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If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. He was born in Rochester, New York, to Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who was both a theatrical producer and director. John's father was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, where ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 The Crown (TV Series) (filming)
Sir Winston Churchill
 2015 Louie (TV Series)
Funny Man
- Sleepover (2015) ... Funny Man
 2013-2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (TV Series)
The White Rabbit
- And They Lived... (2014) ... The White Rabbit (voice)
- To Catch a Thief (2014) ... The White Rabbit (voice, credit only)
- Heart of the Matter (2014) ... The White Rabbit (voice)
- Dirty Little Secrets (2014) ... The White Rabbit (voice)
- Nothing to Fear (2014) ... The White Rabbit (voice, credit only)
 2013 Timms Valley (TV Movie)
Ol' Gregory Timms
 2012 This Is 40
 2012 Shrek's Thrilling Tales (Video short)
Lord Farquad (voice)
 2012 The Colbert Report (TV Series)
Ad Narrator
- Scott Douglas (2012) ... Ad Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 2011/I Spells (Video short)
 2011 New Year's Eve
Jonathan Cox (uncredited)
 2010 Leap Year
 2009 30 Rock (TV Series)
John Lithgow
 2006 Paloozaville (TV Series)
The Mayor
 2005 Nova (TV Series documentary)
- E=mc²: Einstein's Big Idea (2005) ... Narrator (voice)
 2005 Einstein's Big Idea (TV Movie)
Narrator (English version, voice)
 2004 My Life, Inc. (TV Movie)
Jan van de Bunt (voice)
 2003 Shrek 4-D (Short)
Ghost of Farquaad (voice)
 2003 Bark, George (Video short)
Narrator (voice)
 2003 Freedom: A History of Us (TV Series documentary)
Justice Henry Billings Brown / Judge Ward Hunt / Roger Williams / ...
- What Is Freedom? (2003) ... Justice Henry Billings Brown
- Working for Freedom (2003) ... Judge Ward Hunt
 2001 Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party (Video short)
Lord Farquaad (singing voice)
 2001 Shrek
Lord Farquaad (voice)
 2000 C-Scam
 1998 Homegrown
Malcolm / Robert Stockman
 1998 Johnny Skidmarks
Sergeant Larry Skovik
 1997 Officer Buckle and Gloria (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1996 Hollow Point
Thomas Livingston
 1995 The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Movie)
Senator Conyers
 1995 Redwood Curtain (TV Movie)
Laird Riordan
 1995 Frasier (TV Series)
Madman Martinez
- Someone to Watch Over Me (1995) ... Madman Martinez (voice)
 1995 My Brother's Keeper (TV Movie)
Tom Bradley / Bob Bradley
 1995 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Dr. Oscar Charles
- You, Murderer (1995) ... Dr. Oscar Charles
 1994 Silent Fall
Dr. Rene Harlinger
 1994 Princess Caraboo
Professor Wilkinson
 1994 A Good Man in Africa
Arthur Fanshawe, British High Commissioner
 1993 The Pelican Brief
Smith Keen
 1993 The Wrong Man
Phillip Mills
 1993 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1992 Raising Cain
Carter / Cain / Dr. Nix / ...
 1992 Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (Video short)
Narrator (voice)
 1991 The Boys (TV Movie)
Artie Margulies
 1991 L.A. Story
Harry Zell (scenes deleted)
 1990 Ivory Hunters (TV Movie)
Robert Carter
 1990 Kid-Size Concert (Video short)
 1989 Traveling Man (TV Movie)
Ben Cluett
 1989 Out Cold
 1988 Distant Thunder
Mark Lambert
 1987 Baby Girl Scott (TV Movie)
Neil Scott
 1986 The Manhattan Project
John Mathewson
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
John Walters
- The Doll (1986) ... John Walters
 1986 Resting Place (TV Movie)
Maj. Kendall Laird
 1985 Santa Claus
 1985 Mesmerized
Oliver Thompson
 1985 The Amazing Bone (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1984 The Glitter Dome (TV Movie)
Sgt. Marty Wellborn
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Goldilocks' Father
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1984) ... Goldilocks' Father
 1983 The Day After (TV Movie)
Joe Huxley
 1982 Not in Front of the Children (TV Movie)
Richard Carruthers
 1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
Mr. Brunner
 1981 Blow Out
 1980 Big Blonde (TV Movie)
Herbie Morse
 1980 Mom, the Wolfman and Me (TV Movie)
 1980 The Oldest Living Graduate (TV Movie)
 1979 Rich Kids
Paul Philips
 1978 The Big Fix
Sam Sebastian
 1977 Great Performances (TV Series)
Capt. Thorne
- Secret Service (1977) ... Capt. Thorne
 1976 Obsession
Robert Lasalle
 1974 The Country Girl (TV Movie)
Paul Unger
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Personal Details

Other Works:

: Played Chris in "Division Street" by Steve Tesich on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre, New York City, New York, USA. See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

John Lithcow


6' 4" (1.93 m)

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Personal Quote:

[from a 1984 interview] My career just happened to me. I didn't manage it. My plate is full all the time, but I never have the opportunity to choose from ten parts. I do turn down junk. I've played important parts in movies but I haven't yet played the person the story is about. The joy is in the work. You can get too hung up on where you are. I'm not preoccupied with the desire to be top banana,... See more »


Has two grandchildren through his son, Ian Lithgow. See more »


Often plays fathers and family men See more »



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