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Lithgow in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT.

About John Lithgow (1945 – )

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“We deal in very volatile chemicals. We’re in the business of using real emotions to bring pretend emotions to life. We all have our secrets and we all have our deceptions. Acting, at its best, is all about deceiving people, and that makes it all the more interesting to us.” -John Lithgow

Acclaimed American character actor, John Lithgow was born Oct 19, 1945 in New York to Sarah Price (formerly an actress), and Arthur Washington Lithgow III (who was a theatre director and producer). In his younger years, Lithgow moved quite often as his father founded and managed local theaters and Shakespeare festivals in the mid-west.

In in 1962, when John was 16, the family settled down in New Jersey because his father became head of the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. An extremely bright and gifted young man, Lithgow won a scholarship to Harvard University and it was there he made the decision to be an actor. In 1966, John got married to Jean Taynton. He graduated magnu cum laude and earned a Bachelor Degree in History and Literature. In an interview in 2015, he made known it was here, in Harvard, that he was the happiest in life he has ever been.

Following Harvard, Lithgow got a fulbright scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. While in London, John was drafted for the Vietnam War. Upon hearing this news, he induced himself into a state of “anxiety, depression and near madness”. Undoubtedly the most life-altering performance of his life, Lithgow put on a show for the physical and mental exams. He was classified as unfit to serve.

Returning from London, John had a window of time in his life that was tumultuous. His marriage ended to Ms. Taynton ended in 1980 (they had had 1 son). In 1981, John married UCLA economics professor Mary Yeager. These events among other issues led Lithgow to therapy in 1982. About this time, he started into the meat of his notable movie career.

Lithgow won an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Roberta Muldoon in THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP (1982) and for TERMS OF ENDEARMENT as well in 1983. John earned a distinguished career on the stage on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for "The Changing Room", a second nomination in 1985 for "Requiem for a Heavyweight", and a third in 1988 for "M. Butterfly".

John earned a distinguished career on the stage on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for "The Changing Room", a second nomination in 1985 for "Requiem for a Heavyweight", and a third in 1988 for "M. Butterfly".

In 1982, John Lithgow tried his hand in films, winning an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Roberta Muldoon in THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP (1982) and for TERMS OF ENDEARMENT as well in 1983.

Starting in the 1990’s, John felt he was spending too much time on location and really started into some of his television roles. From 1996-2001, Lithgow played Dr. Dick Solomon in 3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN. It was here he was able to reconnect with his son Ian, from his previous marriage, who had a regular role in the show.

In 2005, Lithgow was given the honor of being the only actor to deliver the commencement speech at Harvard University. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree.

In 2009, John played Arthur Mitchell, the trinity serial killer in the Showtime Drama, DEXTER. This riveting performance earned him a Golden Globe award and an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Most recently, John had a role as Donald in INTERSTELLAR (2014) and is currently working on the drama, THE ACCOUNTANT (2016).

John Lithgow recently turned 70, and along with his numerous acting accolades...

Is an accomplished guitar player…
Is a grandparent of 2 (through Ian, from his 1st marriage)…
Is a registered pastor of Rose Ministries and officiated the marriage of his god-daughter…
Was considered for the role of Hannibal Lector, Silence of the Lambs (1991)…
Was a cab driver in New York for a short time…
He also claims his most difficult performance was in TWILIGHT ZONE (1983), where he had to portray fear and dread of the monster although he could not see it…

John Lithgow's notable movie credits include...

OBSESSION (1976)
THE BIG FIX (1978)
ALL THAT JAZZ (1979)
BLOW OUT (1981)
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP (1982)
TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983)
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983)
FOOTLOOSE (1984)
BUCKAROO BANZAI (1984)
2010 (1984)
SANTA CLAUS (1985)
THE MANHATTAN PROJECT (1986)
HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS(1987)
MEMPHIS BELLE (1990)
AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD (1991)
RAISING CAIN (1992)
CLIFFHANGER (1993)
THE PELICAN BRIEF (1993)
SILENT FALL (1994)
HOLLOW POINT (1996)
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS (2004)
KINSEY (2006)
DREAMGIRLS (2006)
LEAP YEAR (2010)
THE RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2011)

Some of John Lithgow's television credits include...

GLITTER DOME (1984 TV movie)
WORLD WAR II: WHEN LIONS ROARED (1994 TV movie)
TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1995 TV series)
THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN (1995 TV movie)
THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN (1996-2001 Series regular)
TWENTY GOOD YEARS (2006-2008 TV series)
DEXTER (2009 TV series)
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (2011-2014 TV series)
ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND (2013-2014 TV series)

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John Lithgow in 2010.

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Lithgow in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983).

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John Lithgow in BLOW OUT (1981).

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John Lithgow in BUCKAROO BANZAI (1984).

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John Lithgow with his co-stars in CLIFFHANGER (1993).

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John Lithgow in THE PELICAN BRIEF (1993).

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John Lithgow in FOOTLOOSE (1984)

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Lithgow in THE RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2011)

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Lithgow (left) in THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP (1982).

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John Lithgow in FOOTLOOSE (1984).

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John Lithgow in MEMPHIS BELL (1990).