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"Up there with my awards, I have a great big statue of Groucho Marx, just to put everything in perspective."
John Lithgow

John Lithgow is a highly prolific and accomplished Academy Award-nominated American actor, musician and author. A dormroom housemate of Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones, Lithgow's career has taken many odd turns with a variety of roles. Following his career on stage, where he twice won a Tony, Lithgow successfully moved into film with a number of versatile roles, the best-known of which are likely Roberta Muldoon in The World According To Garp, Rev. Shaw Moore in Footloose, Sam Burns in Terms Of Endearment, and George Henderson in family classic Harry and the Hendersons. He had a tendency to play villains, such as Cain in Raising Cain, Earl Talbot Blake in the Denzel Washington movie Ricochet, Eric Qualen in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Cliffhanger and Large Ham 'Lord' John Whorfin in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. One of his more recent films is Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

In 1996, Lithgow moved onto the small screen, playing lead character Dick Solomon in the oddball sci-fi sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. The show ran until 2001, and earned him three of his five Emmys. He's also lent his voice to audiobooks, dramatic readings and animated movies such as the ridiculously popular Shrek franchise, in which he played villain Lord Farquaad.

Lithgow joined Dexter for its fourth season, playing Arthur Mitchell AKA The Trinity Killer. His complex, layered and downright terrifying portrayal was met with widespread critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award for the Best Supporting Actor and another Emmy. He also has had a career on Broadway, most recently as real-life Agent Peacock Joseph Alsop in The Columnist. Currently, he occasionally appears as Jerry Whitaker on How I Met Your Mother.

He also happens to be one of the nicest people anyone could hope to meet, with fellow actors and colleagues saying how much of a pleasure it is to work with him. He's also a talented children's entertainer, having authored many children's books and music CD's for children. Recently, he published an autobiographical account of his life in theatre, which he titled Drama: An Actor's Education.

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