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PERSONAL DATA OF JOHN LITHGOW
Age: 75 years old
Height: 193 cm
Born in: Rochester, New York, United States
Born on: 19/10/1945
JOHN LITHGOW BIOGRAPHY
John Lithgow, known in the registry as Arthur’s middle name, was born in Rochester, a county of New York, on October 19, 1945 and he is a son of art: his mother was in fact a retired actress and his father a theatrical producer and director of the McCarter Theater in Princeton. After high school, he obtained a scholarship to attend Harvard college, where in 1967 he graduated with the highest degree in history and literature. It is in these years that the performance of “Utopia, Limited” dates back, which convinces him to pursue an acting career. Soon after Harvard wins another scholarship, this time for the Fulbright International Exchange Program, which allows him to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
In 1973 he made his Broadway debut with David Storey’s play “The Locker Room”, for which he won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for Best Actor. The following years he walked the stage together with Lynn Redgrave for the play “My Fat Friend” and with Meryl Streep for “A Memory of Two Mondays”. In the seventies he also made his film debut: in 1976 he was in the cast of Guilt complex of Brian De Palma, in which he plays the shareholder of Cliff Robertson. The musical by Bob Fosse All That Jazz (1979) and a new film with De Palma as director, Blow Out (1981). The eighties opened in the best way for Lithgow, who in 1983 received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the interpretation of the former transsexual footballer Roberta Muldoon in the The world according to Garp (1982). The following year he won the Saturn Award in the same category for sci-fi On the edge of reality (1983), a film divided into four episodes in which Lithgow takes part in the last one. The acknowledgments for the acting skills of the actor do not end there, in fact in 1984 he received a new Oscar nomination for Longing for tenderness (1983).
Lithgow’s debut on TV with the apocalyptic telefilm also fits into this riot of success. The Day After – The day after (1983), which earned him an Emmy Award nomination, which he won in 1986 for his performance in an episode of the series Incredible Stories (1985). Now at the peak of success, the actor is highly sought after: he is the antagonist in Footloose (1984), Buckaroo Banzai (1984) and The story of Santa Claus (1985). A series of starring roles follow in Alleged killer (1985), Bigfoot and his friends (1987), Final verdict (1991). Back to be directed by Brian De Palma in Double personality (1992), this time as the main character, a psychologist with multiple personalities. Tile Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger – The ultimate challenge (1993) and John Travolta in A Civil Action (1998).
The 2000s begin with a series of biopics: he plays director Blake Edwards in You call me Peter (2004), film dedicated to Peter Sellers; alongside Liam Neeson in Kinsey (2004) on the susseuologist Alfred Kinsey; finally, it’s the producer looking to launch aka Deen Beyoncé in Dreamgirls (2006), inspired by the career of the Supremes. In 2009 he joined the cast of Dexter as Arthur Mitchell, Dexter Morgan’s serial killer and nemesis; with this role he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award. The actor never gives up his first passion, the theater, and in 2002 he won another Tony Award with the musical “Sweet Smell of Success”.
He is the Alzheimer’s sick father of James Franco neither Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2011), the corrupt bussinessman Glenn in Surprise candidate (2012) and paired with Alfred Molina deals with gay marriages in the dramatic The tones of love – Love is Strange (2014). The commitments to the cinema with sci-fi continue Interstellar (2014), in which he is the father-in-law of Matthew McConaughey, and with the thriller The Accountant (2016), in which he supports Ben Affleck. He plays Winston Churchill in the Netflix series The Crown (2016), which earned him another Emmy Award, and murder accused Larry Henderson in the sitcom Trial and & Error (2017). In 2019 he is on the big screen with Pet Sematary, adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name in which Lithgow is the Creed’s neighbor, Jud Crandall, who warns the family not to venture into the dangerous woods around the house.
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THE MOST RECENT FILMS BY JOHN LITHGOW
Bombshell – The Voice of Scandal (Bombshell)
And then there’s Katherine (Late Night)
Beatriz at Dinner
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JOHN LITHGOW’S MOST RECENT TV SERIES
Trial & Error