Jeff Goldblum: 5 of His Best Movie Roles

Jeff Goldblum

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Jeff Goldblum grew up in a suburb outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and started acting in 1974. Since then, he’s been in Broadway musicals and appeared on several popular TV shows like Will & Grace, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Friends, and Glee to name a few. But it’s the characters he’s played onscreen that are perhaps the most memorable.

Over the years, Goldblum has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of all time. Here’s a look at a few his best movie roles.

Michael Gold in The Big Chill

Back in 1983, Goldblum joined an all-star cast and took on the role of magazine journalist Michael Gold in the comedy-drama The Big Chill.

He played one of seven former college friends who reunited for a weekend after the suicide of another pal, Alex. During their weekend together they each come forward with some unresolved issues they have with Alex, and with one another.

The Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok

In the 2017 flick Thor: Ragnarok, Goldblum plays the Marvel Comics villain The Grandmaster as only he can by injecting humor and something likable about such an unlikeable character.

He starred alongside several other A-list actors in the superhero movie including Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.

Seth Brundle in The Fly

Was there even a doubt that Goldblum’s amazing performance as Seth Brundle in the 1986 David Cronenberg science fiction film The Fly would make this list?

The actor played an eccentric inventor whose experiment goes horribly wrong when his DNA  accidentally merges with that of a fly. Goldblum takes audiences on a journey as he goes through a horrifying transformation into a monstrous human fly.

The role earned him a Saturn Award for Best Actor.

David Levinson in Independence Day

Goldblum played scientist David Levinson in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day as well as its sequel Independence Day: Resurgence in 2016.

In the earlier film, he starred with Will Smith and became one of the heroes who possessed perfect comedic timing to give audiences a chuckle when appropriate. Just about everyone remembers his line from that movie when he uttered the words, “It’s like in chess: First, you strategically position your pieces and when the timing is right you strike.”

Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park

Of course, one of his best roles was his portrayal of Dr. Ian Malcolm in the 1993 Steven Spielberg film Jurrasic Park.

The scene in which his character is lying on his side with his shirt open after breaking his leg during a Tyrannosaurus Rex attack has been shared many times as GIFs and memes on social media. In the film, Goldblum also delivered some pretty great lines including “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should, ” and “Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.”

Goldblum reprised his role in The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997 as well as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 2018.