Gould, Elliott

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GOULD, ELLIOTT (1938– ), U.S. actor. Born Elliott Goldstein in Brooklyn, New York, Gould was educated at the Professional Children's School and Columbia University and made his Broadway debut with Rumple at the Alvin Theater in 1957. Other Broadway performances include Say, Darling; Irma La Douce; and I Can Get It for You Wholesale (where he performed opposite Barbra *Streisand, whom he married in 1963). The 6ʹ 3ʹʹ curly-headed actor began his film career in 1964 with The Confession, but is best remembered for Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. His memorable role as Trapper John in M*A*S*H made him a counterculture icon, as did appearances in such films as Getting Straight, Move, and Little Murders. He appeared in Ingmar Bergman's first English-language film The Touch, Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, California Split, and Nashville, and Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far. He is most recently remembered for his role as Jewish casino owner Reuben Tishkoff in Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve. His television series work includes ER, Sessions, Getting Personal, and the 1997 Stephen King mini-series The Shining. He also made appearances on L.A. Law, Friends, Cybill, The Simpsons, and Alef-Bet Blast-Off. Gould divorced Barbra Streisand in 1971. They had one child together, actor Jason Emanuel Gould.

[Adam Wills (2nd ed.)]