John Lithgow

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Real Name: John Arthur Lithgow
Birth Place: Rochester, New York, USA
Birth Date: October 19, 1945
Occupation: Actor, Soundtrack, Producer

John Lithgow 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.

John Lithgow Movies / TV-Shows


Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
Box Office (2017)
Trial & Error: Mystery Now (2017)
Harry (2016)
A Country Wedding (2015)
The Homesman (2014)
9 Kisses (2014)
Game Day with Rex and Kevo (2013)
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013)
Timms Valley (2013)
This Is 40 (2012)
The 78th Annual Drama League Awards (2012)
The Campaign (2012)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
New Year's Eve (2011)
Spells (2011)
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2010)
Leap Year (2010)
Five Days Gone (2010)
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)
The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards (2008)
Dexter (2006)
Dreamgirls (2006)
How I Met Your Mother (2005)
E=mc² (2005)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz (2005)
The Colbert Report (2005)
My Life, Inc. (2004)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)
Kinsey (2004)
Bark, George (2003)
Freedom: A History of Us (2003)
Orange County (2002)
Buckaroo Banzai Declassified (2002)
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party (2001)
Shrek (2001)
Don Quixote (2000)
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie - Rugrats II (2000)
95 Worlds and Counting (2000)
Adventures in Time: The National Geographic Millennium Special (1999)
Homegrown (1998)
Johnny Skidmarks (1998)
A Civil Action (1998)
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1997)
The View (1997)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)
48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1996)
Hollow Point (1996)
3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
American Cinema (1995)
My Brother's Keeper (1995)
Redwood Curtain (1995)
A Good Man in Africa (1994)
World War II: When Lions Roared (1994)
Princess Caraboo (1994)
Silent Fall (1994)
The Wrong Man (1993)
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1993)
Love, Cheat & Steal (1993)
Cliffhanger (1993)
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
Raising Cain (1992)
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1992)
At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)
L.A. Story (1991)
Ricochet (1991)
The Boys (1991)
Memphis Belle (1990)
Kid-Size Concert (1990)
Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
Ivory Hunters (1990)
Out Cold (1989)
Traveling Man (1989)
Distant Thunder (1988)
The 40th Annual Emmy Awards (1988)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Baby Girl Scott (1987)
Mesmerized (1986)
The Manhattan Project (1986)
Resting Place (1986)
Santa Claus (1985)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
2010 (1984)
Footloose (1984)
The Glitter Dome (1984)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
The Day After (1983)
The World According to Garp (1982)
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)
Not in Front of the Children (1982)
Faerie Tale Theatre (1982)
Blow Out (1981)
Big Blonde (1980)
The Oldest Living Graduate (1980)
Mom, the Wolfman and Me (1980)
Rich Kids (1979)
All That Jazz (1979)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)
The Big Fix (1978)
Obsession (1976)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
The Country Girl (1974)
Nova (1974)
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972)
Great Performances (1971)

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