In 2010, John won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series playing Arthur Mitchell on Dexter: Road Kill.
John's nickname is "Jiggles".
In college Lithgow was in the same dorm room with former Vice president Al Gore and actor Tommy Lee Jones.
Lithgow is a registered pastor of Rose Ministries.
Lithgow originated the role of "Lawrence Jameson" for the Broadway's production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and was with the show from January 31, 2005 (previews) through January 15, 2006, at the Imperial Theatre.
While starring in 3rd Rock from The Sun, John appeared in a public service announcement about arts education for NBC's The More You Know.
It is rumored that John is going to be in The Smurfs around 2011.
Both of John's first books and kits for kids [The Rainy Day Edition and the Travel Edition] recieved a 2005 Parents' Choice Recommended Award!
John has released at least three children's song albums.
John usually plays the guitar when making television appearances for children's songs.
When John was young, he loved painting.
The Wall Street Journal once called John: "the film character actor of his generation."
John is married to Mary Yeager.
John played Alfred Seguine Kinsey in the 2004 film Kinsey.
John was married to Jean Taynton from 1966 until they were divorced in 1980. Then John got married to Mary Yeager and they have been married since 1981.
John likes manatees--he has written a book called I'm a Manatee. And John is concerned with Earth's future and its creatures.
John is 6'4" (1.93 m).
John's mother is Sarah Jane Price and his father is Arthur Washington Lithgow.
John has written at least 11 books, and all of them are mostly directed to children and their families!
His first non-fictional book released in April of 2004, recieved the Parent's Siver Honor Award. This book is called: A Lithgow Palooza! 101 Ways to Entertain and Inspire Your Kids.
He has recorded two CDs: Farkle and Friends and Singing in the Bathtub.
John has performed many concerts for children.
He's a New York Times best-selling author of at least 6 books.
John won the Tony Award twice.
Is spokesman/owner of Lithgow Palooza
John received a scholarship to Harvard University.
John was nominated six times for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy for his role as Dick Solomon in 3rd Rock from the Sun. He won three of those times in 1996, 1997, and 1999. In total he has been nominated nine times for Emmy awards and won four.
John was nominated twice for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, for his roles in the movies The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment but didn't win.
John won a 2002 Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He played J.J. Hunsecker in the Broadway adaptation of the 1957 film Sweet Smell of Success.
John Lithgow has appeared in many commercials for Campbell's Select soup. (in 2006 and 2007)
Father of Ian Lithgow, playing Leon (one of Dr. Solomon's students) in 3rd Rock from the Sun in almost 50 episodes.
John has a house down by Flathead Lake in Montana.
John Lithgow: [On fan response to his role on Dexter] They are so enthusiastic. They seem to have a taste for horror... They sort of lick their chops at Dexter. They're thrilled. I would have thought that people would run from me in terror.
John: 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.
John: I draw pictures on a great big board as I sing. I draw all the animals.
John Lithgow: When you come back to New York after a long period of time, not one, but two generations of actors have come and gone. It shows you how quickly things change.
John Lithgow: When I do theater, it's like coming back to my roots in so many ways.
John Lithgow: What you aspire to on a sitcom is the feeling of live comedy.
John Lithgow: Up there with my awards, I have a great big statue of Groucho Marx, just to put everything in perspective.
John Lithgow: Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug.
John Lithgow: There's nothing like spending an evening with an audience every night.
John Lithgow: The museum was a favorite place to bring my own children when they were young.
John Lithgow: Take care, be kind, be considerate of other people and other species, and be loving.
John Lithgow: Putting together a musical is like the Manhattan Project. It is huge and it is draining, and we actors get all the fun.
John Lithgow: My parents were wonderful; very supportive of whatever I wanted to do.
John Lithgow: In the past I've been a villain and more recently a comic, so they must have thought I'd be the ideal comic villain.
John Lithgow: 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.
John Lithgow: I wanted to give parents some ideas of ways to relate to their kids. Then, if it doesn't work out, they can blame it on me.
John Lithgow: I used to play April Fool's jokes on the cast of 3rd Rock.
John Lithgow: I think I'm having more fun than the audience, and that's saying a lot.
John Lithgow: I never get tired of hearing compliments.
John Lithgow: I keep looking for things I haven't done yet.
John Lithgow: I gave up shame a long time ago.
John: I felt that before we began recording anything, it was necessary for us to do some concerts, so we really knew which songs kids responded to. We certainly found out what kids liked and what they didn't!
John: I don't want to do anything that's not as good as 3rd Rock.
John: Every comedy needs a bit of audience sweetening.
John: Everybody's a dreamer.
John: For me, it's all about changing gears.
John: I don't know why, but early on, I wanted to be an artist.
John: Academics tend to have wonderfully infantile senses of humor.
John: As far as I can see, every actor in Hollywood thinks what I do on 3rd Rock from the Sun is completely disgraceful!
John: Audiences are really growing and growing, which, being up on stage, is great to see.
John Lithgow: [talking about one of his co-workers on 3rd Rock from the Sun] Jane Curtin and I are old hams.
John Lithgow: [When asked what he does when he is bored] If you take a good look at the world around you, you'll find that almost anything can become a game, a story, or a nifty toy. You'd be surprised by what you can come up with when you exercise your creative muscle—your brain. You'll never be bored again!
John Lithgow: [When asked which instrument would he choose to reflect his personality] My personality? The kazoo. Requires enthusiasm but no skill whatsoever.
John Lithgow: Shakespeare is like mother's milk to me, I was in 20 Shakespearean plays by the time I was 20. It was the family business.
John Lithgow Writing children's books is not something that I pursued. It pursued me.
John Lithgow: I'm a fun father, but not a good father, The hard decisions always went to my wife.
John Lithgow: [About his first marriage] My only regret is that we didn't have more kids... I came from a family of four kids, but my wife and I just started too late.
John Lithgow: When I became interested in theater, my parents were wonderfully supportive but also full of dread because they knew what was in store for me.