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Henry Goodman

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Henry Goodman (born 23 April 1950) is a British theatre actor. He trained at RADA in London alongside Jonathan Pryce.

In 1988, he played George Green’s Brother-in-law Cyril in London’s Burning. He has also played character roles in episodes of the popular UK police based Soap “The Bill”. He was the winner of the Olivier award for best actor in 1993 for his role in Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins and in 2000 for his role as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice directed by Trevor Nunn.

Other roles include: Wintergreen in Of Thee I Sing (London 1996 - concert staging), Billy Flynn in Chicago (London 1997), and Buddy in Follies (London 2002).
He was in the middle of some unpleasant publicity when he took over for Nathan Lane in the Broadway production of The Producers in 2001, but his interpretation of Max Bialystock met with the disfavor of the producers of the show and he was replaced by Lane’s understudy Brad Oscar in the role before he could be seen by reviewers.

He played the lead role of Tevye in Lindsay Posner’s 2007 revival of Joseph Stein’s Fiddler on the Roof, and in 2008 played the lead character in the radio serial The Way We Live Right Now. In the 2009 film The Damned United, he played the suave businessman Manny Cussins, chairman of Leeds United.

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