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John Lithgow

John Lithgow

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Born: October 19, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rochester, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in Yellow Springs, OH
1951:
Made stage debut at age six, in his father's production of "Henry VI, Part III"
1967:
Won a Fulbright Scholarship to study drama in England
1969:
Began stage career as a director with the McCarter Theatre (operated by his father)
1972:
Feature acting debut, "Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues"
1973:
Debuted on Broadway in David Storey's "The Changing Room"; won both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards
1974:
Starred on Broadway opposite Lynn Redgrave in "My Fat Friend" and opposite Meryl Streep in Arthur Miller's "A Memory of Two Mondays"
1976:
First collaboration with Brian De Palma, "Obsession"
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Starred as George S. Kaufman in a one-man off-Broadway show "Kaufman at Large"
1982:
Breakthrough role, playing the transsexual football player in "The World According to Garp"; earned first Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination
1983:
First leading role in a feature, the George Miller-directed remake of the classic Twilight Zone episode 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet' in "Twilight Zone: The Movie"
1983:
Earned second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his turn as a lawyer who enters into an affair with Debra Winger's character in "Terms of Endearment"
1984:
Played the moralistic anti-dancing, anti-rock pastor in "Footloose"
1985:
Earned a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in the Broadway production of "Requiem for a Heavyweight"
1986:
Played Walter Burns in the Lincoln Center Broadway revival of "The Front Page"
1986:
Delivered an Emmy-winning turn as a bachelor whose life is altered when he buys 'The Doll'; a segment of the NBC anthology series "Amazing Stories"
1988:
Originated the lead role of a French diplomat in love with a Chinese opera singer in the Broadway production of "M. Butterfly"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Play
1990:
Appeared (also sang and wrote music) in a music video for children, "John Lithgow's Kid-Size Concert"
1990:
Played Colonel Bruce Derringer in the World War II drama "Memphis Belle"
1992:
Offered a brilliant dual performance in the psychological thriller "Raising Cain"
1993:
Was the villain who hunted Sylvester Stallone in the action-thriller "Cliffhanger"
1996:
Cast as Dr. Dick Solomon, an extraterrestrial scientist and the High Commander on the NBC sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun"; received Golden Globe (1998, 1999), Emmy (1998, 2000, 2001) and SAG (2001) nominations for his role
2000:
Executive produced and had title role in the TNT production "Don Quixote"
2001:
Voiced Lord Farquaad in the animated feature "Shrek"
2002:
Played the role of J.J. Hunsecker in the Broadway production of Marvin Hamlisch's "Sweet Smell of Success"
2002:
Acted in the teen comedy "Orange County"
2004:
Cast in the Broadway production of "The Retreat from Moscow"
2004:
Portrayed the title character's moralistic, rigid father, opposite Liam Neeson in Bill Condon's "Kinsey"
2004:
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken word for <i>The World According to Mr. Rogers</i> and <i>Carnival of the Animals</i>
2004:
Portrayed Blake Edwards in the HBO movie "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers"
2005:
Starred in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," the Broadway musical adapted from the 1988 movie starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin; received a Tony nomination for his role
2008:
Played Joe Keller in a Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons"
2009:
Joined the fourth season of the Showtime series "Dexter" as Arthur Mitchell, a serial killer
2011:
Cast as Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) father on two episodes of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother"
2011:
Played James F¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ranco¿s Alzheimers-stricken father in "Rise Of The Planet of the Apes"
2011:
Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year¿s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall
2012:
Starred on Broadway in "The Columnist," by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn
2012:
Featured opposite Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in "This Is 40," directed by Judd Apatow

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