AFTERBUZZ TV – AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight On edition, is a long form interview series featuring actors and TV personalities discussing their roles and shows as well as their thoughts, passions and journeys. In this episode host Yael Tygiel interview Adam Goldberg.
Goldberg was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Donna (née Goebel) and Earl Goldberg, a former lifeguard. His father is Jewish; his mother is a non-practicing Roman Catholic, of Mexican, Irish, French, and German descent. He lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Digger.
Goldberg’s first major screen role was in the Billy Crystal film Mr. Saturday Night (1992). In 1995 he appeared in his later-signature wise-cracking role as a delivery boy in the television comedy Double Rush. His career-making role was arguably that of the tough, wise-cracking infantryman Mellish in Steven Spielberg‘s 1998 film Saving Private Ryan. While having played multiple lead characters, as in the short-lived 2005 Fox series Head Cases and 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, his 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 series Entourage).
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 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 …Bulls. Goldberg has released rock and jazz albums, including Changes, with Latin jazz percussionist Phil Maturano.
He appeared in a three episode arc in the second season of Friends as Chandler’s crazy roommate Eddie. He also appeared some years later in a nine episode arc in season two of the spinoff show Joey as Jimmy, Joey‘s best friend from high school.
He also appeared in the short-lived ensemble cop show The Unusuals, where he plays a detective in New York City with brain cancer, but refuses treatment because of his dislike of doctors. His character is stated as being “sarcastic” and Goldberg has been described as “one of the better reasons to watch”. He subsequently appeared in the short-lived ensemble cop show NYC 22.
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 his 2005 film “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.
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.
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