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Roseanne

John Goodman

Dan Conner

Dan Conner

John Goodman is one of those rare, larger-than-life individuals able to connect with an audience on stage or screen, big or small. His celebrated Everyman quality has brought him success in stage shows (including a star turn on Broadway's "Waiting for Godot" in 2009) to a turn as one of baseball's most beloved and mythic figures, Babe Ruth (in the film of the same name).

The St. Louis native was Roseanne's first choice to play Dan Conner, the hard-working, salt-of-the-Earth patriarch. After finding himself in living rooms across the country and in the middle of one of the most volatile productions on TV, he became one of the most sought-after stars, guest stars and guest hosts his SNL appearances being a perennial favorite.

Goodman's list of awards and nominations (Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award, and People's Choice) only begins to demonstrate America's affection for the comic. But behind all that laughter, Goodman had pain: During a 2009 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, he confessed to having a 30-year battle with alcoholism and stated sobriety was the best thing to ever happen to him.

Character Bio

A few words to describe Dan Conner: burly, barrel-chested, long-suffering, caring and quirky. A former high-school jock, he's now an armchair quarterback. More often than not, he can be found watching his favorite sports program with daughter Darlene. He clearly has a soft spot for his tomboyish middle child, but it's eldest daughter Becky who's the apple of his eye. For her, no boy is good enough -- especially not Mark Healy. As for his youngest and only son D.J., Dan's motto is "boys will be boys." Dan believes, mistakenly, that he's the king of his castle and that he and the other man of the house should feel free to "retire to the living room where they can burp freely and scratch themselves."

Frustrated that he might not be a good enough provider, Dan bids on freelance drywall contracts while waiting for his ship to come in. He also takes several other side jobs, including hot tub salesman, clerk in a big & tall men's shop, bus mechanic, and the most important job of all, owner/operator of the Lanford Cycle Shop. Dan loves motorcycles. But as is usually the case in Lanford, the shop can not sustain itself, and even though he and Roseanne put in countless hours, they can't make a go of it. Long estranged from his own parents, Dan vows to give his children the time and attention they deserve, no matter how dysfunctional that may be. Dan's love for his family makes him a loveable dad, dutiful husband and all-around fun guy.

Roseanne TV Schedule

Thursday
April 24
4:54am
Be My Baby
Friday
April 25
2:00am
Halloween V
Hallowe'en at the diner becomes complicated when Nancy complains that Dan doesn't like her.
TV-PG
2:36am
Homeward Bound
Darlene visits, making David realize how much he misses her.
TV-PG
4:54am
Guilt by Imagination
Dan has a hard time concealing the fact that he had lunch with an old flame.
TV-PG
Saturday
April 26
2:00am
Homecoming
Becky and Mark return home for Dan's high school football team's 20th anniversary party.
TV-G
2:30am
Thanksgiving '93
The Connors' dysfunctional-family Thanksgiving finds Becky preparing the bird, Dan and Mark duking it out, and an absent-minded Nana Mary revealing Bev's secret about her marriage.
TV-G
12:00pm
The Driver's Seat
Roseanne's car is stolen - by DJ, and her violent reaction frightens her that she may repeat the pattern of her own abuse as a child.
TV-G
12:36pm
Busted
Roseanne finds out that David is living with Darlene and heads for Chicago to confront them.
TV-G
1:12pm
David vs. Goliath
Guilt and Roseanne's slavedriving push David to confess to Dan that he was living with Darlene in Chicago, and Dan throws him out.
TV-PG
1:48pm
Everyone Comes to Jackie's
Jackie's house buzzes with activity as Roseanne tries to hide David from Dan.
TV-G
2:24pm
Don't Make Room For Daddy
Roseanne becomes involved in a family feud as Fred sues Jackie for custody of their unborn child.
TV-G