John Goodman is a star known and loved by many people, but like each of us, he has his own problems in life, as he struggled with depression and alcoholism. However, he managed to find the strength to overcome all his problems in order to stay with his family for as long as possible. For this reason he chose to lose weight to maintain his health.
John is one of the lucky people who ended up doing what they love in life, because since he was a child he knew he wanted to become an actor. He also managed to have a wonderful family. Although everything seems great, the star suffered from depression.
Goodman was born on June 20, 1952 in Affton, Missouri.
His father was working at the post office and his mother was a waitress and had two siblings.
Unfortunately, his father died when John was two years old, and their mother was forced to raise her 3 children alone.
John has been attracted to acting since he was a child, but he was also thinking of becoming a radio DJ, because he felt attracted to this world. He said he listened a lot to the radio because it made him forget about everyday life. He also said that until he got to college he was convinced that he would work in radio.
John was also a good athlete, which is why he got a scholarship to Missouri State University, but suffered an accident that made him stop playing football.
That’s how he came to study drama at Missouri State University. That’s when he realized that in fact his mission is to become an actor. He didn’t want to wait any longer, so he moved to New York, where he rented an apartment with the help of money borrowed from his brother.
He was convinced that if he did not make this decision, he would regret it for the rest of his life.
Life in New York was not easy, and for many months John struggled to live from day to day. However, he did not give up and went to all the auditions that were available. He said there were days when he ran out of food, but his desire to become an actor was greater than hunger. In order to stay in New York, John worked as a bartender and waiter and occasionally received various roles in commercials.
In 1977 he made his film debut in Jailbait Babysitter and in 1983 he landed a role in The Face of Rage. In 1985 he starred as Pap Finn in Big River (1985) and again the same year in David Byrne’s True Stories. In 1987, he got a role in the Coen Brothers ’cult-classic Raising Arizona (1987), in which Goodman starred alongside Nicolas Cage.
John was starting to get as many roles as possible, but the biggest role was the role of Dan Conner on the new sitcom Roseanne. John said he really liked the role. Without realizing it, John became a celebrity, but his fame did not suit him.
He continued to live in a small apartment. He won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical in 1995, as well as an additional four nominations. Goodman was also nominated for seven Emmys for his work on Roseanne, with the series winning thee Golden Globes and three Primetime Emmys.
In 1989, John met his future wife, Anna Beth Hartzog, at a Hollywood party. After a while, their first child, Molly Evangeline Goodman, was born.
John seemed to have a perfect life, but in reality he was struggling with depression and alcoholism.
Fortunately, the actor has managed to recover and can now control his anxiety. He said his wife helped him a lot to overcome the difficult moments. John said that he had big weight problems and that it was several years in a row when he lost over 60 pounds every spring and then he gained that weight again
But at one point he decided that his lifestyle needed to change, so he hired a nutritionist and a personal trainer. His diet was based on Mediterranean food and he trained 6 times a week. That’s how he managed to lose over 100 lbs.