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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 22 October 1938Stamford, Connecticut, USA
Birth NameChristopher Allen Lloyd
Nickname Chris
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Christopher Lloyd was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA as Christopher Allen Lloyd. He is an actor, known for Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990). He was previously married to Jane Walker Wood, Carol Vanek, Kay Tornborg and Catherine Boyd.

Spouse (4)

Jane Walker Wood (21 February 1992 - 28 December 2005) (divorced)
Carol Vanek (1988 - 1991) (divorced)
Kay Tornborg (1974 - 1987) (divorced)
Catherine Boyd (6 June 1959 - 1971) (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Deep raspy voice
Wildly animated facial expressions
Often plays eccentric characters

Trivia (23)

Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor in Twenty Bucks (1993).
Attended and graduated from Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut in 1958.
His Taxi (1978) character, Reverend Jim Ignatowski, was a huge fan of the original Star Trek (1966) series. Lloyd later went on to play the Klingon commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984).
As a young actor, he performed at the Yale Repertory Theater with Meryl Streep.
Has appeared in over two hundred plays, including many on Broadway, regional and summer stock productions.
For his brief 1985 scenes in Back to the Future (1985), he wore prosthetic make-up to appear 30 years older than in his 1955 scenes, which dominate the film. In the sequels, the 1985 Doc Brown has more scenes. To avoid having to put him through extensive make-up every morning, writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale came up with the idea of Doc Brown visiting a rejuvenation clinic in the future, which results in his face looking much younger.
Attended the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.
Attended the prestigious Fessenden School in West Newton, Massachusetts.
In a scene in Back to the Future (1985), his character Dr. Emmett L. "Doc" Brown, hangs on the arm of a large clock. This mimics a stunt done by Harold Lloyd (no relation) in the movie Safety Last! (1923).
To prepare for the role of Taber in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), he lived in a mental institution for a few weeks and studied the patients. He modeled his character after one of the patients and stayed in character throughout all filming even when not on screen.
Uncle of Sam Lloyd.
Younger brother of Sam Lloyd Sr.
In Man on the Moon (1999), he appears as himself reprising his old role of Reverend Jim Ignatowski in scenes from Taxi (1978), 20 years after the sitcom had aired.
A devoted bicyclist, he once rode through Italy, pedaling from Milan to Venice, over the Dolomites, along the Amalfi coast and to Naples.
At age 19, he moved to Manhattan and began studying with the acting teacher Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
Attended and graduated from the Darrow School, whose alumni include Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo, Gregory Hughes and photographer Jane Feldman.
Owns a home in Montana; his home in Montecito, California was destroyed in the Tea Fire of November 2008.
In a June 2009 interview, Lloyd said that the role of Klingon commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) was among one of his favorite roles he ever portrayed in his acting career.
His maternal grandfather, Lewis Henry Lapham (1858-1934), was one of the founders of Texaco Oil Company.
His maternal uncle, Roger Lapham (1883-1966), was the Mayor of San Francisco from 1944 to 1948.
Is the youngest of seven children of Samuel R. Lloyd and Ruth Lapham.

Personal Quotes (5)

(2012, on Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)) Here was another guy who, okay, he was a toon, but he was also just so evil. So evil. I mean, dipping the little shoes and other little toons into the dip? He was just nasty. And, of course, I loved the makeup. That outfit I wore, the glasses, the whole look of it. It was a lot of fun to play. Yeah, that was great. And working with Bob Hoskins and, again, Bob Zemeckis. I've been lucky.
(2012, on landing Back to the Future (1985)) I was shooting a film in Mexico City that I'm not sure ever came out. But it was shooting in Mexico City, and I was kind of implanted there, focusing on that, when my agent sent me the script for Back to the Future. I scanned it, but I wasn't terribly impressed, mostly because I'd been offered the chance to go back East and do a play at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven. I'd be playing Hans Christian Andersen - I grew up with Danny Kaye. And Colleen Dewhurst, an amazing, wonderful actress, was going to be my mother in it, and I just thought, "I need to go back to my roots." So I just dismissed the Back to the Future script. And then a friend who was with me at the time said, "My mantra has always been to never leave any stone unturned." In other words, whenever someone has an interest in you, whatever it is, at least check it out. So based on that, I flew back to Los Angeles, met Bob Zemeckis, and the rest is history.
(2012, on working with John Belushi in Goin' South (1978)) I remember him well. John Belushi was doing Saturday Night Live at the time, which he had to be in New York to do, and we were shooting Goin' South in Durango, Mexico, which meant that for three or four weeks he had to do Saturday Night Live, fly to Durango - which was fairly complicated, because you had to go to Mexico City and then up to Durango - shoot for a couple of days, and then fly back to New York to do Saturday Night Live again. But he was wonderful to work with. I mean, he was absolutely right for the part. He had a lot of energy, of course. He was great. We had a good routine together. It was cool.
(2012, on Goin' South (1978)) Well, that happened in a rather interesting way. I was doing a Broadway musical called Happy End, a Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill collaboration, and [Nicholson] was looking for a leading lady, a new actress, to be in Goin' South, which he was directing. So he came to see Happy End not knowing I was in it but, rather, to see Meryl Streep, who was my co-star. And I remember after the play, the stage manager said that Jack Nicholson was going to be coming back to my dressing room to say hello. And Meryl Streep was there, and he said that there was a script that he'd like for me to see, that he'd like for me to do a part in it. And the film was Goin' South, and I did it. And ultimately, he found Mary Steenburgen to play the role that he was trying to cast. But it was just fortuitous that he came by that night.
[2012, on filming Dennis the Menace (1993)] I had a scene in that when I'm walking along an alley and I see a boy eating an apple. I reach over the fence with a big knife and snare the apple, and I eat the apple. And the boy playing that role must have been about six or seven years old - he was horrified of me. Even when I was out of makeup. He'd hide behind his mother when he saw me just walking as myself. Just absolutely terrified.

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