Adam Goldberg

Adam Charles Goldberg (born October 25, 1970) is an American actor, director, producer, and musician. Known for his supporting roles in film and television, Goldberg has appeared in films such as Dazed and Confused, Saving Private Ryan, A Beautiful Mind, and Zodiac. He has also played leading roles in independent films such as The Hebrew Hammer and 2 Days in Paris. His TV appearances include the shows Friends, Joey, Entourage, The Jim Gaffigan Show, The Unusuals, and his critically acclaimed role as hitman Mr. Numbers in the first season of Fargo. He currently has a recurring supporting role as Simon Hayes in the show God Friended Me.

Adam Goldberg
Goldberg in 2015
Adam Charles Goldberg

(1970-10-25) October 25, 1970
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActor, director, producer, musician
Years active1990–present
Partner(s)Roxanne Daner

Personal life

Goldberg was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Donna (née Goebel)[1] and Earl Goldberg, a former lifeguard who ran a wholesale food business.[2][3] His father is Jewish with roots in Russia, Lithuania and Romania; his mother is a non-practicing Roman Catholic, of Mexican,[4] Irish, French, and German descent.[5][6][7] He lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Digger.[8]

In December 2014, Goldberg and his girlfriend, artist and designer[9] Roxanne Daner, had a son.[10][11] They had a second son on November 29, 2018.[12]



Goldberg's first major screen role was in the Billy Crystal film Mr. Saturday Night (1992). His career-making role was arguably that of the tough, wise-cracking infantryman Mellish in Steven Spielberg's 1998 film Saving Private Ryan. While he played a lead character in 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 voice acted 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 TV series Entourage).[13]

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 the 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 Running with the Bulls. Goldberg has released rock and jazz albums, including Changes, with Latin jazz percussionist Phil Maturano.

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 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.[14]

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.


In 1995, Goldberg appeared in a signature wise-cracking role as delivery boy Leo in the television comedy Double Rush. Goldberg then appeared in a three-episode arc in the second season of Friends (1996) as Chandler's crazy roommate Eddie. He appeared some years later in a nine-episode arc in season two of the Friends spinoff show Joey as Jimmy, Joey Tribbiani's best friend from high school. He also appeared as a main character in the short-lived 2005 Fox series Head Cases.

Goldberg appeared in the short-lived ensemble cop show The Unusuals, playing a detective in New York City with brain cancer who refuses treatment because of his dislike of doctors. His character was stated as being "sarcastic" and Goldberg had been described as "one of the better reasons to watch".[15] He subsequently appeared in the short-lived ensemble cop show NYC 22.

Goldberg played the role of Dave Marks, a struggling comedian and Jim Gaffigan's best friend, for two seasons on the TV Land sitcom The Jim Gaffigan Show.

In 2017, Goldberg joined the cast of NBC's Taken as a regular cast member during the show's second season. He portrays Kilroy, an accomplished computer hacker.

In 2019, Goldberg had a supporting role in the cast of CBS's God Friended Me as technical entrepreneur, Simon Hayes.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Eugene Gimbel
1993 Son in Law Indian
1993 Dazed and Confused Mike Newhouse
1995 Higher Learning David Isaacs
1995 The Prophecy Jerry
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Pete Voice only
1998 Scotch and Milk Jim
1998 Some Girl Freud
1998 Saving Private Ryan Pvt. Stanley Mellish
1998 Babe: Pig in the City Flealick Voice only
1999 EDtv John
2000 Sunset Strip Marty Shapiro
2001 Waking Life One of Four Men
2001 All Over the Guy Brett Miles Sanford
2001 Fast Sofa Jack Weis
2001 According to Spencer Feldy
2001 A Beautiful Mind Sol
2002 The Salton Sea Kujo
2003 The Hebrew Hammer Mordechai Jefferson Carver
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Tony
2005 The Fearless Freaks Himself Documentary
2005 I Love Your Work Director and writer only
2006 Man About Town Phil Balow
2006 Stay Alive Miller Banks
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Uncredited
2006 Déjà Vu Dr. Alexander Denny
2007 2 Days in Paris Jack
2007 Zodiac Duffy Jennings
2007 Nancy Drew Arrogant Director Andy
2008 From Within Roy
2008 Christmas on Mars Dr. Scott Zero (A Mars Psychiatrist)
2008 Kate Wakes Jared Short
2009 (Untitled) Adrian Jacobs
2009 Landy's BFF Himself
2010 Miss Nobody Bill Malloy
2010 Norman Mr. Angelo
2010 A Monster in Paris Raoul Voice only
2012 Lost Angeles Deepak
2015 No Way Jose Jose Also director
2016 Going Under Lou
2016 Rebirth Zack
2016 Between Us Liam
2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice Lou the Jew
2019 Running with the Devil The Snitch
TBA The Georgetown Project Peter Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Double Rush Leo Main cast
1995 ER Joshua Shem 1 episode
1996 NYPD Blue Reporter Dave Bloom 1 episode
1996 Space: Above and Beyond Sgt. Louie Fox 1 episode
1996 Friends Eddie Menuek 3 episodes
1996–1997 Relativity Doug Kroll Main cast
2000 The Outer Limits Sid Camden / Chad Warner 1 episode
2000–2001 The $treet Evan Mitchell Main cast
2001 Will & Grace Kevin Wolchek 1 episode
2004 Frankenstein Detective Michael Sloane TV movie
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Victor Garros 1 episode
2005–2006 Joey James "Jimmy" Costa 9 episodes
2006 My Name Is Earl Philo 1 episode
2007 Medium Bruce Rossiter 1 episode
2007 Entourage Nick Rubenstein 4 episodes
2009 The Unusuals Detective Eric Delahoy Main cast
2009 Numb3rs Chris McNall 1 episode
2011 White Collar Jason Lang 1 episode
2012 NYC 22 Ray "Lazarus" Harper Main role
2013 Animal Practice Himself 1 episode
2013 Franklin & Bash August West 1 episode
2013 The Anna Nicole Story Howard K. Stern TV movie
2014 Fargo Grady Numbers 5 episodes
2015 Maron Jack Ross 1 episode
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show Dave Marks Main cast
2017 Graves Christopher Sachs Regular cast; 2 episodes
2017 Lore Peter Stumpp Episode: "The Beast Within"
2018 Taken Harden Kilroy Regular cast
2019 God Friended Me Simon Hayes


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  3.; stated at 30:10
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  9. Yours, Roxanne website Retrieved 11-8-2015.
  10. Webber, Stephanie (2014). "Adam Goldberg Welcomes Baby with Girlfriend Roxanne Daner." Us Weekly, Dec. 27, 2014. Retrieved 11-8-2015.
  11. "Fargo's Adam Goldberg is a Father!" Wetpaint Dec. 29, 2014 Retrieved 11-8-2015.
  12. retrieved 24-04-2019
  13. "ADAM GOLDBERG: Mixed Blessings". Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  14. Thill, Scott (June 25, 2009). "Gear Fetish Energizes Landy's Eros and Omissions Space Pop". Wired. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  15. Sepinwall, Alan (April 22, 2009). " Unusuals Review". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
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