JOHN LITHGOW ( Reverend Alfred Dowd) is a highly versatile and acclaimed actor
who has appeared in more than 30 films. He was most recently seen in Rise of the
Planet of the Apes, the political comedy The Campaign and Judd Apatow's This Is
40. On the small screen, he won his second Golden Globe and fifth Emmy Award
for his turn as the Trinity Killer in a 12-episode arc on Showtime's
long-running series "Dexter."
Lithgow's roots are in the theater. In 1973 he won a Tony Award three weeks
after his Broadway debut in David Storey's "The Changing Room." Since then, he
has appeared on Broadway 20 more times, earning another Tony (and four more Tony
nominations), four Drama Desk Awards and induction into the Theater Hall of
In the early 1980s Lithgow began to make a major mark in films. He was nominated
for Oscars in back-to-back years for The World According to Garp and Terms of
Endearment. His subsequent credits include All That Jazz, Blow Out, Twilight
Zone: The Movie, Footloose, 2010, Buckaroo Banzai, Harry and the Hendersons,
Memphis Belle, Raising Cain, Ricochet, Cliffhanger, Orange County, Shrek, Kinsey
and a flashy cameo in Dreamgirls.
For his work on television, Lithgow has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards. He
has won five of them, one for an episode of "Amazing Stories" and three for what
is perhaps his most celebrated creation, the loopy alien High Commander Dick
Solomon, on the hit NBC comedy series "3rd Rock from the Sun." In that show's
six-year run, Lithgow also won the Golden Globe, two SAG Awards, The American
Comedy Award and, when it finally went off the air, a Star on the Hollywood Walk
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