What can you tell me about handsome Jeff Goldblum of “Law & Order”?
—Jean Stevens, Albuquerque, N.M.
Goldblum, 60, moved to New York City when he was 17 and began his acting career in the theater. In the mid-1970s, he made the move to movies. His early films included “Nashville,” “Next Stop, Greenwich Village,” “Annie Hall,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “The Big Chill,” “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzi Across the 8th Dimension” and “The Right Stuff.”
In the 1990s, he starred in some big box-office films, including “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day.”
More recently, Goldblum turned his attention to TV, with roles on “Portlandia,” “The League,” “Glee,” and “Will & Grace,” as well as starring in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and the quickly canceled “Raines.”
Goldblum, who is currently single, has been twice married: First to Patricia Gaul (1980-1986), his “Silverado” co-star, then to Geena Davis (1987-1990), who appeared with him in “Transylvania 6-5000,” “The Fly” and “Earth Girls Are Easy.”
The Pittsburg, Penn.-born actor attended Taylor Allderdice High School. His father was a doctor; his mother a radio broadcaster. He was one of four children—two brothers and a sister—and he is a talented jazz pianist.
Despite frequently being cast as an intellectual, Goldblum has said, “I got good grades in school, but I was in a little school and a small town out of Pittsburgh [Whitaker], not academically demanding or ambitious. I was more into playing sports, jazz, painting and acting, stuff like that. But recently, because of playing these parts, I’ve gotten more interested in science.”