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GOLDBLUM, JEFF
(1952– ). American actor.

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND HORROR FILM CREDITS
Acted in: The Sentinel (Michael Winner 1977); Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Phil KAUFMAN 1978); Legend of Sleepy Hollow (tv movie) (Henning Schellerup 1980); Threshold (Richard Pearce 1981); The Right Stuff (Kaufman 1983); The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension (W. D. Richter 1984); "The Three Little Pigs" (1985), episode of Faerie Tale Theatre; Transylvania 6-5000 (Rudy DeLuca 1985); The Fly (David CRONENBERG (1986); Life Story [The Race for the Double Helix] (tv movie) (Mick Jackson 1987); Vibes (Ken Kwapis 1988); "The Town Where No One Got Off" (1989), episode of The Ray Bradbury Theater; Mr. Frost (Phillipe Setbon 1990); Earth Girls Are Easy (Julian Temple 1990); Jurassic Park (Steven SPIELBERG 1993); Futurequest (tv documentary series) (1994); Powder (Victor Salva 1995); Independence Day (Roland EMMERICH 1996); The Lost World (Spielberg 1997); From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light and Magic (tv documentary) (Jon Kroll 1999); Cats and Dogs (Lawrence Guterman 2001); Incident at Loch Ness (documentary) (Zak Penn 2004).

Provided voice for animated film:  Captain Planet and the Planeteers (tv series) (1990–1993); Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland (video game) (Guterman 1995); "A Fish Called Selma" (1996), episode of The Simpsons; The Lost World: Jurassic Park—Chaos Island (video game) (1997); The Prince of Egypt (Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, and Simon Wells 1998); "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner" (2002), episode of King of the Hill; Legend of the Lost Tribe (short) (Peter Peake 2002); two episodes (2003, 2005), Crank Yankers; "Toodle Day" (2004), episode of Tom Goes to the Major.

 
In the 1950s, a scientist starring in a science fiction film was invariably suave, handsome, and muscular, the sort of fellow who quarterbacked his college football team to a championship before settling into a career as the world's most brilliant scientific mind. Producers of that era imagined this was the sort of hero their young male viewers wanted, and they were probably right. But filmgoers of all ages have grown older and wiser, and by the 1980s everyone had accepted the reality that male scientists were usually frail, nervous, nerdish sorts of guys—creating an opening for a frail, nervous, nerdish sort of actor named Jeff Goldblum.

Goldblum first attracted attention as the co-star of the short-lived television series Tenspeed and Brownshoe, playing a bookish fellow obsessed with detective novels who attempts to navigate the real world of crime-solving while mentored by a streetwise Ben Vereen. Recognized from the very start as someone who, unusually, could appear intelligent on the screen, he was a natural choice for Ichabod Crane in a television production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and was cast as a college graduate turned writer for People magazine in The Big Chill (1983). But he didn't impress anyone with his work in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension or Transylvania 6-5000—how could he, in such films?—which is why his work in David CRONENBERG's The Fly came as such a surprise. Only minimally aided by the special effects, Goldblum's blundering scientist cunningly started to act more and more like a fly as the film progressed, not only making his transformation more persuasively horrific than the original film's David HEDISON donning a fly head but also conveying the intriguing notion that contemporary scientists, who may feel obliged to work very hard at the start of their careers in fear of an early burnout, have lives which are not entirely unlike those of the constantly moving, short-lived fly. Incredibly, Goldblum came close to emulating Fredric March as an Oscar-winning monster.

Goldblum also displayed his talents in a lesser film, Earth Girls Are Easy: while screen partners Jim CARREY and Damon Wayans are doing their shticks, Goldblum is actually acting, inventively portraying both the uneasiness and delight of an alien discovering the pleasures of being a human being. But Goldblum was becoming typecast as Hollywood's favorite scientist in roles that seemed increasingly uninteresting to him—as one of the discoverers of the structure of DNA in Life Story; gaping in awe at empty spaces soon to be filled with computer-animated dinosaurs in Steven SPIELBERG's less-than-gripping Jurassic Park and The Lost World; and saving the planet Earth with the help of Will SMITH in the rousing but silly Independence Day. And as he entered his forties, Goldblum faced another problem: as science fiction films were increasingly aimed at mass audiences, producers became less inclined to employ those unappealingly brainy scientists as lead characters, creating more roles for the sorts of handsome hunks who used to posture as brilliant scientists but making it harder and harder to cast someone like Jeff Goldblum.

Thus, the last decade has witnessed the collapse of a once-promising career, as Goldblum has drifted into performing in television series, in direct-to-DVD movies, and as a voice in animated films. As a measurement of his steady decline toward obscurity, it was bad enough in 2001 that he was reduced to appearing in Cats and Dogs, but nine years later, he was not even invited back to perform in its sure-to-be-even-more-dreadful sequel. One hopes that somebody in Hollywood remembers Jeff Goldblum and will think of him when a suitable part arises—perhaps as a father-figure to a new generation of horny alien teenagers in a sequel to Earth Girls Are Easy?

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