Daniel Goddard

Tim Evanson on Facebook today observed that Daniel Goddard (born 8/28/71) is now 49. Happy birthday, Daniel.

Goddard was the star of the the Beastmaster tv series, which has provided me with many cheap-pleasurable hours of viewing, in which his very attractive shirtlessness played a significant part (though his physical acting, his smiles, the excellent supporting cast, and the entertainingly preposterous plots were significant contributions).

(#1) The characters Tao (played by Jackson Raine) and Dar (Goddard): well, yes, Goddard’s admirable torso and arm muscles (not to mention his sweaty body and surprisingy erect nipples), but it’s also a depiction of supportive male friendship, and that’s important

On the series, from Wikipedia:

Beastmaster is a Canadian/American/Australian television series that aired from 1999 to 2002. It was loosely based on the 1982 MGM film The Beastmaster, which was itself loosely adapted from the novel The Beast Master by Andre Norton. The series aired 66 episodes over three complete seasons.

… Dar (Daniel Goddard) is the last survivor of his tribe. He wanders the lands seeking his lost loved one, Kyra (Natalie Jackson Mendoza), protecting the oppressed and the animals. His friend Tao (Jackson Raine) — a fearful, psychology-attracted young man — helps him in his quest; Tao is a scholar and a medicine man.

The crucial plot point is that Dar can speak (wordlessly) to the animals, and sometimes can inhabit their beings.

And on Goddard, from Wikipedia:

Daniel Richard Goddard (born 28 August 1971) is an Australian American actor and model. He is known for his starring role as Dar on the syndicated action drama BeastMaster, based on the 1982 film The Beastmaster, and for playing Cane Ashby on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2007 to 2019.

Goddard is (not unreasonably) body-proud, as you can see from this 7/30/14 Twitter posting showing off his body:


The background. From my 11/18/14 posting “The Beastmaster”:

an old favorite, the 1982 action/fantasy movie The Beastmaster. A very silly entertainment, starring Marc Singer and his fabulous physique (he’s in nothing but a loincloth for most of the movie) and big smile, plus a sizable cast of animals.

And then the syndicated tv series.

2 Responses to “Daniel Goddard”

  1. Tim Evanson Says:

    Don Coscarelli had directed the cult horror film “Phantasm” in 1979. He and co-writer Paul Pepperman based the film on Andre Norton’s 1959 novel, but changed the main character and story significantly. (Norton demanded that her name be removed from the film.)

    It bombed at the box office, but made Marc Singer (who played the titular character) a star due to his outstanding body and skimpy loincloth.

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