Primetime Emmy Awards winner John Lithgow is an American actor, musician, poet, author, and singer. He is known for his role in the movies like Eric Qualen in Cliffhanger, Lamar Blackburn in The Accountant and Judy Crandall in Pet Sematary. He won Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his major role in the series 3rd Rock from the Sun and for his role in The Crown, he won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
John Arthur Lithgow was born on 19th October 1945 in Rochester, New York, United States. He belongs to white ethnicity and his birth sign is Libra.
Lithgow was one of two kids of Arthur Washington Lithgow III and Sarah Jane. His father was a theatrical producer and director and his mother was a retired actress. Due to his father's job, his family had to move frequently. Lithgow and his sister Robin Lithgow were in the care of Coretta Scott King.
Talking about John's education, he graduated from Princeton High School in New Jersey. He went to Harvard College and got his Bachelor in Arts degree with history and literature as the major subject. While he was at Harvard he worked as an artist in a play Gilbert and Sullivan's Utopia Limited. From this, he knew what to do next for his future and joined the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art for his study in acting.
John Arthur had been married two times in his life. Firstly, he was married to Jean Taynton on 10th September 1966. Arthur and his wife welcomed their first child Ian Lithgow on 3rd February 1972.
The couple stayed together for more than a decade and separated in 1980 as he was having an affair with actress Liv Ullmann. This relationship with Liv also didn't last long. As a result, they also went separate ways.
The American actor married economic professor Mary Yeager on 12th December 1981. From his second marriage, he has two children Phoebe Lithgow and Nathan Lithgow. The couple is still together and holding their relationship strong. He is currently living with his wife and children in Los Angeles, California.
As of 2020, John Lithgow has an estimated net worth of around $45 million. Major source of his income is his work as an actor in Hollywood movies and television series.
In the series 3rd Rock from the Sun from 1996 to 1997, he earned $75,000 per episode which was later raised to $200,000 an episode from 1999 to 2000. Here are some of John Lithgow's movies with budget and box-office collection.
|Twilight Zone: The Movie||1983||$10 million||$29.5 million|
|Footloose||1984||$8.2 million||$80 million|
|Cliffhanger||1993||$70 million||$255 million|
|Rugrats in Paris: The Movie||2000||$30 million||$103.3 million|
|Shrek||2001||$60 million||$484.4 million|
|Rise of the Planet of the Apes||2011||$93 million||$481.8 million|
|This is 40||2012||$35 million||$88.1 million|
|Interstellar||2014||$165 million||$677.5 million|
|The Accountant||2016||$44 million||$155.2 million|
|Daddy's Home 2||2017||$70 million||$180.6 million|
|Pitch Perfect 3||2017||$45 million||$185.4 million|
|Pet Sematary||2019||$21 million||$112.4 million|
The American actor also has a luxurious house in Los Angeles, California.
The Cliffhanger actor started his career as an actor before coming into Hollywood films and series. He debuted as an actor from theatre in 1973. He worked in numerous plays as an actor, worked as a director in various plays including Hamlet, The Front, and 2019 drama Hillary and Clinton in the role of Bill Clinton.
His movie debut was from Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues in 1972. In these 47 years of acting profession, he acted in more than 50 films. He worked with Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger. He also had a role in a movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes in which actor Andy Serkis did motion capture for monkey name Ceaser.
The award-winning actor also did movies in 2019, with Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and Jete Laurence in Pet Sematary and with Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron in Bombshell which will be released on 20th December 2019.
American Actor won six Primetime Emmy Awards, four in Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series three for 3rd Rock from the Sun and one for series Amazing Stories, one for Outstanding Supporting Actor in The Crown and Outstanding Guest Actor for his role in Dexter. Likewise, he won two Golden Globes for his role in Dexter and 3rd Rock from the Sun. He also gave his voice for various television and movie animation including Shrek and Rugrats in Paris.
For his work in Hollywood, he had received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6666 Hollywood Boulevard on 2nd May 2001.