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Roseanne

John Goodman

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

Friday
November 28
3:16am
We Gather Together
It's Thanksgiving Day, and Jackie finally tells Bev about her new job.Guest Stars: Ned Beatty, Stephen Dorff, Estelle Parsons
TV-G
3:54am
Thanksgiving 1991
Thanksgiving brings four generations together to cope with a surprise announcement from Bev. Guest Stars: Estelle Parsons, Shelley Winters
TV-PG
4:27am
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. Guest Star: Shelley Winters
TV-G
5:00am
Thanksgiving 1994
Thanksgiving is a real turkey at the Conner household when Roseanne gets alarming medical news.
TV-PG
5:30am
The Last Thursday in November
When D.J.'s teacher gives his students free rein, the class Thanksgiving pageant takes on a decidedly modern, Pulp Fiction twist.
TV-G
Sunday
November 30
12:00pm
We Gather Together
It's Thanksgiving Day, and Jackie finally tells Bev about her new job.Guest Stars: Ned Beatty, Stephen Dorff, Estelle Parsons
TV-G
12:36pm
Inherit the Wind
Roseanne tries her hand at telephone solicitation while trying to console Becky who has had an unfortunately loud gastric accident in front of the school council. Guest Star: Stephen Dorff
TV-G
1:12pm
Brain-Dead Poets' Society
Darlene refuses to read her prize-winning poem on Culture Night at her school.
TV-G
1:48pm
Chicken Hearts
Roseanne tries to treat her 17-year-old boss with respect.
TV-G
2:24pm
An Officer and a Gentleman
When Roseanne is called away, Jackie impresses Dan and the kids with her homemaking skills.
TV-G
3:00pm
Bird is the Word
Becky is suspended for making an obscene gesture in her class photo.
TV-G
3:36pm
Do You Know Where Your Parents Are?
Dan and Roseanne celebrate an anniversary by trying to teach the kids a lesson.
TV-G
4:12pm
Darlene Fades to Black
Darlene slips into a depressive state. Guest Star: Martin Mull
TV-G
4:48pm
Terms of Estrangement Part 1
When Dan's motorcycle shop goes under, and Roseanne is out of work, Becky considers moving to Minneapolis with Mark. Guest Star: Sandra Bernhard
TV-G
5:24pm
Terms of Estrangement Part 2
Becky and Mark say goodbye before moving away. Guest Star: Sandra Bernhard
TV-G
Tuesday
December 2
3:12am
Busted
Roseanne finds out that David is living with Darlene and heads for Chicago to confront them. Guest Star: Ahmet Zappa
TV-G
3:49am
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