John Lithgow – American Actor, Poet And Musician

Published Date   02nd Jan. 2020, 17:58 pm  Update Date: January 6th, 2020  12:10 pm
John Lithgow – American Actor, Poet And Musician John Lithgow is an American actor,poet, author, musician, and singer. Photo Source: Getty Images.
Quick Info
Birth Name: John Arthur Lithgow
Birth Place: Rochester, New York, United States.
Birth Sign: Libra
Father: Arthur Washington Lithgow III
Mother: Sarah Jane Price
Spouse: Mary Yeager
Height: 6 feet 4 inch
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Grey
Date of Birth: 19/10/1945
Age: 78 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $45 million
Qualification: Bachelor's degree magna cum laude in history and literature
College: Harvard University
Children: Ian Lithgow, Phoebe Lithgow and Nathan Lithgow

There are many lists of people who have been nominated for the Academy Award; among them, John Lithgow is also the one who has made his place in many people’s hearts. The fabled actor is also considered as born to the theater.

Let’s gaze on who exactly is John Lithgow.

John Lithgow Is An Actor By Profession

The legendary actor John Lithgow is an American actor who was born as John Arthur Lithgow on the 19th of October 1945, in Rochester, New York, United States.

John Lithgow's career

John Lithgow was born on October 19, 1945, in Rochester, New York, United States. Photo Source: Getty Images.

Besides, John attended and graduated from Princeton High School. Later, he attended Harvard University and got a Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in history and literature in 1967.

During his young age, John didn’t have any passion for acting until he won a Fulbright scholarship and got a chance to study acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Upon returning from London, he made his debut in acting in the movie Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues. John rose to international fame after being featured in the movie Terms of Endearment.

Furthermore, John has shown his brilliant acting skills in tons of hit TV-series, and movies such as The World According to Garp, The Crown, Dexter, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Bombshell, Pet Sematary, and many more.

John is also a voice artist who has given his voice on several projects such as Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Shrek’s Thrilling Tales, The Empire Strikes Back, The Simpsons, and Return of the Jedi.

Awards and Recognition

The illustrious actor John comes under the personality who has won tons of awards as well as nominations. He is famous for winning the two Academy Award’s nomination for the movie Terms of Endearment and The World According to Garp.


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John also has won two Golden Globe Awards out of five nominations. Furthermore, he has won six Emmy Awards out of 12 nominations.

Some of his other nominated awards include People’s Choice Awards, Online Film & Television Association, Monte-Carlo TV Festival, Gold Derby Awards, and many others.

Net Worth and Earnings

John Lithgow’s net worth is $45 million. He has managed to accumulate such a hefty amount of cash from his career as an actor. Besides his career as an actor, John also makes bucks from his profession as an author and a musician.

John Lithgow's net worth

John Lithgow’s net worth is $45 million. Image Source: Getty Images.

Moreover, John Lithgow’s movie Footloose grossed over more than $80 million in 1984, which was massive at that time. Furthermore, his other films with their box office collections are listed below:

Movie TitleBoxoffice Collection
Pet Sematary$112 million
Interstellar$677 million
Pitch Perfect 3$185 million
The Accountant$155 million
Dreamgirls$154 million

The multi-talented John also earns money from his books. He is also the best selling author who has published lots of publications to date. His books are mainly focused on poetry and children’s literature. John Lithgow’s book Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse is his latest book, which focuses on Donald Trump‘s presidency.

John Lithgow’s books with their respective prices are:

The Remarkable Farkle McBride$14.99$7.96$8.38
Drama: An Actor's Education$14.44$8.99$16.12
Marsupial Sue Presents "The Runaway Pancake"$12.48$7.25$7.41
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo$18.53$10.99-

Furthermore, John is also a musician who has released many kid songs and also has made name and fame on the music industry too.

John Lithgow is also involved in several charity works. He raises funds for charitable organizations such as My Sweet Charity, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many others.

Family and Siblings

John was born to father Arthur Washington Lithgow III and mother Sarah Jane Price. John Lithgow’s father was an American-Dominican actor and the director who ran a Shakespearian Acting company. Sadly, Arthur died on March 24, 2004. Similarly, John Lithgow’s mother was an actress who also has already died. Furthermore, the actor grew up with sister Robin Lithgow who was also involved in theatre activities.

John Lithgow's family

John Lithgow was born to father Arthur Washington Lithgow III and mother Sarah Jane Price. Picture Source: Getty Images.

It can be said that John followed his father’s footsteps. John Lithgow’s parents must be delighted for the work he has been doing and sending their blessings from heaven.

Wife and Children

Talking about John Lithgow’s relationship, he had lots of ups and downs in his marital life. He was married to Jean Taynton on September 10, 1966, and sadly divorced in 1980.

During their 14 years of marital relationship, they shared a son named Ian Lithgow, who is also an actor by profession like his father. John is also the grandfather of Ian Lithgow’s two children.

John Lithgow and Jean Taynton's relationship

Jean Taynton is John Lithgow’s first wife. Picture Source: Getty Images.

Currently, John is married to Mary Yeager, who is an economics professor at the University of California. The god made pair got married on the 12th of December 1981. Mary and John first met during John Lithgow’s three weeks stay in Los Angeles.

They have been married for more than 38 years and are the parents of two children, son Nathan Lithgow, born in 1983 and a daughter Phoebe Lithgow, born in 1982.

John Lithgow's wife

John Lithgow and Mary Yeager have been married for more than 38 years. Photo Source: Getty Images.

John and Mary are enjoying their relationship without any sign of divorce. Earning name and fame, along with fortune, isn’t an easy task. But, John Lithgow made it and is one of the talented actors.

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