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"Every role I get is always a challenge. I can read a script and say, 'Oh, I can do that!' and then when I start working on it, I suddenly realize that I had no idea what I was getting into. Then I have to really work hard!"

Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut) is an American character actor. From Reverend Jim to a Star Trek villain, there's really nothing outside of his range.

He's best-known for playing zany characters or eccentrics (to his chagrin), most notably the crackpot Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future franchise. Among his other theatrical roles are Uncle Fester in the the live-action Addams Family movies and the nefarious Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Most of Lloyd's recent roles have been guest appearances or supporting roles, most likely due to his age.

In sharp contrast to his on-screen characters, the real-life Lloyd is a laconic man who rarely gives interviews.

He is not to be confused with an Executive Producer on Frasier and Modern Family with the same name, but the producer once expressed a desire to meet him to hand over misdirected fan mail.

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Tropes related to his roles

  • Funny Character, Boring Actor: His characters tend to be larger than life. Anyone who's worked with him comes away saying that he's a pretty quiet, shy, unassuming man.
    Thomas F. Wilson: "What's Christopher Lloyd like?" Kinda quiet.
  • Large Ham: And how! Doc Brown is probably the best example of how emotional and rapid-fire he can get with delivering dialogue and even just moving around the scene.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Got a lot less selective in picking roles after a fire destroyed his home in 2008.
  • Mr. Exposition: One of his greatest talents as an actor is his ability to go into long tangents of pure exposition without the audience losing interest.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • As Judge Doom in particular. Who Framed Roger Rabbit remains one of the few movies where he plays a truly evil and ruthless villain, although this was made around the same time as most of those other films.
    • Master Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts counts too, as he's an anti-villain who uses people for his own means and stops at nothing to try to meet his goal of controlling the Darkness.
    • Commander Kruge is also quite as far removed from Doc Brown as you can get.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Younger Than They Look: It wasn't until he started getting into his 70s that he actually looked his age, always seeming to be 10-20 years older. The 1985 Doc Brown originally had extensive old age make-up that was frankly barely noticeable.