This past Thursday, shortly after Michael Jackson’s untimely passing, a sick Internet rumor started that veteran actor Jeff Goldblum had died. His reps were quick to point out that the actor was, in fact, very much alive and well. For any of you doubting Thomases out there, here’s photographic evidence of the actor’s good health, taken just a couple weeks ago:
Of course, as many here in the MTV offices will attest to, Jeff Goldblum is king. He will always be David Cronenberg’s original “Fly” of course, but I love him best for starring alongside a young Laurence Fishburne as a high-class drug dealer in “Deep Cover.” And a designer drug dealer at that. In the honor of the fact that Jeff Goldblum still walks among us, I present to you this little photographic tour through his career.
I’ll admit, my heart skipped a beat or two when I laid eyes on this ensemble shot of “The Big Chill” cast with director Lawrence Kasdan. Check out Goldblum in the back… so young and nerdy!
Not every career can consist of high points. Despite the best efforts of stars Goldblum, Kelly Preston and Eddie Murphy, nothing could save “Holy Man” from God’s (ie the ticket buyers) wrath in the end.
Here’s Goldblum hanging with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” star Liev Schreiber and actor Anthony LaPaglia at the 2004 premiere of “Spinning Boris.”
Goldblum with his “Fay Grim” cohorts. Director Hal Hartley alongside stars Parker Posey and Jasmin Tabatabai. Weird, but fun, movie.
Goldblum with actor Owen Wilson and director Wes Anderson at the premiere of “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” The ensemble cast also featured the talents of Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Luke Wilson and Willem Dafoe.
Goldblum pimping a piece of history from Roland Emmerich’s “Indendence Day.” The classic late 90s alien invasion blockbuster featured the actor as a computer whiz, alongside co-stars Will Smith, a mouthy fighter pilot, and Bill Pullman, a heroic United States president and former fighter pilot.
Everyone remembers Goldblum’s turn as the boasting mathematician in director Steven Spielberg’s dino chase movie “Jurassic Park.” Although the blockbuster ostensibly illustrated the dangers of cloning dinosaurs for use as amusement park attractions, the little kid in me is still waiting for such a future to come to pass.