As a child played Elliott Gould, is of Jewish ancestry, to vaudeville theaters and on television. After his time at the College in 1956 he gave his debut on Broadway in the musical Rumple. Other minor musical roles - Irma La Douce for example - came after. Finally, he took acting classes at the Actors Studio, where he met Barbra Streisand, which until 1971 was his wife in 1963. They have one son, Jason Gould ( b. 1966 ).
He had in the play I Can Get It For You Wholesale, in which Barbra Streisand played a supporting role His first theater role. With her he went to America and England on tour. After his return, he went with Liza Minnelli and the musical The Fantastics on tour.
In 1965 he played his first lead role in the movie Marry Me, crooks along with Ginger Rogers. Just three years later he was through his role as Billy Minsky, owner of the burlesque show in the film The Night They Minsky flew to stardom. He had his biggest international success in 1970 with his role as " Trapper John " in the movie M * A * S * H, directed by Robert Altman.
In 1973 he played after six months of unemployment - again directed by Robert Altman - in Death Goodbye. He embodied Philip Marlowe, a role originally played Humphrey Bogart in Dead sleep tight. Critics were divided on Gould's representation. Overall, Gould worked 1970-1992 five times with Robert Altman together.
From 1974 to 1976, and from 1978 to 1979 he was married to Jennifer Bogart, with whom he has two more children.
After the 1970s, it was quiet around Elliott Gould. He had the most famous appearances in the television series Friends in the films Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's 12 and Ocean's 13