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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!"
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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 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.

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  • 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.
  • Guttural Growler: His iconic voice is quite raspy and deep.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A minor plot point in Back to the Future that's first reveled in the opening scroll of the film in Doc's house shows an article explaining that his family manor burned down years ago. Come 2008 Lloyd's personal home would be destroyed by a fire.
  • Large Ham: And how!
  • 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.
  • Name's the Same: Very coincidentally shares his name with a producer of Frasier and Modern Family.
    • Lloyd the producer once said that he needed to meet with Lloyd the actor, to give him years of misdirected fan mail!
  • 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 70's 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.

 
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