. His mother, Sarah Jane (née Price), was a retired actress. His father, Arthur Washington Lithgow III, was a theatrical producer and director who ran the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.
  His father was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, to an American-Dominican family of Scottish, English and French descent. Lithgow is descended from Mayflower passenger and colonial governor William Bradford.  Because of his father's job, the family moved frequently during Lithgow's childhood; he spent his childhood years in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where activist Coretta Scott King babysat him and his siblings; he spent his teenage years in Akron (living at Stan Hywet Hall)  and Lakewood, Ohio.
^ Breckenridge, Mary Beth (2013-04-19). "Actor Lithgow Revisits Akron Roots".
Archived from the original on 2014-04-14. In his most recent television role Lithgow portrayed the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill in the first season of the prestigious and critically acclaimed Netflix Historical Drama series The Crown (2017) opposite Claire Foy.
 Lithgow won numerous awards for his performance including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 1986, Lithgow received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his appearance in the episode The Doll of the Amazing Stories anthology series. 7 Awards and Nominations
John Lithgow at the TCM Movie Database
Additionally, Lithgow has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for The Day After (1983), and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for Resting Place (1986) and My Brother's Keeper (1995).
Lithgow was approached about playing Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers, but turned it down. Lithgow starred with Jeffrey Tambor in the NBC sitcom Twenty Good Years. Com/m/beatriz_at_dinner
^ Moore, Debi (October 5, 2012).
"Trinity, a War Machine, and a Slumdog Eying Planet of the Apes: Rise of the Apes". ^ "Excerpt: "Drama" by John Lithgow - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Coretta Scott King". 4 Television career
^ Moore, Frazier (March 9, 2017).
"Lithgow has you guessing, laughing, in 'Trial & Error '". Detroit, Michigan: Digital First Media. ^ Hughes, William (February 16, 2016).
"John Lithgow to spoof Making a Murderer and The Jinx for NBC". ^ Hoby, Hermione (2015-02-19).
"John Lithgow: 'I just can't say no '". "John Lithgow Is David Auburn's 'The Columnist', Beginning Broadway Previews April 4" playbill. Com, April 4, 2012
^ http://www. Com/production/my-fat-friend-brooks-atkinson-theatre-vault-0000008035
In 1983, Lithgow appeared in a remake of the classic Twilight Zone episode " Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" in Twilight Zone: The Movie as the paranoid passenger made famous on the television show by William Shatner. In an interview with Bill Moyers, Lithgow reveals this role as his favorite of his film career.
 In 1987, Lithgow starred in the Bigfoot-themed family comedy Harry and the Hendersons. Childrens Entertainment
^ " 'Stupid mistake' changed John Lithgow's life – for the better < News". In 2001, Lithgow gained iconic recognition for voicing the evil Lord Farquaad in the Academy Award winning DreamWorks Animated film Shrek alongside Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.
In 2002, he narrated Life's Greatest Miracle, a documentary about human embryonic development. ^ The Harvard Crimson Staff (9 June 2005). "Eight to Receive Honorary Degrees". In 2004 and 2007, Lithgow debuted Carnival of the Animals' elephant character — nurse Mabel Buntz — with the New York City Ballet and Houston Ballet, respectively.  In 2007, Lithgow played Malvolio in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Twelfth Night, at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom.
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^ "Prop 8 Play On Broadway Makes Its Debut". It was announced in February 2014 that he would return to Central Park's Delacorte Theater and Shakespeare in the Park for the 2014 summer season in the title role of Shakespeare's King Lear directed by Tony Award Winner Daniel Sullivan. The production was the play's first there since 1973 and Lithgow's first time there since 1975, when he had played Laertes.
Since 2006 he has starred in Campbell Soup Company's commercials advertising their Campbell's Select premium soup brand. ^ Perkins, Dennis (March 19, 2018). "John Oliver hijacks homophobe Mike Pence's bunny book with a better one in A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo". ^ Beth Potier, "Of mice and manatees: Lithgow charms all: Commencement address gives star treatment by actor, author", Harvard Gazette, 2008-06-16. "Former Akronite John Lithgow takes on killer role for 'Dexter '". ^ "What Play Can Come Along Next Season That Will Be More Star-Studded Than A Delicate Balance?" . ^ "Theater Hall of Fame inducts Thompson, Lithgow, others".
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NYPL gallery of selected stage production photographs, 1967-1988
^ Cohen, Patricia. "Two Fathers Are Learning Lessons of 'All My Sons' ", The New York Times, November 12, 2008
In 1991, he starred in the movie Ricochet opposite Denzel Washington as Earl Talbot Blake, a criminal seeking revenge against the policeman who sent him to prison.
Also in 1991, he played missionary Leslie Huben in the film adaptation of Peter Matthiessen's novel At Play in the Fields of the Lord. In 1992, he starred as a man with multiple personality disorder in Brian De Palma's film Raising Cain.
"Check Out John Lithgow in 'Stories by Heart' on Broadway" Playbill, January 9, 2018
3 Film career
^ "John Lithgow Biography (1945–)". 2 1980s
In 2017, Lithgow starred in Trial & Error as a professor who becomes implicated in the murder of his wife in the first season (spring 2017) of the NBC mockumentary series.
^ HFPA Nominations and Winners HFPA Nominations and Winners Archived 2010-12-12 at the Wayback Machine
^ "Faculty: Professor Mary Yeager".
^ Billington, Michael. "Theatre review: 'Twelfth Night', The Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon", The Guardian,September 6, 2007
Lithgow then starred in the independent film Beatriz at Dinner (2017) alongside Salma Hayek, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, and Chloe Sevigny . The film is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus reading, "Beatriz at Dinner offers timely social commentary enlivened by powerful, layered performances from Salma Hayek and John Lithgow.
^ "Honorary Degrees". Com/m/late_night_2019
In television, Lithgow is probably most widely known for his starring role as Dick Solomon in the 1996–2001 NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. He received six consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and won three times (1996, 1997, 1999).
His son Ian regularly appeared alongside him as Leon, one of his physics students. Lithgow gained critical attention for starring in Ira Sachs' independent romance film Love is Strange (2014) alongside Alfred Molina. The film received a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus reading, "Held aloft by remarkable performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange serves as a graceful tribute to the beauty of commitment in the face of adversity.
"  The film also received four Independent Spirit Award nominations including for both Lithgow and Molina. 
^ Kozinn, Allan (2014-02-13). "Shakespeare in the Park Lineup: 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'King Lear '". ^ " John Lithgow: Stories by Heart 2019 lct. Org, retrieved January 11, 2018
In 1973, Lithgow debuted on Broadway in David Storey's The Changing Room at the Morosco Theatre.
Lithgow received his first Tony and win for his performance for Featured Actor in a Play. He also won a Drama Desk Award. The following year he starred again on Broadway in the comedy play My Fat Friend opposite Lynn Redgrave at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
 In 1976 he starred on Broadway in Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays opposite Meryl Streep and Tom Hulce at the Playhouse Theatre.  1980s [ edit ]
^ Hernandez, Ernio.
Blog: Lithgow and Ehle are Gossipers 'Mr. Fitch', Opening Off-Broadway Feb. Com, February 22, 2010
John Lithgow speaks at the Oxonian Society November 15, 2007
In 1979, Lithgow appeared in Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical movie All That Jazz as Lucas Sergeant. The character was loosely based on the real-life Broadway director and choreographer Michael Bennett, known for his work on Follies, Company, Dreamgirls and A Chorus Line.
^ Ryan, Mike (April 2, 2015). "That Time John Lithgow Played Yoda And Ed Asner Played Jabba The Hutt".
In 2004, he portrayed the moralistic, rigid father of Alfred Kinsey in that year's biopic Kinsey alongside Liam Neeson. In 2006, Lithgow had a small role in the Academy Award-winning film Dreamgirls, as Jerry Harris, a film producer offering Deena Jones ( Beyoncé Knowles) a film role.  In 2010, he briefly appeared in the romantic comedy Leap Year playing Amy Adams' dad .
^ "TV: Showtime's 'Dexter' Posts Record-Breaking Ratings - Bloody Disgusting!". Com/fastfeatures/meryl-streep-broadway/2015/05/05/id/642799/
Razor and Tie Media Page at the Wayback Machine (archived October 4, 2006)
TonyAwards. Com Interview with John Lithgow at the Wayback Machine (archived April 23, 2007)
John Lithgow at the Internet Broadway Database
1 Early life
On March 5, 2009, Lithgow made a cameo on NBC's 30 Rock, in the episode " Goodbye, My Friend," with several references to his role in Harry and the Hendersons.
12 External links
^ Stasio, Marrilyn. "Broadway Review: Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in 'Hillary and Clinton'" Variety, April 18, 2019
5 Other Work
John Lithgow on the red carpet at the 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 28, 1988
In 2015, Lithgow made a cameo on Louis C.
's Louie on FX, in the season five episode "Sleepover" alongside Glenn Close, Michael Cera, and Matthew Broderick. 
In 1985 he starred in Requiem for a Heavyweight written by Rod Serling at the Martin Beck Theatre.  In 1986 he starred in The Manhatten Project directed by Marshall Brickman.
He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play losing to Derek Jacobi in Much Ado About Nothing. In 1988 he starred in John Dexter's M. Wong (in his Broadway debut) at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.  2000s [ edit ]
^ "John Lithgow adds Houston Ballet dancer to his résumé,". 2 Stage career
^  Archived 2008-07-18 at the Wayback Machine booksbyyou. Au
^ "2010 Emmy Nominations Include a Few Horror Favorites".
Stage career [ edit ] 1970s [ edit ]
^ "John Lithgow Filmography".
^ "John Lithgow Biography – Yahoo! Movies". ^ Miska, Brad (June 23, 2010).
"John Lithgow a Fatherly Figure for 'Planet of the Apes' Prequel". Los Angeles, California: The Collective. 8 Personal life
Profile of John Lithgow – Downstage Center
Other Work [ edit ]
Lithgow starred as Bill Clinton opposite Laurie Metcalf as Hillary Clinton in the Lucas Hnath play Hillary and Clinton on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre.
The play opened on April 18, 2019 and closed on June 23, 2019.   Film career [ edit ]
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In the winter of 2012-2013 He appeared in the London revival of Arthur Wing Pinero's The Magistrate as Police Magistrate Aeneas Posket at the National Theatre. ^ Goldberg, Bryn Elise (June 18, 2015). "John Lithgow, Matt Smith cast in Netflix's 'The Crown '". He guest starred on How I Met Your Mother in the role of Barney Stinson's father, Jerry.
In Fall 2014, Lithgow returned to Broadway as Tobias in a revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. He starred opposite Glenn Close, Martha Plimpton, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins. Pam MacKinnon directed the limited 18-week production at the John Golden Theatre.
In September 2009, Lithgow joined the cast of Dexter as Arthur Mitchell, a serial killer and Dexter Morgan's nemesis.  He won a Golden Globe Award for this role,  and won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series.
John Lithgow at FEARnet
In 1982 and 1983, Lithgow was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances as Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp and as Sam Burns in Terms of Endearment. Both films were screen adaptations of popular novels. In 1984, Lithgow also played a pastor who condemns dancing in Footloose. " 'Hillary and Clinton' Closes on Broadway" Playbill, June 23, 2019
In 1972, Lithgow made his film debut in Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues.  In 1976 he starred in a pivotal role in Brian De Palma's Obsession with Cliff Robertson and Genevieve Bujold as Cliff Robertson's long time business partner Robert Lasalle. Com/m/love_is_strange_2014
In 2010 Lithgow starred in the Off Broadway production of Douglas Carter Beane's comedy Mr & Mrs Fitch alongside Jennifer Ehle at the Second Stage Theatre from February 22, 2010 to April 4, 2010.
 In 2012 Lithgow returned to Broadway in David Auburn's new play The Columnist which played at the Manhattan Theatre Club with previews starting on April 4, 2012. The performance earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. 
In 2002, Lithgow starred as J. Hunsecker in the Broadway adaptation of the 1957 film Sweet Smell of Success alongside Brian D'Arcy James. Lithgow won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance.
In 2005, He was starred on Broadway in the musical-comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Alongside Norbert Leo Butz at the Imperial Theatre. While both were nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Butz won over Lithgow.
That same year Lithgow was elected into the American Theater Hall of Fame for his work on Broadway. 
^ Alvin Powell, "Lithgow to speak at Afternoon Exercises: Actor, writer, humanitarian to grace Tercentenary Theatre", Harvard Gazette, 2005-04-07 . Television career [ edit ]
Lithgow graduated from Princeton High School in Princeton.
 He attended Harvard College, and graduated with an A. Magna cum laude in 1967, in history and literature.
Lithgow lived in Adams House as an undergraduate, and later served on Harvard's Board of Overseers. He credits a performance at Harvard of Gilbert and Sullivan's Utopia Limited with helping him decide to become an actor.  After graduation, Lithgow won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Also, after graduation, he served as the Director of the Arts and Literature Department at WBAI, the Pacifica radio station in New York City. Official website
Lithgow during the 2010's appeared in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. ,  Christopher Nolan's Interstellar (2014), Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman (2014), and John Madden's Miss Sloane (2016)
^ Michael Ausiello (2011-02-17).
"HIMYM Exclusive First Look: How Barney Met His Father".
In 2008 through 2009, Lithgow played Joe Keller in a Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons directed by Simon McBurney. Lithgow starred alongside Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes in her Broadway debut at the Schoenfeld Theare.  2010s [ edit ]
^ 2009 Golden Globe Nominees HFPA Nominations and Winners Archived 2010-12-12 at the Wayback Machine
^ LaGorce, Tammy.
"John Lithgow Sings of the Sewer, and Other Funny Stuff", The New York Times, November 11, 2007.
Lithgow, a Princeton High School graduate, to catch up with a few school friends still in the area, he said, and to relive 'loads of fond memories' of the 1960s, when his father, Arthur Lithgow, ran the McCarter Theater downtown. "
John Lithgow at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
6. 1 Selected Work
In 2019, Lithgow co-starred in Mindy Kaling's comedy Late Night, with Emma Thompson.
The film premiered at the Sundance film festival where it received glowing reviews,  and was theatrically released June 7, 2019. He will also play Roger Ailes, alongside Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Connie Britton, and Malcolm McDowell in a Jay Roach film set to be released December 20, 2019. 11 References
John Lithgow on IMDb
Lithgow starred in the solo play John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, which opened on Broadway on January 11, 2018 at the American Airlines Theatre, written by Lithgow.
Lithgow has performed this play around the US, starting at the Lincoln Center Theater in 2008,   with a return performance at Lincoln Center slated for April to May 2019. 
^ Avery, Mary Ellen (9 June 2005). "Harvard awards 8 honorary degrees". Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. ^ "Bill Moyers Journal. Com/title/tt2639344/awards?ref_=m_tt_awd
^ " 'Requiem' an extraordinary Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra tribute to Mozart - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review".
Archived from the original on 2009-12-13. ^ " John Lithgow: Stories By Heart 2008" lct.
Org, retrieved January 10, 2018.