John Lithgow

19 Oct 1945


John Arthur Lithgow (pronounced /ˈlɪθɡoʊ/ LITH-goh; born October 19, 1945) is an American actor, musician, and author. Presently, he is involved with a wide range of media projects, including stage, television, film, and radio. He also has written and published several books of poetry and children's literature.
He appeared in the films The World According to Garp (1982) and Terms of Endearment (1983), receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for each. Lithgow is known for his roles as the Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose, Dick Solomon on the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, the voice of Lord Farquaad in Shrek, and The Trinity Killer on Showtime's Dexter for which he won Golden Globe and Emmy awards.
On the stage, he appeared in the musical adaptation of Sweet Smell of Success, winning the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He again appeared in a musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, again receiving the Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.
He has also recorded music, such as the 1999 album of children's music, Singin' in the Bathtub, and has written poetry and short stories for children, such as Marsupial Sue.


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Filmography (61 titles)

(movie, 2019)
···Late Night
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor
(movie, 2019)
···The Tomorrow Man
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ed Hemsler)
(movie, 2019)
···Pet Sematary
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Role: Actor (as Jud Crandall)
(movie, 2017)
···Pitch Perfect 3
Genre: Comedy, Music
Role: Actor (as Fergus)
(movie, 2017)
···Daddy's Home 2
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Don Whitaker)
(movie, 2016)
···Miss Sloane
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Senator Ronald Sperling)
(movie, 2016)
···The Accountant
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Role: Actor (as Lamar Black)
(movie, 2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Donald)
(movie, 2014)
···Love is Strange
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Ben)
(movie, 2014)
···The Homesman
Genre: Western, Drama
Role: Actor (as Reverend Dowd)
(movie, 2012)
···This Is 40
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Oliver)
(movie, 2012)
···The Campaign
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Glen Motch)
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Charles Rodman)
(movie, 2010)
···Leap Year
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jack Brady)
(movie, 2009)
···Confessions of a Shopaholic
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Edgar West)
(movie, 2004)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Alfred Seguine Kinsey)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Blake Edwards)
(movie, 2003)
···The Ghost of Lord Farquaad
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Family
Role: Actor (as Ghost of Farquaad (voice))
(movie, 2002)
···Orange County
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Bud Brumder)
(movie, 2001)
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Lord Farquaad (voice))
(movie, 2000)
···Rugrats In Paris
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Jean-Claude)
(movie, 2000)
···Don Quixote
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Don Quixote de La Mancha · Alonso Quixano)
(movie, 1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Malcolm · Robert Stockman)
(movie, 1998)
···Johnny Skidmarks
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sergeant Larry Skovik)
(movie, 1996)
···Hollow Point
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Thomas Livingston)
(movie, 1995)
···The Tuskegee Airmen
Genre: Drama, History, War, TV Movie
Role: Actor (as Senator Conyers)
(movie, 1994)
···Silent Fall
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Rene Harlinger)
Genre: Drama, War, History
Role: Actor (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
(movie, 1993)
···The Pelican Brief
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Smith Keen)
(movie, 1993)
···The Wrong Man
Genre: Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Phillip Mills)
(movie, 1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Eric Qualen)
(movie, 1993)
···Love, Cheat & Steal
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Paul Harrington)
(movie, 1992)
···Raising Cain
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Carter · Cain · Dr. Nix · Josh · Margo)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Leslie Huben)
(movie, 1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Earl Talbott Blake)
(movie, 1991)
···The Boys
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Artie Margulies)
(movie, 1990)
···Memphis Belle
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Lt.Col. Bruce Derringer)
(movie, 1990)
···Ivory Hunters
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Robert Carter)
(movie, 1989)
···Traveling Man
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Ben Cluett)
(movie, 1988)
···Distant Thunder
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mark Lambert)
(movie, 1987)
···Harry and the Hendersons
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as George Henderson)
(movie, 1986)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Oliver Thompson)
(movie, 1986)
···Resting Place
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Maj. Kendall Laird)
(movie, 1986)
···The Manhattan Project
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Comedy
Role: Actor (as John Mathewson)
(movie, 1985)
···Santa Claus: The Movie
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Family
Role: Actor (as B.Z.)
(movie, 1985)
···Santa Claus
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as B.Z.)
(movie, 1984)
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Dr. Walter Curnow)
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Lord John Whorfin)
(movie, 1984)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, Family
Role: Actor (as Reverend Shaw Moore)
(movie, 1984)
···The Glitter Dome
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Sgt. Marty Wellborn)
(movie, 1983)
···Terms of Endearment
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Sam Burns)
(movie, 1983)
8.0The Day After
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Joe Huxley)
(movie, 1983)
···Twilight Zone: The Movie
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as John Valentine (Segment #4))
(movie, 1982)
···Not in Front of the Children
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Richard Carruthers)
(movie, 1982)
···The World According to Garp
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Roberta Muldoon)
(movie, 1981)
···Blow Out
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Burke)
(movie, 1979)
···All That Jazz
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Lucas Sergeant)
(movie, 1979)
···Rich Kids
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Paul Philips)
(movie, 1978)
···The Big Fix
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sam Sebastian)
(movie, 1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Romance
Role: Actor (as Robert Lasalle)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as John)