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John Goodman
John Goodman
Birth date: June 20, 1952
Occupation: Actor, comedian
Also known for: Roseanne
Work on Community
Title: Guest star
Portrays : Robert Laybourne
Acting debut: Biology 101
Active on Community: 2011-2012

[Layborne] is an unseen, unknown force on campus. He’s got [the dean's] privates in a vice. Dean Pelton was feeling his oats, and now he’s having his oats fed to him.”
— John Goodman, Examiner


John Goodman is an American actor and comedian. He was born on June 20, 1952, in Affton, Missouri to Leslie Goodman and Virginia Goodman. His father died of a heart attack only a few years after his birth leaving Virginia to raise John and his siblings on by herself. After graduating Affton High School in 1970, he got a football scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University. When a serious injury forced Goodman to change his major he started studying drama and theater. Goodman eventually graduated with his theater degree in 1975 and went to New York to pursue an acting career. He got a few jobs doing commercials and voice over work supporting himself by waiting tables and bar tending. By the 1980's he managed to land a string of TV and film appearances. In 1985 he was cast in the David Byrne comedy "True Stories" and followed that with more high profile parts in "The Big Easy" and "Raising Arizona".

The latter film would start his long association with the filmmaking duo the Coen Brothers and as he would later go on to star in four more of their films. In 1987 he was cast in his most recognizable role as "Dan Conner" in the Rosanne Barr ABC sitcom "Roseanne". He played the part from 1988–1997 and won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in 1993. After leaving the show he continued doing feature films such as "Monsters, Inc." and "The Big Lebowski". He also pursued work sporadically on television appearing in a few short lived series such as "Normal, Ohio", "Father of the Pride" and "Center of the Universe".  He had a steady stream of work in both TV and films in both major and guest starring roles. One  of those roles was on "Community" in 2011 where he played the recurring character of Vice Dean Robert Laybourne" in the shows third season. Having contributed to more than 50 films, Goodman has also won two American Comedy Awards and hosted Saturday Night Live fourteen times.

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Eddie Macon's Run Wiki] Herbert
1983 The Survivors (1983 film) Commando
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Coach Harris
1984 C.H.U.D. Cop in Diner
1984 Maria's Lovers Frank
1985 Dreams (1985 film) Otis
1986 True Stories (film) Louis Fyne
1987 The Big Easy Det. Andre DeSoto
1987 Raising Arizona Gale Snoats
1987 Burglar (film) Det. Nyswander
1988 The Wrong Guys Duke Earle
1988 Punchline (film) John Krytsick
1988 Everybody's All-American (film) Lawrence
1989 Sea of Love (film) Det. Sherman Touhey
1989 Always (1989 film) Al Yackey
1990 Stella (1990 film) Ed Munn
1990 Arachnophobia (film) Delbert McClintock
1991 King Ralph Ralph Hampton Gainesworth Jones
1991 Barton Fink Charlie Meadows
1992 The Babe George Herman 'Babe' Ruth
1992 Frosty Returns Frosty the Snowman Voice
1993 Matinee (1993 film) Lawrence Woolsey
1993 Born Yesterday (1993 film) Harry Brock
1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (film) Rex the Dinosaur Narrator
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy Newsreel Announcer Credited as Karl Mundt
1994 The Flintstones Fred Flintstone
1996 Pie in the Sky (1996 film) Alan Davenport
1996 Mother Night (film) Major Frank Wirtanen
1997 The Borrowers (1997 film) Ocious P. Potter
1998 Fallen (film) Jonesy
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 Mighty Mack McTeer
1998 The Big Lebowski Walter Sobchak
1998 Dirty Work (1998 film) Mayor Adrian Riggins Uncredited
1998 The Real Macaw Mac the Parrot Voice
1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Santa Claus Voice
1999 The Runner (1999 film) Deepthroat
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Larry
1999 The Jack Bull Judge Joe B. Tolliver
2000 What Planet Are You From? Roland Jones
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Daniel 'Big Dan' Teague
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Oklahoma Cop
2000 Coyote Ugly (film) Billene Sanford
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Pacha Voice
2001 My First Mister Benjamin
2001 One Night at McCool's Det. Dehling
2001 Storytelling (film) Marty Livingston Segment: "Non-Fiction"
2001 Monsters, Inc. James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice
2001 Happy Birthday (2001 film) The Dean
2002 Mike's New Car James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice
Short film
2002 Dirty Deeds (2002 film) Tony
2003 Masked and Anonymous Uncle Sweetheart
2003 The Jungle Book 2 Baloo Voice
2004 Home of Phobia Rodney Released under the title Freshman Orientation
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie George Wolfsbottom Voice
2004 Beyond the Sea (film) Steve 'Boom Boom' Blauner
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Steve Mills
2005 Kronk's New Groove Pacha Voice
2006 Cars (film) Sullivan Truck Voice
Cameo appearance
Car version of James P. "Sulley" Sullivan;
2006 The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006 film) Santa Claus
2006 Tales of the Rat Fink Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Narrator
2007 Death Sentence (2007 film) Bones Darley
2007 Evan Almighty Congressman Long
2007 Bee Movie Layton T. Montgomery Voice
2008 Speed Racer (film) Pops Racer
2009 Gigantic (film) Al Lolly
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic (film) Graham Bloomwood
2009 In the Electric Mist Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni
2009 Alabama Moon Mr. Wellington
2009 Beyond All Boundaries Capt. Edwin Simmons Voice
Short film
2009 The Princess and the Frog Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff Voice
2009 A Sewer Runs Through It Narrator Voice
2009 Pope Joan (2009 film) Pope Sergius II
2009 Drunkboat Mr. Fletcher
2011 The Artist Al Zimmer Silent film
2011 Red State Joseph Kennan
2011 Spring Break '83 Dick Bender
2011 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Stan the Doorman
2012 Bunyan and Babe Paul Bunyan Voice
2012 ParaNorman Mr. Prendergast Voice
2012 The Campaign Scott Talley Cameo appearance
2012 Trouble with the Curve Pete Klein
2012 Argo John Chambers
2012 Flight Harling Mays
2013 The Hangover Part III Marshall
2013 The Internship Sammy Boscoe Uncredited
2013 Monsters University James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice
2013 Monuments Men
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis
TBA The Great Mouse Detective Dr. David Q. Dawson Voice

Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Face of Rage Fred Television film
1983 Chiefs Newt 'Tub' Murray Miniseries
1983 Heart of Steel Raymond Bohupinsky Television film
1987 Murder Ordained Hugh Rayburn Television film
1987 The Equalizer Harold Winter Episode: "Re-Entry"
1987 Moonlighting Donald Chase Episode: "Come Back Little Shiksa"
1988–1997 Roseanne Dan Conner 221 episodes
1995 Kingfish Huey P. Long Television film
1995 A Streetcar Named Desire (1995) Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell Television film
1996 Muppets Tonight Himself Season 1, Episode 4
1999 Now and Again Michael Wiseman Episode: "Origins"
1999 The Simpsons Meathook Voice
Episode: "Take My Wife, Sleaze"
1999 Futurama Robot Santa Voice
Episode: "Xmas Story"
2000 Ohio Normal, Ohio William "Butch" Gamble 13 Episodes
2001 When Dinosaurs Roamed America Narrator Voice
Discovery Channel documentary
2003–2004 The West Wing Glen Allen Walken Four Episodes
2004 Father of the Pride Larry Voice only
15 episodes
2004–2005 Center of t

Center of the Universehe Universe

John Barnett 10 episodes
2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Judge Bobby Bebe Episodes: "Nevada Day: Part I & II"
2007 King of the Hill Tommy Episode: "SerPUNt"
2010 You Don't Know Jack Neal Nicol
2010–2011 Treme Creighton Bernette 11 episodes
2011 Damages Howard T. Erickson Season 4
2011–2012 Community Vice Dean Robert Laybourne 6 episodes
2012 Dancing on the Edge Masterson 5 episodes
2012 SpongeBob SquarePants Santa Claus Voice
Episode: "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"
2013 Alpha House Gil John Biggs
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Pyst King Mattruss Voice
2002 Monsters Inc. Scream Arena James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Voice
2007 Cars Mater-National Championship James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck Voice
2009 Cars Race-O-Rama James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck Voice
2011 Rage Dan Hagar Voice