John Lithgow (I)


STARmeter
Top 5000
Up 171 this week
Clip
1:06 | Clip
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 »

Child Stars, Then and Now

These successful stars have us asking, "Remember when?"

See all the photos

Related News

IMDb's Awards Season Preview

Want to get a jump on awards season? Get ahead with a look at the movies we think will be players in the 2023 awards race.

See the list

On Prime Video

Editorial Lists

Related lists from IMDb editors

a list of 13 images
updated 02 Nov 2020
 
a list of 25 images
updated 05 Mar 2019
 
a list of 40 images
updated 01 Mar 2019
 
a list of 106 people
updated 29 Jan 2019
 
a list of 25 images
updated 05 Dec 2018
 

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 people
created 03 May 2021
 
a list of 46 images
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 35 people
created 18 Dec 2013
 
a list of 39 people
created 14 Oct 2014
 

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDb page

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of John Lithgow's work have you seen?

User Polls

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 62 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Known For

The World According to Garp Roberta Muldoon
(1982)
Cliffhanger Eric Qualen
(1993)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Lord John Whorfin / Dr. Emilio Lizardo
(1984)
Love Is Strange Ben Hull
(2014)

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Actor (135 credits)
  Conclave (filming)
Cardinal Tremblay
 2023/I Spellbound (filming)
Minister Bolinar (voice)
 2023 Killers of the Flower Moon (post-production)
Prosecutor Leaward
 2023 Sharper (completed)
Richard Hobbes
 2022 The Old Man (TV Series)
Harold Harper
- VII (2022) ... Harold Harper
- VI (2022) ... Harold Harper
- V (2022) ... Harold Harper
- IV (2022) ... Harold Harper
- III (2022) ... Harold Harper
 2019-2022 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Augustus Redfield / John Lithgow
- Meat Is Murder (2022) ... Augustus Redfield (voice)
- I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say D'oh (2019) ... John Lithgow (voice)
 2022 The Bubble
Tom the Studio Chairman
 2021 Dexter: New Blood (TV Mini Series)
Arthur Mitchell
- Skin of Her Teeth (2021) ... Arthur Mitchell
 2021 The Guilty (Podcast Series)
Osmond Box
 2021 Wolfboy and the Everything Factory (TV Series short)
- Wolfboy Finds Adventure (2021) ... (voice)
 2020 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Elias Birchard 'E.B.' Jonathan
- Chapter Eight (2020) ... Elias Birchard 'E.B.' Jonathan (credit only)
- Chapter Seven (2020) ... Elias Birchard 'E.B.' Jonathan (credit only)
- Chapter Six (2020) ... Elias Birchard 'E.B.' Jonathan (credit only)
- Chapter Five (2020) ... Elias Birchard 'E.B.' Jonathan
- Chapter Four (2020) ... Elias Birchard 'E.B.' Jonathan
 2019 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (TV Series)
Rudy Giuliani
- Charlize Theron/Martha Stewart/John Lithgow (2019) ... Rudy Giuliani
 2019/I Bombshell
Roger Ailes
 2016-2019 The Crown (TV Series)
Winston Churchill
- Olding (2019) ... Winston Churchill
- Vergangenheit (2017) ... Winston Churchill
- Pride & Joy (2016) ... Winston Churchill
- Assassins (2016) ... Winston Churchill
- Scientia Potentia Est (2016) ... Winston Churchill
 2019 The Tale of Timmy Baterman (Short)
Jud
 2019 The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts (Video)
President Donald Trump
 2019 Live in Front of a Studio Audience (TV Series)
Phillip Drummond
 2019 Pet Sematary
Jud
 2019 The Tomorrow Man
Ed
 2019 Late Night
Walter Lovell
 2018 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (TV Series)
The Stinkbug
- Mike Pence (2018) ... The Stinkbug (voice)
 2017 Pitch Perfect 3
Fergus
 2017 Daddy's Home 2
Don
 2017 Trial & Error (TV Series)
Larry Henderson
- The Verdict (2017) ... Larry Henderson
- The Defense Rests (2017) ... Larry Henderson
- Unusual Suspect (2017) ... Larry Henderson
- Opening Statements (2017) ... Larry Henderson
- A Hostile Jury (2017) ... Larry Henderson
 2017 Trial & Error: Mystery Now (TV Series)
Larry Henderson
 2017 Beatriz at Dinner
Doug
 2016 Miss Sloane
Senator Ronald Sperling
 2016 The Accountant
Lamar Blackburn
 2015 Louie (TV Series)
Funny Man
- Sleepover (2015) ... Funny Man
 2014 9 Kisses (Short)
Man in Club
 2014 The Jungle Bunch 2: The Great Treasure Quest
Maurice (English version, voice)
 2014 Interstellar
Donald
 2014 Drunk History (TV Series)
George Washington / William Randolph Hearst
- Philadelphia (2014) ... George Washington
- Hollywood (2014) ... William Randolph Hearst
 2014 The Homesman
Reverend Alfred Dowd
 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)
- 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)
 2011-2014 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series)
Jerry
- The End of the Aisle (2014) ... Jerry
- Mom and Dad (2013) ... Jerry
- Hopeless (2011) ... Jerry
- Legendaddy (2011) ... Jerry
 2014 Love Is Strange
Ben Hull
 2013 Timms Valley (TV Series)
Ol' Gregory Timms
 2012 This Is 40
Oliver
 2012 Shrek's Thrilling Tales (Video short)
Lord Farquad (voice)
 2012 The Campaign
Glenn Motch
 2011/I Spells (Video short)
 2011 The Jungle Bunch: The Movie (TV Movie)
Maurice (voice)
 2011 New Year's Eve
Jonathan Cox (uncredited)
 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Charles Rodman
 2010 Leap Year
Jack
 2009 Dexter (TV Series)
Arthur Mitchell
- The Getaway (2009) ... Arthur Mitchell
- Hello, Dexter Morgan (2009) ... Arthur Mitchell
- Lost Boys (2009) ... Arthur Mitchell
- Hungry Man (2009) ... Arthur Mitchell
- Road Kill (2009) ... Arthur Mitchell
 2009 30 Rock (TV Series)
John Lithgow
- Goodbye, My Friend (2009) ... John Lithgow
 2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic
Edgar West
 2006-2008 Twenty Good Years (TV Series)
John Mason
- Come Fly with Me (2008) ... John Mason
- Murder He Thought (2008) ... John Mason
- The Crying Game (2006) ... John Mason
- John's Old Lady (2006) ... John Mason
- They Shoot Turkeys, Don't They? (2006) ... John Mason
 2006 Paloozaville (TV Series)
The Mayor
 2006 Dreamgirls
Jerry Harris
 2005 Nova (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- E=mc²: Einstein's Big Idea (2005) ... Narrator (voice)
 2005 Einstein's Big Idea (TV Movie documentary)
Narrator (English version, voice)
 2004 Kinsey
Alfred Seguine Kinsey
 2004 My Life, Inc. (TV Movie)
Jan van de Bunt (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 (voice)
- Working for Freedom (2003) ... Judge Ward Hunt (voice)
- Liberty for All (2003) ... Roger Williams (voice)
- Independence (2003) ... Benjamin Rush (voice)
 2003 Shrek: The Ghost of Lord Farquaad (Video short)
Ghost of Farquaad (voice)
 2002 Orange County
Bud Brumder
 2001 Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party (Video short)
Lord Farquaad (singing voice)
 1996-2001 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series)
Dr. Dick Solomon
- The Thing That Wouldn't Die: Part 2 (2001) ... Dr. Dick Solomon
- The Thing That Wouldn't Die: Part 1 (2001) ... Dr. Dick Solomon
- Mary Loves Scoochie: Part 2 (2001) ... Dr. Dick Solomon
- Mary Loves Scoochie: Part 1 (2001) ... Dr. Dick Solomon
- Dick Soup for the Soul (2001) ... Dr. Dick Solomon
 2001 Shrek
Lord Farquaad (voice)
 2000 C-Scam
 2000 Rugrats in Paris
Jean-Claude (voice)
 2000 Don Quixote (TV Movie)
Don Quixote de La Mancha / Alonso Quixano
 1999 Cosby (TV Series)
John Lithgow
- Superstar (1999) ... John Lithgow
 1998 A Civil Action
Judge Walter J. Skinner
 1998 Homegrown
Malcolm / Robert Stockman
 1998 Johnny Skidmarks
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
Fanshawe
 1994 World War II: When Lions Roared (TV Mini Series)
Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Part II (1994) ... Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Part I (1994) ... Franklin D. Roosevelt
 1993 The Country Mouse & the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale (TV Movie)
Alexander (voice)
 1993 Love, Cheat & Steal
Paul Harrington
 1993 The Pelican Brief
Smith Keen
 1993 Cliffhanger
Eric Qualen
 1993 The Wrong Man
Phillip / Husband
 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 At Play in the Fields of the Lord
Leslie Huben
 1991 Ricochet
Earl Talbot Blake
 1991 The Boys (TV Movie)
Artie Margulies
 1991 L.A. Story
Harry Zell (scenes deleted)
 1990 Memphis Belle
Lt.Col. Bruce Derringer
 1990 Ivory Hunters (TV Movie)
Robert Carter
 1990 Kid-Size Concert (Video short)
Host
 1989 Traveling Man (TV Movie)
Ben Cluett
 1989 Out Cold
Dave
 1988 Distant Thunder
Mark Lambert
 1987 Harry and the Hendersons
George Henderson
 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 Mesmerized
Oliver Thompson
 1985 The Amazing Bone (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1984 2010: The Year We Make Contact
Dr. Walter Curnow
 1984 The Glitter Dome (TV Movie)
Sgt. Martin 'Marty' Wellborn
 1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Lord John Whorfin / Dr. Emilio Lizardo
 1984 Footloose
Rev. Shaw Moore
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Goldilocks' Father
- Goldilocks and the 3 Bears (1984) ... Goldilocks' Father
 1983 Terms of Endearment
Sam Burns
 1983 The Day After (TV Movie)
Joe Huxley
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie
John Valentine (segment "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet")
 1983 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - The Original Radio Drama (TV Series)
Yoda
- New Allies, New Enemies (1983) ... Yoda (voice)
- Way of the Jedi (1983) ... Yoda (voice)
 1982 Not in Front of the Children (TV Movie)
Richard Carruthers
 1982 The World According to Garp
Roberta Muldoon
 1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
Mr. Brunner
 1981 Blow Out
Burke
 1980 Big Blonde (TV Movie)
Herbie Morse
 1980 Mom, the Wolfman and Me (TV Movie)
Wally
 1980 The Oldest Living Graduate (TV Movie)
Clarence Sickenger
 1979 All That Jazz
Lucas Sergeant
 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 / Michael's partner
 1974 The Country Girl (TV Movie)
Paul Unger
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (9 credits)
Show Show Art department (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (189 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (36 credits)

Related Videos

Edit

Personal Details

Other Works:

: Plays Lawrence Jameson in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" musical by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek (Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California, USA). See more »

Publicity Listings:

9 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

Facebook | Official Site | See more »

Alternate Names:

John Lithcow

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)

Spouse:

Mary Yeager  (2 children) | See more »

Children:

Ian Lithgow | See more »

Parents:

Sarah Jane Lithgow (Price) | Arthur Washington Lithgow III
Edit

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on the constant time-slot changes and ultimate cancellation of 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)] If NBC had set out to ruin it, they couldn't have done a better job. They kept trying to use us as a weapon instead of a show to be taken care of. It would have been nice to have stayed a big hit, but I'd rather be a great show that nobody was watching than a lousy show that was a big hit, which is the ... See more »

Trivia:

Despite being known for playing characters who are often pompous and unlikable or outright villainous, he has been described by many of his co-stars as an extremely kind and friendly man and a pleasure to work with. See more »

Trademark:

In his earlier roles, often played villains or mentally unstable characters See more »

Nickname:

Jiggles

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed