There’s something very special about Jeff Goldblum. That’s
With his gangly limbs and odd, halting delivery, Goldblum always brings a beautiful quirkiness to whatever movie he’s in. So, to mark the debut of Jeff Goldblum to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - and to celebrate his birthday, which happens to be today - we look back at the most Jeff Goldblum-y Jeff Goldblum roles we’ve ever seen...
Dexter King, The Tall Guy
With a title like that, there couldn’t have been many more people director Mel Smith looked to for this
Goldblum plays Dexter King, an American actor working in London whose main job is to be abused and humiliated on stage by his flinty employer, comedian Ron Anderson (Rowan Atkinson).
Using his gangly frame to brilliant comic effect, Goldblum is winningly warm and funny in this underrated gem from Curtis’ back
Dr Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
Full marks to Steven Spielberg for casting his original dino epic so imaginatively. He could have easily populated this movie with traditional leading actors, but there’s something very real about the main cast of the first Jurassic Park.
Goldblum went on to reprise the role in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and will be popping up in next year’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Welcome back, doctor.
David Levinson, Independence Day
Another director not afraid to cast eccentrically, Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi disaster epic is as much comedy as drama, and Jeff Goldblum absolutely nails the right tone as the tech expert caught up in the alien invasion.
Michael Gold, The Big Chill
Goldblum plays a sex-obsessed magazine journalist in this low-key gem from Star Wars and Indiana Jones writer Lawrence Kasdan.
Michael Gold is a little bit more restrained than his usual roles, but there’s still a whole lot of deliciously quirky Goldblumishness in there.
Alistair Hennessey, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
If ever there was a director whose sensibilities chime with Jeff Goldblum’s it’s Wes Anderson. Both have a
In this memorably kooky comedy, Jeff plays Alistair Hennessey, arch-nemesis of crabby oceanographer Steve Zissou. Suave and sophisticated, he’s everything that Zissou isn’t.
Goldblum is brilliant as the catty, belittling Hennessey, especially against Bill Murray’s fabulously deadpan Zissou.
Donald Ripley, Powder
It must be flattering for Jeff Goldblum that so many casting directors seem to see him in clever roles. Maybe his geeky demeanor lends itself to characters mired in the sciences?
In this underrated
If you like your Goldblum performances full of fast talking and wildly gesticulating arms, then you won’t be disappointed.
Seth Brundle, The Fly
It was as scientist Seth Brundle in David Cronenberg's sticky remake of The Fly in 1986 that made Goldblum a name.
The 1980s was still a time when someone as physically quirky as Jeff Goldblum could headline a movie (even Cronenberg hires pretty boys like Viggo Mortensen and Robert Pattinson now), and suddenly, in 1986, this wild-limbed, lemur-faced, spider-monkey-bodied Method man was a bona fide star.
Random Jeff Goldblum facts
His middle name is Lynn.
He was engaged to Laura Dern between 1995 and 1997.
He can wiggle his ears one ear at a time.
He returns to the big screen in Thor: Ragnarok on 24th October.
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