John Lithgow Net Worth
John Lithgow is an American actor, novelist, and musician who has portrayed a variety of roles in a broad range of films, television series, and stage performances throughout the course of his career.
The actor and director John Lithgow has an estimated net worth of $50 million. On television, he is most recognised for his award-winning performances in the sitcom “3rd Rock from the Sun” and the historical drama “The Crown,” which airs on Netflix.
Lithgow’s theatrical career includes appearances in “The Changing Room” and “The Sweet Smell of Success,” for which he won Tony Awards. His film works include “The World According to Garp,” “Footloose,” and “Love Is Strange.”
John Lithgow Early Life And Education
John Lithgow was born in Rochester, New York, in the year 1945. His mother Sarah was an actress who had retired, and his father Arthur was a theatrical producer and director.
He is a descendent of eight people who sailed on the Mayflower, thus he has both European and American heritage. Because of his father’s business, Lithgow and his family travelled all around the United States quite a bit when he was a child, eventually ending down in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Coretta Scott King, a civil rights leader, watched over him and his siblings while they were there. Lithgow spent his early adolescent years in the state of Ohio, mostly in the cities of Akron and Lakewood.
After that, he relocated to Princeton, New Jersey, where he attended Princeton High School. He graduated from Princeton High School. After this, he went on to earn a degree in history and literature from Harvard College, where he graduated with honours and the highest possible grade point average in 1967.
Lithgow was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship that enabled him to continue his education at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after he graduated.
John Lithgow Theatrical Career
1973 marked the beginning of Lithgow’s illustrious career on Broadway as an actor. After making his debut in David Storey’s “The Changing Room,” which was an instant hit, he was awarded the Tony Award for his performance. The next year, Lithgow appeared alongside Lynn Redgrave in the comedic play “My Fat Friend,” which he had starred in.
Later, in 1976, he featured in “A Memory of Two Mondays,” which was directed by Arthur Miller and also starred Meryl Streep and Tom Hulce. During the 2000s, Lithgow also appeared in the films “Secret Service,” “Comedians,” “Anna Christie,” and “Once in a Lifetime.”
Both “Salt Lake City Skyline” and “Division Street” were productions that he was a part of in the early 1980s. After that, Lithgow had roles in “Kaufman at Large,” “Beyond Therapy,” and “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” all of which were directed by Rod Serling. In the late 1980s, he had starring roles in the films “The Front Page” and “M. Butterfly,” both of which were directed by David Henry Hwang.
After taking a break from the stage for a period of twelve years, Lithgow made his triumphant return in the musical adaption of “Sweet Smell of Success” in the year 2002. He was awarded the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his portrayal as J. J. Hunsecker, and he won the award.
Another nomination for a Tony Award came Lithgow’s way in 2005 for his performance in the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” but he ended up losing to Norbert Leo Butz, who was also in the show. After those couple of years had passed, Lithgow made his debut with the Royal Shakespeare Company in a production of “Twelfth Night.”
He has maintained his status as a leading man on Broadway, having most recently been seen in the critically praised plays “A Delicate Balance” and “Hillary and Clinton.”
John Lithgow Film Career
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues was Lithgow’s first performance in a film of this length, which was released in 1972. Later on in the decade, he had prominent parts in films such as “Obsession,” a psychological thriller directed by Brian De Palma, “The Big Fix,” a political comedy directed by Bob Fosse, and “All That Jazz,” a musical directed by Fosse.
In the 1980s, Lithgow’s career on the big screen continued to develop from strength to strength. After making appearances in “Blow Out” and “I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can,” he landed a role in “The World According to Garp” as the transsexual former football star Roberta Muldoon, for which he received widespread critical praise.
As a result of his work, Lithgow was considered for an Academy Award consideration in the category of Best Supporting Actor. Because of his work in “Terms of Endearment,” he was given a second nomination the following year in the same category.
In the 1980s, Lithgow also appeared in “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension,” “Santa Claus: The Movie,” “The Manhattan Project,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” and “Out Cold,” among other films.
Alongside Denzel Washington, John Lithgow appeared as the lead in the action-packed criminal thriller Ricochet during the early 1990s. In the film adaptation of the book “At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” he also performed the role of missionary Leslie Huben.
In the film “Raising Cain,” directed by Brian De Palma, he starred as a guy suffering from multiple personality disorder. Throughout the decade of the 1990s, the actor appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films, including “The Wrong Man,” “The Pelican Brief,” “Love, Cheat & Steal,” “Cliffhanger,” “Hollow Point,” “Homegrown,” and “A Civil Action.”
In the 2000s, some of Lithgow’s most prominent credits include the films “Kinsey,” “Dreamgirls,” and “Shrek,” the latter of which had him providing the voice of the character Lord Farquaad. Later on, in the 2010s, Lithgow received recognition for his performances in the LGBTQ romantic drama “Love is Strange,” the science-fiction drama “Interstellar,” the political thriller “Miss Sloane,” the dramedy “Beatriz at Dinner,” and the film “Bombshell,” in which he portrayed the disgraced television executive Roger Ailes.
John Lithgow Television Career
Early on in his career as a television actor, Lithgow was recognised with a nomination for an Emmy Award for his work on the television movie “The Day After.” Later on, for his roles in the anthology series “Amazing Stories” and the television feature “Resting Place,” he was nominated for further awards.
In the 1990s, Lithgow began appearing as the extraterrestrial High Commander Dick Solomon on the NBC sitcom “3rd Rock from the Sun,” which would go on to become his most prominent and well-known television role. The work of the actor garnered him six straight nominations for an Emmy Award, and he ultimately took home three of those awards.
Later on in his career, Lithgow became known for recurrent parts he had on television programmes such as “Dexter,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” which earned him critical praise. As a result of his depiction of Winston Churchill in the historical drama series “The Crown” that is shown on Netflix, he has received even more praise and has been awarded an additional Emmy.
John Lithgow Other Projects
In addition to his work as an actor, John Lithgow is the author of a number of books for children. Some of his titles include “Marsupial Sue,” “Carnival of the Animals,” and “I Got Two Dogs.” Additionally, he has released music for children, including CDs such as “Singin’ in the Bathtub” and “Farkle and Friends.”
The satirical poetry anthology titled “Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse” was released by Lithgow in 2019 as part of his writing career. The next year saw the publication of a sequel to “Trumpy Dumpty,” titled “Trumpy Dumpty Wanted a Crown.”
John Lithgow Personal Life
Lithgow tied the knot with his first wife, the educator Jean Taynton, in the year 1966. After having a child together, a son named Ian, they separated in 1980 as a result of Lithgow’s romance with the actress Liv Ullmann. After that, Lithgow was married to Mary Yeager, a history professor at UCLA, and they went on to have two children together: Nathan and Phoebe.