John Lithgow – Biography And Net Worth: 5 Facts You Need To Know

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Having been active in the Hollywood for over 4 decades now, John Lithgow is known as one of the top-notch actors currently in the movie industry and he has landed over 100 roles so far in films and series. Among his popular roles are those in the NBC sitcom 3rd Rосk Frоm Thе Ѕun for which he got nominated for Primetime Emmy Award under the   Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category in 2001 and for the 2017 series The Crown, he won the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award.

John Lithgow’s Biography

John Lithgow was born on October 19, 1945, in Rochester, New York to former actress Sarah Jane and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who managed the McCarter Theatre located at Princeton, New Jersey. He is said to have lived in different cities during his childhood days and teenage years as a result of his dad’s job that kept them on the road.

Although no details are available about his early education, Lithgow is known to have gone to Harvard College where he earned an A.B. magna cum laude in history and literature upon his graduation in 1967. He revealed that he made up his mind to be an actor after watching Gilbert and Sullivan’s Utopia, Limited during his days in Harvard. Upon graduating from college, Lithgow earned a scholarship to further his education in entertainment at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and worked briefly as Pacifica radio station, New York City as the Director of the Arts and Literature Department.


Net Worth

The versatile actor, musician, singer, comedian, poet as well as author has indeed made for himself s an estimated net worth of about $45 million which represent accumulated earnings from his various ventures

5 Facts You Need To Know About John Lithgow

Broadway Debut

John Lithgow is said to have made his first appearance in Broadway in 1973 in the play David Storey’s The Changing Room that earned him the Tony and Drama Desk Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play. He appeared again the following year in the play My Fat Friend.

Romantic Life

The prolific actor was initially married to his one-time girlfriend Phoebe Jean Dayton shortly after graduating from college on September 10th 1966. The couple has a son named Ian Lithgow but they got divorced in 1980 as a result of Lithgow’s infidelity.

A year later in 1981, the actor got married to actress Mary Yeager on December and the pair has been together since then. They have two adorable children together named Nathan Lithgow and Phoebe Lithgow.

Stage Plays & Films 

Known to be a versatile actor, John Lithgow who commenced his career as a stage actor has been in popular stage presentations like Butterfly, Dexter, Sweet Smell of Sucess, The Columnist, The Magistrate, King Lear, Spokesong, Salt Lake City Skyline,
Division Street, Kaufman at Large, Stories by Heart and many other notable plays.

He has also featured in TV sitcoms like Goodbye, My Friend, The Day After, Faerie Tale Theatre, Resting Place, Baby Girl Scott, Traveling Man, Ivory Hunter, The Boys and he has been featured in the documentary, Trail.

Books & Albums

Added to his tremendous abilities is his talent as an author. John Lithgow has been credited for writing many children’s books as well as albums. His credited works as an author include: Remarkable Farkle McBride, Marsupial Sue, Micawber, I’m a Manatee, A Lithgow Palooza, Carnival of the Animals, Lithgow Party Paloozas!: 52 Unexpected Ways to Make a Birthday, Holiday, or Any Day a Celebration for Kids, Lithgow Paloozas!: Boredom Blasters, Marsupial Sue Presents “The Runaway Pancake”, Mahalia Mouse Goes to College, and I Got Two Dogs.

John Lithgow is also credited with producing the children’s song “Singing in the Bathtub,” and the album “The Sunny Side of the Street”.


The actor over the decades he has been in the industry is known to have landed several prestigious awards for his works. In summary, sources have it that John Lithgow has been the recipient of the Tony Award on two occasions; he has landed Emmy Awards six times, Golden Globe Awards twice and he is a four-time winner of Drama Desk Awards. To crown his awards, Lithgow has his own star on the renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame and he is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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