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)WonBest Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010)NominatedOutstanding 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)NominatedOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2000)NominatedOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1999)WonOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1999)NominatedBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1998)NominatedOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1998)NominatedBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)WonOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1997)WonOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1997)WonBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)WonOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1996)WonOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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)NominatedOutstanding 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)NominatedActor in a Supporting Role

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)NominatedActor in a Supporting Role