Photo of John Lithgow John Lithgow

Born Oct. 19, 1945, in Rochester, N.Y., John Lithgow built an impressive stage career during the 1970s and '80s. After small parts in All That Jazz (1979) and Blow Out (1981), Lithgow gained notoriety with his Oscar-nominated supporting turn in The World According to Garp (1982).

The next year, Lithgow was nominated again for his work in Terms of Endearment. He continued to deliver memorable dramatic and comedic performances throughout the 1980s and '90s in such films as Footloose (1984) and Cliffhanger (1993).

From 1996 to 2001, Lithgow played the alien High Commander (aka Prof. Dick Solomon) in the popular sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun," winning three Emmys for his efforts. He's also lent his vocal talents to the animated blockbuster Shrek (2001) and played Alfred Kinsey's oppressive father in Kinsey (2004). Lithgow added a Golden Globe and Emmy win to his résumé for his supporting role in "Dexter."

John Lithgow in The Accountant

The Accountant

2016 R

Offering two very different skills to his clients, a financial forensics expert and trained assassin goes to work for a tech mogul who's determined to eliminate those responsible for secretly manipulating the company's financial records.

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  • John Lithgow in The Homesman The Homesman
  • John Lithgow in Rise of the Planet of the Apes Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • John Lithgow in All That Jazz All That Jazz
  • John Lithgow in Shrek Shrek
  • John Lithgow in Footloose Footloose
  • John Lithgow in Confessions of a Shopaholic Confessions of a Shopaholic
  • John Lithgow in Leap Year Leap Year
  • John Lithgow in The Pelican Brief The Pelican Brief
  • John Lithgow in This Is 40 This Is 40
  • John Lithgow in 2010: The Year We Make Contact 2010: The Year We Make Contact
  • John Lithgow in Blow Out Blow Out
  • John Lithgow in Twilight Zone: The Movie Twilight Zone: The Movie
  • John Lithgow in The World According to Garp The World According to Garp
  • John Lithgow in Terms of Endearment Terms of Endearment
  • John Lithgow in Best of Enemies Best of Enemies
  • John Lithgow in 3rd Rock from the Sun 3rd Rock from the Sun
  • John Lithgow in The Campaign The Campaign
  • John Lithgow in New Year's Eve New Year's Eve
  • John Lithgow in A Civil Action A Civil Action
  • John Lithgow in Love Is Strange Love Is Strange
  • John Lithgow in Cliffhanger Cliffhanger
  • John Lithgow in Orange County Orange County
  • John Lithgow in Ricochet Ricochet
  • John Lithgow in Harry and the Hendersons Harry and the Hendersons
  • John Lithgow in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
  • John Lithgow in The Life & Death of Peter Sellers The Life & Death of Peter Sellers
  • John Lithgow in Kinsey Kinsey
  • John Lithgow in Ken Burns: The National Parks... Ken Burns: The National Parks...
  • John Lithgow in Santa Claus: The Movie Santa Claus: The Movie
  • John Lithgow in Distant Thunder Distant Thunder
  • John Lithgow in Out Cold Out Cold
  • John Lithgow in Memphis Belle Memphis Belle
  • John Lithgow in Raising Cain Raising Cain
  • John Lithgow in My Brother's Keeper My Brother's Keeper
  • John Lithgow in Homegrown Homegrown
  • John Lithgow in Show Business: The Road to Broadway Show Business: The Road to Broadway
  • John Lithgow in Pete's a Pizza Pete's a Pizza
  • John Lithgow in Resting Place Resting Place
  • John Lithgow in The Manhattan Project The Manhattan Project
  • John Lithgow in Mesmerized Mesmerized
  • John Lithgow in Traveling Man Traveling Man
  • John Lithgow in World War II: When Lions Roared World War II: When Lions Roared
  • John Lithgow in Life's Greatest Miracle: Nova Life's Greatest Miracle: Nova
  • John Lithgow in Big Blonde Big Blonde
  • John Lithgow in Secret Service Secret Service
  • John Lithgow in The Emperor's New Clothes & More Tales The Emperor's New Clothes & More Tales
  • John Lithgow in Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  • John Lithgow in Bark, George ... and More Doggie Tails Bark, George ... and More Doggie Tails
  • John Lithgow in The Great Robot Race: Nova The Great Robot Race: Nova
  • John Lithgow in Antarctic Antics Antarctic Antics
  • John Lithgow in Classical Baby: I'm Grown Up Now: Poetry Classical Baby: I'm Grown Up Now: Poetry
  • John Lithgow in Car of the Future Car of the Future
  • John Lithgow in Harry the Dirty Dog & More Puppy Stories Harry the Dirty Dog & More Puppy Stories
  • John Lithgow in Strega Nona and More Stories About Magic Strega Nona and More Stories About Magic
  • John Lithgow in Ken Burns: Prohibition Ken Burns: Prohibition
  • John Lithgow in Casting By Casting By