Elliott Gould biography

ELLIOT GOULD

Date of Birth: August 29, 1938

Born to a textiles buyer and a seller of artificial flowers, Elliot Gould was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. With immigrant grandparents from the Ukraine, Poland and Russia, Gould identifies himself as having a very deep Jewish identity. The actor graduated from the Professional Children's School, a college preparatory institution.

Gould began acting in the early 1960s, when he landed his first role in the small film The Confession. This was followed by another job playing the Jester in the made-for-television adaptation of The Princess and the Pea, Once Upon a Mattress. By the end of the decade, he had landed a larger role in William Friedkin's The Night They Raided Minsky's and was soon starring as the titular Ted in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. In spite of this being only his fourth performance, Gould was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role, as well as a BAFTA for Best Actor and a Golden Laurel for Male New Face that same year.

By the time the 1970s hit, Gould was a bona fide star. Coming off of the high of his Oscar nomination in 1969, Gould chose to follow up his character of Ted with another award-worthy role: Trapper John McIntyre in Robert Altman's MASH film. Only a year after his first round of award nominations, Gould was now nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for his role in Altman's film, and even won a Golden Laurel for Best Comedy Performance, Male.

Throughout the rest of the decade, Gould appeared in many films and television shows, including notable roles in productions such as A Bridge Too Far, the remake of The Lady Vanishes and multiple hosting appearances in the first few seasons of Saturday Night Live. Though his career began to slow towards the end of the '70s following a string of critical and commercial disappointments, Gould has always maintained a very steady and healthy career, even to this day. He has appeared in films and television shows as diverse as Friends, Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven series, American History X and the Disney channel, animated series Kim Possible, even lending his voice to the 2006 video game, Scarface: The World is Yours.

Gould has been seen in the occasional theatrical performance, including a brief stint on I Can Get it For You Wholesale, where he met his one-time wife, Barbara Streisand. He is also a prominent member of the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors, and has remained on the board for the last six years.

Elliott Gould Filmography

Actor:

  • The History of Love (2016)
  • Yellowbird (2015)
  • Morning (2013)
  • Ruby Sparks (2012)
  • The Muppet Movie - A Family Favourites Presentation (2012)
  • M*A*S*H - Classic Film Series (2011)
  • Removal (2011)
  • The Deal (2009)
  • The New Beginning (2009) (voice)
  • The Caller (2008)
  • Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
  • Saving Sarah Cain (2007)
  • The Ten Commandments (2007) (voice)
  • WordGirl (2007) (voice)
  • Open Window (2006)
  • From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks (2004)
  • Ocean's Twelve (2004)
  • Puckoon (2002)
  • The Cat Returns (2002)
  • Ocean's Eleven (2001)
  • The Experience Box (2001)
  • Boys Life 3 (2000)
  • Picking Up the Pieces (2000)
  • Playing Mona Lisa (2000)
  • American History X (1998)
  • Getting Personal (1998)
  • Michael Kael vs. the World News Company (1998)
  • The Big Hit (1998)
  • Camp Stories (1997)
  • City of Industry (1997)
  • Inside Out (1997)
  • The Shining (1997)
  • Busted (1996)
  • A Boy Called Hate (1995)
  • Cover Me (1995)
  • Cybill (1995)
  • Kicking and Screaming (1995)
  • P.C.H (1995)
  • The Feminine Touch (1995)
  • Bleeding Hearts (1994)
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1994)
  • Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)
  • The Dangerous (1994)
  • The Glass Shield (1994)
  • Amore! (1993)
  • Bloodlines: Murder in the Family (1993)
  • Hoffman's Hunger (1993)
  • Beyond Justice (1992)
  • The Player (1992)
  • Wet and Wild Summer! (1992)
  • Bugsy (1991)
  • Dead Men Don't Die (1991)
  • The Lemon Sisters (1990)
  • Judgement (1989)
  • Secret Scandal (1989)
  • The Big Picture (1989)
  • The Night Visitor (1989)
  • Act of Betrayal (1988)
  • Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (1987)
  • Dangerous Love (1987)
  • Frogs (1987)
  • Inside Out (1987)
  • Lethal Obsession (1987)
  • The Telephone (1987)
  • The Myth (1986)
  • Vanishing Act (1986)
  • Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984)
  • Terror in the Aisles (1984)
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
  • The Naked Face (1984)
  • Emergency Room (1983)
  • The Rules of Marriage (1982)
  • Dirty Tricks (1981)
  • The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
  • Falling in Love Again (1980)
  • The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980)
  • Escape to Athena (1979)
  • The Lady Vanishes (1979)
  • The Muppet Movie (1979)
  • Capricorn One (1978)
  • Matilda (1978)
  • The Silent Partner (1978)
  • A Bridge Too Far (1977)
  • Harry and Walter Go To New York (1976)
  • I Will, I Will for Now (1976)
  • Mean Johnny Barrows (1975)
  • Nashville (1975)
  • Whiffs (1975)
  • Busting (1974)
  • California Split (1974)
  • S*P*Y*S (1974)
  • The Long Goodbye (1973)
  • Who? (1973)
  • The Special London Bridge Special (1972)
  • Little Murders (1971)
  • The Touch (1971)
  • Airport (1970)
  • Getting Straight (1970)
  • I Love My Wife (1970)
  • M.A.S.H. (1970)
  • Move (1970)
  • Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
  • The Night They Raided Minsky's(1968)
  • Once Upon a Mattress (1964)
  • The Confession (1964)

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