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Jeff Goldblum
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Often cast as either an intellectual of some sort (teachers, scientists, etc.) or an eccentric or both.

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Jeff Goldblum Biography

Born Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum on October 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, actor Jeff Goldblum began his career on the New York stage after moving to the city at the age of seventeen.

Possessing his own unique style of delivery, Goldblum made an impression on moviegoers with little more than a single line in Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977), when he fretted about having forgotten his mantra. Goldblum went on to appear in the remake Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) before a high-profile turn in the classic ensemble film The Big Chill (1983).

The quirky actor turned up in the suitably quirky film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), which became a 1980s cult classic, then went on to a breakthrough role in the David Cronenberg remake The Fly (1986), which also featured actress Geena Davis, Goldblum's wife from 1987-1990 and co-star in two additional films: Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) and Julien Temple's Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).

Goldblum was the rather unlikely star of some of the biggest blockbusters of the 1990s: Steven Spielberg's dinosaur adventure Jurassic Park (1993) and its sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), as well as the alien invasion flick Independence Day (1996). These films saw Goldblum playing the type of intellectual characters he's become associated with.

Recent roles have included critically acclaimed turns in Igby Goes Down (2002) and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).

Jeff Goldblum Trivia

Is the voice behind the iMac/iBook commercials for Apple Computer.

Engaged to Laura Dern. [1995-1997]

In a jazz band called "The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra" with actor Peter Weller, they perform at local clubs in Los Angeles. They were also in a band together in the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984).

Studied acting at New York City's prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of legendary acting coach, Sanford Meisner.

Was engaged to Catherine Wreford, a 23 year old dancer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Appears alongside ex-wife Geena Davis in three films, back to back: Transylvania 6-5000 (1985); The Fly (1986) and Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).

While filming Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), he and co-stars Damon Wayans and Jim Carrey took approximately two hours to be suited up as the aliens.

Along with Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans, his voice was dubbed for certain scenes in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).

After playing the victim of an alien invasion in the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), he appears in two films in which he fights aliens: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) and Independence Day (1996). Also one where he plays an alien: Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).

He can wiggle his ears one at a time. He demonstated this talent on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993).

Has worked twice with three of the writers of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): the film's director, Steven Spielberg, directed him in Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997); the screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan, directed him in The Big Chill (1983) and Silverado (1985). Philip Kaufman, whose idea it was for Indy to pursue the Ark of the Covenant, directed him in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and The Right Stuff (1983).

Appears in two remakes of cult science fiction/horror films: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and The Fly (1986).

Often plays eccentric characters.

Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999.

Born on the same day as actor Christopher Lloyd.

Attended Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is the same high school that Rob Marshall and Curtis Martin attended.

Father was a doctor and mother a radio broadcaster. Has two older brothers, Rick and Lee, and a sister Pamela. Older brother Rick (by four years) died of kidney failure while traveling in Morocco at age 23. Lee is a realtor and Pamela an artist.

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