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Bobcat Goldthwait

Bobcat GoldthwaitAKA Robert Francis Goldthwait

Born: 26-May-1962
Birthplace: Syracuse, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Comic, Actor, Film Director

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Shakes the Clown

Bobcat Goldthwait performed in a punk band, Dead Ducks, from the age of 13 until he was booted by bandmates at 15. He began doing stand-up, working in local bars and nightclubs where he was too young to be served. At 18 he partnered as a comic duo with childhood friend Tom Kenny, billing themselves as Bobcat and Tomcat. At 20 he made his first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, and at the peak of his stand-up success in the 1980s he routinely gutted fish on stage while screaming maniacally. His live comedy was captured for concert films Is He Like That All the Time? and I Don't Mean To Insult You, But You Look Like Bobcat Goldthwait.

In an early 1990s animated sitcom, Capitol Critters with Neil Patrick Harris, Goldthwait provided the voice for a retired lab rat who was subject to long-delayed chemical reactions and spontaneous combustion. In the long-running WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After, he voiced the stuffed rabbit that was a divorced dad's only friend, and during the show's run Goldthwait became romantically entangled with Nikki Cox, who played the sexpot teenaged daughter. He later hosted Bobcat's Bigass Show on cable's FX, a game/reality show where contestants chosen from the audience eagerly made fools of themselves following Goldthwait's bizarre instructions. He was a friend of Kurt Cobain, and Goldthwait is thanked in the liner notes for Nirvana's In Utero. He directed numerous episodes of Dave Chappelle's Show and Jimmy Kimmel's The Man Show, Crank Yankers, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

His movie career started with the dead serious but disappointing 1984 survivalist drama Massive Retaliation with Jason Gedrick. He played an amusing thug in Police Academy 2, and then made the same character into a rookie cop for Police Academy 3 and 4. He played the son of a Marine in One Crazy Summer with John Cusack and Demi Moore, the gay dog groomer in Burglar with Whoopi Goldberg, and a disgruntled employee fired by Bill Murray in Scrooged. He wrote, directed, and starred in Shakes the Clown, with featured roles for everyone from a blue-haired Adam Sandler to Florence Henderson. Released in 1992 to withering reviews and almost no ticket sales, Shakes the Clown is borderline brilliant, almost living up to its advertised tag line as "The Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies".

He inherited a talking horse with good advice on the stock market in Hot to Trot with Virginia Madsen, played a cocaine-addled hustler in Blow with Johnny Depp, and narrated the heartwarming A Halfway House Christmas with Ryan Dunn. He directed and played the director in the fake-movie movie Windy City Heat with Dane Cook. His most recent film was the surprisingly sweet comedy Stay in 2006, also known as Sleeping Dogs Lie, in which oral sex with a dog comes between an otherwise happy couple. Goldthwait, seen only in a brief cameo as Roy Orbison's butt, says he was inspired to write and direct the film because his own dog is "super hot".

For many years, Goldthwait appeared on stage or on camera only "in character" as a spazzy goofball with a screeching voice. In a 1994 interview with Katie Couric on The Today Show, the hostess had obviously had not been briefed about what to expect, as she repeatedly asked him to calm down and seemed seriously concerned for his health and her own safety. In an appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show he trashed the set, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Goldthwait famously lit the furniture on fire. For the latter stunt, he was charged with arson, and ordered by the court to make a public service announcement about fire safety.

The present-day Goldthwait is a bit more reserved. He only does stand-up, he says, when he needs the money, and he usually comes on stage in character with all his familiar twitches and screams, but as the show continues he mellows into an articulate, erudite social critic. He says he even turned down a recent movie role that would have had him playing a wino with diarrhea.

Father: Tom Goldthwait
Mother: Kathleen Goldthwait (d. 1999)
Wife: Ann Luly (film producer, m. 1981, div. 1998)
Daughter: Tasha (by Luly)
Son: Tyler (stepson, Luly's son adopted by Goldthwait)
Wife: Nikki Cox (actress, b. 1978, dated and engaged 1998-2002)
Girlfriend: Sarah de Sa Rego (backstage worker in films, dated 2005-06)

    High School: Bishop Grimes High School, East Syracuse, NY (1980)

    Arson Burbank, CA 6-May-1994, fined $2,700
    Risk Factors: Vegetarian, Alcoholism

    House of Mouse Pain (2001-03)
    The Hollywood Squares (1998-2000)
    Unhappily Ever After Mr. Floppy (voice, 1995-99)
    Capitol Critters Muggle (1992-95)

    Willow Creek (29-Apr-2013)
    God Bless America (9-Sep-2011)
    World's Greatest Dad (25-Apr-2009)
    Sleeping Dogs Lie (21-Jan-2006)
    Windy City Heat (12-Oct-2003)
    Shakes the Clown (13-Mar-1992)

    Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (Jan-2018) · Himself
    Leroy & Stitch (23-Jun-2006) [VOICE]
    Windy City Heat (12-Oct-2003)
    Grind (13-Aug-2003) · Bell Clerk
    Hansel & Gretel (18-Oct-2002) · Troll [VOICE]
    Mickey's House of Villains (3-Sep-2002) [VOICE]
    Blow (29-Mar-2001)
    G-Men from Hell (7-Dec-2000)
    Lion of Oz (2000) [VOICE]
    Rusty: A Dog's Tale (22-Sep-1998) [VOICE]
    Hercules (14-Jun-1997) [VOICE]
    Back to Back (1996) · Psycho
    Sweethearts (1996) · Charles
    Out There (19-Nov-1995)
    Destiny Turns on the Radio (28-Apr-1995)
    Radioland Murders (21-Oct-1994)
    Freaked (11-Sep-1993) · Sockhead as Tourist [VOICE]
    Shakes the Clown (13-Mar-1992)
    Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (1992) · Himself
    Little Vegas (16-Nov-1990)
    Meet the Hollowheads (15-Nov-1989) · Cop #1
    Scrooged (23-Nov-1988) · Eliot Loudermilk
    Tapeheads (13-Sep-1988) · Don Druzel
    Hot to Trot (26-Aug-1988)
    Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (3-Apr-1987)
    Burglar (20-Mar-1987) · Carl Hefler
    One Crazy Summer (8-Aug-1986) · Egg Stork
    Police Academy 3: Back in Training (21-Mar-1986)
    Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (29-Mar-1985)
    Massive Retaliation (Sep-1984)

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