Jeff Goldblum

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Date of Birth 22 October 1952, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Birth Name Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum Height 6' 4½" (1.94 m) Mini Biography Born Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum on October 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, actor Jeff Goldblum began his career on the New York stage after moving to the city at the age of seventeen. Possessing his own unique style of delivery, Goldblum made an impression on moviegoers with little more than a single line in Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977), when he fretted about having forgotten his mantra. Goldblum went on to appear in the remake Bodi sunacchâ (1978) and co-starred with Ben Vereen in the TV Detective series "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe" (1980) before a high-profile turn in the classic ensemble film The Big Chill (1983). The quirky actor turned up in the suitably quirky film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), which became a 1980s cult classic, starred in the modern day film noir "Into The Night" (1985), then went on to a breakthrough role in the David Cronenberg remake The Fly (1986), which also featured actress Geena Davis, Goldblum's wife from 1987-1990 and co-star in two additional films: Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) and Julien Temple's Earth Girls Are Easy (1988). Goldblum was the rather unlikely star of some of the biggest blockbusters of the 1990s: Steven Spielberg's dinosaur adventure Jurassic Park (1993) and its sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), as well as the alien invasion flick Independence Day (1996). These films saw Goldblum playing the type of intellectual characters he's become associated with. More recently, roles have included critically acclaimed turns in 17 sai no shohousen (2002) and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). In 2009, he returned to TV to star in his second crime series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001). Spouse Geena Davis (1 November 1987 - 17 October 1990) (divorced) Patricia Gaul (4 July 1980 - 1986) (divorced) Trade Mark Often cast as either an intellectual of some sort (teachers, scientists, etc.) or an eccentric or both. Halting delivery of lines Trivia Is the voice behind the iMac/iBook commercials for Apple Computer. Was engaged to Laura Dern (1995-1997) . In a jazz band called "The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra" with actor Peter Weller, they perform at local clubs in Los Angeles. They were also in a band together in the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Studied acting at New York City's prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of legendary acting coach, Sanford Meisner. Was engaged to Catherine Wreford, a 23 year old dancer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Appears alongside ex-wife Geena Davis in three films, back to back: Transylvania 6-5000 (1985); The Fly (1986) and Earth Girls Are Easy (1988). While filming Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), he and co-stars Damon Wayans and Jim Carrey took approximately two hours to be suited up as the aliens. The trio also dubbed certain scenes. After playing the victim of an alien invasion in the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), he appears in two films in which he fights aliens: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) and Independence Day (1996). Also one where he plays an alien: Earth Girls Are Easy (1988). He can wiggle his ears one at a time. He demonstated this talent on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993). Has worked twice with three of the writers of Raidâsu: Ushinawareta âku (seihitsu) (1981): the film's director, Steven Spielberg, directed him in Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997); the screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan, directed him in The Big Chill (1983) and Silverado (1985). Philip Kaufman, whose idea it was for Indy to pursue the Ark of the Covenant, directed him in Bodi sunacchâ (1978) and The Right Stuff (1983). Appears in two remakes of cult science fiction/horror films: Bodi sunacchâ (1978) and The Fly (1986). Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999. Born on the same day as actor Christopher Lloyd. Father was a doctor and mother a radio broadcaster. Has two older brothers, Rick and Lee, and a sister Pamela. Older brother Rick (by four years) died of kidney failure while traveling in Morocco at age 23. Lee is a realtor and Pamela an artist. Almost got the part of 'Dr. David Blume' in Blue Sunshine (1976), but lost the part to Robert Walden because the director thought he had better chemistry with leading actor Zalman King. Appeared opposite his then-girlfriend Geena Davis in The Fly (1986), and future girlfriend Laura Dern in Jurassic Park (1993). In both films, each actress's character remarks that "Something went wrong.". In three films, Jeff Goldblum plays characters that have some sort of vomit-related sickness. In The Right Stuff (1983) he plays a NASA promoter who gets seasick. In The Fly (1986), Seth Brundle gets motion sickness which is why he invents teleporting. And in Independence Day (1996), David Levinson gets airsick. It's unknown if Goldblum actually suffers from any of these. Appeared with his first wife, Patricia Gaul, in The Big Chill (1983) and Silverado (1985), both of which were directed by Lawrence Kasdan. His second wife, Geena Davis, appeared in The Accidental Tourist (1988), also directed by Kasdan. Personal Quotes I don't think of it that way. I'm just flattered playing smart guys who get to figure out before anybody else what's going on. So that's awfully fun. I got good grades in school, but I was in a little school and a small town out of Pittsburgh, not academically demanding or ambitious, I don't know how much that says but I was not that science thrilled I was more in to playing sports, jazz, painting and acting, stuff like that, but recently because of playing these parts I've gotten more interested in science, my dad was a doctor, and I'm reading this Carl Sagan book that makes science, see the way he talks about it is very aliquot, makes it seems kind of human kind of romantic and wondrous, spirituals, sexy vermeil, its very attractive book that he just wrote. I grew up watching sci-fi and monster movies like I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) and all those creepy old Vincent Price horror movies. They made a huge impression on me and I think that's what Independence Day (1996) is going to do for a whole generation of youngsters. It's going to be their favorite nightmare. I mean, forget about Jurassic Park (1993), I remember the real-event movie when I was a kid was "King Kong Vs. Godzilla" (Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (1962)). There was a theatre outside of Pittsburgh where I grew up, a real jewel box inside, three balconies. I've been lucky. And thank goodness the (sci-fi films) I've done have been good movies. I feel like some kind of lucky star has, for now, shone on me. It is psychologically unsettling. But I think we've made something more sophisticated than just a slasher movie, because of the family drama in it. The Fly (1986) could have been something else (meaning a cheap monster movie). But I think we raised that to something smarter. It's a love story and something that has poetry in it and majesty and real tragedy. It's OK. I don't mind being, you know to try and subordinate my moods, and reflexes and impulses sometimes and have to be sweet descent and nice, I don't think that's a bad thing, especially I don't think I would have that if I didn't have acting as an outlet, because acting asks you demands you and allows you to be reactive passionate all of yourself, your authentic self in fact your more naked self, your enraged self, your jerky self, your self, its a great outlet so in life if we have to be, you don't want to be phony, but its not a bad idea to have to sidestep your negativity, to count to ten sometimes do the right thing be sweet to people figure out what you can do to to contribute in a situation, and that's not a bad thing. It's been fun, obviously if you want to be an actor and you think of being successful you always thought that would go along with it, I never thought that was a horrible thing, in fact I've enjoyed it, it's a sweet thing you feel on most encounters, like it's an amazing rare thing that you feel connected to people in a way you're not strangers, you're not bumping into people and they go hey! They're going hey it's you and I'm glad to see you and I like you, and that's a delicious wonderful thing for the most part, it gives you a sense of responsibility so you can't misbehave without being talked about, you know people are going to say, "You know who was a real jerk today? Jeff Goldblum!", so you got to be, but that's a good thing, if we all knew we were going to be reported about and couldn't be anonymous that's not a bad thing, but sometimes you can't exactly, sometimes you want to be private, and it can be embarrassing, or not so nice, but for the most part it's great. Not to mention life, which continues to be a challenge, and which I continue to try and get better at. Well, well, well! It's certainly a compelling provocative exciting delicious to think about idea, smart people say the universe is so big there must be something statistically it could be likely there could be something happening on some other world. When I'm in a happy state of mind, I often am in Los Angeles, recently you know those Fantasy Tour vans that go around, I don't know what they're looking at, they're looking at studios and things like that, when I pass them in my car sometimes I roll down the window and point myself out to them, sometimes they don't notice me, and I'll go OK never mind, but sometimes they go Oh ladies and gentleman to the right we have Jeff Goldblum. [On his relationship with Geena Davis after their divorce]: We are good friends and she's a wonderful person and a wonderful actress. [On Laura Dern]: Well, you know, I'm very easily stirred. And she's a remarkable woman. So I was struck with that from the beginning. But it wasn't until the film was over that we formed an alliance. I had been discreetly casting glances across the dinosaur. It's mysterious what attracts you to a person. [On the success of Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Independence Day (1996)]: The success of these three movies has certainly made my life less stressful and I'm having great fun slaying aliens and dinosaurs. [On watching himself act]: It was odd because I hadn't seen much of what we had done until I saw it all put together up there. So, I'm watching everybody, but I care mostly about me [laughs]. So, I'm watching and thinking, "Good, Jeff. That's nice, Jeff. Yes, Jeff, go for it. Oh, YES, Jeff.

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Birth Name

Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum

Birth Place

West Homestead, Pensilvania, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

10/22/1952
Known For
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Independence Day: Resurgence

David Levinson

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The Switch

Leonard

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Hotel Artemis

Niagara

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Jack Bellicec

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The Fly

Seth Brundle

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Into the Night

Ed Okin

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Earth Girls Are Easy

Mac

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The Big Chill

Michael Gold

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Transylvania 6-5000

Jack Harrison

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Deep Cover

David Jason

Starring In
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Wicked

Wizard

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Asteroid City

The Alien

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Jurassic World: Dominion

Ian Malcolm

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Fiddler's Journey to the Big Screen

Self - Narrator

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The Boss Baby 2

Dr. Armstrong (voice)

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Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time- Vol. 1 Midnight Madness

Self

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Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time- Vol. 2 Horror and Sci-Fi

Self

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The Mountain

Dr. Wallace Fiennes

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Hotel Artemis

Niagara

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Ian Malcolm

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Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity

Self

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Isle of Dogs

Duke (voice)

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Team Darryl

Grandmaster

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Always at The Carlyle

Himself

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Thor: Ragnarok

Grandmaster

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Spielberg

Himself - Actor

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Pharmacy Road

Marty Hass

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Grandmaster (uncredited)

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Between the Lines

Max Arloft

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The Fabulous Allan Carr

Self (archive footage)

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Independence Day: Resurgence

David Levinson

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Mortdecai

Krampf

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Unity

Narrator (voice)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Deputy Kovacs

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Le Week-End

Morgan

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Adventures In Zambezia

Ajax (voice)

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Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

Chef Goldblum

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Morning Glory

Jerry Barnes

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The Switch

Leonard

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Adam Resurrected

Adam Stein

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Man of the Year

Alan Stewart

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Mini's First Time

Mike Rudell

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Fay Grim

Agent Fulbright

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Pittsburgh

Himself

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Stories of Lost Souls

Himself (segment "Supermarket") (archive footage)

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Alistair Hennessey

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Saturday Night Live - The Best of David Spade

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Incident at Loch Ness

Party Guest

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Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

Himself (6 episodes, 2004-2007)

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Dallas 362

Bob

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Spinning Boris

George Gorton

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Igby Goes Down

D.H.

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Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire / Legend of the Lost Tribe

White Rabbit (voice)

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Saturday NightLive: Will Ferrell

Himself/Various (archive footage)

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Festival in Cannes

Self (uncredited)

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Cats & Dogs

Professor Brody

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Beyond Jurassic Park

Himself

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Perfume

Jamie

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Chain Of Fools

Avnet

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One of the Hollywood Ten

Herbert Biberman

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Beyond Suspicion

John Nolan

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Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked in America-The Stunt Tour

Himself

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The Prince Of Egypt

Aaron (voice)

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Holy Man

Ricky Hayman

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Ian Malcolm

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Independence Day

David Levinson

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The Great White Hype

Mitchell Kane

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Mad Dog Time

Mickey Holliday

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Powder

Donald Ripley

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Nine Months

Sean Fletcher

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Hideaway

Hatch

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The Making of 'Jurassic Park'

Himself / Ian Malcolm (uncredited)

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Jurassic Park

Malcolm

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The Player

Jeff Goldblum

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Deep Cover

David Jason

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Shooting Elizabeth

Howard Pigeon

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The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish

Pianist

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Framed

Wiley

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Mister Frost

Mr. Frost

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Twisted Obsession

Daniel Gillis

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The Fly II

Seth Brundle (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Tall Guy

Dexter King

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Earth Girls Are Easy

Mac

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Vibes

Nick Deezy

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Beyond Therapy

Bruce

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Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg

Himself (archive footage)

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The Fly

Seth Brundle

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Silverado

Slick

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Into the Night

Ed Okin

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Transylvania 6-5000

Jack Harrison

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Terror in the Aisles

Jack Bellicec (in 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers') (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

New Jersey

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The Big Chill

Michael Gold

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The Right Stuff

Recruiter

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Faerie Tale Theatre - The Three Little Pigs

Buck Wolf

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Rehearsal For Murder

Leo Gibbs

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Threshold

Dr. Aldo Gehring

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Ichabod Crane

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Jack Bellicec

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Thank God It's Friday

Tony Di Marco

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The Sentinel

Jack

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Annie Hall

Lacey Party Guest

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Next Stop, Greenwich Village

Clyde Baxter

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Special Delivery

Snake

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St. Ives

Hood #3

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Nashville

Tricycle Man

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Death Wish

Freak #1

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California Split

Lloyd Harris

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