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John Lithgow

Birth Name: 
John Arthur Lithgow
Birthday: 
Friday, October 19, 1945
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Birth Place: 
Rochester, New York, USA
Height: 
6'4"

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 midwest of the United States. Not until he was 16, and his father became head of the McCarter Theater in Princeton New Jersey, did the family settle down. But for John, the theater was still not a career. He won a scholarship to Harvard University, where he finally caught the acting bug (as well as found a wife). Harvard was followed by a Fulbright scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Returning from London, his rigorous dramatic training stood him in good stead, and a distinguished career on Broadway gave him one Tony award for "The Changing Room", a second nomination in 1985 for "Requiem for a Heavyweight", and a third in 1988 for "M. Butterfly". But with critical acclaim came personal confusion, and in the mid '70s he and his wife divorced. He entered therapy, and in 1982 his life started in a new direction, the movies - he received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp (1982). A second Oscar nomination followed for Terms of Endearment (1983), and he met a UCLA economics professor who became his second wife. As the decade of the '90s came around he found that he was spending too much time on location, and another career move brought him to television in the hugely successful series "3rd Rock from the Sun" (1996). This production also played a role in bringing him back together with the son from his first marriage, Ian Lithgow, who has a regular role in the series as a dim-witted student. (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

1984 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Terms of Endearment)
1983 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (The World According to Garp)

Reviews

This Is 40

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This is 40

Judd Apatow has an aptitude for being able to make people laugh. While there’s nothing overly sophisticated about his humor, it’s nonetheless entertaining and quotable.... Read more
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The Campaign

It’s an election year and while everyone’s eyes are on President Obama and Mitt Romney, the real race is between Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) and Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) for the congressional seat for the 14th District of North Carolina.... Read more
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

When the original Planet of the Apes was release in 1968 it surprised everyone with its twist ending revealing that the astronauts were not on some alien planet but actually Earth, now ruled by intelligent apes.... Read more
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3rd Rock From the Sun: Season 2

The second season has High Commander Dick Solomon trapped in an invisible box by his replacement and the rest having to follow ridiculous rules.  From there they attend a sci-fi fest to let people know aliens are friendly, Harry runs for councilman, Dick becomes obsessed with football, they host ... Read more
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Videos

Love Is Strange (Trailer #1)

Love Is Strange (Trailer #1)

Love Is Strange starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Tatyana Zbiroskaya ... Read more
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Love Is Strange (Sellling The Apartment)

Love Is Strange (Sellling The Apartment)

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Love Is Strange (Bar)

Love Is Strange (Bar)

Love Is Strange starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Tatyana Zbiroskaya ... Read more
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The Homesman (UK Trailer)

The Homesman (UK Trailer)

The Homesman starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, John Lithgow, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep ... Read more
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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes: First Look At Apes From WETA CLIP

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