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June 16, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As a host of characters varying from villainous columnists and dirty rotten scoundrels to bumbling aliens and protective transvestites, John Lithgow has collected four Emmys, two Tonys, two Golden Globes and two SAG Awards, along with a pair of Oscar nominations. One honor he is not likely to receive as Arthur Mitchell, his character on "Dexter," is father of the year. The church deacon-abusive parent-serial killer role (for which he has already won a Golden Globe) called for instant transformations and carefully calibrated revelations, each seemingly more shocking than the last.
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January 14, 2014 | by Mark Olsen
Though Sundance may be more typically thought of as the place for young and emerging filmmakers, it also has a space for its own veterans. Writer-director Ira Sachs won the festival's grand jury prize in 2005 with "Forty Shades of Blue" and 2012's "Keep the Lights On" also premiered in the festival's competition. His latest film, "Love Is Strange," is premiering this year at Sundance as part of the Premieres section. The film stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a couple who finally marry  after 39 years together.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2011 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Difficult to place, impossible to ignore, John Lithgow is like a walking Al Hirschfeld caricature of a thespian. On stature alone, this 6-foot-4 character actor demands to be seen. His diction has that elevated tone that suggests he'd rather be speaking in iambic pentameter. And his natural eccentricity, that quality that keeps getting him cast as serial killers and high-toned freaks, seems to only increase with attention. One could be forgiven for assuming that this consummate stage creature hails from a distant planet, not unlike the character he played for six seasons on the TV sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun. " But Lithgow has now written a memoir explaining his uncommon pedigree.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
It may be an honor to be nominated, but most Tony nominees know that they're going to come away empty-handed. How do they handle that reality? Leading male in a play nominee John Lithgow ("The Columnist"), who is not a front-runner, told The Times on his way in to the Beacon that he had no grand illusions about tonight. "I know I'm probably not going to win," he said. "I was tempted to scratch myself, like that horse at Belmont. " James Corden ("One Man, Two Guvnors")
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2000
John Lithgow, veteran actor and star of the NBC sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun," will be honored Feb. 10 at the annual Tourette Syndrome Assn. Award Dinner at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Susan Conners will also be honored at the event, which raises money for research, education and services for those with Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder. Information: (310) 559-9334.
NEWS
July 14, 1991 | LAUREN LIPTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Versatile actor John Lithgow shows the kid-friendly side of his personality with "John Lithgow's Kid-Size Concert." In this U.S. television premiere, Lithgow combines some of his original songs with traditional favorites and invites his young friends in the audience to sing along. While not everybody may know the words to "The Runaway Pancake" and "Big Kids Scare the Heck Out of Me," they should be charmed by Lithgow's good humor.
NEWS
September 21, 2006 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
JOHN LITHGOW had stage fright. The worst in years. No theater novice, he had finished his Tony Award-nominated run in the hit musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" -- and had been inducted into Broadway's Theater Hall of Fame -- just weeks earlier. But Lithgow knew that the audience he now faced would be merciless if he bombed. After all, what does "celebrity" mean to a 4-year-old? "I was terrified," Lithgow said of the kids' concert he did at McCabe's Guitar Shop in March.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
THERE'S something that seems deliciously appropriate here about drafting an American to play one of Shakespeare's grandly obnoxious fools. Typecasting, of course, my dear. But think of the time we'll save on rehearsals. Of course, signing John Lithgow guarantees you'll get more fool than you bargained for. Six feet, four inches of a guy who played a campy space alien for six seasons and a transsexual ex-football player. You want a big, brash fool?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez
How could John Lithgow get as far from "3rd Rock from the Sun" as possible? By playing Arthur Mitchell , a serial killer on Showtime's "Dexter" who has been murdering women for decades and whispering the same sweet nothings -- "It's already over" -- to each victim before she dies: Fans of Lithgow's work will see a lot of him in this role. What brings you to the world of "Dexter"? Were you a fan before you joined the show? No, I'd seen bits and pieces of the first season.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2000 | MIKE HAMMER, Mike Hammer is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer
John Lithgow had no trouble inhabiting the demented mind of Don Quixote. After all, he has made a career of playing over-the-top eccentrics from his portrayal of a transsexual in the 1982 film "The World According to Garp," to his turn each week on NBC as the commander of a group of aliens in "3rd Rock From the Sun," a role that has earned him three Emmys. In fact, he confesses to a certain attraction to characters that tend toward the theatrical.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2012 | Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Who was Joseph Alsop? This question, this mystery drives "The Columnist," a new drama by David Auburn,Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Proof," about a star journalist who was as clear cut in his political views as he was opaque in his private life. The play, which opened Wednesday at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway in a production expertly directed by Daniel Sullivan, is more engrossing as creative biography than drama. (Factual events are fictionally processed and supplemented.)
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October 6, 2011
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October 6, 2011 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Difficult to place, impossible to ignore, John Lithgow is like a walking Al Hirschfeld caricature of a thespian. On stature alone, this 6-foot-4 character actor demands to be seen. His diction has that elevated tone that suggests he'd rather be speaking in iambic pentameter. And his natural eccentricity, that quality that keeps getting him cast as serial killers and high-toned freaks, seems to only increase with attention. One could be forgiven for assuming that this consummate stage creature hails from a distant planet, not unlike the character he played for six seasons on the TV sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun. " But Lithgow has now written a memoir explaining his uncommon pedigree.
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January 9, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In John Lithgow's one-man show, "Stories by Heart," which opened Wednesday at the Mark Taper Forum, Lithgow stood alone on stage, acting out favorite short stories from his childhood and sharing memories of his father reading to the family. "There's magic in the personal connection between the storyteller and the audience," said Lithgow at a backstage reception following the show. Compared with live storytelling, he said, "TV and movies feel like eavesdropping on the real event.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2011 | James C. Taylor
Almost 30 years ago, John Lithgow vowed never again to do a one-man show. Lithgow was coming off "Kaufman at Large," a solo show he also wrote about playwright, critic and wit George S. Kaufman, at the height of his notoriety in 1930s. It ran for 22 performances off-Broadway in 1981. "It failed ? and I swore I'd never do it again because ? it sounds stupid ? but it was lonely," the actor recalls over lunch on Manhattan's Upper West Side. "It was literally lonely. There isn't the comradeship of a theater company, the energy you get from each other.
NEWS
June 16, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As a host of characters varying from villainous columnists and dirty rotten scoundrels to bumbling aliens and protective transvestites, John Lithgow has collected four Emmys, two Tonys, two Golden Globes and two SAG Awards, along with a pair of Oscar nominations. One honor he is not likely to receive as Arthur Mitchell, his character on "Dexter," is father of the year. The church deacon-abusive parent-serial killer role (for which he has already won a Golden Globe) called for instant transformations and carefully calibrated revelations, each seemingly more shocking than the last.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1996 | Sean Mitchell, Sean Mitchell is a frequent contributor to Calendar
No one has said, "Look out, here comes the High Commander!" as John Lithgow, briefcase in hand, finds his way to an outdoor table on a weekday morning at a cafe in Santa Monica. At least no one has said it out loud. At 6 feet 4, Lithgow has always been hard to miss, but since January he has been especially hard to miss as the star of a hit TV show, the interplanetary sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun," which NBC put on as a midseason replacement on Tuesday nights.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2002 | BLAKE GREEN
The challenge of J.J. Hunsecker, says John Lithgow, who's playing him in the new musical "Sweet Smell of Success," "is getting the tone exactly right." Arrogant, corrupt, megalomaniacal, the powerful newspaper gossip columnist "should be entertaining, but he's a horrific character. Making him captivating and then heart-stopping is tricky business."
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October 30, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
It's difficult to explain to someone who has never seen Showtime's "Dexter" why it is currently the most riveting and addictive show on television. When you try, you tend to sound a tiny bit psychotic. "It's about this guy named Dexter who works as a blood splatter analyst for the Miami Police Department but is also secretly a serial killer," you say, adding quickly, "except he only kills bad people, the kind the law can't touch. He has this code of honor and he's played by Michael C. Hall, who is just amazing because he makes Dexter kind of lovable and, well, you just have to watch it."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez
How could John Lithgow get as far from "3rd Rock from the Sun" as possible? By playing Arthur Mitchell , a serial killer on Showtime's "Dexter" who has been murdering women for decades and whispering the same sweet nothings -- "It's already over" -- to each victim before she dies: Fans of Lithgow's work will see a lot of him in this role. What brings you to the world of "Dexter"? Were you a fan before you joined the show? No, I'd seen bits and pieces of the first season.
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