July 25, 2011

Voice Actor - John Goodman

He is best known for his role on the long-running television series Roseanne, as well as his work with the Coen brothers. But he has had great success in recent years as a voice over artist, including the voice of Pacha in the Disney film The Emperor's New Groove and, a year later, the voice of Sully in the Disney/Pixar film Monsters, Inc. He also voiced Robot Santa in the character's first appearance on Futurama.

He has had a successful career as a stage actor in many live-action television shows and films as well. Even early on, he had a history of appearances on late night comedy shows, and was the first guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which won him the show's "First Guest Medal" (Goodman joked that he would pawn the medal for a bottle of cheap scotch). He was a popular guest host on NBC's Saturday Night Live, hosting the show thirteen times, while also making seven cameo appearances as Linda Tripp during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Goodman once auditioned to be a castmember for Jean Doumanian's tumultuous 1980-1981 SNL season, but was rejected. Ironically, he is now one of the most frequently guest-starring celebritites on the show.

Back in 1982 Goodman started landing movie roles, beginning with a small role in Eddie Macon's Run. During this period he continued to work on the stage, starring in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Big River from 1985 to 1987. He landed his big break into movies in 1986, when he had a significant comedic role in the David Byrne mockumentary True Stories. In that film, his character Louis Fyne memorably utters the line "I'm 6' 3" and maintain a consistent panda bear shape," establishing his trademark size as an important part of many characters he would later play on film and stage. He is also known for his role as the Head Football Coach for Adams College in the movie Revenge of the Nerds.

Goodman is noted for his work in numerous films by Joel and Ethan Coen, including Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

An interview:

Voice-over artist don't just have to read lines from a script... Watch (and listen) to this sequence, not much dialogue, just grunts and screams:

Here's his credit list:

Bee Movie (2007, Computer Animated Film) Layton T. Montgomery
Bee Movie Game (2007, Video Game) Layton T. Montgomery
Cars (2006, Computer Animated Film) James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck
Cars Mater-National (2007, Video Game) James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck
Cars Race-O-Rama (2009, Video Game) James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Truck
Clifford's Really Big Movie (2004, Animated Film) George Wolfsbottom
Emperor's New Groove, The (2000, Animated Film) Pacha
Emperor's New School, The (2006, Animated Series) Pacha
Father of the Pride (2004, Computer Animated Series) Larry
Frosty Returns (1992, Animated TV Special) Frosty the Snowman
Futurama (1999, Animated Series) Robot Santa
Jungle Book 2, The (2003, Animated Film) Baloo
King of the Hill (1997, Animated Series) Tommy
Kronk's New Groove (2005, Animated Film (Direct-to-Video) Pacha
M&Ms (Commercial) Yellow Peanut
Mike's New Car (2002, Computer Animated Short) Sulley
Monsters, Inc. (2001, Computer Animated Film) James P. "Sulley" Sullivan
Princess and the Frog, The (2009, Animated Film) Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (1998, Animated Film) Santa Claus
Simpsons, The (1989, Animated Series) Meathook
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993, Animated Film) Rex


Awynt said...

Don't forget The Princess and the Frog!

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