Jeff Goldblum is an icon. Jeff Goldblum is a national treasure. Jeff Goldblum is outstanding. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar. However, for a zany, beloved actor, Jeff Goldblum is a rather mysterious individual in that many people, myself included, do not know very much about him as a person. Therefore, in order to educate myself as well as the greater Lawrence Community, I have researched this amazing man and will share this wisdom that I have gained so that we have fully celebrate this legend together.
Our dear friend was born Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum on October 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Penn. He always knew he wanted to be an actor and took theater classes at Carnegie Mellon during the summers. At 17 he moved to New York and took the stage by storm and studied at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse. He made his first appearance on the silver screen in 1974 in the movie Death Wish. Although we know him mostly from movies like The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day and a handful of Wes Anderson movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Life Aquatic, Jeffrey has also been the voice of most U.S. Apple commercials, some Toyota commercials and recently was the voice for the Irish lottery advertisements. For all the “gamers” out there, Goldblum also voiced the role of “Nero” in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Even though he is a class-A movie star, he has never lost his love of the stage and, in 2006, was a founding member of a theater company in New York called The Fire Dept.
However, as we all know, what makes Jeff Goldblum so amazing is not only his talent, but also his weirdness and alien-like demeanor (I have found no better way to describe it). Therefore, I have dug deeper. Jeffrey is an amazing talented jazz pianist who started playing at cocktail lounges at the age of 15. To this day he plays weekly with a group of musicians in L.A., and together they are called “Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra”. Go ahead, look it up. You won’t be disappointed. Reportedly, he even sings about Jurassic Park sometimes! On a more personal note, Jeffrey has had three wives, including Geena Davis (they were together from 1987-1990). Right now he is married to Emilie Livingston, a retired Olympic rhythmic gymnast from Canada as well as a contortionist and aerialist. She also was a body double for Rihanna in a pole dancing scene in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets as well as for Emma Stone in La La Land. She and her husband have two sons, Charlie Ocean Goldblum born on July 4, 2015 and River Joe Goldblum born on April 7, 2017. In case you were wondering, Emilie and Jeffrey are an absolutely adorable couple.
Lastly, because I absolutely have to, I will end this info-session with my favorite Jeff Goldblum quote: “I, uh, don’t think I’m, y’know, so different than your average, y’know, average”.