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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 24 wins & 48 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Interstellar
Interstellar Donald
(2014)
3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun Dr. Dick Solomon
(1996-2001)
Shrek
Shrek Lord Farquaad
(2001)
Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger Qualen
(1993)

Filmography

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 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 M. Sperling
 2016 The Crown (TV Series)
Winston Churchill
- Pride & Joy (2016) ... Winston Churchill
- Assassins (2016) ... Winston Churchill
- Scientia Potentia Est (2016) ... Winston Churchill
- Gelignite (2016) ... Winston Churchill
- Smoke and Mirrors (2016) ... Winston Churchill
 2016 The Accountant
Lamar Blackburn
 2015 Louie (TV Series)
Funny Man
- Sleepover (2015) ... Funny Man
 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
- Heart of the Matter (2014) ... The White Rabbit (voice)
- Dirty Little Secrets (2014) ... The White Rabbit (voice)
- Nothing to Fear (2014) ... The White Rabbit
 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
 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)
 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 Dreamgirls
Jerry Harris
 2006 Paloozaville (TV Series)
The Mayor
 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 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 (voice)
- Working for Freedom (2003) ... Judge Ward Hunt (voice)
- Liberty for All (2003) ... Roger Williams (voice)
- Independence (2003) ... Benjamin Rush (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: The Movie
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
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
 1994 World War II: When Lions Roared (TV Movie)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
 1993 The Pelican Brief
Smith Keen
 1993 The Country Mouse & the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale (TV Movie)
Alexander (voice)
 1993 Love, Cheat & Steal
Paul Harrington
 1993 The Wrong Man
Phillip Mills
 1993 Cliffhanger
Qualen
 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
Dr. Walter Curnow
 1984 The Glitter Dome (TV Movie)
Sgt. 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 Three 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")
 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
 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 Lasalle
 1974 The Country Girl (TV Movie)
Paul Unger
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Other Works:

Published "Drama: An Actor's Education". 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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Did You Know?

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 »

Trivia:

He is a registered pastor of Rose Ministries and has officiated the wedding of his goddaughter. See more »

Trademark:

Distinctive dramatic voice See more »

Nickname:

Jiggles

Star Sign:

Libra

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