Jon Goodman is an American actor, writer, director and producer. He was born in New York City on April 24th, 1975. His film debut came with the 1996 comedy “The Breakfast Club” (co-starring Will Ferrell). He went on to appear in such films as “Dumb & Dumber”, “Kung Fu Panda 2”, “Superbad”, and most recently “21 Jump Street”.
Goodman’s first starring role was in the 1998 movie “The Breakfast Club” alongside Adam Sandler. After this, he appeared in several other movies including “Hairspray”, “Step Brothers”, and “Pineapple Express.”
In 2009, Goodman starred opposite Chris Rock in the comedy-drama “I’m Still Here,” which grossed over $100 million worldwide. He then starred opposite Jack Black in 2010’s romantic drama “Jack Black Comedy Gold.” Both films were critically acclaimed.
Goodman has been married three times: to Lisa Bonet from 1994 until her death in 2003; to actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis since 2004; and to model-actress Kelly Rohrbach since 2006.
In the early 2000s, Goodman was a regular at popular Los Angeles bar The Cat & Fiddle. He has a reputation for lavish spending.
Goodman has also been in a number of award-winning television shows, including his role as Drew on the Golden Globe winning sitcom “Girls.”
In the controversial TV show “House,” he played the angry, drug-addicted ex-boyfriend of the main character’s girlfriend. In the Oscar-winning film “The Artist,” he played a movie star who dated the main character’s sister.
He also played the lead role in the popular TV sitcom “Roseanne.”
Goodman has won a number of prestigious acting awards for his work, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
In 2012, Jon was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He remains active in the entertainment industry and is set to reprise his role as Don in the upcoming “Horrible Bosses 2”.
Jon has also been involved with a number of charitable causes throughout his career. He is an outspoken advocate for gay rights and has worked as a celebrity spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
In 2008, he appeared in a public service announcement (PSA) for the HRC encouraging Americans to vote for Proposition 8, a state law which banned gay marriage.
The following year, he and his wife Mary Elizabeth Ellis made another PSA in support of same-gender marriage. In 2013, the couple took in Kathy Griffin’s adopted son, who is autistic.
He currently lives with them, and they are petitioning to become his legal guardians.
As of this writing, Jon is worth $20 million.
Jon has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he was awarded in 2012…
Goodman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was awarded the star in 2012…
…and has been actively involved in the entertainment industry ever since.
He is set to reprise his role as Don in the upcoming “Horrible Bosses 2” (set for release in November 2014).
Goodman’s first starring role was opposite Adam Sandler in the popular teen movie “The Waterboy.” He followed this up with a role in the Chris Farley vehicle “Billy Madison.”
In 1995, he played the lead role in “King Ralph.” The film was a box office bomb, but earned Jon the respect of several high-profile directors and producers.
He then made an uncredited cameo appearance as himself in the hit movie “Titanic.”
The following year, Jon had a supporting role opposite Bill Murray in the black comedy “Rushmore,” which garnered him widespread critical acclaim.
In 2000, he was cast as the title character in the TV series “Boomtown.” The show was canceled after only one season.
In 2001, he had a recurring role on the short-lived Aaron Sorkin series “akswalk.”
In 1998, he appeared as a sleazy talent agent alongside Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in the little-seen drama “Project Greenlight.
In 1993, he was cast in the TV series “Glory Days,” which was canceled after only one season. He followed this up with a small role as an abusive boyfriend in the dramatic film “I Love You, I’m Sorry.”
Jon’s father was acclaimed director John G. Avildsen, who won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1976 for his work on “Rocky.” When he was 13, his father cast Jon as the lead in a series of “Anti-Drug” public service announcements (PSAs).
“The Truth About Drugs” is a public service announcement (PSA) series sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and created by the advertising agency Grey Global Group. The campaign began in 1987 and lasted until 1999, running over a period of three presidencies.
It has been called the longest running PSA campaign in history.
The Truth About Drugs consists of two sets of slogans, one for children aged eight to twelve and another for teenagers aged thirteen to nineteen. Many of the slogans concern themselves with common beliefs about drugs that are completely or partially false.
For example, ecstasy is said to not actually make you “huggy,” but instead make you feel tense and anxious, and therefore do not give the sensation most users are looking for.
As of 2013, Jon is still acting and has a net worth of $20 million.
Jon was an only child. His father, John G.
Avildsen, won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1976 for the film “Rocky.” He attended the University of Arizona before dropping out after three semesters to pursue his acting career.
Before becoming an actor, Jon played in a Led Zeppelin cover band called “Fat Jack.” He was then cast in a Quiznos commercial.
Jon’s father John G. Avildsen has some interesting connections to the Kennedy family.
First, he directed the movie “Foreman of the Jury,” which is a TV movie about Jim Earl, the Kennedy family’s former lawyer who was with Robert F. Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1968. In this movie, Earl is portrayed by Jason Robards, Sr., who also played Robert F. Kennedy in the 1968 movie “Johnny Got His Gun.”
Also, John G. directed the movie “Save The Tiger”, which was about a former prize fighter (played by Jack Lord) attempting to overcome the recent suicide of his wife and reconciling with his adult daughter.
It won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1973.
Jon’s paternal grandmother was Russian-American, which means Jon has a great-grandparent who is (or was, if they are still alive) an immigrant to the US.
Jon’s great-grandfather was named Jacob Gittes. Jon played Jack Vincetti in the movie “Analyze This,”
Sources & references used in this article:
Leading with knowledge: The nature of competition in the 21st century by RC Huseman, JP Goodman – 1998 – books.google.com
Planet hunters. VI. An independent characterization of KOI-351 and several long period planet candidates from the Kepler archival data by …, MR Omohundro, T Winarski, SJ Goodman… – The Astronomical …, 2014 – iopscience.iop.org
What makes an entrepreneur. by JP Goodman – Inc., 1994 – elibrary.ru
Polyethylene intrauterine contraceptive device: endometrial changes following long-term use by WB Ober, AJ Sobrero, AB de Chabon, J Goodman – Jama, 1970 – jamanetwork.com
Uniformly coated polymeric composition by J Goodman, L Baldrige, H Sidey, R Dallek – 2006 – National Geographic Books
A contingency approach to labor relations strategies by ER Moore, JT Goodman – US Patent 4,704,330, 1987 – Google Patents
The Due Process Mandate and the Constitutionality of Admirality Arrests and Attachments Pursuant to Supplemental Rules B and C by JC Goodman – 2009 – Nova Science Publishers