Oct. 19th, 1945
Rochester, New York, USA
John Lithgow's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Leap Year
2009 - Confessions of a Shopaholic
2006 - Dreamgirls
2004 - Kinsey
2004 - The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
2003 - Shrek 4-D
2002 - Orange County
2001 - Shrek
2000 - Rugrats in Paris: The Movie - Rugrats II
1998 - Homegrown
1998 - A Civil Action
1994 - Princess Caraboo
1994 - Silent Fall
1994 - A Good Man in Africa
1993 - The Pelican Brief
1993 - Cliffhanger
1992 - Raising Cain
1991 - Ricochet
1991 - L.A. Story
1990 - Memphis Belle
1987 - Harry and the Hendersons
1986 - The Manhattan Project
1985 - Santa Claus: The Movie
1984 - The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
1984 - 2010: The Year We Make Contact
1984 - Footloose
1983 - Terms of Endearment
1983 - Twilight Zone: The Movie
1982 - The World According to Garp
1981 - Blow Out
1979 - All That Jazz
1978 - The Big Fix
1976 - Obsession
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Host
Dr. Oscar Charles
Madman Martinez (Voiced)
HL Mencken (Voiced)
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 (I), who has a regular role in the series as a dim-witted student.
- Studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
- Was the voice of Yoda in the NPR adaptations of the Star Wars Trilogy.
- Graduated from Harvard University, with a BA in history and literature. Daughter, Phoebe (b. 1982).
- Hosted the Welcoming Reception for UCLA's new Chancellor Carnesale.
- Is member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS).
- Graduated from Princeton High School, Princeton, NJ.
- Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University (1967).
- Was called in to replace another actor in _Terms of Endearment (1983)_ (qv), and his role was filmed in 3 days during a break from filming _Footloose (1984)_ (qv).