John Lithgow

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Name: John Lithgow
Also Known As: Jiggles
Occupation: Actor, Author, Illustrator
Medium: Film, TV, Children's Books, Poetry
Works: The World According to Garp; Buckaroo Banzai; 3rd Rock from the Sun
Official Website(s): website, Facebook, Twitter
Fan Website(s):
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John Lithgow is a popular character actor known for portraying a wide range of roles - from villains, aliens and other unstable characters (often endearing even when involving 'wild, over-the-top acting') to fathers and family men (often sympathetic, compassionate and vulnerable).[1] He has also played significant LGBTQ+ characters, e.g. in The World According to Garp and Love is Strange.

The bio on his official Twitter account reads: Serial killer, alien high commander, transgender football player, children's book writer.[2]

Significant Roles

  • The World According to Garp (1982), as Roberta Muldoon (the aforementioned transgender football player)
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), as John Valentine
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), as Lord John Whorfin / Dr. Emilio Lizardo (an aforementioned alien high commander)
  • 2010: The Year We Made Contact (1984), as Dr. Walter Curnow
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001), as Dr. Dick Solomon (another alien high commander)
  • Dexter (2009), as Arthur Mitchell
  • Love is Strange (2014), as Ben Hull
  • Interstellar (2014), as Donald

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.



External Links


  1. ^ IMDB, Trade Mark notes in IMDB bio.
  2. ^ Twitter, bio for official account.