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John Goodman Moved to Raise Only Child Out of the Spotlight — She Is Now Grown up & Working in Television

Busayo Ogunjimi
Mar 09, 2022
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American Actor John Goodman moved his family to protect his daughter from the prying eyes in Hollywood. Now an adult, the actor's daughter works as a Television Production Assistant. 

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John Goodman worked so hard before he finally rose to fame, starring in "Rosanne." But unfortunately, when fame came, he did not know how to deal with it. 

The actor realized how difficult it would be to raise his daughter in an environment where everyone looked at them, so he moved his family. At the same time, his indulgence in alcohol worsened, making him almost walk away from everything he had achieved.

American Actor John Goodman with his wife Anna Beth and their daughter Molly. | Source: Getty Images

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ROAD TO FAME 

Goodman had always wanted to be an actor ever since he saw Richard Boone act in "Have Gun- Will Travel" as a kid.

So when his dreams of becoming a football star got squashed due to an injury, he changed his major to drama and studied theater at Missouri State University alongside notable actors Kike Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper. 

In 1975, Goodman graduated with a degree in theater at 23, and he subsequently moved to New York intending to establish himself as an actor. 

He arrived in New York with no money, agents, or contacts but just the sole belief that he had to try and make it as an actor or would regret it if he did not. 

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John Goodman attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: "Black Earth Rising" at The Robin Williams Center on January 22, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Afterward, Goodman took a small loan from his older brother, which he used in renting an apartment near Manhattan's theater district, and moved in with his girlfriend. Goodman would wake up early and walk around searching for auditions to get a job that would allow him to join the actor's union. 

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He also sent his headshots to advertising companies and regional theaters if they needed his services. Two years went by without any meaningful feedback.

Goodman spent this period working at a bar until finally, his headshots were picked by an advertising executive who linked him to a commercial agency. 

Actor John Goodman attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Afterward, the aspiring actor started getting some advertising and voice-over gigs which gave him a steady source of income. 

In 1978, he starred in a Broadway Production of "Loose Ends" alongside other upcoming actors like Dennis Quaid and Bruce Willis, but the drama flopped. 

However, in the 1980s, his career started gaining positive momentum after he starred in many movies, including "Run" in 1982 and "Face of Rage" in 1983.

John Goodman and Roseanne Barr in an episode of the revival of "Roseanne," in 2018. | Source: Getty Images

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In 1985, he appeared in the Broadway Musical "Big River," which won a Tony award, and then "True Stories" in 1986. A year later, Goodman starred alongside Nicolas Cage in "Raising Arizona."

Goodman was in Los Angeles working on a stage production of "Antony and Cleopatra" when a talent scout recruited him for a role in the sitcom "Roseanne" starring comedian Roseanne Barr.

The actor knew who Barr was but had not met her personally until the audition for the role on "Roseanne," where the two became quick friends instantly.

John Goodman is honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Goodman was picked to play Barr's father in the movie, and the comedy became an instant success. It earned the actor seven Emmy nominations between 1989 and 1995, and he won the Best Actor award at the Golden Globe Awards in 1993.

When "Roseanne" became successful, the actor lived with his partner, Anna Beth, and their daughter Molly in California, but Goodman did not want his child to grow up there. 

He moved his family to New Orleans partly because he also loved the climate and culture, but Goodman's issue with alcohol started getting worse during that time. 

John Goodman on "Good Morning America," Monday, March 26, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

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HIS BATTLE WITH ALCOHOLISM

The fame that Goodman got with the success of "Roseanne" initially excited him, but as soon as the actor became a well-known celebrity, he came frightened. 

In a bid to control how he felt, Goodman turned to alcohol. As a result, the actor got complacent and ungrateful and even contemplated leaving the show after nine seasons but stayed. 

John Goodman attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

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However, in 2017 everything changed when the actor missed a rehearsal after he had spent the weekend drinking with his friends. Goodman explained

"I was shaking, I was still drinking, but I was still shaking. I had the clarity of thought that I needed to be hospitalized."

Afterward, he called his wife, who arranged how the actor checked himself into a rehabilitation center. He also struggled with weight issues all his life. Goodman would lose 600 or 700 pounds and then revert to his old eating habits every time. 

The Conners" stars John Goodman as Dan Conner circa 2018. | Source: Getty Images

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By 2010, the actor had successfully lost about 100 pounds, to the surprise of many fans. Explaining the reason he decided to lose so much weight, the actor said

"I just got tired, sick, and tired of looking at myself. You're shaving in the mirror, and you don't want to look at yourself. It gets dangerous," 

The Emmy winner had opted for a Mediterranean-style diet that emphasizes meals with fish, olive oil, vegetables, nuts, and fruit. He also employed a personal trainer, took at least ten thousand steps a day, and worked out six days a week. 

John Goodman (Dan) on the Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images Television Network comedy "Roseanne", circa 1992. | Source: Getty Images

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THE ACTOR'S WIFE

Goodman met Anna Beth was born in Louisiana and attended the University of New Orleans, where she graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. Afterward, she moved to Los Angeles and started a clothing business, and, after years of living there, moved back to New Orleans. 

In 1987 Beth met Goodman at a Halloween party in the famous music venue called Tipitina's. According to the actor, Beth thought he was a Zombie and asked a friend to keep tabs on her after he left New Orleans.

John Goodman and wife Annabeth Hartzog attend the Royal Ascot in Ascot, England on June 16, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

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A year later, the pair started dating and then married in 1989. They became parents to an adorable baby girl Molly Evangeline in August 1990. 

The couple has been married for over two decades, and Goodman revealed that one of the secrets behind their long-lasting marriage is working away from home for an extended period. 

The actor, who has been sober since 2007, also lauded his wife for standing by him, and he declared that listening and patience are also essential aspects of keeping a long marriage. 

John Goodman and his wife Annabeth Hartzog are seen walking through the city of Ilsenburg on April 28, 2013 in Ilsenburg near Goslar, Germany. | Source: Getty Images

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HIS DAUGHTER

The actor's daughter Molly has not followed in her father's footsteps by taking up acting as a career. Instead, she is fascinated by the activities behind the scenes. 

As a six-year-old, she was only interested in who a director was and what went on backstage. Molly graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Film and Television production. 

Now an adult, she currently works as a television production assistant with credits in movies like "The Last Tycoon" and "Strange Angel."

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