Was the lead in the film adaptation of Herman Raucher's novel "A Glimpse of Tiger" and one day walked off the set for reasons then unclear. He had been playing a wild, clownish, unpredictable character. A new director, Peter Bogdanovich, then got involved and the project morphed into what we know as the remake of Bringing Up Baby (1938)--What's Up, Doc? (1972), with the wild, clownish, unpredictable character changing genders and played by his ex-wife, Barbra Streisand.
He and MASH (1970) co-star Donald Sutherland both own apartments in same Manhattan high-rise luxury building.
MASH (1970) director Robert Altman originally wanted him to play Duke Forrest. It was only at his request that he played Trapper John.
Was the first actor to play the character of Trapper John, in the film version of MASH (1970). The second actor was Wayne Rogers in the TV series ("M*A*S*H" (1972)) and the third was Pernell Roberts for the TV series "Trapper John, M.D." (1979).
Director Ingmar Bergman denounced Gould as "difficult" after the two worked together in Beröringen (1971) ("The Touch"), one of the great master's least memorable films.
Was originally attached to the movie version of Dr. David Reuben's best-selling sex guide Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), but backed out. The film was made by Woody Allen in 1972.
His son with Jennifer Bogart, Samuel Gould, was born in January 1973. They also had a daughter.
Was a major box office star in 1970 and 1971, but according to Robert Altman, Gould hadn't been able to find a job for six months when he hired him for The Long Goodbye (1973). Critic Hollis Alpert speculated that Gould's anti-heroic character was extremely popular with campus radicals, and once radicalism declined around the time of Richard Nixon's re-election in 1972, Gould's popularity also declined.
He and Jennifer Bogart had two children before they wed in 1974.
Has hosted "Saturday Night Live" (1975) six times.
The only actor to have a cameo appearance in more than one Muppet film: The Muppet Movie (1979) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984).
Starred in The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980), then played God in Noah's Ark: The New Beginning (2012).
He and his Ocean's Eleven (2001) / Ocean's Twelve (2004) co-stars, Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, all have guest-starred on the TV show "Friends" (1994), though not in the same episodes