John Lithgow
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John Lithgow


John Arthur Lithgow
October 19, 1945 (age 69) Rochester, New York, U.S.


Actor, musician, poet, author

Years Active



Jean Taynton (1966–1980)
Mary Yeager (1981–present)


Ian Lithgow
Phoebe Lithgow
Nathan Lithgow

John Arthur Lithgow played Dick Solomon during the shows 6 season run.

Biography Edit

Lithgow was born in Rochester, New York. Because of his father's job, the family moved frequently during Lithgow's childhood; he spent his teenage years in Akron. Lithgow attended Harvard College, and graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude in 1967, in history and literature. Lithgow 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.

Career Edit

Below is a selected filmography. For a full filmography here

Film Edit

  • 1981 - Blow out (Burke)
  • 1983 - Terms of Endearment (Sam Burms)
  • 1983 - Twilight Zone: The Movie (John Valentine/Segment "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet")
  • 1984 - Footloose (Reverend Shaw Moore)
  • 1985 - Santa Claus: The Movie - (B.Z)
  • 1993 - The Pelican Brief - (Smith Keen)
  • 2000 - Don Quixote - (Don Quixote de la Mancha/Alonso Quijano)
  • 2001 - Sherk - (Lord Farquaad)
  • 2006 - Dreamgirls - (Jerry Harris)
  • 2007 - Shrek the Third - (Lord Farquaad)
  • 2011 - Rise of the Planet of the Apes - (Charles Rodman)
  • 2014 - The Homesman - (Reverend Dowd)

Television Edit

  • 1985 - 1987 - Saturday Night Live - (Host/Himself)
  • 1995 - Tales From the Crypt - (Dr. Oscar Charles/Episode "You, Murderer")
  • 1996 -2001 - 3rd Rock from the Sun - (Dr. DIck Soloman)
  • 2011-2014 - How I Met Your Mother - (Jerry Whitaker)
  • 2013 - 2014 - Once Upon a Time in Wonderland - (Percy the White Rabbit/Voice)

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