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John Stephen Goodman is an American actor and voice actor.

For Disney, he is best known for voicing James P. Sullivan in Disney/Pixar's 2001 film Monsters, Inc. and its 2013 prequel Monsters University, as well as reprising this role in the Pixar video games Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena, Cars: Mater-National Championship, Cars: Race-O-Rama, LEGO The Incredibles, Disney Dreamlight Valley, and in the Disney+ original series Monsters at Work. He also voiced Pacha in The Emperor's New Groove, its 2005 sequel, and the TV series (season 2 only), Baloo in The Jungle Book 2, and Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff in The Princess and the Frog.

Additionally, he starred in various Touchstone Pictures films, such as Ed Munn in Stella, William "Bill" Sanford in Coyote Ugly, Daniel "Big Dan" Teague in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and Graham Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Goodman was born in Affton, Missouri. His father, Leslie Francis Goodman, was a postal worker who died of a heart attack when John was two years old. Goodman's mother, Virginia Roos (née Loosmore), was a waitress at Jack and Phil's Bar-B-Que, a retail store worker, and also took in laundry to support the family. Goodman has an older brother, Leslie, who is 14 years his senior, and a younger sister, Elisabeth, who was born six months after his father's death. He is of English, German, and Welsh ancestry and was raised Southern Baptist. Goodman described his childhood as alone and withdrawn after his father had died so early and his brother had left to go to college. He was bullied at school for being overweight.

Filmography[]

Film[]

Year Film Character Studio Notes
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Pacha Walt Disney Animation Studios Voice
2001 Monsters, Inc. James P. "Sulley" Sullivan Pixar Animation Studios
2003 The Jungle Book 2 Baloo Disneytoon Studios Voice (replacing Phil Harris)
2005 Kronk's New Groove Pacha Voice/Straight-to-video
2006 Cars Sulley (cameo as "Sullivan Truck") Pixar Animation Studios Voice
2009 The Princess and the Frog Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff Walt Disney Animation Studios
2013 Monsters University James P. Sullivan Pixar Animation Studios

Television[]

Year(s) Show Character Studio Network Notes
20072008 The Emperor's New School Pacha
(season 2)
Walt Disney Television Animation Disney Channel/ABC Voice
2021 Monsters at Work James P. Sullivan Disney+/Disney Channel

Touchstone Pictures[]

Year Film Character Studio
1990 Stella Ed Munn The Samuel Goldwyn Company
2000 Coyote Ugly William James "Bill" Sanford Jerry Bruckheimer Films
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Big Dan Teague Universal Pictures
StudioCanal
Working Title Films
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Graham Bloomwood Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Hollywood Pictures[]

Year

Film

Character

Studio

1990

Arachnophobia

Delbert McClintock

Amblin Entertainment

1993

Born Yesterday

Harry Brock

Touchwood Pacific Partners I

Video games[]

Year Video Games Character Notes
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Pacha (movie stock footage)
2002 Mike's Monstrous Adventure James P. Sullivan Voice
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena
2007 Cars Mater-National
2009 Cars Race-O-Rama
2018 LEGO The Incredibles
2023 Disney Dreamlight Valley

Accolades[]

Year Film Character Award Category Result
2002 Monsters, Inc. James P. "Sulley" Sullivan World Soundtrack Awards Best Original Song Written For A Film Won
2004 The Jungle Book 2 Baloo Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Nominated
2010 The Princess and the Frog Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble
2013 Monsters University James P. Sullivan Disney Legends Award Animation (voice) Won

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