John Goodman, best known for his roles in cult film The Big Lebowski (1998) and as the voice of Sulley/Boo in Monsters Inc (2001), has finally got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony took place right across the street from the Dolby Theatre, with his co-star from The Big Lebowski – Jeff Bridges – reprising his role as ‘The Dude’ for the ceremony.
“He’s a man of our times and he has become a legend. In your wisdom, Lord, you have lived through John. You have lived for acting that you have loved so well. And so Walter Sobchak – John Goodman – in accordance with what we think may be your final wishes, we have committed to these sidewalks in Hollywood – in the bosom of Hollywood that you love so well – a star,” said Jeff Bridges during the ceremony.
Goodman played The Dude’s friend Walter in the Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult comedy.
Goodman’s star commemorates the actor’s thirty year long journey in cinema. After playing small roles in his initial days, his breakthrough role was Dan Conner on the TV series Roseanne (1988–1997), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1993.
He went on to star in several other Hollywood films such as Arachnophobia (1990), Barton Fink (1991) for which he was nominated for the second time for a Golden Globe, The Artist (2011), and Argo (2012). His recent film was released last week – Kong: Skull Island. The actor continues to star in TV series and films, and often collaborates with The Coen Brothers.
To Goodman, his most memorable role was the one in The Big Lebowski.
“People had always come up to me and said they appreciated it, but I noticed more and more in the past few years that people were younger, and that kind of scared me because I was afraid it would suffer some kind of odd fate like being a cult film and then being forgotten again. I’m really glad that people appreciate it. I wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to it,” he said in an interview with The Rolling Stones in 2012.
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