Actor John Goodman has created a cast of memorable characters—from Roseanne’s husband to the blustery barrister in the animated “Bee Movie.” Who knows if his talent for role playing was in part thanks to his mom, who was a waitress at the famous Phil’s Barbeque in Affton. 

Either way, Goodman has created a cast of well known and well regarded characters, appreciated by millions.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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