Jeff Goldblum will not let fame get to his head

A veteran of 80 movies, actor Jeff Goldblum was honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Thursday.
A veteran of 80 movies, actor Jeff Goldblum was honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Thursday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Jeff Goldblum, who made his film debut in 1974, had to wait until Thursday before he was honoured with the 2,638th star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

But the actor joked: "That's always been my lucky number.

"Having a little reward like this reminds me of my passion, about how I started what I'm doing, why I still love to do it," the 65-year-old veteran of 80 movies added.

He will not let this recognition go to his head.

"I was in the airport the other day and a woman was looking at me.

"She walked up to me, sort of in a trance, and said: 'Are you (Canadian comedian-actor) Howie Mandel?'" he told fans on Thursday.

"That's true. A bitter pill, but a very good lesson. You can't get too full of yourself."

The ceremony on Thursday came ahead of the June 22 release in America of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sixth instalment in the franchise, in which Goldblum reprises his part as mathematician Ian Malcolm from the first two movies.

He also starred in Independence Day (1996), briefly the second-highest-grossing film behind Jurassic Park (1993).

His other well-known credits include the 1978 Best Picture Oscar winner Annie Hall and David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the science-fiction classic, The Fly.

On the small screen, Goldblum received an Emmy nomination in 2005 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Will & Grace.

He was also a regular on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

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