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Elliott Goldstein (Gould, Elliott)

Born: 1938 AD
Currently alive, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Entertainers


1938 - Elliot Gould, born on the 29th August in in Brooklyn, New York to Lucille and Bernie Goldstein, Eastern European Jewish immigrants. He graduated from the Professional Children's School. He was one of Hollywood's hottest actors of the early '70s and though he reached the peak of his popularity years ago, he remains a steadily employed supporting and character actor.

1956 - When he was 18, he made it into a Broadway chorus line. Working odd jobs in between minor stage gigs, he did not get his big break until he joined the chorus line of the musical +Irma La Douce.

       - He won the leading role opposite Barbra Streisand in I Can Get It for You Wholesale. Though the two leads got good reviews, the show did not and rapidly closed.

1963 - He and Streisand fell in love, and married.

1964 - He made an inauspicious feature-film debut playing a deaf-mute in The Confession.

1968 - He did much better in his second film, The Night They Raided Minsky's.

1969 - He became a star when his co-starring role in the sex comedy Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination.

1970 - His subsequent few films, notably Getting Straight and Little Murders, reinforced his counterculture image.

1973 - His career had already begun tapering off. A powerfully subtle performance as Philip Marlow in Altman's Long Goodbye proved that Gould had talent to spare, but over the next few years, his choice of films only hastened his descent into the relative obscurity of offbeat (California Split and Capricorn One) and sometimes just plain awful films (SPYS and I Will, I Will for Now).

1980 - He hosted Saturday Night Live six times, his final time being the first episode of the disastrous Jean Doumanian season (season 6) in November.

1984 - 1985 - He starred in a sitcom called E/R  and had a recurring guest role on Friends as Jack Geller, the father of Monica and Ross Geller.

1991 - Received critical praise for his role as an aging mobster in Warren Beatty's film Bugsy.

2001 - 2007 - He also co-starred in the popular "caper" film Ocean's Eleven and its sequel Ocean's Twelve, and soon Ocean's Thirteen.


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