John Goodman is probably best known for his role as husband Dan Conner on TV’s “Roseanne” which he played for nine years, from 1988-’97, but to film buffs, he is recognized as a go-to guy for the Coen brothers. He has appeared in a half-dozen of their films, from his role as Nicolas Cage’s prison buddy Gale Snoats in “Raising Arizona” and his memorable turn as Walter Sobchak, the Vietnam veteran, bowling fanatic and Shabbos-observing Jew in “The Big Lebowski” to his most recent performance as the drug addicted jazz man Roland Turner in “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
This weekend, Goodman makes his lucky 13th appearance as a guest host on “Saturday Night Live,” which he hasn’t done since 2001, but is memorable for his impersonations of Linda Tripp during the Bill Clinton sex scandal. Here are 10 of his performances featured this month on Streampix, split evenly between movies and “SNL” appearances.
“The Big Lebowski”: Goodman has said his role as Sobchak in the Coens’ 1988 cult classic is his favorite part, and he attacks it with relish. He has any number of oft-quoted lines, including “Shut the f**k up, Donny,” “Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax” (referring to his Hebrew heritage) and “I told that kraut a f***ing thousand times that I don’t roll on Shabbos.” And then of course, there’s the famous scene where he and Jeff Bridges‘ The Dude throw Donny’s ashes to the wind, which gets blown right back in their faces, while intoning his somber eulogy “And so, Theodore Donald Karabotsos, in accordance with what we think your dying wishes might well have been, we commit your final mortal remains to the bosom of the Pacific Ocean, which you loved so well. Good night, sweet prince.”
“Blues Brothers 2000”: The St. Louis native and transplanted New Orleans resident has always had a fervent interest in music, and in this sequel to John Landis’ 1980 “Blues Brothers” original, Goodman plays “Mighty” Mack McTeer, the bartender of the strip club owned by the band’s drummer Willie Hall. Goodman proves a fine blues singer and appears in several musical set pieces in the star-studded cast of
“The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle”: Look for Goodman in a small role as an Oklahoma cop in this 2000 all-star live action/animated version of Jay Ward’s famed ’60s Saturday morning cartoon series, starring Robert De Niro as Fearless Leader, with Jason Alexander and Rene Russo as Russian spies Boris and Natasha, hot on the trail of “moose and squirrel.” The movie is chock full of cameos asides from Goodman by the likes of comics Janeane Garofalo, David Allen Grier, Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Don Novello, Jon Polito, Carl Reiner and Jonathan Winters.
“Matinee”: Goodman stars as colorful horror-film producer Lawrence Woolsey in this 1993 movie directed by Joe Dante based on real-life B-movie entrepreneur William Castle, famed for his many in-theatre marketing gimmicks, including vibrating seats and “ghost” glasses. The period piece is set in Key West, Florida, in 1962, just as the Cuban Missile Crisis is underway.
“Eddie Macon’s Run”: Look for Goodman in his major motion picture debut in the small role of Herbert opposite John Schneider, a young man, harshly sentenced for a minor infraction, who escapes from a Huntsville, Texas, prison and flees to Laredo, where he hopes to cross into Mexico for a reunion with hi wife and young son, as a correction officer played by Kirk Douglas is hot on his trail. Lee Purcell is a young, bored rich girl who agrees to help him because “it’s a slow Wednesday” in this 1983 feature written and directed by Jeff Kanew, best known for directing “Revenge of the Nerds,” which also featured Goodman as nerd-hating jock Coach Harris.
“Saturday Night Live” (Season 15, Episode 7): Goodman’s first hosting gig on December 2, 1989, found him moonlighting from “Roseanne,” but everyone is more interested in his co-star from that show, played by Victoria Jackson. K.D. Lang and the Recliners were the musical guest. The episode is remembered most for a screw-up with Goodman’s monologue, when the pre-taped cold open, featuring his wife alone in the audience, failed to start, causing the monologue to end without a punch line. The show ended up running the dress rehearsal opening instead on future re-runs.
“Saturday Night Live” (Season 16, Episode 7): Goodman returned to hosting duties almost a year to the day
(December 1, 1990) of his first appearance, fresh off Emmy (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series) and Golden Globe nominations (Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series Comedy-Musical, which he’d win in 1993). The episode is notable for the guest appearances by Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richard.
“Saturday Night Live” (Season 17, Episode 15): Goodman followed guest hosts (and series castmates) Roseanne and Tom Arnold by a week for this March 14, 1992 appearance. Goodman plays a sperm doctor forced into a sitcom with his 75 illegitimate children and a Roman in a sauna overhearing a plot to assassinate Julius Caesar. Garth Brooks was the musical guest.
“Saturday Night Live” (Season 24, Episode 18): Goodman didn’t host this May 8, 1999 episode (Cuba Gooding Jr. did), but he made a guest appearance performing his memorable Linda Tripp impersonation during the cold open where Darrell Hammond’s Bill Clinton imagines his post-presidential life with second wife Monica Lewinski, who also appeared on the show.
“Saturday Night Live” (Season 27, Episode 4): Goodman made his last appearance as “SNL” host in this
November 3, 2001 appearance, featuring a guest cameo by his “Blues Brothers 2000” co-star Dan Aykroyd. Among Goodman’s bits: he plays Wilfred Brimley, who wheezes his way through an infomercial for home health care products; during “Weekend Update,” he joins Aykroyd to sing “The Letter” as Mighty Mack McTeer to deter any possible postal terrorist threats; and he is a disgruntled detective partnered with amateur sibling sleuths played by Seth Meyers and “kid sister” Amy Poehler. To show you how long ago this was, Ja Rule was musical guest.