St. Louis native John Goodman receives honorary degree - KMOV.com

St. Louis native John Goodman receives honorary degree

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WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Actor John Goodman arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures' "Trouble With The Curve" premiere at Regency Village Theatre on September 19, 2012 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) By Jason Merritt WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor John Goodman arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures' "Trouble With The Curve" premiere at Regency Village Theatre on September 19, 2012 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) By Jason Merritt
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: John Goodman attends the Premiere of 'Argo' during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images) By Eamonn McCormack LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: John Goodman attends the Premiere of 'Argo' during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images) By Eamonn McCormack

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Actor John Goodman says he’s learned to be grateful for his blessings, rather than always striving for more.

Goodman was awarded an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters Sunday during at the convocation at Missouri Southern University in Springfield. He graduated from the school with a fine arts degree in 1975.

He says he originally went to Missouri Southern to play football but an injury led him to focus on drama. He says he owes his career to the school because its teachers helped him find and pursue his passion.

Goodman, a St. Louis native who has starred in stage, television and film roles, told the students to appreciate small blessings, because “the most important thing you will do in your life is take your next breath.”

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