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After hitting the streets at age 12, Brian Goodman did whatever he could to survive as one of South Boston’s homeless. An altercation landed him in prison from 1989-1994. He was twice paroled, both of which he violated.  One thing that kept him going, was the idea he could be an actor. At age 8, he saw the TV movie, BRIAN’S SONG, and just knew this was something he could do.  While in prison, watching a lot of television and movies, he commented to a fellow prisoner, “I’m going to be an actor someday.”  After serving his time, he heard about a casting call for a film being shot in Boston.  He went in for an audition and was given his first role in SOUTHIE, a drama about a gang in South Boston, starring Donnie Wahlberg. 

Parole regulations stipulated he could not leave the state of Massachusetts, so he took it as a divine sign when his next two auditions turned out to be in Boston and garnered him speaking roles in the feature films,  SNITCH, (a.k.a. MONUMENT AVENUE), directed by the late Ted Demme and IN DREAMS helmed by Neil Jordan. “Not bad for a kid from the streets to nail his first 3 auditions,” said Goodman.

After completing the terms of his parole, Goodman moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and pursued his acting career, initially playing a lot of golf and gambling.  Eventually his fortunes turned and he landed the role of a “suit and tie business-type guy” who kidnaped Jeff Bridges’s character in the film SCENES OF THE CRIME.  He served as technical advisor on the picture.  This brought him to the attention of producer Rod Lurie who championed him for a role in his prison drama, THE LAST CASTLE, starring Robert Redford.  Goodman’s prison experience came into play once again, through his portrayal of the character, ‘Beaupre’ in the feature film.  He is once again working with Rod Lurie, creator of LINE OF FIRE.

Goodman also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.   His audition for Spielberg to portray Leonardo DiCaprio’s character’s father (which eventually went to Christopher Walken), was a memorable one. “It was just me and him and a camcorder in a room.  He called me two weeks after production began and said, you know I want you in the movie somewhere.  I did a scene as a motel clerk with Tom Hanks.  It was fun,” he said.

His other features include BLOW, (re-teaming with director Ted Demme in his final film), MUNICH, ANNAPOLIS, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT, THE BLACK ROSE, JUST ONE NIGHT and the short film, ORPHAN.   His television credits include appearances on BOOMTOWN, 24, THE CLOSER, LOST, CSI and THIEVES.

Goodman’s favorite role is that of being a dad to his sons, Mark, 15 and Brian, 21. He works out and enjoys a variety of sports as participant and viewer: tennis, basketball, golf, softball and ice hockey.  He resides in Los Angeles.