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John Arthur Lithgow ( LITH-goh; born October 19, 1945) is an American actor, musician, poet, author, and singer. Over the course of his career he has received numerous accolades including Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, and Golden Globe awards, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards. He has also been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Lithgow is best known for his television roles as Dick Solomon in the comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001), Arthur Mitchell in the drama Dexter (2009), and Winston Churchill in the drama The Crown (2016–2019), for each of which he won Primetime Emmy Awards. He is also well known for his roles in Blow Out (1981), Footloose (1984), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000), Shrek (2001), and Love Is Strange (2014). His performances in The World According to Garp (1982) and Terms of Endearment (1983) earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has appeared on stage in many Broadway productions, including the musical adaptations of Sweet Smell of Success and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In 2007, he made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut as Malvolio in Neil Bartlett's production of Twelfth Night. In 2019, he starred on Broadway opposite Laurie Metcalf in Hillary and Clinton.

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