Jeff Goldblum's birthday
Actor and musician Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum born October 22nd, 1952, in West Homestead, Pennsylvania. Jeff’s determination to become an actor led him to move to New York at the age of 17, where he studied acting and worked on the stage at well-known professional conservatory Neighborhood Playhouse. In 1971, Goldblum made his Broadway debut when he starred in musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, where he played the piano.
Jeff made his film debut in 1975’s neo-noir action thriller Death Wish. A year later he made his first appearance on a television series in Columbo. During the next decade, Jeff would get minor roles in TV series, like The Blue Knight (1976) and Starsky & Hutch (1977,) and films Nashville (1975,) Special Delivery (1976) and a very brief appearance inWoody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977.) Other notable film appearances of this decade were Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978,) Silverado (1985,) and Transylvania 6-5000 (1985,) in which he met future wife and fellow actress Geena Davis.
However, after doing supporting roles for the better part of 1970s and 1980s, Goldblum got his leading breakthrough role when he was cast in David Cronenberg’s horror/science-fiction film The Fly in 1986. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award and it earned him a Saturn Award for Best Actor. The success was followed by a string of starring roles in movies such as Beyond Therapy (1987,) Earth Girls Are Easy (1988,) Fathers & Sons (1992,) and Deep Cover (1992.) In 1993, Goldblum was cast in one of his most iconic roles, that of Dr. Ian Malcom in Jurassic Park, based on the book by the same name. The film was a big success worldwide, and has spawned a multi-movie franchise, with Jeff reprising his role in four of the sequels. A few years later, he was cast in yet another Hollywood blockbuster, Independence Day (1996.) The science fiction film was a huge box office, becoming one of the highest grossing films of that time. Goldblum was also part of the cast for the 2016 sequel movie, Independence Day: Resurgence.
Since the 1980s, Jeff has had guest roles in a number of television series, including Friends, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Will & Grace, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Glee, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and What If…?. He has also been the host of The World According to Jeff Goldblum, a documentary streaming series, starting in 2019. Amongst his big screen acting roles are The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014,) Mortdecai (2015,) and in 2017 joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, when he appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok.
Aside from acting, Goldblum has directed the short film Little Surprises, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, and has a jazz band, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. In 2018, the band released its first album, The Capitol Studios Sessions. After starring in the last installment of the Jurassic Park franchise in 2022, Goldblum is set to appear in romantic comedy-drama, Asteroid City.