John Lithgow

Biography: Prior to becoming a leading man on the sitcom 3rd Rock From the Sun, this veteran actor had spent the previous two decades as a stage and screen supporting player. The son of a well-known theater producer, Lithgow earned a Tony Award for his 1973 Broadway debut in The Changing Room. Throughout the 1970s, he appeared in at least one show per year on the Great White Way while simultaneously popping up on the big screen in small roles. His Academy Award-nominated turn as a transsexual in 1982's The World According to Garp captured Hollywood's attention, and suddenly Lithgow became an in-demand screen actor. Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Lithgow used his chameleon-like talents to embody villains and victims, sadists and sad sacks, snagging his second Oscar nod for his sensitive turn in Terms of Endearment and generally earning critical raves whether appearing in movies of high quality (Pelican Brief) or high camp (Raising Cane). In the '90s Lithgow conquered a third medium,Prior to becoming a leading man on the sitcom 3rd Rock From the Sun, this veteran actor had spent the previous two decades as a stage and screen supporting player. The son of a well-known theater producer, Lithgow earned a Tony Award for his 1973 Broadway debut in The Changing Room. Throughout the 1970s, he appeared in at least one show per year on the Great White Way while simultaneously popping up on the big screen in small roles. His Academy Award-nominated turn as a transsexual in 1982's The World According to Garp captured Hollywood's attention, and suddenly Lithgow became an in-demand screen actor. Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Lithgow used his chameleon-like talents to embody villains and victims, sadists and sad sacks, snagging his second Oscar nod for his sensitive turn in Terms of Endearment and generally earning critical raves whether appearing in movies of high quality (Pelican Brief) or high camp (Raising Cane). In the '90s Lithgow conquered a third medium, winning three Emmys during his tenure on 3rd Rock From the Sun. When the series ended, he returned to Broadway after a 14-year absence and won his second Tony for the musical The Sweet Smell of Success. In 2009, he joined the cast of Dexter for its fourth season as a devious serial killer, earning a Golden Globe in the process. When he's not acting, Lithgow has also authored a number of popular kids' books and recorded songs for children. Expand

John Lithgow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 59
Highest Metascore: 86 Blow Out
Lowest Metascore: 30 Daddy's Home 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
39 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
64 Bombshell Dec 13, 2019 Roger Ailes / Roger Ailes 6.2
70 Late Night Jun 7, 2019 Principal Cast / Principal Cast / Walter Lovell / Walter Lovell 6.3
49 The Tomorrow Man May 22, 2019 Ed 6.0
57 Pet Sematary Apr 5, 2019 Jud / Jud Crandall 5.4
40 Pitch Perfect 3 Dec 22, 2017 Cast / Cast / Fergus / Fergus / Principal Cast / Principal Cast 5.5
30 Daddy's Home 2 Nov 10, 2017 Cast / Brad's Dad/Mr. Whitaker / Brad's Dad/Mr. Whitaker / Don 5.6
68 Beatriz at Dinner Jun 9, 2017 Cast / Doug Strutt / Doug / Doug Strutt 5.5
64 Miss Sloane Nov 25, 2016 Cast / Congressman Ron M. Sperling / Congressman Ron M. Sperling 7.0
51 The Accountant Oct 14, 2016 Cast / Lamar Black / Lamar Blackburn 7.4
66 The Good Dinosaur Nov 25, 2015 Poppa 6.7
77 Best of Enemies Jul 31, 2015 Gore Vidal / Gore Vidal / Himself / Himself 5.6
68 The Homesman Nov 14, 2014 Reverend Dowd / Reverend Alfred Dowd / Reverend Dowd 6.6
74 Interstellar Nov 5, 2014 Cast / Donald 8.5
82 Love Is Strange Aug 22, 2014 Ben / Ben / Ben / Ben 5.6
59 This Is 40 Dec 21, 2012 Oliver 5.8
50 The Campaign Aug 10, 2012 Glen Motch / Glenn Motch 6.0
68 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Aug 5, 2011 Cast 7.8
33 Leap Year Jan 8, 2010 Jack Brady / Jack Brady tbd
38 Confessions of a Shopaholic Feb 6, 2009 Edgar West 5.1
79 Kinsey Nov 12, 2004 Alfred Seguine Kinsey / Alfred Seguine Kinsey 7.1
48 Orange County Jan 11, 2002 Bud Brumder / Bud Brumder tbd
84 Shrek May 18, 2001 Lord Farquaad 8.9
62 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie - Rugrats II Nov 17, 2000 Jean-Claude 6.0
68 A Civil Action Dec 25, 1998 Judge Walter J. Skinner 7.7
46 A Good Man in Africa Sep 9, 1994 Fanshawe tbd
50 The Pelican Brief Dec 17, 1993 Smith Keen 7.0
60 Cliffhanger May 28, 1993 Eric Qualen / Qualen 8.6
42 Raising Cain Aug 7, 1992 Carter/Cain/Dr. Nix/Josh/Margo tbd
49 Ricochet Oct 4, 1991 Earl Talbot Blake tbd
59 Memphis Belle Oct 12, 1990 Lt.Col. Bruce Derringer tbd