Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Birthday: August 29
Elliott Gould began his acting career on Broadway in the 1960s, but it was his portrayal of Trapper John in Robert Altman‘s feature film “M*A*S*H” that marked the beginning of his extensive career in television and feature films. In 1970, at the peak of his prolific career, Time magazine placed him on the cover, calling him a “star for an uptight age.”
He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in “Bob & Ted & Carol & Alice,” and has since starred in numerous feature films, including “Bugsy,” “American History X,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Contagion,” “Meet Ruby Sparks,” “A Bridge Too Far,” “Capricorn One,” “The Lady Vanishes” and “The Long Goodbye,” among many others.
Gould’s Broadway credits include “Irma La Douce,” “Say, Darling,” “I Can Get It for You Wholesale,” “Little Murders” and “Drat! The Cat!.”
On television, he has hosted “Saturday Night Live” six times in addition to having many memorable guest and recurring roles on series, including “CSI,” on the Network, “Friends,” “Ray Donovan,” “Law & Order” and “Mulaney.”
Gould was born and raised in Brooklyn and currently resides in Los Angeles. He serves on the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild. In his spare time, he enjoys following sports and listening to music. His charity work includes The Environmental Defense Fund, Cancer Research, Doctors Without Borders, City of Hope and the Defenders of Wildlife. His birthday is August 29.