John Arthur Lithgow born on October 19th 1945 in Rochester, New York. He is from English and Welsh descent.
Sarah Jane (née Price) his Mother was a retired actress. His father, Arthur Lithgow, was a theatrical producer and director who ran the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.
His Fathers job made the family move during Lithgow's childhood, including teenage years in Akron and in Lakewood, Ohio.
John attended Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1967. He lived in Dunster House as an undergraduate, across the hall from roommates former Vice President Al Gore and actor Tommy Lee Jones. John later served on Harvard's Board of Overseers. John Lithgow credits a performance at Harvard of Gilbert and Sullivan's Utopia Limited with helping him decide to become an actor.
After graduation, John won a Fullbright Scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
He was pretty good in 3rd Rock From the Sun having a comedic role as an alien. The first time I saw John Lithgow as an actor was in The Twillight Zone: The Movie. He was so convincing in that role, I loved it. I also really liked him in Footloose, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Harry and the Hendersons, Raising Cain, Cliffhanger, The Pelican Brief, Rugrats In Paris: The Movie, Orange County. Recently I started watching the 4th season of Dexter(a TV series). Which he was awarded the Golden Globe, for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television; Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama.