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John Lithgow
Birthday: October 19, 1945

Birth Place: Rochester, New York, USA
Height: 6' 4"

Below is a complete filmography (list of movies he's appeared in) for John Lithgow. If you have any corrections or additions, please email us at corrections@actorsofhollywood.com. We'd also be interested in any trivia or other information you have.



A distinguished actor of stage, television, and movies who is at home playing everything from menacing villains, big-hearted transsexuals, and loopy aliens, John Lithgow is also a composer and performer of children's songs, a Harvard graduate, a talented painter, and a devoted husband and father: in short, he is a true Renaissance man. Once hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "the film character actor of his generation," Lithgow is the son of a theater director who once headed Princeton's McCarter Theater and produced a series of Shakespeare festivals in Ohio, where Lithgow was six when he made his first theatrical bow in Henry VI, Part 3. His parents raised Lithgow in a loving home that encouraged artistic self-expression and took a broad view of the world. As a youth, Lithgow was passionate about painting and at age 16, he was actively involved with the Art Students League in New York. When the acting bug bit, Lithgow's father was supportive. After Lithgow graduated from Harvard, he received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; while in England, Lithgow also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and for the Royal Court Theatre. He returned to the U.S. in the early '70s and worked on Broadway where he won his first Tony and a Drama Desk Award for his part in The Changing Room (1973). Lithgow remained in New York for many years, establishing himself as one of Broadway's most respected stars and would go on to appear in at least one play per year through 1982. He would subsequently receive two more Tony nominations for Requiem for a Heavyweight and M. Butterfly. He made his first film appearance in Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972). The film itself was an inauspicious affair as were his other subsequent early efforts, though by the early '80s, his film roles improved and diversified dramatically. Though capable of essaying subtle, low-key characters, Lithgow excelled in over-the-top parts as the next decade in his career demonstrates. He got his first real break and a Best Supporting Actor nomination when he played macho football player-turned-sensitive woman Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp (1982). In 1983, he provided one of the highlights of Twilight Zone—The Movie as a terrified airline passenger and earned a second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination in Terms of Endearment where he appeared with Shirley Maclaine and Jack Nicholson, as well as playing a fiery preacher in Footloose. That year, he won his first Emmy nomination for his work in the scary nuclear holocaust drama The Day After. In 1984, he played the crazed Dr. Lizardo in the cult favorite The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai. In Ricochet (1992), Lithgow proved himself a terrifying villain with his portrayal of a psychopathic killer hell-bent for revenge against Denzel Washington, the man who incarcerated him. In 1990, he made Babysong video tapes of his performing old and new children's songs on the guitar and banjo. Though he had already established himself on television as a guest star, Lithgow gained a large and devoted following when he was cast as an alien captain who, along with his clueless crew, attempts to pass for human in the fresh, well-written NBC sitcom Third Rock From the Sun (1996). The role has won him multiple Emmys and Golden Globe awards. When not busy working on the show, in theater, or in feature films, Lithgow is at home playing "Superdad" to his children and his wife, a tenured college professor at U.C.L.A.

Movie Credits
The Smurfs (2008)
Dreamgirls (2006)
[ Eddie Murphy ][ Jamie Foxx ][ Danny Glover ][ Jaleel White ][ John Krasinski ]
E=mc² (2005)
[ Christopher Eccleston ][ Samuel West ]
Kinsey (2004)
[ Liam Neeson ][ Tim Curry ][ Francis Ford Coppola ][ Peter Sarsgaard ][ Chris O'Donnell ]
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
[ Geoffrey Rush ][ Stanley Tucci ][ Stephen Fry ][ Mackenzie Crook ]
Untitled Aisha Tyler Project (2004)
[ Adam Goldberg ][ Richard Kind ]
Shrek 4-D (2003)
[ Eddie Murphy ][ Mike Myers ]
Orange County (2002)
[ Ben Stiller ][ Jack Black ][ Kevin Kline ][ Chevy Chase ][ Colin Hanks ]
The Thing That Wouldn't Die: Part 2 (2001)
[ Wayne Knight ][ French Stewart ][ David DeLuise ]
Mary Loves Scoochie: Part 2 (2001)
[ Joseph Gordon-Levitt ][ French Stewart ]
Mary Loves Scoochie: Part 1 (2001)
[ John Cleese ][ French Stewart ]
Dick Soup for the Soul (2001)
[ Joseph Gordon-Levitt ][ French Stewart ]
Shrek (2001)
[ Steven Spielberg ][ Eddie Murphy ][ Mike Myers ][ Vincent Cassel ][ Jim Cummings ]
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party (2001)
[ Mike Myers ][ Billy Joel ]
Don Quixote (2000)
[ Bob Hoskins ][ James Purefoy ]
C-Scam (2000)
[ Hank Azaria ][ Peter Riegert ]
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie - Rugrats II (2000)
[ Tim Curry ][ Dan Castellaneta ][ Billy West ][ Mako ][ Casey Kasem ]
A Civil Action (1998)
[ John Travolta ][ Robert Duvall ][ William H Macy ][ William H. Macy ][ James Gandolfini ]
Homegrown (1998)
[ Jake Gyllenhaal ][ Ryan Phillippe ][ Billy Bob Thornton ][ Hank Azaria ][ Jon Bon Jovi ]
Johnny Skidmarks (1998)
[ Jack Black ][ Peter Gallagher ][ Lee Arenberg ][ John Kapelos ][ Rick Hoffman ]
Officer Buckle and Gloria (1998)
Hollow Point (1996)
[ Donald Sutherland ][ Thomas Ian Griffith ]
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
[ Laurence Fishburne ][ Cuba Gooding Jr. ][ Mekhi Phifer ][ Christopher McDonald ][ Malcolm-Jamal Warner ]
Redwood Curtain (1995)
[ Jeff Daniels ]
My Brother's Keeper (1995)
[ Brian Doyle-Murray ]
Silent Fall (1994)
[ Richard Dreyfuss ][ J.T. Walsh ]
Princess Caraboo (1994)
[ Kevin Kline ][ Dougray Scott ][ Jim Broadbent ][ Stephen Rea ][ Steven Mackintosh ]
A Good Man in Africa (1994)
[ Sean Connery ][ Louis Gossett Jr. ]
The Wrong Man (1993)
[ Kevin Anderson ]
Cliffhanger (1993)
[ Sylvester Stallone ][ Bruce McGill ][ Renny Harlin ][ Michael Rooker ][ Paul Winfield ]
The Pelican Brief (1993)
[ Denzel Washington ][ Stanley Tucci ][ Sam Shepard ][ Tony Goldwyn ][ John Heard ]
The Country Mouse & the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale (1993)
Love, Cheat & Steal (1993)
[ Eric Roberts ][ Danny Trejo ][ Bill McKinney ][ Edward Bunker ][ Dan O'Herlihy ]
Raising Cain (1992)
[ Brian De Palma ][ Steven Bauer ][ Gregg Henry ][ Tom Bower ]
At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)
[ Tom Berenger ][ Aidan Quinn ]
Ricochet (1991)
[ Denzel Washington ][ Kevin Pollak ][ Jesse Ventura ][ Miguel Sandoval ][ Seal ]
The Boys (1991)
[ James Woods ][ Jesse Bradford ]
L.A. Story (1991)
[ Steve Martin ][ Patrick Stewart ][ Chevy Chase ][ Woody Harrelson ][ Rick Moranis ]
Memphis Belle (1990)
[ Sean Astin ][ Billy Zane ][ Eric Stoltz ][ Matthew Modine ][ Tate Donovan ]
Ivory Hunters (1990)
[ James Earl Jones ][ Tony Todd ]
Traveling Man (1989)
[ John Glover ][ Jonathan Silverman ][ John M Jackson ][ John M. Jackson ]
Out Cold (1989)
[ Randy Quaid ][ Bruce McGill ][ Larry Miller ]
Distant Thunder (1988)
[ Ralph Macchio ][ Jamey Sheridan ][ Ken Kirzinger ][ Tom Bower ][ Reb Brown ]
Episode #12.16 (1987)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
[ Steven Spielberg ][ Kevin Peter Hall ][ M. Emmet Walsh ][ David Suchet ][ Don Ameche ]
Baby Girl Scott (1987)
[ Armin Shimerman ][ John M Jackson ][ John M. Jackson ]
The Manhattan Project (1986)
[ Robert Sean Leonard ][ John Mahoney ][ Steven Jay Blum ]
Resting Place (1986)
[ Morgan Freeman ][ M. Emmet Walsh ]
Mesmerized (1986)
[ Michael Murphy ]
Santa Claus (1985)
[ Burgess Meredith ][ Dudley Moore ]
Episode #11.4 (1985)
[ Anthony Michael Hall ][ Michael C. Hall ][ Randy Quaid ][ Damon Wayans ]
2010 (1984)
[ Roy Scheider ][ Bob Balaban ][ Keir Dullea ][ Dana Elcar ]
The Glitter Dome (1984)
[ James Garner ]
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
[ Jeff Goldblum ][ Christopher Lloyd ][ Clancy Brown ][ Peter Weller ][ Dan Hedaya ]
Footloose (1984)
[ Kevin Bacon ][ Chris Penn ][ Brian Wimmer ][ John Laughlin ]
Terms of Endearment (1983)
[ Jack Nicholson ][ Danny DeVito ][ Jeff Daniels ][ Albert Brooks ][ John Cho ]
The Day After (1983)
[ Cary Elwes ][ Steve Guttenberg ][ Jason Robards ][ Arliss Howard ][ Jeff East ]
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
[ Steven Spielberg ][ Dan Aykroyd ][ Albert Brooks ][ Burgess Meredith ][ John Landis ]
Not in Front of the Children (1982)
The World According to Garp (1982)
[ Robin Williams ][ Hume Cronyn ][ Alice Cooper ][ Boy George ][ Ed Quinn ]
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)
[ Joe Pesci ][ Daniel Stern ][ Dan Hedaya ]
Blow Out (1981)
[ John Travolta ][ Brian De Palma ][ Dennis Franz ]
Mom, the Wolfman and Me (1980)
[ Keenan Wynn ]
The Oldest Living Graduate (1980)
[ Henry Fonda ][ Timothy Hutton ][ Harry Dean Stanton ][ David Ogden Stiers ]
Big Blonde (1980)
[ Irving Berlin ]
All That Jazz (1979)
[ Wallace Shawn ][ Roy Scheider ][ Keith Gordon ][ Ben Vereen ][ Cliff Gorman ]
Rich Kids (1979)
[ Paul Dooley ]
The Big Fix (1978)
[ Richard Dreyfuss ][ Mandy Patinkin ][ F. Murray Abraham ][ Ron Rifkin ]
Secret Service (1977)
[ Jeffrey Jones ][ Hal Holbrook ]
Obsession (1976)
[ Brian De Palma ][ Cliff Robertson ]
The Country Girl (1974)
[ Jason Robards ]
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972)
[ Paul Sorvino ][ Charles Durning ][ Michael Crichton ][ Buzzy Linhart ]


  • Graduated from Princeton High School, Princeton, NJ
  • Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University (1967)
  • Studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Was named a Fulbright scholar
  • Father of Ian Lithgow
  • Hosted the Welcoming Reception for UCLA's new Chancellor Carnesale
  • Claims that his most difficult performance was in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) because he had to portray fear of the monster, although he couldn't really see it.
  • Graduated from Harvard University, with a BA in history and literature. Daughter, Phoebe (b. 1982)
  • Was considered for the role of Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
  • Wins both the Tony award and Drama Desk award as best actor in a Broadway musical, for performance in "Sweet Smell of Success" May/June 2002.
  • Wife Mary is economics professor at UCLA.
  • His father ran a Shakespearian Acting company in the 1950s which included David Carradine.
  • Parents are Sarah Jane Price (b. 1917) and theater director/producer Arthur Lithgow (1915-2004).
  • Biography in: "Contemporary Authors". Volume 217, pg. 219-223. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2004.
  • Was considered for the role of Doc Brown in Back to the Future (1985). The role went to Christopher Lloyd instead.
  • Was the voice of Yoda in the NPR adaptations of the Star Wars Trilogy.
  • Has won two Tony Awards: in 1973, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for David Storey's "The Changing Room;" and in 2002, as Best Actor (Musical) for "Sweet Smell of Success." He has also been nominated on three occasions for Tonys -- two for Best Actor (Play): for "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (1985) and "M. Butterfly." (1988), and once for Best Actor (Musical): for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (2005).
  • Was called in to replace another actor in _Terms Of Endearment_ (1983) , and his role was filmed in 3 days during a break from filming Footloose (1984).
  • Three of his non-film roles have been based on movies involving Frank Oz and Ian McDiarmid. Most of Oz's and McDiarmid's collaborations are the Star Wars films, in which they play Yoda and Darth Sidious, respectively. Lithgow played Yoda on the radio. Oz also directed McDiarmid in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Lithgow appeared in the stage musical.

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