October 19, 1945 (78)
John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, author, musician, poet, and artist. He’s most known for his accomplishments in theater, films, and TV., including two Golden Globe Awards, six Primetime Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Tony Awards, and more. He started his career on Broadway, with his debut in The Changing Room (1973) earning him a Tony Award and performed alongside Meryl Streep in several Broadway productions. He became widely known for starring in the TV sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001), which won him three Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. He also won Primetime Emmy Awards for his guest role opposite Michael C. Hall in Dexter (2009) and for portraying Winston Churchill in the Netflix show The Crown (2016-2019). In feature films, he’s known for his performances in Shrek (2001) with Michael Meyers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy, along with World According to Garp, Terms of Endearment, Footloose, Harry and the Hendersons, The Pelican Brief, Cliffhanger, and many more. In 2022, he stars alongside Jeff Bridges in the FX series The Old Man.
Lithgow is a lover of animals and dogs and is known for painting portraits of dogs, including the example below of Jimmy Fallon’s dog: