Sunday October 21, 2018

henry goodman



Henry Goodman was born on 23 April (also William Shakespeare's birthday) 1950, in Whitechapel and grew up in London's East End. He began his professional career at age ten when he was cast as one of a group of Jewish children smuggled out of a concentration camp in the WWII drama Conspiracy of Hearts (1960). Six years later, he directed the stage musical Love from Judy which featured his sister and twin brother in the cast.

Henry Goodman has won two Olivier Awards for his performance as presidential murderer Charles Guiteau in Assassins directed by Sam Mendes at the Donmar Warehouse (1993) and for his role as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, directed by Trevor Nunn at the Royal National Theatre (2000).

After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and the Leeder School of Dance in Switzerland, Henry Goodman headed to his wife's home of South Africa where he spent nearly a decade honing his craft and winning accolades as both actor and director. Returning to England in 1981, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) where he went on to distinguish himself in a variety of roles including: Richard III (in the title role), They Shoot Horses Don’t They?, Everyman in his Humour, Henry V, The Devils, Redstar, The Comedy of Errors, Volpone, The Time of Your Life, Jacques and His Master and Henry VIII

His theatre credits for the Royal National Theatre (RNT) include: The Merchant of Venice, Metropolitan Kabarett, Summerfolk, Guys and Dolls, Broken Glass, Angels in America, Pericles, After the Fall, Beatrice and Benedick.and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Other theatre credits include: Assassins (Donmar Warehouse), The Hypochondriac (Almeida); The Birthday Party(Duchess); The Producers (Broadway); Feelgood (Garrick & Hampstead Theatre); Art (New York & Wyndhams); Chicago (Adelphi); Hysteria (Royal Court & Duke of Yorks), Tartuffe (Broadway) Fiddler on the Roof, (Sheffield Crucible & Savoy) and, most recently, Duet for One, (Almeida & Vaudeville).

Film/Television credits: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Yank; Colour Me Kubrick; Churchill; The Hollywood Years; Out on a Limb; The Final Curtain; The Labyrinth; Notting Hill; Private Parts; The Saint; Mary Reilly; Queen of Hearts; Son of Pink Panther; Mayor of Casterbridge; Hooligans; The Merchant of Venice; Secret Weapon; Hamilton Mattress; Murder Rooms; Dirty Tricks; The Arabian Nights; Unfinished Business; Cold Lazarus; Broken Glass; Measure for Measure; Degas and Pissarro Fall Out; 99-1; Lovejoy; Spinoza; Maigret; The Gravy Train II; Gentlemen and Players; London’s Burning; Spooks; Dalziel and Pascoe, Foyle’s War; This is David Lander; Bust; After the War; The Chain; Keen Eddie; The Damned United and Taking Woodstock.

Teaching: RADA, Guildhall, BADA, U.C.L.A (Los Angeles)

Henry lives in Wimbledon with his wife Sue and their two children.