John Lithgow Biography

John Lithgow

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Birth Name: John Lithgow
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Birth Country: United States
Height: 6 Feet 4 Inch
Birth Sign: libra
Age:   72 Years
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John Lithgow is an American actor, author, and singer born on October 19, 1945, in Rochester, New York. His mother is Sarah Jane, a former actress, and father is Arthur Washington Lithgow, a theatrical producer, director who run his own theater named McCarter. John spent most of his childhood in Yellow Springs, Ohio but had to move frequently due to his father's job. He spent his teenage in Akron and Lakewood with his three other siblings.

After completing his schooling, John enrolled at the Harvard College where he graduated with Bachelors degree in history and literature in 1967. He attended Adams House as an undergraduate and was a member of Havard's Board of Overseers. After graduation, Lithgow won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

John Lithgow started to pursue his career right after graduation where he started working as Director of art and Literature Department for some duration of time. He made his stage debut on Broadway in David Storey's The Changing Room in 1973 for which he received the Tony and Drama Desk Award as Best Featured Actor.

 After a year, he was cast opposite Lynn Redgrave in My Fat Friend which gave him a good recognition as a drama actor. Lithgow started his career in film in 1976 where he starred in a pivotal role in Brian De Palma's Obsession. He has also worked as a voice artist in the evil Lord Farquaad in the Shrek.

Lithgow is a versatile actor who has worked in several TV series where he got the huge recognition for his role as Dick Solomon in the 1996-2001 NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. For his performance in the particular series, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

Talking about his personal life, the popular American actor has been married to Mary Yeager for about 35 years. Prior to his marriage to Mary, John was married to Jean Taynton for around 14 years but the couple separated with a divorce. From his married relation, John has three children; Ian, Phoebe, and Nathan Lithgow. Among three, Phoebe and Nathan are from his current relation while Ian is from his ex-wife Jean Taynton.

John belongs to white ethnicity and holds an American nationality. He has been successful in his professional career and has been able to earn a lot from his successful career, which sums up his current net worth to $ 45 million.



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Born on Rochester, New York

1945 19th of October

John Lithgow, born in Rochester on October 19, 1945, is one of the famous actor, author, and singer. He was born to Sarah Jane, a former actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow, a theatrical producer/director who run his own theater named McCarter.


Graduation from Harvard College


John enrolled at the Harvard College where he graduated with Bachelors degree in history and literature in 1967.  After graduation, Lithgow won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


debut In 1973, Lithgow debuted on Broadway in David


In 1973, Lithgow debuted on Broadway in David Storey's The Changing Room, for which he received both the Tony and Drama Desk Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play. The following year he starred opposite Lynn Redgrave in My Fat Friend. 


Married Dr. Mary Yeager


Lithgow married Dr. Mary Yeager, a UCLA professor, in 1981. The couple had two children together, and currently, divide their time between Los Angeles and New York City. He also has a son from his first marriage to Phoebe Jean Taynton.


Joined Dexter


In September 2009, Lithgow joined the cast of Dexter as Arthur Mitchell, a serial killer and Dexter Morgan's nemesis. He won a Golden Globe Award for this role and won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series.


appeared on Doug Loves Movies

2010 of October

In the year 2010, October, John Lithgow appeared on Doug Benson's podcast Doug Loves Movies, along with fellow guests Paul F. Tompkins and Jimmy Pardo. He has also appeared on Chris Hardwick's show The Nerdist Podcast. 


return to Central Park's Delacorte Theater and Shakespe


It was announced in February 2014 that he would return to Central Park's Delacorte Theater and Shakespeare in the Park for the 2014 summer season in the title role of Shakespeare's King Lear directed by Tony Award Winner Daniel Sullivan.

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