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John Lithgow

1945-10-19 Rochester, New York, USA

Image of John Lithgow


John Arthur Lithgow (born October 19, 1945) is an American actor. Prolific in films, television and on stage, Lithgow is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards, six Primetime Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Tony Awards and nominations for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lithgow studied at Harvard University winning a Fulbright scholarship and getting a chance to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. From there he focused his training on the New York stage beginning a distinguished career on Broadway. In 1973, Lithgow received his first Tony Award for his performance in The Changing Room. In 1976 Lithgow acted alongside Meryl Streep in three plays 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, A Memory of Two Mondays and Secret Service. In the 1980s he continued to receive Tony Awards nominations for his performances in Requiem for a Heavyweight (1985) and M. Butterfly (1988). In 2002, Lithgow received his second Tony Award, this time for a musical, The Sweet Smell of Success and another nomination for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005). In 2007, he made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut as Malvolio in Neil Bartlett's production of Twelfth Night. He has also appeared on Broadway in the acclaimed plays The Columnist (2012) and A Delicate Balance (2014). He portrayed Bill Clinton in Hillary and Clinton (2019) alongside Laurie Metcalf as Hillary Clinton. Lithgow is also known for his television roles such as Dick Solomon in the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001) winning three Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance. He also played Arthur Mitchell in the drama Dexter (2009) and he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama. In 2004, Lithgow played Blake Edwards in the HBO television movie, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. He has also appeared on 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, Louie and Drunk History. Lithgow won great acclaim for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Peter Morgan's historical drama The Crown (2016–2019) on Netflix. For acting in The Crown he won a Primetime Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2020, he had a recurring role on the HBO period series Perry Mason. He is also well known for his film roles. His early screen roles included Bob Fosse's All That Jazz (1979) and Brian De Palma's Blow Out (1981). He received his first Academy Award nomination for his breakout performance in The World According to Garp (1982) and received a second Academy Award nomination for Terms of Endearment (1983). He then starred in the films Footloose (1984), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), The Pelican Brief and Cliffhanger (1993), A Civil Action (1998), Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000), Shrek (2001), Kinsey (2004), Dreamgirls (2006), Love Is Strange (2014), Miss Sloane (2016) and Beatriz at Dinner (2017). In 2019 he appeared in Mindy Kaling's comedy Late Night and portrayed Roger Ailes in Bombshell.


Cabrini Mayor Gould 2024-03-07
Conclave Cardinal Tremblay 2024-11-01
Art Happens Here with John Lithgow Self 2024-04-26
Dick Van Dyke: 98 Years of Magic Self 2023-12-21
Sharper Richard Hobbes 2023-02-10
Killers of the Flower Moon Prosecutor Peter Leaward 2023-10-18
The Bubble Tom the Studio Chairman 2022-03-25
Chez Bob 2022-12-15
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes Philip Drummond 2021-12-07
Myths and Hymns 2021-01-13
Emily @ the Edge of Chaos Sir Isaac Newton (voice) 2021-05-07
Disclosure Self (archive footage) 2020-06-19
Give My Regards to Broadway Self 2020-07-16
The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts President Donald J. Trump 2019-06-24
Bombshell Roger Ailes 2019-12-13
The Tomorrow Man Ed Hemsler 2019-05-22
Late Night Walter Lovell 2019-01-25
Pet Sematary: The Tale of Timmy Baterman Jud Crandall 2019-07-09
On Broadway Self 2019-10-12
Pet Sematary Jud Crandall 2019-04-04
Mister Rogers: It's You I Like Self 2018-03-06
Broadway: The Next Generation 2017-11-16
They All Saw a Cat 2017-01-01
Beatriz at Dinner Doug Strutt 2017-06-09
The Pulitzer At 100 Self 2017-07-21
Daddy's Home 2 Don 2017-11-09
Hickory Dickory Doc Himself 2017-01-30
Pitch Perfect 3 Fergus 2017-12-20
Ode to Joy: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Narrator 2016-04-05
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC Self - Performer 2016-04-23
Miss Sloane Senator Ronald Sperling 2016-11-25
The Accountant Lamar Black 2016-10-13
Inside 'Interstellar' Self 2015-03-31
Lord John 2015-07-20
Best of Enemies Self 2015-07-31
Projections of America Self - Narrator (voice) 2015-02-10
9 Kisses Man in Club 2014-12-11
Love Is Strange Ben 2014-02-07
Interstellar Donald 2014-11-05
The Homesman Reverend Alfred Dowd 2014-05-18
Les As de la Jungle 2 : Le Trésor du Vieux Jim Maurice (voice) 2014-08-27
National Theatre Live: The Magistrate Posket 2013-01-17
Shrek Stories Lord Farquaad (voice) 2013-10-01
Timms Valley Ol' Gregory Timms 2013-12-31
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love Himself 2013-10-12
This Is 40 Oliver 2012-12-20
The Campaign Glen Motch 2012-08-09
Casting By Self 2012-11-01
Shrek: Once Upon a Time Self 2011-12-30
New Year's Eve Jonathan Cox (uncredited) 2011-12-08
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Charles Rodman 2011-08-03
Leap Year Jack Brady 2010-01-08
The Macabre World of Lavender Williams God 2009-05-31
Confessions of a Shopaholic Edgar West 2009-02-05
Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn Narrator 2009-10-10
Car of the Future Narrator 2008-04-22
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway Self 2007-04-19
Dreamgirls Jerry Harris 2006-12-25
Sangre Cafe chef and owner 2006-01-01
The Great Robot Race: The DARPA Grand Challenge Narrator 2006-03-28
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays René Gallimard (segment "M. Butterfly") 2006-05-02
Einstein's Big Idea Narrator (voice) U.S. edition 2005-10-11
Kinsey Alfred Seguine Kinsey 2004-09-04
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Blake Edwards 2004-10-01
Dogs and More Dogs Narrator 2004-02-03
The Ghost of Lord Farquaad Ghost of Farquaad (voice) 2004-04-03
Bark, George 2003-01-01
Buckaroo Banzai Declassified Self 2002-01-04
Orange County Bud Brumder 2002-01-11
Shrek Lord Farquaad (voice) 2001-05-18
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party Lord Farquaad (singing voice) 2001-11-02
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Jean-Claude (voice) 2000-11-17
Don Quixote Don Quixote de La Mancha / Alonso Quixano 2000-04-09
95 Worlds and Counting Narrator 2000-01-01
Tales from the Crypt: The Robert Zemeckis Collection Dr. Oscar Charles 1999-09-07
Homegrown Malcolm / Robert Stockman 1998-04-17
A Civil Action Judge Walter J. Skinner 1998-12-25
Johnny Skidmarks Sergeant Larry Skovik 1998-01-18
Officer Buckle and Gloria Narrator (voice) 1997-01-01
Special Effects: Anything Can Happen Narrator 1996-07-04
Hollow Point Thomas Livingston 1996-10-21
The Tuskegee Airmen Senator Conyers 1995-08-25
American Cinema Narrator 1995-01-23
Redwood Curtain Laird Riordan 1995-01-01
My Brother's Keeper Tom Bradley / Bob Bradley 1995-03-14
Silent Fall Dr. Rene Harlinger 1994-10-28
Princess Caraboo Professor Wilkinson 1994-09-16
A Good Man in Africa Arthur Fanshawe, British High Commissioner 1994-07-14
The Pelican Brief Smith Keen 1993-09-17
The Country Mouse & the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale Alexander (voice) 1993-12-08
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Narrator 1993-01-01
Love, Cheat & Steal Paul Harrington 1993-12-05
The Wrong Man Phillip Mills 1993-09-05
Cliffhanger Eric Qualen 1993-05-28
Raising Cain Carter Nix / Cain / Dr. Nix / Josh / Margo 1992-08-07
Ricochet Earl Talbott Blake 1991-10-04
At Play in the Fields of the Lord Leslie Huben 1991-12-06
The Boys 1991-04-15
John Lithgow's Kid-Sized Concert 1990-06-01
Night of 100 Stars III Self 1990-05-21
Memphis Belle Bruce Derringer 1990-09-07
Ivory Hunters Robert Carter 1990-08-20
Out Cold Dave 1989-03-03
Traveling Man Ben Cluett 1989-06-25
Distant Thunder Mark Lambert 1988-11-11
Harry and the Hendersons George Henderson 1987-06-05
Baby Girl Scott Neil Scott 1987-01-01
The Amazing Bone Narrator 1987-06-01
The Manhattan Project John Mathewson 1986-06-13
Resting Place Maj. Kendall Laird 1986-04-27
Santa Claus: The Movie B.Z. 1985-10-29
Mesmerized Oliver Thompson 1985-11-18
Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie Self 1985-12-01
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Lord John Whorfin 1984-08-15
Footloose Reverend Shaw Moore 1984-02-17
2010 Dr. Walter Curnow 1984-12-06
The Glitter Dome Sgt. Marty Wellborn 1984-11-18
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Goldilocks' Father 1984-01-09
The Day After Joe Huxley 1983-11-20
Terms of Endearment Sam Burns 1983-11-20
Twilight Zone: The Movie Valentine 1983-06-24
The World According to Garp Roberta Muldoon 1982-08-13
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Mr. Brunner 1982-03-05
Not in Front of the Children Richard Carruthers 1982-10-26
Blow Out Burke 1981-07-24
The Oldest Living Graduate Clarence 1980-04-07
Mom, the Wolfman and Me Wally 1980-10-20
Big Blonde Herbie Morse 1980-12-01
All That Jazz Lucas Sergeant 1979-12-16
Rich Kids Paul Philips 1979-08-17
The Big Fix Sam Sebastian 1978-10-06
Secret Service Capt. Thorne 1977-01-12
Obsession Robert Lasalle 1976-08-01
The Country Girl Paul Unger 1974-02-05
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues John 1972-02-25
Jimpa Jimpa
Spellbound Minister Bolinar (voice)
The Rule of Jenny Pen