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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 25 wins & 49 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun Dr. Dick Solomon
(1996-2001)
Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger Qualen
(1993)
Interstellar
Interstellar Donald
(2014)
The World According to Garp
The World According to Garp Roberta Muldoon
(1982)

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 2017 Daddy's Home 2
Don
 2017 Beatriz at Dinner
Doug
 2016 Miss Sloane
Senator Ronald M. Sperling
 2016 The Accountant
Lamar Blackburn
 2014 Interstellar
Donald
 2014 The Homesman
Reverend Alfred Dowd
 2014 Love Is Strange
Ben Hull
 2012 This Is 40
Oliver
 2012 The Campaign
Glenn Motch
 2011 New Year's Eve
Jonathan Cox (uncredited)
 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Charles Rodman
 2010 Leap Year
Jack
 2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic
Edgar West
 2006 Dreamgirls
Jerry Harris
 2004 Kinsey
Alfred Seguine Kinsey
 2002 Orange County
Bud Brumder
 2001 Shrek
Lord Farquaad (voice)
 2000 C-Scam
 2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
Jean-Claude (voice)
 1998 A Civil Action
Judge Walter J. Skinner
 1998 Homegrown
Malcolm / Robert Stockman
 1998 Johnny Skidmarks
Sergeant Larry Skovik
 1996 Hollow Point
Thomas Livingston
 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 Love, Cheat & Steal
Paul Harrington
 1993 The Wrong Man
Phillip Mills
 1993 Cliffhanger
Qualen
 1992 Raising Cain
Carter / Cain / Dr. Nix / ...
 1991 At Play in the Fields of the Lord
Leslie Huben
 1991 Ricochet
Earl Talbot Blake
 1991 L.A. Story
Harry Zell (scenes deleted)
 1990 Memphis Belle
Lt.Col. Bruce Derringer
 1989 Out Cold
Dave
 1988 Distant Thunder
Mark Lambert
 1987 Harry and the Hendersons
George Henderson
 1986 The Manhattan Project
John Mathewson
 1985 Mesmerized
Oliver Thompson
 1984 2010
Dr. Walter Curnow
 1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Lord John Whorfin / Dr. Emilio Lizardo
 1984 Footloose
Rev. Shaw Moore
 1983 Terms of Endearment
Sam Burns
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie
John Valentine (segment "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet")
 1982 The World According to Garp
Roberta Muldoon
 1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
Mr. Brunner
 1981 Blow Out
Burke
 1979 All That Jazz
Lucas Sergeant
 1979 Rich Kids
Paul Philips
 1978 The Big Fix
Sam Sebastian
 1976 Obsession
Robert Lasalle
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Personal Details

Other Works:

: Played George S. Kaufman and directed the one-man play "Kaufman at Large" Off Broadway at the Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, New York, USA. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

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Alternate Names:

John Lithcow

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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Personal Quote:

My sense of myself is that I'm a character actor, and character actors are ready, willing and able to do anything, to be totally different from themselves. That's my job, to be ready. I'm some kind of first responder. See more »

Trivia:

He claims that his most difficult performance was in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) because he had to portray fear of the monster, although he could not really see it. See more »

Trademark:

Towering height and slender frame See more »

Nickname:

Jiggles

Star Sign:

Libra

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