Christopher Lloyd

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Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd 2012.jpg
Lloyd at Supanova Pop Culture Expo in 2012
BornChristopher Allen Lloyd
(1937-10-22) October 22, 1937 (age 76)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
ResidenceMontecito, California
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1952—present
Home townNew Canaan, Connecticut
  • Catherine Boyd (1959–1971)
  • Kay Tornborg (1974–1987)
  • Carol Ann Vanek (1987/88–1991)
  • Jane Walker Wood (1992–2005)
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This article is about the actor. Not to be confused with Christopher Lloyd (screenwriter). For others see Christopher Lloyd (disambiguation).
Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd 2012.jpg
Lloyd at Supanova Pop Culture Expo in 2012
BornChristopher Allen Lloyd
(1937-10-22) October 22, 1937 (age 76)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
ResidenceMontecito, California
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1952—present
Home townNew Canaan, Connecticut
  • Catherine Boyd (1959–1971)
  • Kay Tornborg (1974–1987)
  • Carol Ann Vanek (1987/88–1991)
  • Jane Walker Wood (1992–2005)

Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1937)[1] is an American actor. Among his best-known roles are Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi.

Lloyd, who also has done voiceover work in animation, has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award, and has been nominated for two Saturn Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award.

Early life[edit]

Lloyd as a senior in high school. c. 1955

Lloyd was born in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of Samuel R. Lloyd, a lawyer, and his wife Ruth (née Lapham), a singer and sister of San Francisco mayor Roger Lapham.[2] He is the youngest of four girls and three boys, one of whom, Samuel Lloyd, was an actor in the 1950s and 1960s.[1] Lloyd's maternal grandfather, Lewis Lapham, was one of the founders of the Texaco oil company,[3] and Lloyd is also a descendant of Mayflower passengers including John Howland.[2] Lloyd attended the Fessenden School, a preparatory school in Newton, Massachusetts. Lloyd was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, and attended Staples High School in nearby Westport.[1]


Lloyd began acting at 14 and started apprenticing in summer stock.[citation needed] He took acting classes in New York City at age 19 — some at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner[1] —and he recalled making his New York theater debut in Fernando Arrabal's play And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers, saying, "I was a replacement and it was my first sort of job in New York."[1] He made his Broadway debut in the short-lived Red, White and Maddox (1969), and went on to Off-Broadway roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Kaspar,[4] The Harlot and the Hunted, The Seagull,[5] Total Eclipse,[6] Macbeth, In the Boom Boom Room, Cracks, Professional Resident Company, What Every Woman Knows, The Father, King Lear, and Power Failure. He returned to Broadway for the musical Happy End.[1] He performed in Andrej Wajda's adaptation of Dostoyefsky's The Possessed at Yale Repertory Theater,[7] and in Jay Broad's premiere of White Pelican at the P.A.F. Playhouse in Huntington Station, New York, on Long Island.[8]

In 1977, he said of his training at the Neighborhood Playhouse under Meisner, "My work up to then had been very uneven. I would be good one night, dull the next. Meisner made me aware of how to be consistent in using the best that I have to offer. But I guess nobody can teach you the knack, or whatever it is, that helps you come to life on stage."[9]

His first movie role was as a psychiatric patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[10] He is perhaps best known for his roles as "Reverend" Jim Ignatowski, the ex-hippie cabbie on the TV sitcom Taxi, and the eccentric inventor Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy of science-fiction films, for which he was nominated for a Saturn Award. In 1986, he played the reviled Professor B.O. Beanes in the television series Amazing Stories. Other roles include Klingon Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Professor Plum in Clue, Professor Dimple in an episode of Road to Avonlea (for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series), the villain Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a wacky sound-effects man named Zoltan in Radioland Murders, and Uncle Fester in the movie adaptations of The Addams Family.

In 1999, he was reunited onscreen with Michael J. Fox in an episode of Spin City entitled "Back to the Future IV — Judgment Day", in which Lloyd plays Owen Kingston—the former mentor of Fox's character, Mike Flaherty's—who stops by City Hall to see him, only to proclaim himself God. That same year, Lloyd starred in the movie remake of the 1960s series My Favorite Martian. In November 2007, Lloyd was reunited onscreen with his former Taxi co-star Judd Hirsch in the season-four episode "Graphic" of the TV series Numb3rs. He starred in the television series Deadly Games in the mid-1990s, and was a regular in the TV series Stacked in the mid-2000s.

Lloyd portrayed the star character in the point-and-click adventure game Toonstruck, released in November 1996. In 2003 he guest starred in three of the thirteen produced episodes of Tremors: The Series as the character Cletus Poffenburger. He played Ebenezer Scrooge in a 2008 production of A Christmas Carol at the Kodak Theatre with John Goodman and Jane Leeves.[citation needed] In 2009, he appeared in a comedic trailer for a faux horror film entitled Gobstopper, in which he played Willy Wonka as a horror-movie-style villain.[11] In October 2009, he did a two-man show with comic performer Joe Gallois in several Midwest cities.[citation needed] In September 2010, he reprised his role as Doctor Emmett Brown in Back to the Future: The Game, an episodic adventure game series developed by Telltale Games.[12]

In the summer of 2010, he starred as Willy Loman in a Weston Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman.[13] On January 21, 2011, he appeared in the episode "The Firefly" of the J. J. Abrams television series Fringe.[14] In August 2011, he reprised the role of Dr. Emmett Brown (from Back to the Future) as part of an advertising campaign for Garbarino,[15] an Argentine appliance company, and also as part of the Nike Company's "Back For the Future" campaign for the benefit of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. In 2012 and 2013, Lloyd reprised the role of Brown in two episodes of the stopmotion series Robot Chicken. He was a guest star on the 100th episode of the USA Network sitcom Psych as Martin Khan in 2013.

In May 2013, Lloyd appeared as the narrator and the character Azdak in the Bertold Brecht play The Caucasian Chalk Circle, produced by the Classic Stage Company in New York.[16]

Personal life[edit]

On June 6, 1959, some time after his father had died, Lloyd married Catharine Dallas Dixon Boyd; the groom's brother, Samuel Lloyd III, was head usher.[17] By this time, Lloyd had attended The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and had apprenticed at summer theaters in Mount Kisco, New York, and Hyannis, Massachusetts.[17] The couple divorced in 1971 after 12 years of marriage.[18] Lloyd was next married to actress Kay Tornborg, from 1974 to 1987.[19] He was married to third wife Carol Ann Vanek from the late 1980s to 1991,[20] and to his fourth wife, screenwriter Jane Walker Wood, from 1992 to 2005.[18][21]

After his divorce from Wood, in Montecito, California, Lloyd bought a smaller house on March 23, 2007, and that May listed his 8.07-acre old estate, which he and Wood bought in 2002, and which included the 5,500-sq.-ft. home, for $11,275,000.[21] Lloyd's smaller home[21] was destroyed in the Tea Fire of November 2008 in Montecito, California.[22]On May 1, 2010, he appeared at an outdoor screening of Back to the Future held by the Tampa Theatre at The River Tower Park in Tampa, Florida, where he participated in a question-and-answer session.[23]

Lloyd's philanthropist mother, Ruth Lapham Lloyd, died in 1984 at age 88. Her surviving children at the time aside from Christopher were Donald L. Mygatt, Antoinette L. Mygatt Lucas, Samuel Lloyd III, Ruth Lloyd Scott Ax, and Adele L. Kinney.[24] Lloyd's nephew, Sam Lloyd, is best known for playing Ted Buckland, the lawyer on Scrubs.


1975One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestMax Taber
1978Goin' SouthDeputy Towfield
Taxi (TV) (1978–83)Reverend Jim Ignatowski
Three WarriorsSteve Chaffey
1979The Onion FieldJailhouse lawyer
The Lady in RedFrognose
Stunt SevenSkip Hartman
1981The Legend of the Lone RangerMaj. Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish
The Postman Always Rings Twice
1983Mr. MomLarry
To Be or Not to BeS.S. Captain Schultz
1984Cheers (TV)Phillip SemenkoEpisode "I'll Be Seeing You" (season 2, episode 21)
Star Trek III: The Search for SpockKlingon Commander Kruge
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th DimensionJohn Bigbooté
National Lampoon's Joy of SexCoach Hindenberg
1985Back to the Future"Doc" Emmett L. Brown
ClueProfessor Plum
Street Hawk (TV)Anthony CorridoGuest star, pilot episode
1987Walk Like a ManReggie Shand / Henry Shand
1988Track 29Henry Henry
Who Framed Roger RabbitJudge Doom
Eight Men OutBill Burns
1989The Dream TeamHenry Sikorsky
Back to the Future Part II"Doc" Emmett L. Brown
1990Back to the Future Part III"Doc" Emmett L. Brown
The Earth Day Special (TV)"Doc" Emmett L. Brown[25]
Why Me?Bruno Daley
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost LampMerlock the MagicianVoice talent
1991Back to the Future: The Ride"Doc" Emmett L. BrownSimulator ride
Back to the Future: The Animated Series"Doc" Emmett L. BrownLive action segments
Suburban CommandoCharlie Wilcox
The Addams FamilyUncle Fester Addams / Gordon Craven
1992Amazing Stories: Book Two (TV)Professor B.O. Beanes
Road to Avonlea (TV)Professor Dimple-Guest star role
T bone 'n' WeaselWilliam "Weasel" Weasler
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez DisasterFrank Iarossi
1993Dennis the MenaceSwitchblade Sam
Addams Family ValuesUncle Fester Addams
Twenty BucksJimmy
1994Angels in the OutfieldAl "The Boss" Angel
Camp NowhereDennis Van Welker
The PagemasterMr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
In Search of Dr. SeussMr. Hunch
1995Rent-a-KidLawrence 'Larry' Kayvey
Deadly GamesJordan Kenneth Lloyd / Sebastian Jackal
Things to Do in Denver When You're DeadPieces
1996Cadillac Ranch[citation needed]Wood Grimes
ToonstruckDrew BlancPoint-and-click adventure game
1997Quicksilver HighwayAaron Quicksilver
AnastasiaGrigori Rasputinspeaking voice talent
Angels in the EndzoneAl "The Boss" Angel
1998The Real BlondeErnst
1999My Favorite MartianUncle Martin
Alice in WonderlandThe White Knight
Baby GeniusesHeep
Convergence[citation needed]Morley AllenOriginal film title: Premonition
Man on the MoonHimself
Spin CityOwen KingstonEpisode: "Back to the Future IV"
It Came from the SkyJarvis Moody
2001WitDr. Harvey Kelekian
When Good Ghouls Go BadUncle Fred Walker
Kids World[citation needed]Leo
The Tick (TV)Mr FishLadder(uncredited)[citation needed] (pilot episode)
2002Interstate 60Ray
Wish You Were DeadBruce
Hey Arnold!: The MovieCoroner
Cyberchase (TV)HackerVoice talent and lead role
The Big Time (TV)[citation needed]Doc Powers
2003Haunted LighthouseCap'n Jack
Tremors (TV)Cletus Poffenberger
2004I Dream (TV)Prof. Toone
Malcolm in the Middle (TV)Hal's Father
2005Stacked (TV)Professor Harold March
Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The MovieSeymour S. Sassafrass
Bad Girls from Valley HighMr. Chauncey
The West Wing (TV)Lawrence LessigPortrayed the real life Lawrence Lessig
King of the Hill (TV)SmittySeason 9, Episode 9: "Care-Takin' Care of Business"; Voices a football field ground's keeper
2006A Perfect Day(it) (TV)Michael
Valerie on the Stairs (TV)Everett NeelyEpisode of Masters of Horror
2007Numb3rs (TV)Ross Moore
FlakesWillie B
2008Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV)CarmineEpisode Vanishing Act
The Simpsons Ride"Doc" Emmett L. BrownSimulator ride
Fly Me to the MoonGrandpa
The Tale of DespereauxHovis
2009Meteor (TV)Dr. Lehman
Knights of Bloodsteel (TV)Tesselink
Call of the Wild'Grandpa' Bill Hale
Foodfight!Mr. Clipboard
Santa BuddiesStan Cruge
2010Piranha 3DMr. Goodman
The Chateau MerouxNathan
SnowmenThe Caretaker
Chuck (TV)Dr. Leo DreyfusEpisode S03E16: "Chuck Versus the Tooth"
Jack and the BeanstalkHeadmaster
Back to the Future: The Game"Doc" Emmett L. BrownVideo game
2011Fringe (TV)Roscoe JoyceEpisode S03E10: "The Firefly"
Love, Wedding, MarriageDr. George
2012Robot Chicken (TV)Doc Emmett BrownSeason 5 episode "Casablankman 2"
Dorothy and the Witches of OzWizard of Oz
Freedom Force aka The Illusionauts
Piranha 3DDMr. Goodman
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon AdventureLero Sombrero
Excuse Me for Living[citation needed]Lars
Mickey Matson and the Copperhead ConspiracyGrandpa Jack
2013Last CallPete
Robot ChickenDoc Emmett BrownSeason 6 episode "Eaten by Cats"
Raising Hope (TV)Dennis PowersEpisode S03E11: "Credit Where Credit is Due"
PsychMartin KahnEpisode S07E5: "100 Clues"


YearAwardCategoryProduction / RoleResult
1972-73Obie AwardOne of 12 recipients for "distinguished performances"[26]Won
1973Drama Desk AwardBest PerformanceKaspar
1982Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series[27]TaxiWon
1983Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series[27]TaxiWon
1986Saturn AwardBest Supporting ActorBack to the FutureNominated
1990Best Supporting ActorWho Framed Roger RabbitNominated
1992Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Dramatic Series[27]Road to Avonlea: Another Point of ViewWon
1994Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleTwenty BucksWon
2008Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramCyberchaseNominated
2013Golden Raspberry AwardsWorst Screen Ensemble (shared with the entire cast)[28]The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon AdventureNominated


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