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Also Known As: Chris Lloyd Died:
Born: October 22, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Stamford, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, producer

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Renowned character actor Christopher Lloyd won over critics and audiences alike with the wide array of quirky, off-beat characters he brought to life on the big and small screens. A former Broadway actor, Lloyd seemed to spring from nowhere to earn a number of Emmys for his role as burnt out ex-hippie Jim Ignatowski on the acclaimed sitcom "Taxi" (ABC, 1978-82; NBC, 1982-83). Of the many times he portrayed mad scientists and inventors with unkempt hair and elastic facial expressions, his biggest legacy was that of bringing to life eccentric garage tinkerer Doc Brown in the blockbuster "Back the Future" film series. Lloyd's physical plasticity supported his penchant for the offbeat, unstable, unpredictable characters he embodied so memorably. In retrospect, it would be impossible to imagine anyone else inhabiting such iconic roles as Uncle Fester in "The Addams Family" film series or and the villainous Judge Doom in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988). Many actors tried their hand at playing "kooky," but Lloyd succeeded by always going beyond the half-mad stereotype to offer an appealing humanity that kept audiences laughing with his characters rather than at them.

Renowned character actor Christopher Lloyd won over critics and audiences alike with the wide array of quirky, off-beat characters he brought to life on the big and small screens. A former Broadway actor, Lloyd seemed to spring from nowhere to earn a number of Emmys for his role as burnt out ex-hippie Jim Ignatowski on the acclaimed sitcom "Taxi" (ABC, 1978-82; NBC, 1982-83). Of the many times he portrayed mad scientists and inventors with unkempt hair and elastic facial expressions, his biggest legacy was that of bringing to life eccentric garage tinkerer Doc Brown in the blockbuster "Back the Future" film series. Lloyd's physical plasticity supported his penchant for the offbeat, unstable, unpredictable characters he embodied so memorably. In retrospect, it would be impossible to imagine anyone else inhabiting such iconic roles as Uncle Fester in "The Addams Family" film series or and the villainous Judge Doom in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988). Many actors tried their hand at playing "kooky," but Lloyd succeeded by always going beyond the half-mad stereotype to offer an appealing humanity that kept audiences laughing with his characters rather than at them.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Zodiac (2014)
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 Freedom Force (2013)
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 Piranha 3DD (2012)
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 Last Call (2012)
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 Insight (2011)
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1958:
Moved to New York at age 20 (date approximate)
1973:
Appeared off-Broadway in "Kaspar," winning an OBIE and a Drama Desk Award
1975:
Feature film debut playing one of the inmates in Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" opposite Jack Nicholson
1976:
Played Czar Alexander I in the PBS miniseries "The Adams Chronicles"
1977:
Acted opposite Meryl Streep in Broadway production of "Happy End"
1978:
"Goin' South" reteamed him with Nicholson and De Vito
1978:
Starred as 'Reverend Jim' Ignatowski in the classic TV sitcom "Taxi" (ABC); joined as regular cast member in second season; won two Emmy Awards
1978:
TV miniseries debut, "The Word" (CBS)
1978:
TV movie debut, "Lacy and the Mississippi Queen" (NBC)
1984:
Appeared as Phillip Semenka on two-part episode of "Cheers" (NBC)
1984:
Played the villain (Jim Ignatowski goes Klingon) in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock"
1985:
Portrayed Professor Plum in "Clue," based on the play inspired by the board game
1985:
First collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale, "Back to the Future" as Doc Emmett L. Brown opposite Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly
1986:
Teamed with Zemeckis and Gale for the "Go to the Head of the Class" episode of NBC's "Amazing Stories"
1988:
Portrayed Judge Doom in Zemeckis' "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
1989:
Reprised Doc Brown in "Back to the Future II"
1989:
Returned to the loony bin as self-serious tidiness freak of "The Dream Team"
1990:
Returned as Brown for "Back to the Future III"
1991:
Provided the voice of Dr. Emmett Brown and appeared in live-action intros and epilogues for the animated series "Back to the Future" (CBS): reprised the character for the Universal Studios' theme park attraction "Back to the Future...The Ride"
1991:
Played Uncle Fester in "The Addams Family," a featured based on the 1960s ABC series
1992:
Won his third Emmy for guest appearance on Disney's "Avonlea"
1993:
Won an Independent Spirit Award for his outstanding supporting portrayal of a well-spoken, purposeful stick-up man in "Twenty Bucks"; Endre Bohem wrote the original screenplay in 1935, and his son Leslie rewrote it and saw it into production
1993:
Reprised Uncle Fester for "Addams Family Values"
1994:
Portrayed Al the Angel for "Angels in the Outfield"
1995:
Played Pieces, a porno projectionist with leprosy whose toes and other parts are falling off in "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"
1995:
Acted in the first interactive film "Mr. Payback"; directed by Bob Gale
1995:
Landed role as the villainous Sebastian Jackal on UPN's "Deadly Games," executive produced by Leonard Nimoy
1996:
Made his CD-ROM game debut in the interactive "Toonstruck," reprising his Judge Doom character from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
1996:
Executive produced Tiffanie DeBartolo's feature directing debut "Dream for an Insomniac"
1997:
Provided voice of Rasputin for animated feature "Anastasia"
1997:
Reprised Al for "The Wonderful World of Disney" (ABC) presentation of "Angels in the Endzone"
1998:
Starred in Bob Clark's "The Ransom of Red Chief," a "Wonderful World of Disney" remake of the O. Henry story
1998:
Acted in the off-Broadway revival of "Waiting for Godot"
1999:
Reteamed with Michael J. Fox for the "Back to the Future IV: Judgment Day" episode of the ABC sitcom "Spin City"
1999:
Portrayed Uncle Martin in "My Favorite Martian," the feature version of the 1960s CBS sitcom
1999:
Played the White Knight in the NBC movie adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland"
1999:
Reteamed with Clark for "Baby Geniuses" opposite Kathleen Turner
1999:
Appeared as himself in Milos Forman's "Man on the Moon," the biopic of Lloyd's "Taxi" cohort Andy Kaufman
2001:
Played supporting role in the HBO adaptation of "Wit"
2001:
Starred opposite Holland Taylor in a Los Angeles production of Yasmina Reza's play "The Unexpected Man"
2005:
Cast in the Fox series "Stacked" opposite Pamela Anderson
2006:
Cast in Showtime's "Masters of Horror" anthology series
2008:
Voiced the character of Hovis in the animated fantasy film "The Tale of Despereaux"
2010:
Acted opposite Elisabeth Shue in the action thriller "Piranha 3D"
2011:
Cast as The Wizard of Oz in the Syfy miniseries "The Witches of Oz"
2012:
Returned for the thriller sequel "Piranha 3DD"
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Education

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -

Notes

"For a period in the mid-60s I decided I'd try commercials. They were all pretty much disasters. I had one where I had to pour coffee and it kept spilling all over the saucer and the director told me I should go home and practice. I tried it for a year and gave up." --Christopher Lloyd, USA TODAY, November 29, 1994

Lloyd is an extremely shy individual who prefers to keep his personal life separate from his acting career. He almost never gives interviews or appears on talk shows to promote his movie and TV projects, always establishing this up front in a signed contract that excludes him from such obligation. That said, he has promoted two films by appearing in music videos, first as Doc Brown in Huey Lewis & the News' "Power of Love", and later as Uncle Fester Addams in Hammer's "Addams Groove".

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wife:
Kay Lloyd. Actor. No longer together.
wife:
Carol Ann Vanek Lloyd. Homemaker. Married c. 1988; filed for divorce in July 1991.
wife:
Jane Walker Wood-Lloyd. Married c. 1991.

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