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Adam Charles Goldberg (born October 25, 1970) is an Americanmarker actor, director, and producer.

Early life

Goldberg was born in Santa Monica, Californiamarker and was raised near Miami Beach, the son of Donna (née Goebel) and Earl Goldberg. His father is Jewish and his mother is a Roman Catholic of Irish, French and German descent. After seeing a school drama class Shakespeare production, Goldberg became fascinated with show business and began studying acting at various workshops in his early teens. He was active in campus theatrical productions during his years attending Sarah Lawrence Collegemarker.

Career

Goldberg's first major screen role occurred in 1992's Billy Crystal film Mr. Saturday Night. His career-making role was arguably that of the tough, wise-cracking infantryman Mellish in Steven Spielberg's 1998 film Saving Private Ryan. While having capably played lead characters, as in the short-lived 2005 Fox series Head Cases and Hebrew Hammer, Goldberg has mostly been cast in strong supporting roles.

Memorable roles include Jerry, the miserable undead servant to Christopher Walken's Gabriel character in the supernatural thriller The Prophecy and the borderline-psychotic Eddie Menuek on the sitcom Friends. Goldberg has also worked alongside preeminent voice artists like Dan Castellaneta and Charlie Adler, lending his voice to Babe: Pig in the City and cartoons like Eek! The Cat. Goldberg often portrays "stereotypically Jewish" characters (most notably in Dazed and Confused, The Hebrew Hammer and in the series Entourage).

Goldberg appeared extensively in the Flaming Lips documentary The Fearless Freaks, and will have a supporting role in Christmas on Mars, a science fiction film written and directed by Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne.

Goldberg wrote, produced, directed and edited the features Scotch and Milk and I Love Your Work, as well as various television projects, notably including the philosophical travelogue, Running with the Bulls for IFC. A talented guitarist and songwriter, Goldberg composed and arranged the music to I Love Your Work and Running with the Bulls and provided a song for the Hebrew Hammer soundtrack. He is known to travel with a cheap acoustic guitar, as can be seen in ...Bulls. Having released rock and jazz albums, including the critically-lauded Changes with respected Latin jazz percussionist Phil Maturano, Adam Goldberg, the actor, has proven himself a serious and dedicated musician (not to be confused with the Boston based singer/songwriter of the same name).

He appeared in a three episode arc on Friends season two as Chandler's new roommate Eddie. He also appeared some years later in a nine episode arc in season two of the spinoff show Joey as Joey's best friend from high school Jimmy. In Joey he is the father of Michael Tribbiani and in the later episodes Goldberg's character starts dating Gina Tribbiani (Michael's mother) and marries her in the series finale.

He also appeared in the short-lived ensemble cop show The Unusuals, where he plays a police officer and detective in New York City with brain cancer. He refuses to have treated because of his dislike of doctors. His character is stated as being the "sarcastic" and has also been described as not only "most entertaining", but also "the reason to watch".

His current musical project goes by the moniker LANDy. A collection of songs recorded over 6 years, LANDy's debut album, "Eros and Omissions" is to be released on June 23, 2009. The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd with whom Goldberg collaborated on the score for his 2005 film "I Love Your Work" makes frequent appearances on the record. Earlimart's Aaron Espinoza is credited as having done the final mixses as well as having engineered many of the more recent songs.

Personal life

Goldberg dated actress Christina Ricci until early 2006. Ricci told W magazine in mid 2006 they were back together, saying "...I love him and I feel like we were meant for each other" but the two have since broken up. He lives in Los Angeles.

Filmography



References

  1. JewishJournal.com
  2. OH Wow Adam Goldberg Stars in Head Cases on Fox - Fall Television Preview 2005
  3. Nancy Simon - ADAM GOLDBERG: Mixed Blessings
  4. Singer/Songwriter Adam Goldberg
  5. W Magazine: Christina's World - by Kevin West (September, 2006)


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