Fun Facts About Television's 'Mr. Nice Guy', John Goodman

Date March 29, 2018

65-year-old John Goodman has always been the rotund jolly fellow. But after hitting 400 pounds, the lovable TV star decided it was time to dial back on his weight.


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According to Goodman, he got so uncomfortable with how much weight he gained, he found it difficult looking at his reflection in a mirror.


Goodman made big changes to his diet, swapping out alcohol and sugar for healthier meals. In addition, he started working out six days a week with the help of personal trainer, Mackie Shilstone. Two years later, Goodman has shed more than 110 pounds, and it shows.

Fun facts about John Goodman

It is no guessing that John Goodman has a quirky sense of humor. But here are some not so popular truths about the bubbly actor.


1. On September 13, 1993, Goodman was the first guest on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

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2. Once upon a time, he worked as a bouncer at a bar.


3. Goodman played football and even got a scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University.


His career in football did not take off after school, but comedy has more than made up for it.

The best of John Goodman

According to Goodman, the one role he is proudest of is Vietnam War Vet, Walter Sobchak, in The Big Lebowski. John was able to oscillate between a range of personas from disgruntled retiree to a compassionate friend.


In West Wing, he got to be President, playing Glen Allen Walken. Walken was a strong-willed man bent on upholding the law while remaining approachable. The character was introduced at the height of a crisis that saw his predecessor relieved of duty.


And Goodman lends his voice to acting projects as well. The actor played James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan in Monsters Inc. and despite being the scariest monster around, Goodman was able to also shine through his soft side with his soothing baritone.

He recently 'came back to life' as Don Conners in the ABC revival of Roseanne.

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