Jeff Goldblum as Raines
With a career spanning film, television and theater, Jeff Goldblum is one of the most talented and respected actors of his generation. Goldblum returns to series television for the first time since the early 1980s’ “Tenspeed and Brown Shoe” to star in NBC’s new drama “Raines.”
Most recently, Goldblum starred in “Man of the Year,” starring opposite Robin Williams, Christopher Walken and Laura Linney. Goldblum also starred in Hal Hartley’s independent film “Fay Grimm,” with Parker Posey, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006.
This 2007, Goldblum begins production in Israel on the film “Adam Resurrected” for director Paul Schrader. Goldblum will star as Adam, a stage performer who survives the concentration camps during the time of the Holocaust. The film takes place immediately following the fall of Nazi Germany. Goldblum starred with Illeana Douglas, Ed Begley Jr. and Moby in “Pittsburgh,” a film that he also produced that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2006.
Goldblum received critical praise for his return to Broadway, starring in Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman” with Billy Crudup, Zeliko Ivanek and Michael Stuhlberg. He received an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance and was nominated for a Drama Desk and Drama League Award. The play also received a Drama Critics Award and was nominated for a Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League Award. In 2005, he garnered an Emmy Award nomination for his guest appearance on “Will & Grace.”
In 2004, Goldblum starred in Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic” with Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe and Cate Blanchett. He also received critical attention starring opposite Anthony LaPaglia and Liev Schreiber in Showtime’s “Spinning Boris,” directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The previous year, Goldblum starred in “War Stories,” a compelling two-hour television movie for NBC, concerning journalists risking their lives while covering conflicts in the Middle East.
In 2002, Goldblum starred in MGM’s "Igby Goes Down," opposite Susan Sarandon, Ryan Phillippe and Claire Danes. The film was written and directed by Burr Steers, a former acting student of Goldblum’s at Playhouse West. Goldblum began his film career at the age of 17, when he moved to New York City to study acting under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. In less than a year, Joseph Papp cast him in the Broadway hit “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Soon after, he had his first film audition and was cast as the terrifying rapist in "Death Wish." In contrast to that role, the very next week, Robert Altman cast Goldblum as the 20-year-old boy-wonder in "California Split," and asked him to play the mysterious biker-magician in "Nashville."
Goldblum’s long list of film credits include roles in some of the highest grossing films of all time, including Steven Spielberg's worldwide box-office success "Jurassic Park” and Roland Emmerich’s science-fiction thriller, "Independence Day.” His other film credits include “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Holy Man, ” “The Prince of Egypt,” Chris Colombus' "Nine Months, ” Woody Allen's "Annie Hall, " Lawrence Kasdan’s "The Big Chill," "Silverado," "The Fly," "Deep Cover," Paul Mazursky's "Next Stop Greenwich Village," "Remember My Name," "The Right Stuff," "Threshold,” “Between the Lines," "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai," “Into the Night" and "The Tall Guy.”
On television, Goldblum starred in the Showtime original film "Lush Life" with Forest Whitaker and Kathy Baker.
Aside from acting, Goldblum was nominated for an Academy Award for directing the live-action short film, "Little Surprises." He served on the jury of the 1999 Cannes Film Festival -- and occasionally plays piano with Peter Weller on trumpet in their live-performing jazz band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.
Goldblum resides in Los Angeles. His birthday is October 22.