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Summary Article: Goldblum, Jeff Lynn
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US actor. He is known for his ironic delivery, and often plays scientists and sceptics, for example in such films as The Fly (1986) and Jurassic Park (1993). He worked with leading independent directors such as Robert Altman in The Player (1992), before becoming associated with some of the biggest blockbusters in film history, including Independence Day (1996) and the Jurassic Park sequel The Lost World (1997).

Goldblum's film debut was as a thug in the Charles Bronson film Death Wish (1974), and he went on to play strong supporting roles in science fiction films such as The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), comedies such as the baby-boomer classic The Big Chill (1983), and quirky drama-comedies such as Igby Goes Down (2002) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). He has also remained active in theatre and television, appearing in the plays The Pillowman on Broadway in 2005 and Speed-the-Plow in the West End in 2008. He became a cast member of the hit series Law and Order in 2009.

Goldblum was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and studied acting in New York with Sanford Meisner. He made his Broadway debut in a production of Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

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