John Lithgow

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  • Birth Name: John Arthur Lithgow
  • Birth Place: Rochester, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/19/1945, Libra
  • Profession: Actor
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Prior to becoming a leading man on the sitcom 3rd Rock From the Sun, this veteran actor had spent the previous two decades as a stage and screen supporting player. The son of a well-known theater producer, Lithgow earned a Tony Award for his 1973 Broadway debut in The Changing Room. Throughout the 1970s, he appeared in at least one show per year on the Great White Way while simultaneously popping up on the big screen in small roles. His Academy Award-nominated turn as a transsexual in 1982's The World According to Garp captured Hollywood's attention, and suddenly Lithgow became an in-demand screen actor. Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Lithgow used his chameleon-like talents to embody villains and victims, sadists and sad sacks, snagging his second Oscar nod for his sensitive turn in Terms of Endearment and generally earning critical raves whether appearing in movies of high quality (Pelican Brief) or high camp (Raising Cane). In the '90s Lithgow conquered a third medium, winning three Emmys during his tenure on 3rd Rock From the Sun. When the series ended, he returned to Broadway after a 14-year absence and won his second Tony for the musical The Sweet Smell of Success. In 2009, he joined the cast of Dexter for its fourth season as a devious serial killer, earning a Golden Globe in the process. When he's not acting, Lithgow has also authored a number of popular kids' books and recorded songs for children.John Lithgow Fast Facts:
  • Made his stage debut at age 6 in his father's production of Henry VI, Part III.
  • Received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. 
  • A 2004 Grammy Award nominee in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category for his Carnival of the Animals.
  • Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • Has written children's books (among them Marsupial Sue and I'm a Manatee), recorded children's albums (including Singin' in the Bathtub and Farkle and Friends) and hosted children's concerts at Carnegie Hall.
  • John Lithgow Relationships:
  • Ian Lithgow - Son
  • Nathan Lithgow - Son
  • Mary Yeager - Wife
  • Phoebe Lithgow - Daughter
  • Sarah Lithgow - Mother
  • Arthur Lithgow - Father
  • Jean Taynton - Ex-wife
  • John Lithgow Awards:
  • 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1997 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 1997 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 2002 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Winner
  • 2010 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Winner
  • 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1982 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 1983 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1973 Tony: Actor, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic) - Winner
  • 1985 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1988 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special - Nominee
  • 2005 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Nominee
  • 1998 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2012 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
  • 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2015 Independent Spirit Awards: Best Male Lead - Nominee
  • 1998 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1995 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 1999 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • College:
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (BA in History and Literature, 1967)

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