Jeff Goldblum, an American actor, possesses a net worth of $40 million. Jeff Goldblum has starred in some of the most successful blockbusters of all time, while also frequently choosing to portray unconventional characters in limited release independent films. He is now achieving a new level of fame for his eccentric personality in talk show interviews and other public appearances.
Goldblum was born in West Homestead, Pennsylvania on October 22, 1952. Both of his parents had a non-professional interest in show business, which he cites as an influence in his decision to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. According to an interview he gave to The Guardian, he attributes his increased focus and drive to “rescue myself and survive” to his older brother Rich’s tragic death at age 23.
Goldblum made his Broadway debut in the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona before making his film debut as a drug-addled punk in 1974’s Death Wish. Goldblum spent years searching for the one job that would propel his career into the stratosphere, and had notable tiny appearances in films such as Nashville and Annie Hall. He played a seedy magazine journalist who reunites with his college classmates during a funeral in 1983’s The Big Chill. In films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Right Stuff, and (in full cowboy garb) The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Goldblum continues to play noteworthy supporting roles.
In the 1980s, he also began accumulating prominent roles, with Into the Dark and a star-making role in filmmaker David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986), which garnered him significant critical acclaim for his portrayal of Seth Brundle, a crazy scientist who accidently hybridises himself with a housefly.
Other notable box-office triumphs included Jurassic Park and its sequel Jurassic Park: The Lost World, as well as Independence Day (he reprised his role in two later Jurassic Park sequels, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and 2021’s Jurassic Park: Dominion) (1996). In the eighth and ninth seasons of the USA Network’s crime drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent, he portrayed Detective Zach Nichols, having established himself as one of Hollywood’s top actors. He subsequently took a step back to focus on lower-profile small films, such as 2002’s Igby Goes Down, which was not unusual for the unconventional performer.
Goldblum first collaborated with director Wes Anderson in 2004’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and then again in 2014’s Grand Budapest Hotel and 2018’s stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs. In 2017, he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as The Grandmaster in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor: Ragnarok.
Early in his career, Goldblum appeared frequently on television, including on Columbo, Starsky & Hutch, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The TV Movie. In 1984, he portrayed legendary TV comedian Ernie Kovacs in a TV biopic, and he has lent his distinct persona to numerous shows in cameo roles over the years, including Sesame Street, The Larry Sanders Show, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and several projects from comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, beginning with Tom Goes to the Mayor and culminating in Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! In 2019, he received his own documentary series on Disney+ entitled The World According to Jeff Goldblum. He also had multiple cameos on the IFC sketch comedy series Portlandia.
Over the years, Goldblum has offered his acting skills to a number of video games. In 1996, he portrayed Count Dracula in Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland, and in 2015, he appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. He has also recreated two of his most renowned film roles for video game adaptations: Dr. Ian Malcolm in Chaos Island: The Lost World (1997) and Jurassic World Evolution (1997), and David Levinson in the Independence Day video game (1997).
Goldblum has stated in interviews that, given his early passion in music, he could have pursued a career in music instead of acting at a young age. His first professional recording appeared on the 2001 compilation CD Hollywood Goes Wild!, which featured a number of film and television stars performing songs.
The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra: The Capitol Studios Sessions (2018; followed by I Shouldn’t Be Telling This (2019)) was the first album he released under his own name; it took him 17 years to do it.
From 1980 to 1986, Jeff Goldblum was married to actress (and co-star in Silverado) Patricia Gaul. Then, he was notably married to actress and three-time co-star Geena Davis from 1987 until 1990. (with whom he appeared in Transylvania 6-5000, The Fly, and Earth Girls Are Easy). Then, in 2014, Goldblum wed Olympic gymnast Emilie Livingston, with whom he had two daughters.
Jeff Goldblum is rumoured to have owned his Los Angeles home since 1982, when he was just beginning his cinematic career. The residence has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and approximately 3,000 square feet of living space, and he has lived there for decades, an aeon by Hollywood real estate standards.