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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. 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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 The Good Dinosaur (announced)
Poppa (voice)
 2014 Love Is Strange
 2012 This Is 40
 2011 New Year's Eve
Jonathan Cox (uncredited)
 2010 Leap Year
 2003 Shrek 4-D (Short)
Ghost of Farquaad (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
 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 / ...
 1991 L.A. Story
Harry Zell (scenes deleted)
 1989 Out Cold
 1988 Distant Thunder
Mark Lambert
 1986 The Manhattan Project
John Mathewson
 1986 My Letter to George
Oliver Thompson
 1985 Santa Claus
 1985 The Amazing Bone (Short)
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 1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
Mr. Brunner
 1981 Blow Out
 1979 Rich Kids
Paul Philips
 1978 The Big Fix
Sam Sebastian
 1976 Obsession
Robert Lasalle
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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 | 5 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 »


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 »


Often plays fathers and family men See more »



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