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John Lithgow

 
Date Of Birth:
October 19, 1945 (76)
Birth Place:
Rochester, NY
Bio:
John Lithgow's roots are in the theater. In 1973, he won a Tony Award three weeks after his Broadway debut, in David Storey's The Changing Room. Since then he has appeared on Broadway twenty more times, earning five more Tony nominations, another Tony, four Drama Desk Awards, and induction into the ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: October 19, 1945 (76)

Birth Place: Rochester, NY

Bio:
John Lithgow's roots are in the theater. In 1973, he won a Tony Award three weeks after his Broadway debut, in David Storey's The Changing Room. Since then he has appeared on Broadway twenty more times, earning five more Tony nominations, another Tony, four Drama Desk Awards, and induction into the ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2019
Bill
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Original Broadway Production, 2018
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
Tobias
  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, 2014
Lear
King Lear
  [West End]
National Theatre Production, 2012
The Magistrate
  [Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2012
Joseph Alsop
  [Off-Broadway]
Second Stage Theatre Production, 2010
Mr. Fitch
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2008
Joe Keller
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Lawrence
  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2004
Lawrence Jamieson
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Edward
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Mystery Guest Star [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2002
J.J. Hunsecker
  [Broadway]
1988
Rene Gallimard
  [Broadway]
1986
Walter Burns
  [Broadway]
1985
Harlan "Mountain" McClintock
  [Broadway]
1982
Bruce
  [Off-Broadway]
1981
George S. Kaufman
  [Broadway]
1980
Chris
  [Off-Broadway]
1980
Joe Hill
  [Broadway]
1979
Trevor [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Unknown, 1979
Frank
  [Broadway]
1978
George Lewis
  [Broadway]
1977
Mat Burke
  [Broadway]
1976
Ged Murray
  [Broadway]
1976
Captain Thorne
  [Broadway]
1975
Mr. Ferdinand Gadd
  [Off-Broadway]
1975
Laertes/ Player King
  [Broadway]
1974
James
  [Broadway]
1973
"Kenny" Kendal

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2022]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1976]
Director

Writing

Playwright

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2019
Bill

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Original Broadway Production, 2018
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
Tobias

  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, 2014
Lear

King Lear

  [West End]
National Theatre Production, 2012
The Magistrate

  [Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2012
Joseph Alsop

  [Off-Broadway]
Second Stage Theatre Production, 2010
Mr. Fitch

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2008
Joe Keller

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Lawrence

  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2004
Lawrence Jamieson

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Edward

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Mystery Guest Star [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2002
J.J. Hunsecker

  [Broadway]
1988
Rene Gallimard

  [Broadway]
1986
Walter Burns

  [Broadway]
1985
Harlan "Mountain" McClintock

  [Broadway]
1982
Bruce

  [Off-Broadway]
1981
George S. Kaufman

  [Broadway]
1980
Chris

  [Off-Broadway]
1980
Joe Hill

  [Broadway]
1979
Trevor [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Unknown, 1979
Frank

  [Broadway]
1978
George Lewis

  [Broadway]
1977
Mat Burke

  [Broadway]
1976
Ged Murray

  [Broadway]
1976
Captain Thorne

  [Broadway]
1975
Mr. Ferdinand Gadd

  [Off-Broadway]
1975
Laertes/ Player King

  [Broadway]
1974
James

  [Broadway]
1973
"Kenny" Kendal

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2022]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director

[Broadway, 1976]
Director

Writing
Playwright

John Lithgow Biography

John Lithgow's roots are in the theater. In 1973, he won a Tony Award three weeks after his Broadway debut, in David Storey's The Changing Room. Since then he has appeared on Broadway twenty more times, earning five more Tony nominations, another Tony, four Drama Desk Awards, and induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame. His Broadway performances have included major roles in My Fat Friend, Trelawney of the 'Wells,' Comedians, Anna Christie, Bedroom Farce, Beyond Therapy, M. Butterfly, The Front Page, Retreat from Moscow, All My Sons, The Columnist, and the musicals Sweet Smell of Success (his second Tony) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In 2007, Lithgow was one of the very few American actors ever invited to join The Royal Shakespeare Company, playing Malvolio in Twelfth Night at Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2008, he devised his own one-man show Stories by Heart for The Lincoln Center Theater Company, and has been touring it around the country ever since. He played the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero's The Magistrate at London's National Theatre. Lithgow returned to the New York stage in 2014, first as King Lear for The Public's Shakespeare in the Park, and then on Broadway in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. In the early 1980's, Lithgow began to make a major mark in film. At that time, he was nominated for Oscars in back-to-back years, for The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment. In the years before and after, he has appeared in over fifty films. Notable among them have been All That Jazz, Blow Out, Twilight Zone: the Movie, Footloose, 2010, Buckaroo Banzai, Harry and the Hendersons, Memphis Belle, Raising Cain, Ricochet, Cliffhanger, Orange County, Shrek, Kinsey, Dreamgirls, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Campaign, This is 40, Interstellar, Love is Strange, The Accountant, Miss Sloane, and in 2017 the dramatic comedy Beatriz at Dinner with Salma Hayek. Later this year, audiences will see Lithgow again on the big screen in Pitch Perfect 3 and Daddy's Home 2. Lithgow has been nominated for twelve Emmy Awards for his work on television. He has won five: one for an episode of "Amazing Stories," and three for his work on the hit NBC comedy series "3rd Rock from the Sun," as the loopy character of the alien High Commander, Dick Solomon. During the show's six-year run, Lithgow also won a Golden Globe, two SAG Awards, The American Comedy Award, and, when it finally went off the air, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Additionally, his diabolical turn as the Trinity Killer in a twelve-episode arc on Showtime's "Dexter" won him his second Golden Globe and his fifth Emmy. Most recently, Lithgow starred as Winston Churchill in Netflix's original series, "The Crown," for which he has received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in this year's upcoming Emmy Awards. This past March, Lithgow starred in the new NBC comedy series, "Trial & Error." Since 1998 he has written nine New York Times best-selling children's picture books, most recently Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo. He has performed concerts for children with major American orchestras and has released three kids' albums, Singin' in the Bathtub, Farkle & Friends, and the Grammy-nominated The Sunny Side of the Street. Lithgow has been honored with the New Victory Theater Arts Award for his work "bringing kids to the arts and the arts to the kids." In 2011, HarperCollins published his memoir, Drama: An Actor's Education, presenting his life and career up to the age of 35. John Lithgow was born in Rochester, New York, but grew up in Ohio. He graduated from high school in Princeton, New Jersey, attended Harvard College, and studied at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art on a Fulbright Grant. Lithgow has been honored with the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, induction into The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Harvard. On that last occasion, he became the first actor to ever deliver Harvard's Commencement Address. Lithgow has three grown children, two grandchildren, and lives in Los Angeles and New York. He has been married for over thirty five years to Mary Yeager, a Professor of Economic and Business History at UCLA.

John Lithgow Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Solo Performance
John Lithgow, John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
 
Tony Awards - 2012 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
John Lithgow, The Columnist
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
John Lithgow, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Play Gold Star
John LithgowMrs. Farnsworth
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Actor - Musical Gold Star
John Lithgow, Sweet Smell of Success
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical Gold Star
John Lithgow , Sweet Smell of Success
 
Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
John Lithgow, Sweet Smell of Success
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1989 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production
John LithgowM. Butterfly
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Actor - Play
John Lithgow, M Butterfly
 
Drama League Awards - 1988 - Distinguished Performance Award Gold Star
John Lithgow, M. Butterfly
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
John Lithgow, M. Butterfly
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1985 - Outstanding Actor in a Play Gold Star
John Lithgow, Requiem for a Heavyweight
 
Tony Awards - 1985 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
John Lithgow, Requiem for a Heavyweight
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1973 - Outstanding Performance Gold Star
John Lithgow, The Changing Room
 
Tony Awards - 1973 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Gold Star
John Lithgow, The Changing Room

John Lithgow News

Photos: Douglas McGrath and John Lithgow in Rehearsal For EVERYTHING'S FINE Photo Photos: Douglas McGrath and John Lithgow in Rehearsal For EVERYTHING'S FINE
by Stephi Wild - Sep 22, 2022

Everything's Fine, a world premiere autobiographical one-man play written and performed by Academy Award-nominated writer, actor, and director Douglas McGrath, and directed by two-time Tony Award and six-time Emmy Award winner John Lithgow, begins previews next week, Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at the DR2 Theatre. Check out photos here!

Photos: Exclusive Look at Sally Struthers, A.J. Holmes, and More in YOUNG FRANKENSTEI Photo Photos: Exclusive Look at Sally Struthers, A.J. Holmes, and More in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at the La Mirada Theatre
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 17, 2022

La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts & Mccoy Rigby Entertainment will present the first show of their 2022-2023 season, the Southern California premiere of the newly-revised, London version of Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. See photos from the production here!

Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of THE SIMPSONS on FOX - Sunday, September 18, 2022 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of THE SIMPSONS on FOX - Sunday, September 18, 2022
by TV Scoop - Sep 15, 2022

Get all the scoop on THE SIMPSONS, airing on FOX on Sunday, September 18, 2022! John Lithgow, Krysten Ritter, Edi Patterson, Seth Green, Paul F. Tompkins, Nicholas Braun (‚ÄúSuccession‚ÄĚ) and Charli D‚ÄôAmelio Make Guest-Voice Appearances. Watch a video clip from the series now!

JoBeth Williams & Peter Strauss to Star in LOVE AMONG THE RUINS World Premiere at Lag Photo JoBeth Williams & Peter Strauss to Star in LOVE AMONG THE RUINS World Premiere at Laguna Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 1, 2022

Laguna Playhouse has¬†announced that JoBeth Williams (‚ÄúPoltergeist,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Big Chill‚ÄĚ) and Peter Strauss (‚ÄúRich Man, Poor Man,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Jericho Mile‚ÄĚ) are set to star in the upcoming World Premiere production,¬†based on the 1975 ABC Theatre Presentation that starred Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier, of LOVE AMONG THE RUINS.

John Lithgow to Direct World Premiere of Douglas McGrath's EVERYTHING'S FINE Off-Broa Photo John Lithgow to Direct World Premiere of Douglas McGrath's EVERYTHING'S FINE Off-Broadway
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 22, 2022

Everything’s Fine, a world premiere autobiographical one-man play written and performed by Academy Award-nominated writer, actor and director Douglas McGrath, and directed by two-time Tony Award and six-time Emmy Award winner John Lithgow, will open Thursday, October 13, 2022 for a limited engagement at the DR2 Theatre.

Sally Struthers, A. J. Holmes & More Will Lead La Mirada's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Photo Sally Struthers, A. J. Holmes & More Will Lead La Mirada's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
by Team BWW - Aug 20, 2022

La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts & Mccoy Rigby Entertainment just announced full casting for the monstrously hilarious first show of their 2022-2023 season, the Southern California premiere of the newly-revised, London version of Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

Jason Gotay, and the World Premiere of GOOD ENEMY Upcoming at the Minetta Lane Theatr Photo Jason Gotay, and the World Premiere of GOOD ENEMY Upcoming at the Minetta Lane Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 17, 2022

Audible Inc. has announced additional live events from Audible Theater at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Audible’s creative home for live performances in New York. For three nights only, from Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, join Jason Gotay as he brings his breathtaking vocals and gift of storytelling to the Minetta Lane Theatre.

Video: FUNNY GIRL Star Lea Michele Reads ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER For The SAG-AFTRA Fou Photo Video: FUNNY GIRL Star Lea Michele Reads ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER For The SAG-AFTRA Foundation's STORYLINE ONLINE
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 8, 2022

Actress Lea Michele, who will star in Funny Girl on Broadway beginning September 6, recently offered her talents to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Storyline Online for its newest read-aloud of Rosie Revere, Engineer the beloved New York Times bestselling children's book about a young girl pursuing her passion of becoming an engineer.

Sally Struthers to Star in Newly-Revised, London Version of MEL BROOKS' YOUNG FRANKEN Photo Sally Struthers to Star in Newly-Revised, London Version of MEL BROOKS' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at La Mirada Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 25, 2022

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present Sally Struthers starring as ‚ÄúFrau Bl√ľcher‚ÄĚ in the Southern California premiere of Mel Brooks‚Äô YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Mel Brooks‚Äô YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN will preview on Friday, September 16 at 8 pm & Saturday, September 17 at 2 pm (with a press opening on Saturday, September 17 at 8 pm.

Complete Cast & Creative Announced for World Premiere of GODDESS, Starring Amber Iman Photo Complete Cast & Creative Announced for World Premiere of GODDESS, Starring Amber Iman & More at Berkeley Rep
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 21, 2022

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced the full cast and creative team for the world premiere musical, Goddess. The musical stage production is conceived and directed by Saheem Ali, music and lyrics by Michael Thurber, and written by Jocelyn Bioh. Previews begin Saturday, August 13, and the show runs through Sunday, September 25.

John Lithgow Videos

VIDEO: TODAY Goes Behind the Scenes of MURDER IN STUDIO ONE Off-Broadway VideoVIDEO: TODAY Goes Behind the Scenes of MURDER IN STUDIO ONE Off-Broadway
by Michael Major - May 18, 2022

Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb led the cast of a dozen NBC News hosts including Al Roker, Craig Melvin, and Jenna Bush Hager in this comedic whodunit adaptation that follows two detectives as they crack the case of a mysterious murder. Watch a behind the scenes look at the making of the performance now!

VIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Sings and Signs from SPRING AWAKENING VideoVIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Sings and Signs from SPRING AWAKENING
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 7, 2021

Seth Rudetsky and Krysta Rodriguez, the next guest on The Seth Concert Series, are sharing a look into rehearsal as Krysta sings and signs 'Blue Wind' from Spring Awakening!

VIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now! VideoVIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Nov 5, 2021

Watch as Richard Ridge chats with Broadway favorite Krysta Rodriguez, who will soon join Seth Rudetsky for Seth's Concert Series, airing Sunday, November 7 at 8pm ET.

VIDEO: John Lithgow Talks SANTA on THE LATE LATE SHOW VideoVIDEO: John Lithgow Talks SANTA on THE LATE LATE SHOW
by Stage Tube - Dec 2, 2020

James Corden welcomes John Lithgow to Stage 56 and asks him about his 1985 film, 'Santa Claus: The Movie' which was a huge hit in the United Kingdom, which was not the case in America as John predicted would be the case. After James asks John whether he considered any careers outside of acting, John reads a poem from his new book 'Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown.'

VIDEO: THE CROWN's Josh O'Connor and Emma Corrin Discuss How They Met, Other Roles Th VideoVIDEO: THE CROWN's Josh O'Connor and Emma Corrin Discuss How They Met, Other Roles They'd Like to Play, and More!
by Stage Tube - Nov 22, 2020

A new video on Netflix's YouTube channel features stars of The Crown's fourth season, Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles) and Emma Corrin (Princess Diana).

VIDEO: The Cast of THE CROWN Takes the Ultimate 1980s Quiz VideoVIDEO: The Cast of THE CROWN Takes the Ultimate 1980s Quiz
by Stage Tube - Nov 22, 2020

The cast of Netflix's series The Crown took the Ultimate 1980s Quiz for Netflix's YouTube channel.

VIDEO: John Lithgow Tries To Remember His Own Movie Lines on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! VideoVIDEO: John Lithgow Tries To Remember His Own Movie Lines on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Nov 3, 2020

John talks about writers laughing at their own material, shooting 3rd Rock from the Sun, working with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, hanging out with Jerry Seinfeld, wanting to be an artist, his time in radio, his poetry book ‚ÄúTrumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown: Verses for a Despotic Age,‚ÄĚ and since he has been in so many movies, Jimmy challenges him to a round of ‚ÄúDid I Say That?‚ÄĚ

VIDEO: John Lithgow Talks About His Book 'Trumpty Dumpty' VideoVIDEO: John Lithgow Talks About His Book 'Trumpty Dumpty'
by Stage Tube - Oct 1, 2020

Friend of the show and author of the new book 'Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown,' John Lithgow, enlisted the help of famous friends to read excerpts to create shareable clips in place of a book tour.

VIDEO: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Holds Virtual Benefit Gala Featuring Jonathan G VideoVIDEO: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Holds Virtual Benefit Gala Featuring Jonathan Groff, Carole King, and More!
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2020

The virtual Gala features six talented campers who perform alongside a stellar lineup of celebrity friends, including Stephen Colbert, Dane DeHaan, Jonathan Groff, Melissa Joan Hart, Ethan Hawke, Tyler Hoechlin, Carole King, John Lithgow, Aasif Mandvi, Bridget Moynahan, Steven Pasquale, Rhonda Ross, Luke Wilson, Anna Wood and additional surprise guests!

VIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Sings 'Good Kisser' By Lake Street Dive at Feinstein's/54 Bel VideoVIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Sings 'Good Kisser' By Lake Street Dive at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stage Tube - Mar 16, 2020

Krysta Rodriguez opened her September 2019 concert with Lake Street Dive's 'Good Kisser.'


John Lithgow Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has John Lithgow been in?
John Lithgow has appeared on Broadway in 24 shows.

How many West End shows has John Lithgow been in?
John Lithgow has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was John Lithgow's first West End show?
John Lithgow's first West End show was The Magistrate which opened in 2012

What awards has John Lithgow been nominated for?
Outstanding Solo Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for John Lithgow: Stories by Heart , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Columnist , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels , Outstanding Featured Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Mrs. Farnsworth , Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Sweet Smell of Success , Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sweet Smell of Success , Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweet Smell of Success , Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for M. Butterfly , Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for M Butterfly , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for M. Butterfly , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for M. Butterfly , Outstanding Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Requiem for a Heavyweight , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Requiem for a Heavyweight Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for The Changing Room and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Changing Room .

What awards has John Lithgow won?
Outstanding Featured Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Mrs. Farnsworth, Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Sweet Smell of Success, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sweet Smell of Success , Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweet Smell of Success, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for M. Butterfly, Outstanding Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Requiem for a Heavyweight Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for The Changing Roomand Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Changing Room.

How many shows has John Lithgow written?
John Lithgow has written 1 shows including John Lithgow: Stories By Heart (Playwright).