Jeff Goldblum: actor, raconteur, sandwich lover, jazz musician, father, internet sensation, Empire cover star. Few actors working in Hollywood today are as unique, perplexing, eccentric, or plain funny as Jeff Goldblum. We love Jeff Goldblum. We love Jeff Goldblum so much, in fact, that we decided to formally compile the 15 moments of Peak Goldblum, here for your delight and delectation. It was almost inevitable. Goldblum, uh... finds a way.
1. Jeff Goldblum’s Annie Hall cameo
A young Jeff Goldblum makes a brief early appearance in Woody Allen’s 1977 comic masterpiece Annie Hall. He is on screen for roughly six seconds. The only words he speaks are: “I forgot my mantra.” Who is this character? What is the mantra he has forgotten? The mystery and enigma that is Jeff Goldblum began early.
2. Jeff Goldblum laughing in Jurassic Park
Jeff Goldblum’s greatest role, surely, is as leather-jacketed mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm in Spielberg’s dinosaur classic Jurassic Park. There are plenty of wonderful Ian Malcolm moments to choose from (“See, here I’m now sitting by myself, uh, er, talking to myself...”) but this clip of him chuckling in a helicopter remains extremely popular on the internet, for self-evident reasons.
The laugh has even spawned a catchy remix.
So popular is the Goldblaugh, in fact, that one YouTube editor has created a 10 hour version of the laugh on repeat. Editors were so preoccupied with whether they could, etc....
3. Jeff Goldblum appearing shirtless in Jurassic Park
Another exceptional Ian Malcolm moment: after being injured by a T-Rex, Malcolm relaxes in the safety of John Hammond’s compound, shirt rakishly unfastened.
The image is so searingly erotic that it has spawned an oil painting...
...and even incorporated Sam Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant.
4. Jeff Goldblum singing lyrics to the theme from Jurassic Park
Did you know that John Williams' famous theme to Jurassic Park has lyrics? Jeff Goldblum knows.
5. Jeff Goldblum clarifying the correct pronunciation of ‘Goldblum’
In this sketch from Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Jeff Goldblum finally explains how to say his name.
6. Jeff Goldblum in this incredible Vine
The beauty and poetry of this requires no explanation.
7. Jeff Goldblum in a video game
Jeff Goldblum has embarked into the virtual realm, offering his voice and performance capture skills to Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies, playing the conjurer Nero Blackstone, and providing such perfectly Goldblumian dialogue as “this may be the most elaborate egg cup I've ever seen!”
8. Jeff Goldblum trying Marmite for the first time
Back in 2010, we put Empire readers' questions to Goldblum. One of the questions regarded his position on Marmite. Our plucky interviewer brought a jar of the black stuff for him to try. His reaction (from around the 2 minutes 20 seconds mark) is a mixture of admiration (for the label), distaste (for a particular font used), and disgust (for the substance itself).
9. Jeff Goldblum running a Knot Store
Wearing a very fetching pink-suit-and-bowtie combo, Jeff Goldblum runs a shop selling only a variety of knots in this very funny skit from hipster-skewing sketch show Portlandia.
10. Jeff Goldblum on Conan
Jeff Goldblum is a frequent guest on Conan O’Brien’s late night US talk show, and by his own admission acts up for Conan’s obvious pleasure, as we see in this prime example (“You bring it out in me! I act like I think you see me.”).
11. Jeff Goldblum’s baby sucking on his nose
In another memorable Conan appearance, Jeff Goldblum shares an adorable video of his newborn having a good old chomp on the famous Goldblum snout.
12. Jeff Goldblum playing a secret jazz set at Coachella
Attendees of the 2011 Coachella music festival in California were surprised to find Jeff Goldblum playing a low-key unadvertised jazz set near a campsite. He spent the first ten minutes playing Seven Degrees of Jeff Goldblum, for some reason. The set inspired a Funny Or Die sketch which imagined the set as the most important musical event in history.
13. Jeff Goldblum duetting with Biz Markie
Maybe the second most important musical event in history occurred when Jeff Goldblum and Biz Markie performed Just A Friend on Jimmy Fallon's late night show.
14. Jeff Goldblum as ‘Chef Goldblum’
Jeff Goldblum’s naturally surreal sense of humour proved a perfect fit for anarchic comedy duo Tim & Eric, who enlisted Goldblum to appear in their bizarre Billion Dollar Movie as ‘Chef Goldblum’, advertising the Schlaaaang Super Seat.
15. Jeff Goldblum appearing in a GE commercial
Tim & Eric also recruited Jeff Goldblum to appear in this actual commercial, for an actual GE product. Reminder: this is real.
Jeff Goldblum can be seen in Independence Day: Resurgence, in cinemas June 23.