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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1999 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is John Lithgow ready for the big time? Oh, sure, he's got a handful of Emmys (for "3rd Rock From the Sun"), a Tony Award (for "The Changing Room") and he's a double Oscar nominee (for "Terms of Endearment" and "The World According to Garp"), but can he handle a real challenge? Say, singing for a thousand or so little kids, whose idea of celebrity is probably a lot closer to Tinky Winky and Barney? Lithgow's going to find out.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1997
Comedy Series: "Frasier" Actor: John Lithgow "3rd Rock From the Sun" Actress: Helen Hunt "Mad About You" Drama Series: "Law & Order" Actor: Dennis Franz "NYPD Blue" Actress: Gillian Anderson "The X-Files" TV Movie Production: "Miss Evers' Boys" Actor: Armand Assante "Gotti" Actress: Alfre Woodard "Miss Evers' Boys"
NEWS
May 19, 1997 | BRIDGET BYRNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Just imagine me in a long white gown" John Lithgow instructed an audience of 1,300 gathered in a huge white tent on UCLA's Royce Quad. The versatile actor was not showing off the farcical skills that have made his TV sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun" such a hit, but standing in for actress Angela Lansbury at the gala dinner to celebrate the public launch of the university's "Where Great Futures Begin" fund-raising campaign. The Leadership Gifts Phase of the campaign has already raised $446.
NEWS
September 9, 1996 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Television's most popular program, "ER," raced off with the award for best drama series at the 48th annual Nighttime Emmy Awards Sunday, capping an impressive night for NBC. The top-rated network claimed Emmys in a number of prestigious categories, including best comedy series for "Frasier," best miniseries for "Gulliver's Travels" and lead actress and actor awards for comedy series stars Helen Hunt and John Lithgow in "Mad About You" and "3rd Rock From the Sun," respectively.
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
February 27, 1996
John Lithgow, star of NBC's new television hit "3rd Rock From the Sun," will perform March 7 at "Night at Sardi's," an annual benefit for the Alzheimer's Assn. at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Lithgow will headline a cast presenting selections from Meredith Willson's "The Music Man." Other scheduled performers include Lea Thompson and Malcolm Gets of "Caroline in the City," Sharon Lawrence from "NYPD Blue" and former "Phantom of the Opera" star Dale Kristien. Tickets for the 6:30 p.m.
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