 2018.
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born to Jewish parents in West Homestead, Pennsylvania, located just outside of Pittsburgh. His mother, Shirley Jane Goldblum (née Temeles; October 30, 1926 – January 9, 2012), was a radio broadcaster who later ran a kitchen equipment and appliances sales firm; his father, Harold Leonard Goldblum (April 25, 1920 – February 23, 1983), was a physician and major in the U.S. Army during World War II. His family is from Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, with roots in Starobin and Zolochiv. He has a sister, Pamela, and an elder brother, Lee. His other brother, Rick, whom Goldblum has described as a "kind of hero of mine", died in 1971 at age 23 while travelling in Morocco, having contracted dysentery which led to kidney failure. Goldblum credits his interest in jazz music to Rick's influence while they were growing up. He has stated that his brother's early death made him "more focused" and gave him a determination to "save myself and survive".
During his childhood, Goldblum attended an Orthodox synagogue and had a bar mitzvah ceremony. His family also celebrated Christmas, and he was raised to believe in Santa Claus. His parents were interested in show business. His father nearly studied acting before deciding to pursue medical studies, going on to become chief of medicine at a Pittsburgh hospital. 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 an accomplished jazz pianist.
Goldblum made his film debut as a home-invading 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). He had a brief part as a party guest in Annie Hall (1977); Goldblum is seen speaking into a telephone at a Hollywood party, "This is Mr. Davis. I forgot my mantra."
Goldblum starred as comedian Ernie Kovacs in the 1984 TV movie, "Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter". The movie dealt with the real-life kidnapping of Kovacs' two daughters by his former first wife. Actress Edie Adams, Kovacs' second wife and his widow, made a cameo appearance in the well-received movie.
Goldblum has had leading roles in films such as The Fly (1986), Deep Cover (1992), Jurassic Park (1993), Earth Girls Are Easy (1989), The Tall Guy (1989), Vibes (1988), Into the Night (1985) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).
Goldblum's supporting roles include Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Big Chill (1983), The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984), Independence Day (1996), and Igby Goes Down (2002), as well as the Wes Anderson films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and Asteroid City (2023).
For several years in the 1990s, 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 appeared on Irish TV in a commercial for the National Lottery filmed in 2003.
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 played 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.
He made a guest appearance on Sesame Street in 1990 as Bob's long-lost brother Minneapolis (parody of Indiana Jones), in a sketch where Big Bird's friend Snuffleupagus had "the golden cabbage of Snuffertiti" hidden in his cave. He has appeared on Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Colbert Report, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and Portlandia.
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.
Goldblum replaced Chris Noth as a senior detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the series, Goldblum plays Detective Zack 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.
In 2014, Goldblum's jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, did a weekly show at the Carlyle Hotel. Also in 2014, he 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. Goldblum played The Grandmaster in the Marvel superhero film Thor: Ragnarok (2017). He reprised his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Jurassic World Dominion (2022); with these films, Goldblum tied with BD Wong for the most appearances out of all the cast members in the franchise.
On May 29, 2018, Billboard reported that he had been signed by Decca Records to record a studio album for release later in the year. The Capitol Studios Sessions, the debut by his jazz band Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, duly appeared on November 9, 2018. This was followed a year later by I Shouldn't Be Telling You This, with the band having played Glastonbury that summer. The band's third album, Plays Well with Others, was released on March 24, 2023.
In July 2018, a 25 ft (7.6m) statue of Goldblum was erected next to London's Tower Bridge as a temporary installation in order to mark 25 years since the release of Jurassic Park. At Disney's D23 Expo in 2019, Disney announced the show The World According to Jeff Goldblum would feature Goldblum and be available at the launch of the Disney+ streaming service on November 12, 2019.
Goldblum was the subject of the 2021 biography Because He's Jeff Goldblum (Penguin Random House), written by Washington Post features writer Travis M. Andrews. In October 2022, it was reported that Goldblum was in final talks to play the Wizard in the two-part film adaptation of the musical, Wicked. His role in the film was confirmed on December 8, 2022.
From 1980 to 1985, Goldblum was married to Patricia Gaul, with whom he appeared in Silverado (1985). From 1987 to 1991, he was married to Geena Davis, his co-star in Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), The Fly (1986), and Earth Girls Are Easy (1988). Geena Davis filed for divorce in October 1990, and it was finalized the following year.
In mid-2014, Goldblum became engaged to Emilie Livingston, a Canadian Olympic rhythmic gymnast 30 years his junior; the couple married on November 8, 2014. Their first child, a son, was born on July 4, 2015. Their second son was born on April 7, 2017.
|1974||Death Wish||Freak #1|
|California Split||Lloyd Harris|
|1976||Next Stop, Greenwich Village||Clyde Baxter|
|St. Ives||Hood #3|
|Annie Hall||Lacey Party Guest|
|Between the Lines||Max Arloft|
|1978||Remember My Name||Mr. Nudd|
|Thank God It's Friday||Tony Di Marco|
|Invasion of the Body Snatchers||Jack Bellicec|
|1983||The Big Chill||Michael Gold|
|The Right Stuff||Recruiter|
|1984||The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension||New Jersey|
|Terror in the Aisles||Jack Bellicec|
|1985||Into the Night||Ed Okin|
|Silverado||"Slick" Calvin Stanhope|
|Transylvania 6-5000||Jack Harrison|
|1986||The Fly||Seth Brundle|
|Earth Girls Are Easy||Mac|
|1989||The Tall Guy||Dexter King|
|El Sueño del Mono Loco||Dan Gillis|
|1990||Mister Frost||Mr. Frost|
|1991||The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish||Pianist|
|1992||Fathers & Sons||Max|
|Deep Cover||David Jason|
|Shooting Elizabeth||Howard Pigeon|
|1993||Jurassic Park||Dr. Ian Malcolm|
|Nine Months||Sean Fletcher|
|1996||The Great White Hype||Mitchell Kane|
|Independence Day||David Levinson|
|Little Surprises||—||Director; Short film|
|Mad Dog Time||Mickey Holliday|
|1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Dr. Ian Malcolm|
|1998||Holy Man||Ricky Hayman|
|The Prince of Egypt||Aaron||Voice|
|Welcome to Hollywood||Himself||Cameo|
|2000||Beyond Suspicion||John Nolan|
|Chain of Fools||Avnet|
|One of the Hollywood Ten||Herbert Biberman|
|2001||Perfume||Jamie||Also executive producer|
|Cats & Dogs||Professor Brody|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run!||Himself||Uncredited cameo|
|Igby Goes Down||D.H. Banes|
|Spinning Boris||George Gorton|
|2004||Incident at Loch Ness||Party Guest||Cameo|
|The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Allistair Hennessey|
|2006||Mini's First Time||Mike Rudell|
|Fay Grim||Agent Fulbright|
|Man of the Year||Stewart|
|2008||Adam Resurrected||Adam Stein|
|Morning Glory||Jerry Barnes|
|2012||Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie||Chef Goldblum|
|2014||The Grand Budapest Hotel||Deputy Kovacs|
|2016||Independence Day: Resurgence||David Levinson|
|2017||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Grandmaster||Closing credits cameo|
|Miyubi||The Creator||Short film|
|2018||Isle of Dogs||Duke||Voice|
|Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom||Dr. Ian Malcolm|
|Hotel Artemis||Niagara (The Wolf King)|
|The Mountain||Dr. Wallace Fiennes|
|2021||The Boss Baby: Family Business||Dr. Erwin Armstrong||Voice|
|2022||Jurassic World Dominion||Dr. Ian Malcolm|
|2023||Asteroid City||The Alien|
|2024||Wicked: Part One||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz||Filming|
|2025||Wicked: Part Two|
|1975||Columbo||Protester||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 film|
|Tenspeed and Brown Shoe||Lionel Whitney||14 episodes|
|1982||Rehearsal for Murder||Leo Gibbs||Television film|
|Laverne & Shirley||Jeffrey||Episode: "Watch the Fur Fly"|
|The Devlin Connection||Alexis Papageorgio||Episode: "The Absolute Monarch of Ward C"|
|1984||Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter||Ernie Kovacs||Television film|
|American Playhouse||Sophisticated urbanite||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 film|
|1990||Sesame Street||Minneapolis||Episode 21.72|
|1990–1991||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Verminous Skumm||Voice; 5 episodes|
|1993||Lush Life||Al Gorky||Television film|
|1993–1997||Saturday Night Live||Host||2 episodes|
|1995||The Larry Sanders Show||Jeff Goldblum||Episode: "Nothing Personal"|
|1996||The Simpsons||MacArthur Parker||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"|
|War Stories||Ben Dansmore||Television film|
|2003–2005||Crank Yankers||Prof. Fermstein||Voice; 2 episodes|
|2004||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Bill Joel||Voice; Episode: "Toodle Day"|
|2005||Will & Grace||Scott Wooley||3 episodes|
|2007||Raines||Michael Raines||7 episodes|
|Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Himself||2 episodes|
|2009–2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Detective Zack Nichols||24 episodes|
|2011||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Gunnar Geirhart||Episode: "Full Hauser"|
|Allen Gregory||Perry Van Moon||Voice; Episode: "Van Moon Rising"|
|2011–2012||The League||Rupert Ruxin||2 episodes|
|2012||Susan 313||Benny Burnet||Pilot|
|Glee||Hiram Berry||2 episodes|
|2012–2015||Portlandia||Various roles||5 episodes|
|2014||Monkey Love||Roger||Voice; Episode: "It's a Jungle Out There"|
|Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||Civil Forfeiture Cop||1 episode|
|2015||Inside Amy Schumer||Jury Foreman||Episode: "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer"|
|2016||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Dr. Dave||Episode: "Kimmy Meets a Celebrity!"|
|2017||Tour de Pharmacy||Marty Hass||Television film|
|2019||Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10||Himself||Television short film|
|Happy!||God||Voice; Episode: "Resurrection"|
|2019–present||The World According to Jeff Goldblum||Himself (host)||22 episodes|
|2020||RuPaul's Drag Race||Guest Judge||1 episode|
|2021||What If...?||Grandmaster||Voice; Episode: "What If... Thor Were an Only Child?"|
|2022||Search Party||Tunnel Quinn||6 episodes|
|Big Mouth||Apple Brooch||Voice; Episode: "The Apple Brooch"|
|2021-present||Dark Dice||Balmur / The Nameless God||Actual play podcast; featured as player in season 2; as voice actor in season 3|
|1996||Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland||Count Dracula||Video|
|1997||Independence Day||David Levinson||Voice|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Dr. Ian Malcolm||Video|
|Chaos Island: The Lost World||Voice|
|2002||Quest for the Code||Alex Dander||Voice|
|2015||Call of Duty: Black Ops III||Nero Blackstone||Voice|
|2015||Lego Jurassic World||Dr. Ian Malcolm||Voice (Archive Audio from the films)|
|2018||Jurassic World Evolution||Dr. Ian Malcolm||Voice|
|2020||Jurassic World Aftermath||Voice|
|2021||Jurassic World Evolution 2||Voice|
|1971||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Citizen / Eglamour||St. James Theatre, Broadway|
|1981||The Moony Shapiro Songbook||Various roles||Morosco Theatre, Broadway|
|1989||Twelfth Night||Malvolio||The Public Theatre, Off-Broadway|
|2002||The Exonerated||Gary Gauger||Culture Project, Off-Broadway|
|2003||The Play What I Wrote||Mystery Guest||Lyceum Theatre, Broadway|
|2004||The Music Man||Harold Hill||Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera|
|2005||The Pillowman||Tupolski||Booth Theatre, Broadway|
|2008||Speed-the-Plow||Gould||The Old Vic, West End|
|2010||The Prisoner of Second Avenue||Mel Edison||The Old Vic West End|
|2012||Seminar||Leonard||John Golden Theatre, Broadway|
|2014||Domesticated||Bill||Lincoln Center Theatre, Off-Broadway|
|The Capitol Studios Sessions|
|I Shouldn't Be Telling You This||
|Plays Well with Others||
|Hollywood Goes Wild!|
|1981||Genie Award||Best Performance by a Foreign Actor||Threshold||Nominated|
|1986||National Society of Film Critics||Best Actor||The Fly||2nd Place|
|New York Film Critics Circle||Best Actor||3rd place|
|Saturn Award||Best Actor||Won|
|1992||Chicago Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actor||Deep Cover||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Award||Best Supporting Male||Nominated|
|1993||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actor||Jurassic Park||Nominated|
|1996||Best Actor||Independence Day||Nominated|
|Academy Award||Best Live Action Short Film||Little Surprises||Nominated|
|2004||Boston Society of Film Critics Award||Best Ensemble||The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Won|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Cast||Nominated|
|2005||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Will & Grace||Nominated|
|2013||British Independent Film Award||Best Supporting Actor||Le Week-End||Nominated|
|2014||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||The Grand Budapest Hotel||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Cast||Nominated|
|Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble||Won|
|Florida Film Critics Circle||Best Ensemble||Won|
|Georgia Film Critics Circle||Best Ensemble||Won|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble Acting||Nominated|
|San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble||Nominated|
|2020||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special||The World According to Jeff Goldblum||Nominated|
|2022||Miami Web Fest||Best Actor /Performer in a Podcast||Dark Dice||Won|
|Signal Awards||Most Innovative Audio Experience||Won|
|Signal Awards||Most Innovative Audio Experience (Listener's Choice)||Won|
|Audio Verse Awards||Best Actor in an Improvised Production||Won|
|Indie Series Awards||Best Actor - Audio Fiction||Won|
Jeff Goldblum: Oct. 22, 1952
Jeff Goldblum (Oct. 22 1952 –)