Known to many of us as a Hollywood star, John Goodman is both a family man on- and off-screen. However, being a family man comes with all of the trials and tribulations that one could expect — and for Goodman, struggling with weight was certainly one of them. We have always revered Goodman for his prolific acting career, and now we can also admire him for his weight loss transformation.
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Challenges From The Start
Although many know him through movies and television, Goodman has actually struggled with weight even before he made it to Hollywood. In a podcast interview from 2019, Goodman revealed that he struggled with being overweight as a kid, and this struggle that started out in childhood was carried into adulthood. Unfortunately, this was not the only adversity that Goodman faced early-on in life. In a 2015 interview with The Guardian, he talked about how he lost his father when he was only two years old.
Despite these initial setbacks, Goodman moved to New York at the age of 23 to continue his passions. He told The Guardian that the first few months he spent in New York were “pretty terrifying.” Just starting out in his career, times were tough, as Goodman explained:
“There were times when I’d run out of money…[one night] I had some beans on the stove. I left them on the stove to simmer and I got locked out of the apartment so they were gone. And that was the last meal for a while.”
Eventually, after some Broadway roles, Goodman got his ticket to Hollywood and made his debut in the 1983 Eddie Macron’s Run. This was the beginning of a what-would-be prolific career for Goodman.
Early Hollywood Career
After his debut, Goodman went on to work in Hollywood more productions such as in the 1983 TV film The Face of Rage, and the 1998 Coen brother’s hit The Big Lebowski. Goodman even eventually branched out to take on voice-acting roles such as in The Emperor’s New Groove movies, the Monsters, Inc. movies, and the Bee Movie from 2007. However, there is one role that sticks out from the others — both to Hollywood critics and Goodman’s fans — and that is his role on the ABC TV series Roseanne.
Family Man On Roseanne
Goodman’s work on Roseanne from 1988-1997 — as well as the 2018 “The Conners” reboot — is what coined him as the classic family man for countless viewers on TV. The sitcom featured both drama and comedy, and John Goodman’s role as Dan Conner secured him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1993. In an interview with People back in 1988, Goodman reinforced that he was happy about the character he played in the show, saying:
“I like Dan Conner. He’s like a lot of guys I know. In the wintertime they don’t work because construction is sporadic. I don’t want to have to stand for the American workingman, but if this guy’s gonna be one, I’d rather have him be semi-intelligent, not a dumb beast who sucks down beer all day.”
With Goodman working with co-star Roseanne Barr, the two seemed to have perfect chemistry, and Goodman’s role in Roseanne surely mirrored some aspects of his real-life at home.
Family Man Behind The Screen
In his role as Dan Conner, Goodman projected a family-man persona that was actually true for him behind the screen at home. In October of 1989, John Goodman married Anna Beth Hartzog and the two started a family together. They had their daughter, Molly Evangeline Goodman, in 1990. Juggling Hollywood and home was not always easy for Goodman, and he often expressed his desire for privacy.
He told The Guardian:
“I’d had it with show business, publicity, tabloid stuff – I’d just had it. I kind of wanted to get her, my daughter, away from that.”
Even the hit show Roseanne was hard for him; Goodman told David Letterman on The Late Show:
“I’d get off of Roseanne every spring. I’d lose 60 pounds every spring. I’d gain it back and then some, every year. It’s going to be an ongoing process for the rest of my life.”
However, it seems that this “ongoing process” for Goodman got easier and easier. According to the New York Post, Goodman lost over 100 pounds after “pushing 400 pounds” back in 2011. His fitness guru, Mackie Shilstone, told the magazine:
“This didn’t happen overnight — it’s been an ongoing process. “There needs to be strategic planning. This time, he really wanted to do it.”
Shilstone told the New York Post that Goodman was dedicated to exercise as well as a “Mediterranean-style eating plan” that included a diet of mainly fish, nuts, olive oil, and vegetables and fruit. It seems that this was the key to Goodman shedding the pounds he had carried his whole life, and what a wonderful transformation did he make!
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