John Lithgow Biography

Birthday: 1945-10-19
Place of Birth: Rochester, New York USA
Height: 6' 4" (1.93 m)
Wiki Biography: If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. Son of a retired actress and a father who was both a theatrical producer and director, he moved frequently as a child while his father founded and managed local and college theaters and Shakespeare festivals throughout the midwest of the United States. Not until he was 16, and his father became head of the McCarter Theater in Princeton New Jersey, did the family settle down. But for John, the theater was still not a career. He won a scholarship to Harvard University, where he finally caught the acting bug (as well as found a wife). Harvard was followed by a Fulbright scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Returning from London, his rigorous dramatic training stood him in good stead, and a distinguished career on Broadway gave him one Tony award for "The Changing Room", a second nomination in 1985 for "Requiem for a Heavyweight", and a third in 1988 for "M. Butterfly". But with critical acclaim came personal confusion, and in the mid '70s he and his wife divorced. He entered therapy, and in 1982 his life started in a new direction, the movies - he received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp (1982). A second Oscar nomination followed for Terms of Endearment (1983), and he met a UCLA economics professor who became his second wife. As the decade of the '90s came around he found that he was spending too much time on location, and another career move brought him to television in the hugely successful series "3rd Rock from the Sun" (1996). This production also played a role in bringing him back together with the son from his first marriage, Ian Lithgow, who has a regular role in the series as a dim-witted student.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Harry and the Hendersons George Henderson 1991 - 1993 Comedy
3rd Rock from the Sun Dr. Dick Solomon 1998 - 1999 Comedy
Blow Out Burke 2004 - 2005 Thriller
Leap Years Jack Brady 2010 Comedy
Prohibition HL Mencken 2011 History
E! Live from the Red Carpet Himself 2013
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland The White Rabbit 2013 - 2014 Fantasy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Blow Out Burke 1981 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The World According to Garp Roberta Muldoon 1982 0
Terms of Endearment Sam Burns 1983
The Day After Joe Huxley 1983
Footloose Reverend Shaw Moore 1984 Biography
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Lord John Whorfin 1984 0, Sport, 0, Biography
2010: The Year We Make Contact Walter Curnow 1984
The Manhattan Project John Mathewson 1986 Thriller
Mesmerized Oliver Thompson 1986 Drama
Harry and the Hendersons George Henderson 1987
Distant Thunder Mark Lambert 1988
Out Cold Dave 1989 Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Memphis Belle Lt.Col. Bruce Derringer 1990 Action, Drama
At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 Biography
Ricochet Earl Talbot Blake 1991 Action, Crime, Thriller
Raising Cain Carter 1992 Crime, Drama, Horror
Cliffhanger Eric Qualen 1993 0
The Wrong Man Phillip Mills 1993 Romance, Thriller
Love, Cheat & Steal Paul Harrington 1993 Thriller
The Pelican Brief 1993 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Silent Fall 1994 Game Show
A Good Man in Africa 1994 Comedy
Princess Caraboo 1994 Comedy, Drama, History
The Tuskegee Airmen 1995 Drama, History
Hollow Point Thomas Livingston 1996 Thriller, Comedy, Action
Homegrown 1998 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Johnny Skidmarks Sergeant Larry Skovik 1998 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A Civil Action Judge Walter J. Skinner 1999 Drama
Don Quixote Don Quixote de La Mancha 2000 Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Jean-Claude 2000 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Shrek Lord Farquaad 2001 0, Drama, 0, 0
Kinsey Alfred Seguine Kinsey 2004
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Blake Edwards 2004 Drama
Confessions of a Shopaholic Edgar West 2009 0
Leap Year Jack Brady 2010 Comedy, Romance
The Big Fix 2011
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Charles Rodman 2011 Sport, Game Show, 0, 0
The Campaign Glenn Motch 2012
The Homesman Reverend Dowd 2014 Drama
Love Is Strange Ben 2014 Drama
The Jungle Bunch 2: The Great Treasure Quest Maurice 2014
Beyond Skyline Alien Leader 2017 0, Sport