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Designed necktie for Stonehenge, Ltd's "Christopher Reeve Collection" (exclusive to JCPenney), with four percent of sales benefiting the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.

(1972-73) Wrote, produced, and acted on radio show "Under the Gun" for WBAI-FM, NYC.

(1997) TV commercial for Discover credit card.

(Late 1990s) Series of TV commercials for Kemper Funds (voiceover).

(1997) TV commercials for 10-321 long distance.

(1988) "M. Butterfly" (play) on Broadway. Written by David Henry Hwang. Incidental music by Giacomo Puccini and Lucia Hwong. Live music arranged by Jason Hwang and Yukio Tsuji. Musical Director: Lucia Hwong. Directed by John Dexter. Eugene O'Neill Theatre: 20 Mar 1988- 27 Jan 1990 (777 performances). Cast: John Lithgow(as "Rene Gallimard"), John Getz, Rose Gregorio, George Martin (as George N. Martin), BD Wong (as "Song Liling"), Lori Tan Chinn, Lindsay Frost, Jamie H.J. Guan, Alec Mapa, Chris Odo. Replacement actors during show's long run included: Tony Randall (as "Rene Gallimard"), John Rubinstein (as "Rene Gallimard"). Produced by Stuart Ostrow and David Geffen. Note: Nominated for Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Play.

Provided the voice for Yoda in NPR's radio productions of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of The Jedi."

(March 2002-June 2002): Played J.J. Hunsecker in "Sweet Smell of Success" by Marvin Hamlisch, Craig Carnelia, John Guare. Won Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

(2002) TV commercial for Amira Insurance.

(2002) Publication of "Micawber," a children's book, with C.F. Payne, illustrator. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, New York City, New York (ISBN 0689833415).

(2004) Publication of "Carnival of the Animals," a children's book, with Boris Kulikov, illustrator. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, New York City, New York (ISBN 0689867212).

(2003) Publication of "I'm a Manatee," a children's book, with Ard Hoyt, illustrator. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, New York City, New York (ISBN 0689854277).

(2000) Publication of "The Remarkable Farkle McBride," a children's book, with C.F. Payne, illustrator. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, New York City, New York (ISBN 0689833407).

(2004) Public Service Announcement (PSA) TV commercial for the Save the Manatee Club in Florida.

(September 2004-October 2004): Plays Lawrence Jameson in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" musical by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek (Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California, USA).

(March 2005-January 2006): Plays Lawrence Jameson in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" musical by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre, New York City, New York, USA. Nominated for the 2005 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

(2005-07) Print ads for Campbell's Select line of soups.

(2005) TV commercial for Campbell's Select line of soups.

(December 1981-January 1982): 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.

(January 1980-February 1980): Played Joe Hill in "Salt Lake City Skyline" by Thomas Babe at Joseph Papp's The Public Theater, New York City, New York, USA.

(June 1975-July 1975): Played Laertes in Hamlet by William Shakespeare on Broadway at the Delacorte Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(January 1976-March 1976): Played Kenneth in "A Memory of Two Mondays" by Arthur Miller on Broadway at the Playhouse Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(October 1975-November 1975): Played Mr. Ferdinand Gadd in "Trelawny of the Wells" by Arthur Wing Pinero on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(March 1974-December 1974): Played James in "My Fat Friend" by Charles Lawrence on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(November 1986-January 1987): Played Walter Burns in "The Front Page" by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(March 1985): Played Harlan "Mountain" McClintock in "Requiem for a Heavyweight" by Rod Serling on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, New York, USA. Won 1985 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play. Nominated for 1985 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

(October 1980): Played Chris in "Division Street" by Steve Tesich on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(March 1973-August 1973): Played "Kenny Kendal" in "The Changing Room", a play by David Storey on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre, New York City, New York, USA. Won 1973 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance.

(October 2003-February 2004): Played Edward in "The Retreat From Moscow" by William Nicholson on Broadway at the Booth Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(April 2004-May 2004): Plays Mr. Farnsworth in "Mrs. Farnsworth" by A.R. Gurney Off Broadway at the Flea Theater, New York City, New York, USA. Nominated for 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.

(2003) Played The Mystery Guest Star in "The Play What I Wrote" by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(May 1982-June 1982): Played Bruce in "Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durang on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(1979) Played Trevor in "Bedroom Farce" by Alan Ayckbourn on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(March 1979-May 1979): Played Frank in "Spokesong" by Stewart Parker and Jimmy Kennedy on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(May 26, 1978-August 27, 1978). Stage Play: Once in a Lifetime. Comedy (revival). Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Scenic Design by Karl Eigsti. Costume Design by Carol Luiken. Lighting Design by F. Mitchell Dana. Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley. Directed by Tom Moore. On Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre: 85 performances + 21 previews beginning on May 26, 1978. Cast: Jayne Meadows [credited as Jayne Meadows Allen] (as "Helen Hobart"), George S. Irving (as "Herman Glogauer"), John Lithgow (as "George Lewis"), Deborah May (as "May Daniels"), Treat Williams (as "Jerry Hyland"), Max Wright (as "Lawrence Vail"), Sydney Blake (as "Phyllis Fontaine"), Peter Bosché (as "Norton/Mr. Flick/Boom Man"), Michael Brindisi (as "Couple #1/Electrician/Biographer"), Alma Cuervo (as "Coat Check Girl/Bridesmaid"), Lance Davis (as "Miss Leigh's Chauffer/Sullivan/Truckman/Reporter"), MacIntyre Dixon (as "Rudolph Kammerling"), Julia Duffy (as "Susan Walker"), Bob Harper (as "Porter/Miss Fontaine's Chauffer/Fulton/Painter"), Bella Jarrett (as "Miss Leighton"), Michael Jeter (as "Jolson/Bellboy/Page"), Elizabeth Kemp (as "Couple #2/Miss Leigh's Maid/Woman/Script Girl"), Ellen March (as "Cigarette Girl/Bridesmaid"), Beverly May (as "Mrs. Walker"), Lee Meredith (as "Florabel Leigh"), Keith Perry (as "Ernest/Cameraman/Necktie Man"), Richard Peterson (as "Jolson/Moulton/Leading Man"), Jill P. Rose (as "Couple #1/Miss Fontaine's Maid/George's Secretary"), Peter J. Saputo (as "Meterstein"), Jim Shankman (as "Jolson/Page/Bellboy"), Phyllis Somerville (as "Miss Chasen"), Jack Straw (as "Policeman/Bishop/Reporter"), Eric Uhler (as "Couple #2/Electrician/Photographer") [Broadway debut], Jerry Zaks (as "Weisskopf"). Produced by Circle in the Square (Artistic Director: Theodore Mann. Managing Director: Paul Libin).

(April 1977-July 1977): Played Mat Burke in "Anna Christie" by Eugene O'Neill on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(October 28, 1976-April 3, 1977) "Comedians," written by Trevor Griffiths, directed by Mike Nichols on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre: 145 performances + 39 previews beginning on October 26, 1976. Cast: Milo O'Shea (as "Eddie Waters"), John Lithgow (as "Ged Murray"), Jonathan Pryce (as "Gethin Price"), Rex Robbins (as "Bert Challenor"), Norman Allen (as "Caretaker"), Armand Assante (as "Teddy"), Jayant Blue (as "Mr. Patel"), Jarlath Conroy (as "Mick Connor"), Jeffrey DeMunn (as "Phil Murray"), Robert Gerringer (as "Club Secretary- M.C."), Larry Lamb (as "George McBrain"), David Margulies (as "Sammy Samuels"). Replacement actor: Jonathan Hogan (as "Ged Murray") [from 24 Jan 1977- ?; Broadway debut]. Produced by Alexander H. Cohen. Produced in association with Gabriel Katzka and Edward L. Schuman. Co-Producer: Hildy Parks and Roy A. Somlyo. Theatre owned and operated by Irving Berlin [who had no direct involvement in this production] and Select Theatres Corporation.

(April 2, 1976-May 1, 1976). "Boy Meets Girl" (comedy revival), written by Bella Spewack [final Broadway credit during lifetime] and Sam Spewack {posthumous credit], and directed by John Lithgow on Broadway at the Playhouse Theatre: 10 performances + 15 previews beginning on April 2, 1976). Scenic Design and Lighting Design by James Tilton. Cast: Lenny Baker (as "Robert Law"), Gwendolyn Brown (as "Studio Nurse"), Frederick Coffin (as "(as "Larry Toms"), Alice Drummond (as "Miss Crews"), Joe Grifasi (as "Green/Premiere Announcer"), David Harris (as "Studio Officer"), Mary Beth Hurt (as "Susie"), Jeffrey Jones (as "Major Thompson"), Charles Kimbrough (as "J. Carlyle Benson"), Ann McDonough (as "Peggy"), Arthur Miller (as "Cutter"), Moultrie Patten (as "Slade"), Roy Poole (as "Mr. Friday, C.F."), Rex Robbins (as "Rosetti"), Don Scardino (as "Rodney Bevan"), Louise Stubbs (as "Hospital Nurse"), Stuart Warmflash (as "Young Man"). Understudies: Gwendolyn Brown (as "Miss Crews"), Joe Grifasi (as "Robert Law"), David Harris (as "Green"), Jeffrey Jones (as "J. Carlyle Benson/Rosetti"), Ann McDonough (as "Susie"), Moultrie Patten (as "Larry Toms/Major Thompson"), Hansford Rowe (as "Mr. Friday"), Louise Stubbs (as "Peggy") and Stuart Warmflash (as "Rodney Bevan/Slade"). Produced by The Phoenix Theatre.

(April 1976-May 1976): Played Captain Thorne in "Secret Service" by William Gillette on Broadway at the Playhouse Theatre, New York City, New York, USA.

(2003) Grammy Nominee for "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't", produced by Pierre Patrick and written by Ogden Nash.

(2001) CD album "Singing in the Bathtub" of various children's songs.

(October 2008): Played "Joe Keller" in "All My Sons", a play by Arthur Miller on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, New York City, New York, USA.

(1974) He acted in Charles Lawrence's play, "My Fat Friend" on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City, New York, USA. Also starring Lynn Redgrave OBE, George Rose and Jimmie Ray Weeks in the cast.

(2011) Published "Drama: An Actor's Education".

(2011) TV commercial for Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow (political action committee established by Stephen Colbert) as Narrator (voiceover).

(2013) Publication of his children's book, "Never Play Music Next to the Zoo," with illustrations by Leeza Hernandez, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York City, New York, USA (book and CD: ISBN 978-1442467439).

(22 July 2014-27 August 2014) Playing King Lear at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, New York

(September 19, 2011) "8," special benefit original drama; written by Dustin Lance Black; directed by Joe Mantello; with Bob Balaban (portraying Judge Vaughn Walker); Ellen Barkin (portraying Sandy Stier); Matt Bomer (portraying Jeff Zarillo); Campbell Brown (portraying Broadcast Journalist); Anthony Edwards (portraying Dr. Ilan Meyer); Morgan Freeman (portraying David Boies); Cheyenne Jackson (portraying Paul Katami); Jay Armstrong (portraying Johnson Spencer); Larry Kramer (portraying Evan Wolfson); Christine Lahti (portraying Kris Perry); John Lithgow (portraying Theodore B. Olson); Rory O'Malley (portraying Ryan Kendall); Rob Reiner (portraying David Blankenhorn); Ben Rosenfield (portraying Elliott); Yeardley Smith (portraying Dr. Nancy Cott); and Bradley Whitford (portraying Charles Cooper) in the cast; on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (1 performance).


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