ABM’s been discussing adding some featured profiles to celebrate artists who have amassed an influential body of work towards genre films. During this time we’ve debated many names as to who should be worthy of being dignified with such an honor, after all this is our first and quite possibly most important step. The person selected will very clearly define what ABM is all about.
It all started with a discussion about picking our “man of the year”. But now everyone does that. Then it became “sexiest man alive”, but People magazine covers that. And that’s what lead us down the path of creating our own category of “Sexiest Man of the Decade”. A true honor that can only be bestowed to 1 recipient, every 10 years.
With much soul searching and digging into the darkest and deepest recesses of our minds, ABM considered many names for this honor. Each of whom, with their own merits has an impressive resume to be sure. Here are the runner ups…
- Samuel Jackson
- Bruce Campbell
- Kurt Russell
- Ryan Reynolds
In the end, we kept unanimously coming back to one name. One name, who’s work rival’s all others and rises to the surface making him… “Sexiest Man of the Decade 2010″. Ladies and gentleman, we officially announce Mr. Jeff Goldblum as “Sexiest Man of the Decade”!
Aside from being a kick ass actor, here’s some thing’s you may not know about Jeff Goldblum. Jeff’s an accomplished Jazz pianist and will often play locally in Los Angeles, with Peter Weller (Robocop) occasionally sitting in on the saxophone. Goldblum’s musical exploits recently lead him to performing “Just a Friend” with fellow musician Biz Markie on Jimmy Fallon’s talk show.
In June 2009, rumors began to abound that Goldblum had met his untimely demise. Thankfully, these reports were quickly proven to be nothing more than an internet hoax.
Aside from his acting and music interests, Goldblum’s involved in several humanitarian campaigns. As a member of the board of directors for the End Hunger Network, he’s personally designed a t-shirt and a gift card for Blockbuster Video for fundraiser’s. The End Hunger Network is an organization who’s mission is to stop children in America from going hungry by the year 2015!
Another organization that Jeff has been involved with is The Starlight Foundation. The Starlight Foundation works to help seriously ill children.
Wildlife Waystation is a group that helps displaced wildlife. Goldblum co-wrote a song with Peter Harris back in 2000 for the album “Hollywood Goes Wild“ with other artists that include Iggy Pop, Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves Billy Bob Thornton and many others.
Goldblum is an avid recycler and has lent his voice talents to narrating several documentaries concerning our environment for PBS.
Join us as we take a look at some highlights from the work of Jeff Goldblum youtube style!
Jeff got his start in 1974′s Death Wish playing Freak #1. It’s not many actors who get to break into the film industry by getting an ass kicking from Charles Bronson. Only several 100′s or so, maybe thousands, who can know exactly how many asses Charles Bronson kicked on screen?
With his scene stealing turns in 1977 as Lacey Party Guest in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall and guest starring role on Starsky & Hutch, Goldblums career and talents began to shine. It was in 1978 that Goldblum joined an ensemble cast in the chilling apocalyptic Sci-fi remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, Invasion of the Body Snatchers reinvigorated interest in Sci-fi films. This allowed Goldblum to work with director Philip Kaufman and share screen time with legendary actors Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy, paving the way for his many performances to come.
In 1980 Goldblum co-starred with Ben Vereen in the short lived and ground breaking TV series Tenspeed and Brown Shoe as a pair of bumbling private investigators. He would capture our hearts in the TV movie Sleepy Hollow playing the part of Ichabod Crane that same year (which is when I was first introduced to Goldblum’s work). From there he took the occasional odd job in productions like Laverne & Shirley, The Right Stuff and The Big Chill.
In 1984 Jeff Goldblum would once again steal our hearts with his portrayal of New Jersey in the family friendly sci-fi film, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai starring alongside the likes of Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Christopher Lloyd, Lewis Smith and Clancy Brown.
In 1985 Goldblum climbed to leading man status playing Michelle Pfeifer’s love interest in, Into the Night, followed by Silverado, which reunited him with Big Chill director Lawrence Kasdan. Later in 1985 Goldblum along with co-star Ed Begley jr delivered the goods with comedic chemistry in Transylvania 6-5000 a horror/comedy and personal favorite of yours truly.
1986 would make Goldblum a household name with David Cronenberg’s remake of the sci-fi genre film, The Fly. But in 1988 Jeff Goldblum would return once again to sizzle on screen with singer turned actress Cyndi Lauper and veteran Peter Falk in the romantic comedy adventure film, Vibes. The two played psychics who’s power is enlisted to find a lost temple of some kind or another. Also, in 1988, Jeff Goldblum would lead Jim Carrey and Damon Wayons in the sci-fi comedy Earth Girls Are Easy.
At the Movies, Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert review Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) starring Jeff Goldblum.
In 1993 Jeff Goldblum yet again starred in a little movie that would rewrite sci-fi history and redefine the way special effects would be done in director Steven Speilberg’s adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel, Jurassic Park. It was the highly quotable Dr. Ian Malcolm who would be the voice of reason giving us his “Chaos Theory” that would be just as memorable as the CGI T-Rex himself. The film would go on to be recognized by the Academy of Arts and Science for it’s technical achievements in sound, visual effects and editing and win 3 Oscars in 1994.
In 1996, the earth and humanity faced global annihilation by an alien invasion, and it was up to the few brave and courageous survivors to fight back. Goldblum was the savvy David Levinson, who’s uncanny technical abilities allowed him to crack the alien’s signal that was hidden in our own signal. He was able to predict the imminent strike that was upon us, saving some of the most important political officials the world has ever known. In the end Jeff Goldblum would stand side by side with Will Smith as 2 men who would bravely and selflessly dock with the mother ship and upload a simple computer virus bringing down the aliens defenses just long enough for the armed forces to deploy a planetary counter offensive. That film was 1996′s summer blockbuster Independence Day!
From there Goldblum reprised his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the The Lost World (1997) the highly anticipated Jurassic Park sequel. This time saving San Diego from total annihilation.
In more recent time, Goldblum returned to TV in 2003 with a hilarious guest star spot on NBC’s Friends, allowing him to poke fun at the “acting process” and himself by getting peed on by Joey Tribiani (Matt LaBlanc) during an audition.
Then in 2009, when Jeff Goldblum joined the cast of TV’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, ABM watched! We welcomed his quirky Detective Zach Nichols into our homes as he solved what appeared to be unsolvable cases… week after week! As a fan of the show, he will be missed.
Over all, not to bad for an actor who got his start getting his ass kicked by Charles Bronson in 1974. For Jeff’s contributions to comedy, horror and sci-fi and continuous efforts to be a part of good work in a career spanning across four decades we recognize him. We look forward to his future projects.
This is why AwesomeBMovies.com has awarded our highest honor and officially name actor Jeff Goldblum as the… Sexiest Man of the Decade!