Jeff Goldblum (born October 22, 1952 in the Pittsburgh suburb of Whitaker, Pennsylvania) is a film actor, known for his often quirky, intense or comedic characters (often scientists), distinctive appearance (dark haired and lanky, and at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) he is one of Hollywood's tallest actors) and his unique, stuttered delivery of lines.
Goldblum, the third son of a Jewish doctor and a radio moderator, moved to New York City at 17 to become an actor. He worked on the stage and studied acting at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of acting coach Sanford Meisner. He made his Broadway debut in a production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Goldblum has had leading roles in films such as The Fly and The Tall Guy. Goldblum's strong supporting roles include those in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Big Chill (1983), Into the Night (1985), Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), Jurassic Park (1993), and Independence Day (1996). He also had a supporting role in the 1984 cult film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension.
Goldblum is the voice for most of the U.S. Apple commercials, including the ones for the iBook. He also voices some of the U.S. Toyota commercials.
Goldblum teaches acting at Playhouse West in North Hollywood, along with Robert Carnegie. It was with several actors from this acting company that he improvised and directed the live action short film, Little Surprises, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996.