The 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) — held Nov. 1-11 — will honor native St. Louisan John Goodman with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a tribute program that will include a clip reel of the actor’s career highlights, a conversation betwen Goodman and John Carney of KTRS (550 AM), and a screening of “The Big Lebowski” on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. The program will take place at 7:30 pm Friday, Nov. 2, at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd. Tickets for the event are $25 and go on sale through the Tivoli website on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
John Goodman starred in “Big River” on Broadway, his first big break.Goodman grew up in Affton and graduated in 1975 from Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State) in Springfield, Mo. He soon moved to New York City to begin his acting career. On Broadway, from 1985-87, Goodman starred as Pap Finn in Roger Miller’s musical take on Mark Twain, winning a Drama Desk nomination. In recent years, he’s returned to the stage with “American Buffalo” in London and “The Front Page” on Broadway.
Goodman began earning film roles in the 1980s, debuting in “Eddie Macon’s Run” (1983) and receiving increasingly prominent roles in such films as “Sweet Dreams” (1985), “True Stories” (1986), and “The Big Easy” (1986). He began a long collaboration with Joel and Ethan Coen with “Raising Arizon” in 1987, and he’s since appeared in the Coens’ “Barton Fink” (1991), “The Big Lebowski” (1998), “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000), and “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013). Goodman’s filmography is extensive, but other highlights of his career include “Sea of Love” (1989), Steven Spielberg’s “Always” (1989), “King Ralph” (1991), “The Babe” (1992), “Matinee” (1993), “Fallen” (1998), Martin Scorsese’s “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999), “The Artist” (2011), “Argo” (2012), “Flight” (2012), and “10 Cloverfield Lane” (2016).
HyperFocal: 0Goodman has been just as active in TV, where he is best known for his long-running role as Dan Conner in “Roseanne” (1988-97 and 2018) and now “The Conners.” He also had regular roles on Amazon’s “Alpha House” (2013-14) and HBO’s “Treme” (2010-11), and played memorable recurring characters on such shows “West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Damages,” and “Community.” Goodman also does frequent voice-over work in animation,
including Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.” and “Cars.”
The SLIFF schedule, ticket and venue information, and a complete list of films (with descriptions) will be available at the Cinema St. Louis website (cinemastlouis.org) the first week of October.
For more information, the public should visit cinemastlouis.org or call 314-289-4150.
John Goodman receives caricature at Sardi’s for the famous wall.
Lynn Venhaus has had a continuous byline in St. Louis metro region publications since 1978. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, currently reviews films for Webster-Kirkwood Times and KTRS Radio, covers entertainment for PopLifeSTL.com and co-hosts podcast PopLifeSTL.com…Presents, and writes features and news for Belleville News-Democrat and contributes to other publications. She is a member of CCA, AWFJ and St. Louis Film Critics Association. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Theater Circle.