Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Randy began his performing career at age 8, singing, dancing and acting in local theater productions, church plays & musicals, and high school talent shows. Temporarily putting aside his Hollywood dreams, Randy attended the University of Nebraska Architectural School and then joined his older brother in the United States Air Force. After completing his active service, he returned to what he loved most…showbiz, performing stand-up comedy and acting in regional theatre in Chicago and surrounding cities in the Midwest.
Outgrowing the comedy scene, Randy made the move to Hollywood. He quickly appeared in several television commercials before landing a supporting role in American History X starring Edward Norton and Stacy Keach. In the same month, he booked his first series regular role, Kennedy Winslow, the first Black NASCAR driver in the Showtime series “Fast Track” exec produced by The Larry Gelbart. He also starred in “Livin’ for Love: The Natalie Cole Story”, “The Old Settler”, “Hyperion Bay” and “Linc’s,” his second series for The Showtime Network.
Other guest star roles include “24”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Navy NCIS”, “Yes Dear”, “Coupling”, “Emeril,” “The Steve Harvey Show”, “Nash Bridges”, “The Pretender”, “The Geena Davis Show”, and many more.
Goodwin also starred in the first season of UPN’s hit sitcom “Girlfriends,” whose executive producer, Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), cast him in two more projects: “L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide” and “Neurotic Tendencies.”
Randy has acted in more than 40 television shows, films and commercials. He does acting/writing seminars entitled, “Navigating Hollywood with Integrity”, and “What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Here”. He is known in Hollywood for his integrity, morals and values, and has officially turned down more work than any actor in Hollywood because he “won’t cross the line”.