Jeff Goldblum

Occupation: Acting teacher, Actor
Date of Birth: October 22, 1952
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Sign: Sun in Libra, Moon in Sagittarius
Relations: Ex-wives: actresses Patricia Gaul and Geena Davis
Education: High school; New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse; Carnegie Mellon University summer drama program


JEFF GOLDBLUM was the consummate choice to play Ichabod Crane in the made-for-TV movie The Legend of Sleepy Hollow--with his Adam's apple bobbing and those exophthalmic eyes bugging, he made us believe the legend. These same qualities also made us believe a scientist could actually turn into an insect in The Fly. Now that's talent. His singular appearance and dark intensity have served him well in a number of spooky thrillers and sci-fi roles--and also in his portrayals of a rapist (in Death Wish), a mantra-less neurotic (in Annie Hall), an oleaginous sleazoid journalist (in The Big Chill), a Jewish yuppie turned drug dealer (in Deep Cover), and an eccentric mathematician (in Jurassic Park and The Lost World). Along the way, Goldblum has become a thinking-woman's sex symbol: not only is he an extremely capable actor, but his obvious intelligence, when combined with his non-classical good looks, makes him one of the busiest actors in the business.

Goldblum began his stage training under Sanford Meisner at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse at the age of seventeen, and within a year he had landed his first noteworthy role, as a guard in the Broadway musical version of Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona. He debuted on-screen as "Freak #1" in the Charles Bronson flick Death Wish, and soon afterwards, director Robert Altman saw him in an off-Broadway comic revue, El Grande de Coca-Cola, and awarded him a couple of secondary roles in his films California Split (1974) and Nashville (1975)--the latter provided the actor with his first substantial part. Goldblum toiled in a string of cameos and minor film roles, and in 1980, he switched tracks to television, where he appeared as a maladroit stockbroker-turned-private investigator opposite Ben Vereen in a short-lived detective-comedy series called Tenspeed and Brown Shoe. Goldblum kept busy throughout the eighties, alternating among stage, TV, and feature roles. Standout performances in The Right Stuff and Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill (both in 1983) and The Fly (1986) earned him increasing attention and upgraded him to leading-man status in major productions in the late eighties and nineties.

Goldblum married for the second time to his Transylvania 6-5000 co-star, Geena Davis, in 1987. The couple appeared in two more films together--The Fly and Earth Girls Are Easy--before their 1990 divorce. Goldblum wasn't out of commission for long--he fell for his Jurassic Park co-star, the lovely Laura Dern, during filming in 1992, and the two were actually engaged to marry for awhile. The record-breaking summer blockbuster, Independence Day, in which Goldblum saves the world from certain destruction with daring tech wizardry, sent his stock soaring ever higher. He next appeared in the star-studded, if modestly budgeted, gangster flick Mad Dog Time, and in the not-so-modestly budgeted sequel to Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, in which he reprised his eccentric mathematician character, Ian Malcolm.

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