Birthday: August 29, 1938 Birth
Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Height: 6' 3"
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Elliot Gould was one of Hollywood's hottest actors of the early '70s and though he reached the peak of his popularity years ago, he remains a steadily employed supporting and character actor. Gould's lifelong involvement in show business is partially the result of his mother. In classical stage mother fashion, she made an eight-year-old Gould take numerous classes in performing, singing, and dance, including ballet. She enrolled him in Manhattan's Professional Children's School and then had him perform in hospitals, temples, and sometimes on television. Gould was also a child model. During summers, Gould performed at Catskill mountain resorts. When he was 18, he made it into a Broadway chorus line. Working odd jobs in between minor stage gigs, Gould did not get his big break until he joined the chorus line of the musical Irma La Douce. From there he won the leading role opposite Barbra Streisand in I Can Get It for You Wholesale. Though the two leads got good reviews, the show did not and rapidly closed. During its short run, Gould and Streisand fell in love, and in 1963, married. The following year, Gould made an inauspicious feature-film debut playing a deaf-mute in The Confession (1964). He did much better in his second film, The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968). While Gould's career seemed jammed in neutral, his wife's popularity hit the stratosphere, and for a time, he helped arrange her television appearances. By 1967, after years of being called Mr. Streisand and undergoing analysis, Gould untied the knot with Streisand. Gould became a star in 1969 when his co-starring role in the sex comedy Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. After playing Trapper John in Robert Altman's counterculture classic M*A*S*H, Gould at last made it to the big league. Tall, curly-haired, more homely than handsome, laid-back, unconventional, sensitive, and unabashedly Jewish, Gould was tremendously popular with young adults who strongly identified with the often confused and neurotic characters he played. Gould's subsequent few films, notably Getting Straight (1970) and Little Murders, reinforced his counterculture image. For a while, he seemed to be everywhere, but by 1973, his career had already begun tapering off. A powerfully subtle performance as Philip Marlow in Altman's Long Goodbye (1973) proved that Gould had talent to spare, but over the next few years, his choice of films only hastened his descent into the relative obscurity of offbeat (California Split and Capricorn One) and sometimes just plain awful films (S*P*Y*S and I Will, I Will for Now). But though his career has continued in a similarly uneven vein mining the shades of gray between excellence and walk-throughs, Gould remains a trooper. His son, Jason Gould, is an actor, too.
He and Jennifer Bogart had two children before they wed in 1974.
Father, with singer-actress Barbra Streisand, of actor Jason Gould.
He and MASH (1970) co-star Donald Sutherland both own apartments in same Manhattan high-rise luxury building.
Has hosted "Saturday Night Live" (1975) six times.
Was the first actor to play the character of Trapper John in the film version of MASH (1970). The second actor was Wayne Rogers for the TV series and Pernell Roberts for the TV series "Trapper John, M.D." (1979).
MASH (1970) director Robert Altman originally wanted him to play Duke Forrest. It was only at his request that he played Trapper John.
Was a major box office star in 1970 and 1971, but according to Robert Altman, Gould could not find a job for six months when Altman hired him for The Long Goodbye (1973). Critic Hollis Alpert speculated that Gould's anti-heroic character was extremely popular with campus radicals, and once radicalism declined around the time of Richard Nixon's re-election in 1972, his popularity also declined.
Director Ingmar Bergman denounced Gould as "difficult" after the two worked together in Beröringen (1971) ("The Touch) in 1971, one of the great master's least memorable films.
Was originally attached to the movie version of Dr. David Reuben's best-selling sex guide Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), but backed out. The film was made by Woody Allen in 1972.
Is a regular guest on FOX News Channel broadcasts.
His son, Sam Gould, was born in January, 1973. He had a daughter before that.
He and his Ocean's Eleven (2001) / Ocean's Twelve (2004) co-stars, Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, all have guest-starred on the TV show "Friends" (1994), though not in the same episodes
Former son-in-law of director Paul Bogart.
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