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.