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  • John Lithgow

    Born on October 19, 1945 in Rochester, New York

awards & nominations

Dexter (2006)

Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who doesn't just solve murders; he commits them too. In fact, he's a serial killer -- but he only murders the guilty, so he feels justified with his lifestyle choices. His policewoman sister and his cop co-workers have no idea Dexter lives a double life; however, adoptive father Harry knows his secret, and does, in fact, help Dexter hone his "skills." It's a unique brand of justice for which charming Dexter feels a psychological hunger.

Golden Globe (2010) Won Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

3rd Rock From the Sun (1996)

John Lithgow as "Dr. Dick Solomon"

The high commander of an alien expedition lands on Earth -- what he considers to be the least-important planet -- in human form as Dick Solomon. Along for the ride are his alien compatriots Harry, Sally and Tommy -- who is the eldest of the group but is now angrily trapped in a teen's body.

Emmy (Primetime) (2001) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2000) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1999) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1999) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1998) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1998) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1997) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1997) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1996) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

My Brother's Keeper (1995)

John Lithgow as "Tom Bradley / Bob Bradley"

In this fact-based film, twins Bob (John Lithgow) and Tom Bradley (also Lithgow) are both teachers. HIV-positive Tom hopes to receive a bone-marrow transplant from Bob in order to slow the progression of the disease. When his insurance company denies coverage of the procedure, Tom goes public with his condition and files a lawsuit against the corporation. Despite his concerns about how the community will react, his friends, students and family -- especially Bob -- rally around his cause.

Emmy (Primetime) (1995) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Resting Place (1986)

John Lithgow as "Maj. Kendall Laird"

During the 1970s, racial tensions erupt in a small Georgia town when a black lieutenant who died a hero in Vietnam is refused burial in the cemetery. Maj. Kendall Laird (John Lithgow) travels to Georgia with the body. He attempts to comfort the soldier's grieving parents, Luther (Morgan Freeman) and Ada (CCH Pounder), and convince the white townspeople the deceased officer deserves their respect. However, Laird is disturbed when he learns the true story behind the officer's death.

Emmy (Primetime) (1986) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Terms of Endearment (1983)

John Lithgow as "Sam Burns"

Widow Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), have a strong bond, but Emma marries teacher Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) against her mother's wishes. When the marriage grows sour due to Flap's cheating, Emma eventually splits from him, returning to her mother, who is involved with a former astronaut (Jack Nicholson). Soon, Emma learns that she has terminal cancer. In the hospital, supported by Aurora, she tries to make peace with Flap and her children.

Academy Award (1983) Nominated Best Supporting Actor

The World According to Garp (1982)

John Lithgow as "Roberta Muldoon"

A nurse during World War II, Jenny Fields (Glenn Close) conceives with a dying pilot and bears a boy named T.S. Garp (Robin Williams) whom she raises alone. When Garp grows up, he has some success writing fiction, but not nearly so much as his mother has with feminist-themed nonfiction. Rich and famous, she starts a center for troubled women, and while Garp marries and has children, he remains a constant, if somewhat critical, observer of the strange community that forms around Jenny.

Academy Award (1982) Nominated Best Supporting Actor

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