Please do not adjust your set. John Goodman is larger and wider than most people who make it big on the small screen. As Dan Conner, Roseanne Barr’s Emmy-nominated, Joe Six-pack husband on Roseanne, he brings wit and humanity to a character who easily could have wound up in the blue-choler Archie bunker.
If you prefer the big screen, this Goodman is not hard to find. This year he was a great blithe whale in Sea of Love and a fire fighter in Steven Spielberg’s Always. Goodman also co-stars with Bette Midler in Stella, a remake of 1937’s Stella Dallas, due in February. And this 37-year-old bear of an actor has signed, again with Spielberg, to play a role that seems preordained—cartoon hero Fred Flintstone.
Goodman’s personal life has been as fulfilling as his professional one this year. In October he married 21-year-old Annabeth Hartzog, a student he met while shooting Everybody’s All-American in New Orleans. Last summer he quit smoking. Next, he says, he wants to work off some of those 250-plus lbs. A native of St. Louis, Goodman still goes back to the old neighborhood to visit his mom and hang out with high school friends. For a big-time TV and movie star, this guy sounds awfully, well, real. “Ten years ago,” says Goodman, “I was doing regional theater in Baltimore, and 10 years from now I’ll probably be back there. Gladly. Five years from now, I could be a trivia question for the late ’80s.”
Don’t bet on it.