John Goodman took birth in St. Louis, Missouri. His family confined to a father, Leslie Francis Goodman, a mother, Virginia Roos, a sister and a mother. His father passed away when he was two years old. His mother used to work as a retail store associate. She even took up the work of a waitress to feed her family. He married Anna Beth, and they currently live in New Orleans. They have a 25-year old daughter, Evangeline Goodman, who is production assistant in the film fraternity.
Goodman encountered drinking problems in past but successfully overcame them by the year 2007. He featured in many charity related commercial that raised awareness on natural calamities and help in recovery. He studied at Affton High School and received a scholarship for football. But, destiny had different plans for him and so he ultimately joined the drama program and later successfully completed his degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts. His struggle to enter the film industry ended only in 1980 when he began getting character roles.
In 1985, he featured in the Big River and nailed the character of Pap Finn. He became the first guest on the show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He did appear on several late night comedy shows after that. He turned to a host for
Saturday Night Live
. He got his first movie break in 1982 when he featured Run. Later, he was also seen in cameos. He got a major comedy role in True Stories. St. Louis Walk of Fame list saw his name in 1997. The sitcom, Roseanne gave him much deserved popularity. He performed the role of Dan Conner, and it remains the most famous role of his life.
He featured as Fred Flintstones in The Flintstones, which released in 1994. He made a significant and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company and thus received the title of Disney Legend. He appeared in the movies like Argo and
, both of which received the Academy Award for Best Picture in a row. He made his theatre comeback in April 2015 with American Buffalo.