His father, Leslie Francis Goodman, was a postal worker who died of a heart attack when Goodman was two years old; his mother, Virginia Roos (née Loosmore), was a retail store associate and waitress at Jack and Phil's Bar-B-Que, Goodman went to Affton High School, where he played football and dabbled in theater.
He was the person who slapped himself (uttering the famous tagline, "Thanks... ") in an iconic television ad for Skin Bracer by Mennen.In 1985, Goodman originated the role of Pap Finn in Big River.For his role, he received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; he is also featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording.Dana Goodman has been associated with twenty-three companies, according to public records.The companies were formed over a fifty-five year period with the most recent being incorporated one year ago in March of 2015.
Fifteen of the companies are still active while the remaining eight are now listed as inactive.
John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American actor, voice actor, singer and producer.
Early in his career, he was best known for playing Dan Conner on the ABC TV series Roseanne (1988–1997), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1993.
He is also a regular collaborator with the Coen brothers on such films as Raising Arizona (1987), Barton Fink (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? Goodman's voice roles in animated films include Pacha in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove (2000), and Sulley in Pixar's Monsters, Inc. His other film performances include lead roles in The Babe (1992) and The Flintstones (1994) and supporting roles in Coyote Ugly (2000), The Artist (2011), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011), Argo (2012), Flight (2012), and The Hangover Part III (2013).
On television, he has had regular roles on Amazon Studios' Alpha House and on the first season of HBO's Treme, and has been one of the most frequent hosts of Saturday Night Live, as well as guest roles on series such as Community.
John Heilpern of Vanity Fair has called him "among our very finest actors".