John Goodman

Goodman in 2012, image via kathclick/

Birth Name: John Stephen Goodman

Place of Birth: Affton, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 20, 1952

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, German

John Goodman is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the films True Stories, Raising Arizona, Sea of Love, Always (1989), King Ralph, Barton Fink, The Babe (1992), The Flintstones, Blues Brothers 2000, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Beyond the Sea, Evan Almighty, Death Sentence, Speed Racer, The Artist, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Argo, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Monuments Men, Trumbo, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Patriots Day, Kong: Skull Island, and Atomic Blonde; in voice role, in The Emperor’s New Groove, Monsters, Inc., and its sequel Monsters University; Bee Movie, The Princess and the Frog, and ParaNorman; and on the shows Roseanne, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Damages, Community, Treme, Alpha House, The Conners, and The Righteous Gemstones; and for his work on stage.

He is the son of Virginia Roos, a waitress and retail store worker, and Leslie F. Goodman, a postal worker. He is married to Annabeth Hartzog, with whom he has a daughter.

One genealogy traces John’s patrilineal line to William Goodman and Mary Archer, who were born, c. the early 1600s, in England.

John’s paternal grandfather was Francis Marion Goodman (the son of Francis Marion Goodman and Martha Jane Crain). John’s grandfather Francis was born in Illinois. John’s great-grandfather Francis was the son of John Goodman and Jarusha Benefield. Martha was the daughter of Isaac Newton Crain and Mary A. Swaggard.

John’s paternal grandmother was named Lillie M. Harrison (the daughter of Edward Harrison and Elen/Emma). Lillie was born in Illinois.

John’s maternal grandfather was William Benjamin Loosmore (the son of John William Loosmore and Elizabeth Davis Lewis). John’s grandfather William was born in Pennsylvania. John was born in Upottery, Devon, England, the son of William Loosmore and Mary Broom. Elizabeth was born in Glamorganshire, Wales, the daughter of Benjamin Lewis.

John’s maternal grandmother was Mathilde Mary Knoblauch (the daughter of Rudolph Herman Knoblauch and Mary Jane Overton). Mathilde was born in Arkansas. Rudolph was born in Tours, France, to an ethnic German family, the son of Charles Frederich Knoblauch, from Saxony, and of Salome Roos, from Baden, Lower Saxony. John’s great-grandmother Mary Jane was born in Tunica, Mississippi, the daughter of Ephraim Dawson Overton and Angeline Sebelia Parker.

Sources: Genealogy of John Goodman –

Genealogy of John Goodman (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of John Goodman (focusing on his mother’s side) –

6 Responses

  1. Freerk says:

    He looks like my neighbour when i was a child.

  2. Morrigan Ni Boii says:

    He is of Germanic and Celtic ancestry.

  3. Aaron Mcdonnell Zellenburg says:

    So that would make him 75% English, 12.5% Welsh, and 12.5% German.

  4. andrew says:

    I thought he was Jewish

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