John Lithgow

John Lithgow

Highest Rated: 94% Casting By (2013)

Lowest Rated: 10% A Good Man in Africa (1994)

Birthday: Oct 19, 1945

Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

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 that show's run ended in 2001, Lithgow kept busy with roles in such high-profile features as The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) (in which he essayed the role of comedy legend Blake Edwards), Kinsey, Dreamgirls, and Leap Year. Yet through it all the small screen still beckoned, and in 2010 the Lithgow won an Emmy for his role as Arthur Mitchell (aka The Trinity Killer) on the hit Showtime series Dexter. A poignant turn as a once-brilliant scientist stricken with Alzheimer's disease revealed a gentler side of Lithgow in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and in 2012 he reminded us that he could still g


Highest Rated Movies



70% Bombshell Roger Ailes 2019
80% Late Night Walter Lovell 2019
42% The Tomorrow Man Ed 2019
58% Pet Sematary Jud Crandall 2019
No Score Yet Cementerio de animales Jud Crandall 2019
No Score Yet On Broadway Actor 2019
30% Pitch Perfect 3 Actor $104.9M 2017
21% Daddy's Home 2 Brad's Dad / Mr. Whitaker $103M 2017
No Score Yet Pai em dose dupla 2 Brad's Dad / Mr. Whitaker 2017
14% The Pulitzer at 100 Actor $3.1K 2017
75% Beatriz at Dinner Doug Strutt $7.2M 2017
76% Miss Sloane Senator Sperling $3.5M 2016
52% The Accountant Lamar Blackburn $86.2M 2016
93% Best Of Enemies Actor $0.9M 2015
No Score Yet Projections Of America Actor 2015
81% The Homesman Reverend Alfred Dowd 2014
72% Interstellar Donald $158.8M 2014
93% Love Is Strange Ben $2M 2014
No Score Yet The Jungle Bunch 2: The Great Treasure Quest Maurice 2014
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
No Score Yet Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love Actor 2013
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: The Magistrate, Encore Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Jungle Bunch: The Movie Maurice 2013
52% This Is 40 Oliver $65.3M 2012
66% The Campaign Glenn Motch $86.9M 2012
No Score Yet National Theater Live: The Magistrate Actor 2012
82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes Charles Rodman $175.4M 2011
23% Leap Year Jack $25.9M 2010
25% Confessions of a Shopaholic Edgar $44.3M 2009
No Score Yet Strega Nona ... and More Stories About Magic Actor 2009
No Score Yet NOVA Narrator 2007
78% Dreamgirls Jerry Harris $103.4M 2006
No Score Yet Bark, George... and More Doggie Tails Actor 2005
No Score Yet Sylvester and the Magic Pebble ... and More Magical Tales Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Emperor's New Clothes ... and More Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales Actor 2005
90% Kinsey Alfred Seguine Kinsey $10.3M 2004
69% The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Blake Edwards 2004
No Score Yet Shrek 4-D (Shrek 3-D) Actor 2003
No Score Yet Harry the Dirty Dog...and More Playful Puppy Stories Actor 2003
No Score Yet Secret Service Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Tomorrow Man Actor 2002
46% Orange County Bud Brumder $41.1M 2002
88% Shrek Lord Farquaad $267M 2001
No Score Yet Creating a Fairy Tale World: The Making of Shrek Actor 2001
No Score Yet NOVA Narrator 2001
No Score Yet Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party Actor 2001
76% Rugrats in Paris - The Movie Jean-Claude 2000
No Score Yet Don Quixote Executive Producer Don Quixote 2000
61% A Civil Action Judge Walter J. Skinner 1998
No Score Yet Johnny Skidmarks Sgt. Larry Skovik 1998
44% Homegrown Malcolm/Robert 1998
No Score Yet Special Effects Narrator 1996
No Score Yet Hollow Point Livingston 1995
88% The Tuskegee Airmen Sen. Conyers 1995
No Score Yet Redwood Curtain Laird Riordan 1995
No Score Yet My Brother's Keeper Tom and Bob Bradley 1995
22% Silent Fall Dr. Rene Harlinger 1994
63% Princess Caraboo Wilkinson 1994
10% A Good Man in Africa Arthur Fanshawe 1994
No Score Yet World War II Actor 1994
No Score Yet World War II: When Lions Roared Franklin D. Roosevelt 1994
53% The Pelican Brief Smith Keen 1993
No Score Yet Love, Cheat & Steal Paul Harrington 1993
No Score Yet The Wrong Man Phillip Mills 1993
58% Indian Summer Actor 1993
57% Raising Cain Carter/Cain/Dr. Nix/Josh/Margo 1992
72% Ricochet Earl Talbot Blake 1991
No Score Yet Dr. Seuss: Yertle the Turtle Narrator 1991
57% At Play in the Fields of the Lord Leslie Huben 1991
67% Memphis Belle Col. Bruce Derringer 1990
No Score Yet The Last Elephant Robert Carter 1990
No Score Yet Traveling Man Ben Cluett 1989
No Score Yet Out Cold Dave 1989
43% Distant Thunder Mark Lambert 1988
45% Harry and the Hendersons George Henderson 1987
No Score Yet Baby Girl Scott Neil Scott 1987
No Score Yet Mesmerized Oliver Thompson 1986
50% The Manhattan Project John Mathewson 1986
No Score Yet Resting Place Maj. Kendall Laird 1986
20% Santa Claus: The Movie B.Z. 1985
66% 2010 Dr. Walter Curnow 1984
69% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Dr. Emilio Lizardo, Lord John Whorfin 1984
51% Footloose Rev. Shaw Moore 1984
No Score Yet The Glitter Dome Sgt. Marty Wellborn 1984
78% Terms of Endearment Sam Burns 1983
86% The Day After Joe Huxley 1983
56% Twilight Zone: The Movie Valentine 1983
78% The World According to Garp Roberta Muldoon 1982
33% I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Mr. Brunner 1982
85% Blow Out Burke 1981
No Score Yet Big Blonde Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Oldest Living Graduate Actor 1980
85% All That Jazz Lucas Sergeant 1979
No Score Yet Rich Kids Paul Philips 1979
86% The Big Fix Sam Sebastian 1978
76% Obsession Robert La Salle 1976
No Score Yet Pete's a Pizza Actor 1976
No Score Yet Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues John 1972


No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Guest 2019
No Score Yet The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer
Guest 2019
85% The Simpsons
Himself 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest 2019
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
Guest 2019
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2019
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2019
98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Voice 2018
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
Appearing 2018
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
Panelist 2017
No Score Yet Conan
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Harry
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Today
Guest 2017
88% Trial & Error
Larry Henderson 2017
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Chew
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Independent Lens
Voice 2016
No Score Yet Drunk History
Appearing 2014
No Score Yet Great Performances
Host 2014
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Voice 2014
63% Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Voice 2014
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Comment je l'ai rencontrée
Jerry 2013
83% How I Met Your Mother
Jerry 2013
No Score Yet Colbert Report
Guest 2011
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2011
72% Dexter
Walter Simmons Arthur Mitchell 2010
No Score Yet NOVA
Appearing Voice Narrator 2010
85% 30 Rock
26% Twenty Good Years
John Mason 2006
No Score Yet 3rd Rock from the Sun
Dick Solomon Dick 2001
93% Frasier
Vocie of Madman Martinez 1995
82% Tales from the Crypt
Guest 1995
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1988
No Score Yet Amazing Stories (1985)
John Waters 1986
No Score Yet Perry Mason
No Score Yet Prohibition


George Henderson says: I'm working with assholes.

John Mathewson says: (while holding nuke) So...who wants to play?

John Mathewson says: So...who wants to play?

Rev. Shaw Moore says: If our Lord wasn't testing us, how would you account for the proliferation, these days, of this obscene rock and roll music, with its gospel of easy sexuality and relaxed morality?

Rev. Shaw Moore says: Even if this was not a law, which it is, I'm afraid I would have a lot of difficulty endorsing an enterprise which is as fraught with genuine peril as I believe this one to be. Besides the liquor and the drugs which always seem to accompany such an event the thing that distresses me even more, Ren, is the spiritual corruption that can be involved. These dances and this kind of music can be destructive, and, uh, Ren, I'm afraid you're going to find most of the people in our community are gonna agree with me on this.

Rev. Shaw Moore says: I think it's Heyden, a chamber piece.

Ariel says: And that kind of music's ok?

Rev. Shaw Moore says: It doesn't confuse people's minds and bodies.

Rev. Shaw Moore says: It's not that we don't talk, it's just that sometimes people run out of things to say.

Senator Conyers says: As God is my witness, those boys will never see combat.

Eric Qualen says: I must admit you're a real piece of work

Eric Qualen says: I must say, you're a real piece of work.

Gabe Walker says: And I must admit you're a real piece of shit

Gabe Walker says: I must say, you're a real piece of shit.

Maxim Brailovsky says: Piece of pie.

Walter Curnow says: No, piece of cake, cake.

Maxim Brailovsky says: Easy as cake.

Walter Curnow says: No, easy as pie, pie.

Jean-Claude says: What now pinocchio?

Eric Qualen says: kill a few people they call you a murderer.........kill a million......and you are a CONQUEROR.

Eric Qualen says: Kill a few people they call you a murderer. Kill a million, and you are a CONQUEROR.

Lord Farquaad says: Mwahahahahahaha!

Don Quixote says: Your life may change, Sancho.

Joe Huxley says: This is Lawrence. This is Lawrence Kansas, is anybody there, anybody at all?

Josh says: Hickory, Dickory, Dock, Cain has picked his lock, He's done a bad deed, Now Josh comes to bleed, Hickory, Dickory, Dock