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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameElliott Goldstein
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Elliott Gould is an American actor known for his roles in MASH (1970), his Oscar-nominated performance in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), and more recently, his portrayal of old-time con artist Reuben Tishkoff in Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). Gould was born Elliott Goldstein on August 29, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY, to Lucille (Raver), who sold artificial flowers, and Bernard Goldstein, a textiles buyer in the garment industry. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Romania, Belarus, and Russia).

Gould's portrayal of Trapper John in Robert Altman's MASH (1970) marked the beginning of perhaps the most prolific period of his career, highlighted by such roles as Philip Marlowe in Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973) and Robert Caulfield in Capricorn One (1977).

On television Gould has the distinction of having hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) six times and helmed E/R (1984), a situation comedy set in Chicago about a divorced physician working in an emergency room, which aired for one season. He also co-starred in the series Nothing Is Easy (1986) about a couple raising an adopted Chinese boy.

Gould appeared regularly on television and in film throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, including cameos in The Muppet Movie (1979) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984). His most prominent recent television role was a recurring part on Friends (1994), on which he played Monica and Ross Geller's father Jack. More recently he voiced the character of Mr. Stoppable on the Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible (2002). In film Gould received critical acclaim for his portrayal of an older mobster in Warren Beatty's Bugsy (1991), and make a noteworthy appearance in American History X (1998). His next major TV role will be in Showtime's drama Ray Donovan (2013) starring Liev Schreiber.

Gould has been married three times, twice to Jennifer Bogart, and once to Barbra Streisand. He has three children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (3)

Jennifer Bogart (9 June 1978 - 5 September 1989) ( divorced)
Jennifer Bogart (8 December 1973 - 5 October 1975) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Barbra Streisand (21 March 1963 - 6 July 1971) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Quirky nebbishes
Towering height
Characters often given to sarcastic quips

Trivia (19)

He and Jennifer Bogart lived together for 3 years and had two children out of wedlock before they married.
Father, with singer-actress Barbra Streisand, of actor Jason Gould.
He and MASH (1970) co-star Donald Sutherland both own apartments in same Manhattan high-rise luxury building.
Has hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) six times.
Was the first actor to play the character of Trapper John, in the film version of MASH (1970). The second actor was Wayne Rogers in the TV series (M*A*S*H (1972)) and the third was Pernell Roberts for the TV series Trapper John, M.D. (1979).
MASH (1970) director Robert Altman originally wanted him to play Duke Forrest. It was only at his request that he played Trapper John.
Was a major box office star in 1970 and 1971, but according to Robert Altman, Gould hadn't been able to find a job for six months when he hired him for The Long Goodbye (1973). Critic Hollis Alpert speculated that Gould's anti-heroic character was extremely popular with campus radicals, and once radicalism declined around the time of Richard Nixon's re-election in 1972, Gould's popularity also declined.
Director Ingmar Bergman denounced Gould as "difficult" after the two worked together in The Touch (1971) ("The Touch"), one of the great master's least memorable films.
Was originally attached to the movie version of Dr. David Reuben's best-selling sex guide Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), but backed out. The film was made by Woody Allen in 1972.
Children by Jennifer Bogart: Molly Gould (b. November 18, 1971) and Samuel Gould (b. January 9, 1973).
He and his Ocean's Eleven (2001) / Ocean's Twelve (2004) co-stars, Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, all have guest-starred on the TV show Friends (1994), though not in the same episodes
Former son-in-law of director Paul Bogart.
Was the lead in the film adaptation of Herman Raucher's novel "A Glimpse of Tiger" and one day walked off the set for reasons then unclear. He had been playing a wild, clownish, unpredictable character. A new director, Peter Bogdanovich, then got involved and the project morphed into what we know as the remake of Bringing Up Baby (1938)--What's Up, Doc? (1972), with the wild, clownish, unpredictable character changing genders and played by his ex-wife, Barbra Streisand.
The only actor to have a cameo appearance in more than one Muppet film: The Muppet Movie (1979) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984).
Ex brother-in-law of Roslyn Kind.
Starred in The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980), then played God in Noah (2012).
His family were Jewish immigrants (from Romania, Belarus, and Russia).
He and James Brolin co-starred in Capricorn One (1977). Gould was married to Barbra Streisand from 1963 to 1971 while Brolin has been married to her since 1998.
His birthday is August 29, the fictional date of Judgement Day in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger's second film was with Gould in The Long Goodbye (1973).

Personal Quotes (6)

Success didn't change me. I was already distorted before I became a star.
[1970] The Oscars are some sort of masturbatory fantasy. People think: an Academy Award -- now if I get a parking ticket I don't have to pay it. I don't put the Award down. But, at my sanest, I would rather have a good three-man basketball game than sit here in my monkey suit.
I had come across a paperweight that had a quotation in it, that the greatest artist in the world is an uninhibited child at play. I subscribe to that, and then I mentioned it to a late, wonderful friend, Herb Gardner, who wrote "A Thousand Clowns," and his wife, and they said to me, "And Picasso." And I said: "You keep Picasso, and I'll keep the child. Because as far as I'm concerned, without the spirit of the child, I'm not interested." To save the day, I discovered that the quotation was made by Pablo Picasso.
My only enemy is me.
(2013, on working with the Ocean's Eleven cast) It was great. George Clooney is a fabulous guy. He's very generous, lots of fun, very intelligent. And he set the tone. Brad Pitt was a terrific guy, and I became friendly with Matt Damon and... well, everyone, really. But I really picked up on Casey Affleck during the film. I called him "Maestro." He bit his nails lower than I ever bit mine... and I used to bite mine to the quick! Originally, Alan Arkin was going to be playing the part that Carl Reiner played, but then Alan had some sort of medical situation and couldn't do it, so we got Carl. Bernie Mac was a great guy, and we miss him. It was great working with Steven Soderbergh and Jeffrey Kurland, who did the wardrobe. The choice of wardrobe, even the glasses, that was Jeffrey Kurland.

I mentioned that I'm friendly with Casey, but I'd never really talked with Ben, so I decided to go to a gathering recently that George Clooney was having, a party for the cast of Argo. When I told Ben that I was there because I wanted to say hello and let him know how impressed I am with his craft, I think he was pleased, but then he asked me a question, which I thought was really great. He said, "Have you ever done anything in all of this that you were sorry you did?" And I took a moment, and I said, "No, because there's so many people dependent on our work for their living or their livelihood. You do something whether it works or whether it doesn't. Once you're committed and you do it, it becomes a part of your life. I wouldn't be sorry about it. I'd learn from it." So I felt that I was able to impart at least a little bit of wisdom to him.
(2013, on landing Friends) They'd done a pilot, they'd been picked up by NBC, and I knew they were going to be on around Mad About You and Seinfeld, but they were not yet in production. They sent me a script, and... there wasn't much in it, but they wanted me to play the father of David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox. I didn't know if I'd do it. There wasn't much money in it for me, so I didn't think I would do it, and my agents didn't want me to do it at the time, either. But then I saw on the script that it was to be directed by Jim Burrows. I'd worked for Jim's father, Abe, who directed Say, Darling, where I was third assistant stage manager and I was a chorus boy, just a little part. But that was one reason why I wanted to work with Jim Burrows. That, and to see how he did it, because he was so successful. So I wound up doing it, and we got along great. And all the Friends were very nice to me, too.

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