A gifted and much celebrated actor, Jeff Goldblum has also distinguished himself away from the big screen as a sophisticated jazz pianist. Known for his starring roles in films like The Big Chill, Independence Day, and Jurassic Park, Goldblum has also built a following playing regularly with his ensemble the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. In 2018, he released his debut full-length album, The Capitol Studio Sessions.
Born in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Homestead, Pennsylvania in 1952, Goldblum grew up in a Jewish family of Russian and Austrian descent. Interested in performing at a young age, he moved to New York at age 17 to pursue acting and studied at the acclaimed Neighborhood Playhouse with noted acting coach Sanford Meisner. After making his Broadway debut in the 1971 Tony Award-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, Goldblum moved into television and film work, appearing first as a thug in the 1974 Charles Bronson action flick Death Wish, as well as small but well-received roles in Nashville, Annie Hall, and The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. His breakout roles came in 1983's The Big Chill and 1986's The Fly, after which he solidified his reputation as a box office star with his roles in 1993's Jurassic Park, and 1996's Independence Day. He has taken roles in critically lauded smaller films like 2002's Igby Goes Down, 2004's A Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and big-budget titles like Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok.