Adam Goldberg

Adam Charles Goldberg (born October 25, 1970) is an American actor, director, producer, and musician. Known for his supporting roles in film and television, Goldberg has appeared in films such as Dazed and Confused, Saving Private Ryan, A Beautiful Mind, and Zodiac. He has also played leading roles in independent films such as The Hebrew Hammer and 2 Days in Paris. His TV appearances include the shows Friends as Eddie Menuek, Chandler's roommate, Joey, Entourage, The Jim Gaffigan Show, The Unusuals, and his critically acclaimed role as hitman Mr. Numbers in the first season of Fargo. He currently has a recurring supporting role as Simon Hayes in the show God Friended Me.

Adam Goldberg
Adam Goldberg (cropped)
Goldberg in 2015
Adam Charles Goldberg

October 25, 1970 (age 48)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActor, director, producer, musician
Years active1990–present
Partner(s)Roxanne Daner

Personal life

Goldberg was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Donna (née Goebel)[1] and Earl Goldberg, a former lifeguard who ran a wholesale food business.[2][3] His father is Jewish with roots in Russia, Lithuania and Romania; his mother is a non-practicing Roman Catholic, of Mexican,[4] Irish, French, and German descent.[5][6][7] He lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Digger.[8]

In December 2014, Goldberg and his girlfriend, artist and designer[9] Roxanne Daner, had a son named Bud.[10][11]



Goldberg's first major screen role was in the Billy Crystal film Mr. Saturday Night (1992). His career-making role was arguably that of the tough, wise-cracking infantryman Mellish in Steven Spielberg's 1998 film Saving Private Ryan. While he played a lead character in The Hebrew Hammer, Goldberg has mostly been cast in supporting roles.

Notable roles include Jerry, the undead servant to Christopher Walken's Angel Gabriel in the supernatural thriller The Prophecy. Goldberg has also worked with preeminent voice artists like Dan Castellaneta and Charlie Adler, and has given vocal performances in Babe: Pig in the City and cartoons like Eek! The Cat. Goldberg often portrays stereotypically Jewish characters (most notably in Dazed and Confused, The Hebrew Hammer, and in the TV series Entourage).[12]

Goldberg appeared extensively in the Flaming Lips documentary The Fearless Freaks, and had a supporting role in Christmas on Mars, a science fiction film written and directed by Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. In 1999, he appeared in the Sixpence None The Richer music video "There She Goes".

Goldberg wrote, produced, directed, and edited the features Scotch and Milk and I Love Your Work, as well as multiple television projects, notably including the philosophical travelogue Running with the Bulls for IFC.


A guitarist and songwriter, Goldberg composed and arranged the music to the I Love Your Work and Running with the Bulls and provided a song for the Hebrew Hammer soundtrack. He is known to travel with a cheap acoustic guitar, as can be seen in Running with the Bulls. Goldberg has released rock and jazz albums, including Changes, with Latin jazz percussionist Phil Maturano.

He plays in a group named LANDy. LANDy's debut album, Eros and Omissions, was released on June 23, 2009. Flaming Lips drummer Steven Drozd, with whom Goldberg collaborated on the score for I Love Your Work, performed on the record. Earlimart's Aaron Espinoza is credited as having done the final mix as well as having engineered many of the more recent songs.[13]

On June 7, 2011, Goldberg performed as lead singer with his group The Goldberg Sisters, performing "Shush" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.


In 1995, Goldberg appeared in a signature wise-cracking role as delivery boy Leo in the television comedy Double Rush. Goldberg then appeared in a three-episode arc in the second season of Friends (1996) as Chandler's crazy roommate Eddie. He appeared some years later in a nine-episode arc in season two of the Friends spinoff show Joey as Jimmy, Joey Tribbiani's best friend from high school. He also appeared as a main character in the short-lived 2005 Fox series Head Cases.

Goldberg appeared in the short-lived ensemble cop show The Unusuals, playing a detective in New York City with brain cancer who refuses treatment because of his dislike of doctors. His character was stated as being "sarcastic" and Goldberg had been described as "one of the better reasons to watch".[14] He subsequently appeared in the short-lived ensemble cop show NYC 22.

Goldberg played the role of Dave Marks, a struggling comedian and Jim Gaffigan's best friend, for two seasons on the TV Land sitcom The Jim Gaffigan Show.

In 2017, Goldberg joined the cast of NBC's Taken as a regular cast member during the show's second season. He portrays Kilroy, an accomplished computer hacker.

In 2019, Goldberg had a supporting role in the cast of CBS's God Friended Me as technical entrepreneur, Simon Hayes.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Eugene Gimbel
1993 Son in Law Indian
1993 Dazed and Confused Mike Newhouse
1995 Higher Learning David Isaacs
1995 The Prophecy Jerry
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Pete Voice only
1998 Scotch and Milk Jim
1998 Some Girl Freud
1998 Saving Private Ryan Pvt. Stanley Mellish
1998 Babe: Pig in the City Flealick Voice only
1999 EDtv John
2000 Sunset Strip Marty Shapiro
2001 Waking Life One of Four Men
2001 All Over the Guy Brett Miles Sanford
2001 Fast Sofa Jack Weis
2001 According to Spencer Feldy
2001 A Beautiful Mind Sol
2002 The Salton Sea Kujo
2003 The Hebrew Hammer Mordechai Jefferson Carver
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Tony
2005 The Fearless Freaks Himself Documentary
2005 I Love Your Work Director and writer only
2006 Man About Town Phil Balow
2006 Stay Alive Miller Banks
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Uncredited
2006 Déjà Vu Dr. Alexander Denny
2007 2 Days in Paris Jack
2007 Zodiac Duffy Jennings
2007 Nancy Drew Arrogant Director Andy
2008 From Within Roy
2008 Christmas on Mars Dr. Scott Zero (A Mars Psychiatrist)
2008 Kate Wakes Jared Short
2009 (Untitled) Adrian Jacobs
2009 Landy's BFF Himself
2010 Miss Nobody Bill Malloy
2010 Norman Mr. Angelo
2010 A Monster in Paris Raoul Voice only
2012 Lost Angeles Deepak
2015 No Way Jose Jose Also director
2016 Going Under Lou
2016 Rebirth Zach
2016 Between Us Liam
2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice Lou the Jew
TBA Running with the Devil The Snitch


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Double Rush Leo Main cast
1995 ER Joshua Shem 1 episode
1996 NYPD Blue Reporter Dave Bloom 1 episode
1996 Space: Above and Beyond Sgt. Louie Fox 1 episode
1996 Friends Eddie Manoick 3 episodes
1996–1997 Relativity Doug Kroll Main cast
2000 The Outer Limits Sid Camden / Chad Warner 1 episode
2000–2001 The $treet Evan Mitchell Main cast
2001 Will & Grace Kevin Wolchek 1 episode
2004 Frankenstein Detective Michael Sloane TV movie
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Victor Garros 1 episode
2005–2006 Joey James "Jimmy" Costa 9 episodes
2006 My Name Is Earl Philo 1 episode
2007 Medium Bruce Rossiter 1 episode
2007 Entourage Nick Rubenstein 4 episodes
2009 The Unusuals Detective Eric Delahoy Main cast
2009 Numb3rs Chris McNall 1 episode
2011 White Collar Jason Lang 1 episode
2012 NYC 22 Ray "Lazarus" Harper Main role
2013 Animal Practice Himself 1 episode
2013 Franklin & Bash August West 1 episode
2013 The Anna Nicole Story Howard K. Stern TV movie
2014 Fargo Grady Numbers 5 episodes
2015 Maron Jack Ross 1 episode
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show Dave Marks Main cast
2017 Graves Christopher Sachs Regular cast; 2 episodes
2017 Lore Peter Stumpp Episode: "The Beast Within"
2018 Taken Harden Kilroy Regular cast
2019 God Friended Me Simon Hayes


  1. ^ Patterson, John (September 1, 2007). "Up'n'Adam!". Guardian Unlimited. Archived from the original on September 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  2. ^ Roth, Mathue. "Interview: Adam Goldberg and Landy". Retrieved 2011-04-07.
  3. ^; stated at 30:10
  4. ^ Schou, Solvej (January 8, 2013). "The Hebrew Hammer is back! Adam Goldberg talks about the sequel, facing Hitler (and Mel Gibson?)". Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  5. ^ Tugend, Tom (August 7, 1998). "The Arts". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  6. ^ Sternbergh, Adam (September 12, 2005). "Adam Goldberg Stars in ''Head Cases'' on Fox". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  7. ^ Robert, Daniel (December 12, 2003). "Interviews>Adam Goldberg". SuicideGirls. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  8. ^ "Adam Goldberg Is One of the Unusuals". April 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  9. ^ Yours, Roxanne website Retrieved 11-8-2015.
  10. ^ Webber, Stephanie (2014). "Adam Goldberg Welcomes Baby with Girlfriend Roxanne Daner." Us Weekly, Dec. 27, 2014. Retrieved 11-8-2015.
  11. ^ "Fargo's Adam Goldberg is a Father!" Wetpaint Dec. 29, 2014 Retrieved 11-8-2015.
  12. ^ "ADAM GOLDBERG: Mixed Blessings". Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  13. ^ Thill, Scott (June 25, 2009). "Gear Fetish Energizes Landy's Eros and Omissions Space Pop". Wired. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  14. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (April 22, 2009). " Unusuals Review". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2011-02-28.

External links

A Beautiful Mind (film)

A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva Goldsman. It was inspired by a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-nominated 1998 book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar. The film stars Russell Crowe, along with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, and Christopher Plummer in supporting roles. The story begins in Nash's days as a graduate student at Princeton University. Early in the film, Nash begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while watching the burden his condition brings on wife Alicia and friends.

The film opened in the United States cinemas on December 21, 2001. It went on to gross over $313 million worldwide and won four Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. It was also nominated for Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Best Original Score.It was well received by critics, but has been criticized for its inaccurate portrayal of some aspects of Nash's life, especially his other family and a son born out of wedlock. However, the filmmakers have stated that the film was not meant to be a literal representation of Nash's life.

Adam Goldberg (American football)

Adam David Goldberg (born August 12, 1980) is a former American football offensive tackle. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) in 2003, played for the Vikings from 2003 to 2005, and played for the St. Louis Rams from 2006 to 2011. He played college football at Wyoming.

Adam Goldberg (disambiguation)

Adam Goldberg (born 1970) is an American actor.

Adam Goldberg may also refer to:

Adam F. Goldberg (born 1976), American film and television writer

Adam Goldberg (American football) (born 1980), American former football offensive tackle

Between Us (2016 film)

Between Us is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Rafael Palacio Illingworth. The film stars Olivia Thirlby, Ben Feldman, Adam Goldberg, Analeigh Tipton, Scott Haze, Peter Bogdanovich and Lesley Ann Warren.

The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2016. It received a limited release and through video on demand on January 6, 2017, by IFC Films.

Buridan's Ass (Fargo)

"Buridan's Ass" is the sixth episode of the first season of the FX anthology series Fargo. The episode aired on May 20, 2014 in the United States on FX. It was written by series creator and showrunner Noah Hawley and directed by Colin Bucksey. The title refers to the paradox in logic known as Buridan's ass.In the episode, Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), police officers Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks), and hitmen Mr. Wrench (Russell Harvard) and Mr. Numbers (Adam Goldberg) all end up involved in a chaotic and deadly shootout in the middle of a snow storm. Meanwhile, Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) tries to implicate someone else for the murders of his wife and Chief Thurman, while Stavros Milos' (Oliver Platt) torments come to an unforeseen conclusion.

"Buridan's Ass" was very well received by critics and was seen by 1.80 million viewers. It was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special for Bucksey.

Chelsea on the Rocks

Chelsea on the Rocks is a documentary film directed by Abel Ferrara about the Hotel Chelsea. It premiered out of competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. The film features Ferrara interviewing people who have and had lived at the hotel, intercut with dramatized footage of some famous events that took place there. During the film's interviews and docudrama Gaby Hoffmann, Dennis Hopper, Robert Crumb, Adam Goldberg and Bijou Phillips make appearances.

Christmas on Mars

Christmas on Mars is a science fiction film from the alternative rock band The Flaming Lips, written and directed by the band's frontman, Wayne Coyne, and featuring the entire band in the cast, as well as many of their associates, including Steve Burns, Adam Goldberg, and Fred Armisen.

The film began development in 2001, filming was completed in October 2005, and the film premiered on May 25, 2008 at the Sasquatch! Music Festival. For its general release in the United States, Christmas on Mars was booked into several dozen cities for unconventional screenings, in venues which included a former Ukrainian Socialist Social Club in New York City. The film was released in three different packages on November 11, 2008 through conventional retailers as well as through the band's website. A vinyl edition was released November 25, 2008.

Déjà Vu (2006 film)

Déjà Vu (stylized onscreen as Deja Vu without accents) is a 2006 American science fiction action film directed by Tony Scott, written by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The film stars Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel, Val Kilmer, Adam Goldberg and Bruce Greenwood. It involves an ATF agent who travels back in time in attempts to prevent a domestic terrorist attack that takes place in New Orleans and to save a woman with whom he falls in love.

Filming took place in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The film premiered in New York City on November 20, 2006, and was released in the United States and Canada on November 22, 2006. It received mixed reviews from critics and earned $180 million worldwide against its $75 million production budget. It was the 23rd most successful film worldwide for 2006. The film was nominated for five awards, and also won the International Gold Reel Award.

Femme Fatales (TV series)

Femme Fatales is an anthology television series, inspired by the men's magazine of the same name, produced by and aired on Cinemax from 2011 to 2012. Each episode features an antiheroic woman, intercut with softcore pornographic scenes. Lilith (Tanit Phoenix) introduces each episode Rod Serling-style and occasionally appears within the narrative. Some characters make encore appearances in later episodes. Unlike most Cinemax After Dark shows that feature porn actors, Femme Fatales features mainstream actors, such as Richard Kind, Adam Goldberg, Paul Mazursky, Ryan Bittle, Robert LaSardo, Stephen Macht, William Gregory Lee, Dean Haglund, Charlie O'Connell, Daniel Bess, Angus Scrimm, Carrie Genzel, Ellie Cornell, Neil Hopkins in season 1; and Antonio Sabato Jr., Kyle Gass, Leilani Sarelle, Chris Mulkey, Scheana Marie, John Enos III, Vivica A. Fox, Sandra McCoy, Jeffrey Combs, Robert Picardo, Ashley Hamilton, Nikki Griffin, Eric Roberts, Kate Luyben, Steve Railsback, Paul Rae, Jes Macallan, Casper Van Dien, Jeff Fahey, and Betsy Rue in season 2.

I Love Your Work

I Love Your Work is an American psychological thriller film completed in 2003 and released theatrically in 2005. The film was directed by Adam Goldberg and written by Goldberg and Adrian Butchart. An indictment of celebrity culture, it was not a commercial success. The cast includes Giovanni Ribisi, Christina Ricci, and Vince Vaughn. The movie premiered on September 5, 2003 at the Toronto International Film Festival.The DVD was distributed by THINKFilm on March 28, 2006.

Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers

Wes Wrench and Grady Numbers, mostly known as Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers, are fictional characters of the FX television series Fargo, most prominently appearing as antagonists in the first season. The characters, portrayed respectively by Russell Harvard and Adam Goldberg, were often highlighted as one of the stand-outs of season one by critics.The characters later briefly re-appear as two unnamed children in the season two finale "Palindrome", set many years before the first season, with Wrench appearing again as a recurring character in season three, set four years after season one.

No Way Jose

No Way Jose is a 2015 American comedy-drama film. Adam Goldberg directed the film from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Sarah Kate Levy. It stars Adam Goldberg, Ahna O'Reilly, Pat Healy, Emily Osment and Gillian Jacobs. The premiere of the movie in the United States was on July 7, 2015.

Norman (film)

Norman is a 2010 drama film directed by Jonathan Segal. It stars Dan Byrd, Emily VanCamp, Adam Goldberg, and Richard Jenkins. The film features an original score and songs by multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird. Norman began its theatrical release at various U.S. locations on October 21, 2011.

Once Upon a Time in Venice

Once Upon a Time in Venice (also known as LA Vengeance in the UK) is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Mark Cullen in his directorial debut, and co-written with his brother Robb. The film stars Bruce Willis, Jason Momoa, John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen, and Adam Goldberg with supporting roles by Christopher McDonald, Stephanie Sigman, and Wood Harris.

The film was released in a limited release and through video on demand on June 16, 2017, by RLJ Entertainment.

Rebirth (2016 film)

Rebirth is a 2016 American thriller film written and directed by Karl Mueller. The film stars Fran Kranz, Adam Goldberg, Nicky Whelan, Kat Foster, Andrew J. West and Eric Ladin. The film was released on July 15, 2016, on Netflix.

Sean Giambrone

Sean Giambrone (born May 30, 1999) is an American actor and voice actor whose roles include Adam Goldberg in the sitcom The Goldbergs, and Ron Stoppable in the Disney Channel live action version of Kim Possible. He voices Jeff Randell in Clarence, and Russell in Russell Madness.

The Fearless Freaks

Fearless Freaks is a 2005 documentary directed by Bradley Beesley and edited by JoLynn Garnes, chronicling the alternative rock band The Flaming Lips. While the film features cameo appearances by such actors as Adam Goldberg and Christina Ricci, most of the screen time is taken up by interviews with the band members and their families interspersed with clips of the band's recording sessions and live performances. Wayne Coyne's mother and several of his brothers are prominently featured, as are members of Steven Drozd's family, while Michael Ivins' family receives comparatively little screen time.

The film traces the band from their roots as a local psychedelic punk band to an internationally renowned band that draws celebrities to its performances. Many of the interviews were filmed in the band's hometown of Oklahoma City, although Wayne Coyne is the only band member still living there. In addition to the development of the Lips' music and performance, another theme running through the movie is the effect that drugs have had on the band and their families. A notable scene in the film depicts Steven Drozd preparing to inject himself with heroin, and it is stated that paranoia over Drozd's addiction caused guitarist Ronald Jones to leave the band. Drugs have also affected the lives of members of both Drozd's and Coyne's families.

The Hebrew Hammer

The Hebrew Hammer is a 2003 American comedy film written and directed by Jonathan Kesselman. It stars Adam Goldberg, Judy Greer, Andy Dick, Mario Van Peebles, and Peter Coyote. The plot concerns a Jewish blaxploitation crime fighter known as the Hebrew Hammer who must save Hanukkah from the evil son of Santa Claus, who wants to destroy Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and make everyone celebrate Christmas.

The film parodies blaxploitation films, and features Melvin Van Peebles in a cameo as "Sweetback".

The Six Ungraspables

"The Six Ungraspables" is the fifth episode of the first season of the FX anthology series Fargo. The episode aired on May 13, 2014 in the United States on FX. It was written by series creator and showrunner Noah Hawley and directed by Colin Bucksey. The title refers to the Zen Buddhist kōan known as The Six Ungraspables.In the episode, Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman), trapped in a prison cell with the hitmen Mr. Wrench (Russell Harvard) and Mr. Numbers (Adam Goldberg) after the events of the previous episode, finally reveals that the man the duo is after is Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton). Meanwhile, Malvo, while continuing his scheme of blackmailing Stavros Milos (Oliver Platt), might be looking for revenge after Officer Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) arrested him in the previous episode.

"The Six Ungraspables" received critical acclaim, and was seen by 1.60 million viewers.

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