John Lithgow

(John Arthur Lithgow)

John Lithgow
John Lithgow
  • Born: October 19, 1945
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, Musician, Comedian, Poet, Author, Singer

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John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, comedian, poet, author, and singer. He has received two Tony Awards, six Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, four Drama Desk Awards, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards. Lithgow has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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Academics tend to have wonderfully infantile senses of humor. Humor
Everybody's a dreamer.
For me, working on stage is much more exhausting than all the other mediums, but it's also much more thrilling.
I can't imagine doing an hour-long dramatic series because it's so much work. A sitcom is a wonderful gig. You work from 10 to 4 every day, it's fun, and you get to live at home. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I consider myself a very lucky actor that, approaching 60, I'm still employed and employable.
I find I have to walk a little faster in public these days, but it's very easy to remember when nobody had any idea who I was.
I gave up shame a long time ago. Time
I have a lot of faith in people. Religion & God
I keep looking for things I haven't done yet.
I never get tired of hearing compliments.
I was in 20 Shakespearean plays by the time I was 20. Time
I'd sleep under a Vermeer.
If it's well written and well directed and you've got good actors to work with, acting is easy. But making sure all the ducks are in a row is the hard part. It's very rare. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If you read in front of your kids, it's very likely that they'll become readers, too.
I'm a con artist in that I'm an actor. I make people believe something is real when they know perfectly well it isn't.
I'm a fun father, but not a good father. The hard decisions always went to my wife. Families, Children & Parenting
I'm very concerned for the future of the earth and its amazing creatures. We've got to be careful and make sure we don't foul our own nest. Future ;Environment & Environmentalism
In animation, there's this exhilarating moment of discovery when you see the film and you say, Oh THAT'S what I was doing.
It's a very tough time for the playwright. Broadway has become almost a musical comedy theme park with all these long-running shows. Time
Look at the darkest hit musicals - Cabaret, West Side Story, Carousel - they are exuberant experiences. They send you out of the theater filled with music. Music, Chants & Rapps
Shakespeare is like mother's milk to me.
Take care, be kind, be considerate of other people and other species, and be loving.
The Broadway audience is made up of a greater percentage of tourists now. There's not nearly as much variety and danger and challenge in what's being offered.
There's nothing like spending an evening with an audience every night.
Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug. Time
Up there with my awards, I have a great big statue of Groucho Marx, just to put everything in perspective.
What you aspire to on a sitcom is the feeling of live comedy.
When you end a successful sitcom, the most sensible thing to do is go back to the theater.