Christopher Lloyd

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Christopher Lloyd
Lloyd in 2010
BornChristopher Allen Lloyd
(1938-10-22) October 22, 1938 (age 76)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
ResidenceMontecito, California
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1972–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. For the writer/producer, see Christopher Lloyd (screenwriter). For others with the same name, see Christopher Lloyd (disambiguation).
Christopher Lloyd
Lloyd in 2010
BornChristopher Allen Lloyd
(1938-10-22) October 22, 1938 (age 76)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
ResidenceMontecito, California
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1972–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[1] (born October 22, 1938)[2] is an American actor best-known for his roles as Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Lloyd has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award, and has been nominated for two Saturn Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award. He has also done voiceover work in animation, usually cast as villains due to his distinctive voice.

Early life[edit]

Lloyd was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on October 22, 1938, the son of Samuel R. Lloyd, a lawyer, and his wife Ruth (née Lapham), a singer and sister of San Francisco mayor Roger Lapham.[1] He is the youngest of four girls and three boys, one of whom, Samuel Lloyd, was an actor in the 1950s and 1960s.[2] 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.[1] Lloyd was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut.[2]


Lloyd began his career apprenticing at summer theaters in Mount Kisco, New York, and Hyannis, Massachusetts.[4] He took acting classes in New York City at age 19—some at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre with Sanford Meisner[2]—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."[2] 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,[5] The Harlot and the Hunted, The Seagull,[6] Total Eclipse,[7] 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.[2] He performed in Andrej Wajda's adaptation of Dostoyefsky's The Possessed at Yale Repertory Theater,[8] and in Jay Broad's premiere of White Pelican at the P.A.F. Playhouse in Huntington Station, New York, on Long Island.[9]

Lloyd as a senior in high school. c. 1955

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."[10]

His first movie role was as a psychiatric patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[11] He is perhaps best known for his roles as "Reverend" Jim Ignatowski, the ex-hippie cabbie on the TV sitcom Taxi, for which he won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series;[12] 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 (on suggestion of fellow actor and friend Leonard Nimoy), 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.

Lloyd portrayed the star character in the point-and-click adventure game Toonstruck, released in November 1996. 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. 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. In 2003 he guest starred in three of the 13 produced episodes of Tremors: The Series as the character Cletus Poffenburger. 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 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.[13] In October 2009, he did a two-man show with comic performer Joe Gallois in several Midwest cities.[citation needed]

In the summer of 2010, he starred as Willy Loman in a Weston Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman.[14] That September, he reprised his role as Doctor Emmett Brown in Back to the Future: The Game, an episodic adventure game series developed by Telltale Games.[15] On January 21, 2011, he appeared in the episode "The Firefly" of the J. J. Abrams television series Fringe.[16] That August, he reprised the role of Dr. Emmett Brown (from Back to the Future) as part of an advertising campaign for Garbarino,[17] 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.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Lloyd has been married four times. First to Catharine Dallas Dixon Boyd, on June 6, 1959. His brother, Samuel Lloyd III, was head usher.[4] The couple divorced in 1971 after 12 years of marriage.[19] Second to actress Kay Tornborg, from 1974 to 1987.[20] Third to Carol Ann Vanek, from the late 1980s to 1991.[21] Fourth to Jane Walker Wood, screenwriter (Bob the Butler), from 1992 to 2005.[19][22]

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 for over $11m; although the price was later dropped to $6.5m. Wood and he had bought the house in 1997 for $1.6m. This home, which was on the market at the time, was destroyed in the Tea Fire of November 2008 in Montecito, California.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25] Lloyd's nephew, Sam Lloyd, is best known for playing Ted Buckland, the lawyer on Scrubs.



1975One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestMax Taber
1977Another Man, Another ChanceJesse JamesUncredited
1977Three WarriorsSteve Chaffey
1978Lacy and the Mississippi QueenJenningsTelevision film
1978Goin' SouthDeputy Towfield
1979The Fantastic SevenSkip HartmanTelevision film
1979Butch and Sundance: The Early DaysBill Tod Carver
1979The Lady in RedFrognose
1979The Onion FieldJailhouse lawyer
1980The Black MarbleArnold's Collector
1981The Legend of the Lone RangerMaj. Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish
1981The Postman Always Rings TwiceThe Salesman
1981National Lampoon's Movie MadnessSamuel StarkmanSegment: "Municipalians"
1982Money on the SideSergeant StamponeTelevision film
1983Mr. MomLarry
1983September GunJack BrianTelevision film
1983To Be or Not to BeS.S. Captain Schultz
1984Star Trek III: The Search for SpockKlingon Commander Kruge
1984Old FriendsJerry ForbesTelevision film
1984The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th DimensionJohn Bigbooté
1984National Lampoon's Joy of SexCoach Hindenberg
1984The Cowboy and the BallerinaWoodyTelevision film
1985Back to the FutureDr. Emmett Brown
1985ClueProfessor Plum
1987Walk Like a ManReggie Shand / Henry Shand
1987The Legend of the White HorseJim Marvin
1987Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Pat Hobby Teamed with GeniusPat HobbyTelevision film
1988Track 29Henry Henry
1988Who Framed Roger RabbitJudge Doom
1988Eight Men OutBill Burns
1989The Dream TeamHenry Sikorsky
1989Back to the Future Part IIDr. Emmett Brown
1990Back to the Future Part IIIDr. Emmett Brown
1990Why Me?Bruno Daley
1990DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost LampMerlock (voice)
1991Back to the Future: The RideDr. Emmett BrownSimulator ride
1991Suburban CommandoCharlie Wilcox
1991The Addams FamilyUncle Fester/Gordon Craven
1992T Bone 'N' WeaselWilliam "Weasel" WeaslerTelevision film
1992Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez DisasterFrank IarossiTelevision film
1993Twenty BucksJimmy
1993Dennis the MenaceSwitchblade Sam
1993Addams Family ValuesUncle Fester Addams
1994Angels in the OutfieldAl "The Boss" Angel
1994Camp NowhereDennis Van Welker
1994The PagemasterMr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
1994Radioland MurdersZoltan
1994In Search of Dr. SeussMr. HunchTelevision film
1995Mr. Payback: An Interactive MovieEd JarvisShort film
1995Rent-a-KidLawrence 'Larry' KayveyTelevision film
1995Things to Do in Denver When You're DeadPieces
1996Cadillac Ranch[citation needed]Wood Grimes
1996The Right to Remain SilentJohnny BenjaminTelevision film
1997Quicksilver HighwayAaron QuicksilverTelevision film
1997Changing HabitsTheo Teagarden
1997AnastasiaGrigori Rasputin (voice)
1997Angels in the EndzoneAl "The Boss" AngelTelevision film
1998The Real BlondeErnst
1998The Animated Adventures of Tom SawyerJudge Thatcher (voice)Direct-to-video
1998The Ransom of Red ChiefSam HowardTelevision film
1999My Favorite MartianUncle Martin
1999Alice in WonderlandThe White KnightTelevision film
1999Baby GeniusesHeep
1999Convergence[citation needed]Morley Allen
1999Man on the MoonHimselfCameo
1999It Came from the SkyJarvis MoodyTelevision film
1999Dinner at Fred'sDad
2001WitDr. Harvey KelekianTelevision film
2001Chasing DestinyJet JamesTelevision film
2001Happy BirthdayAttorney Bum
2001When Good Ghouls Go BadUncle Fred WalkerTelevision film
2001Kids World[citation needed]Leo
2002Interstate 60: Episodes of the RoadRay
2002Wish You Were DeadBruce
2002Hey Arnold!: The MovieCoroner (voice)
2002The Big TimeDoc PowersTelevision film
2003Haunted LighthouseCap'n JackShort film
2004AdmissionsStewart Worthy
2005Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The MovieSeymour S. Sassafrass (voice)Direct-to-video
2005Bad Girls from Valley HighMr. Chauncey
2005DetectivesAnderson in LaunderetteTelevision film
2005Enfants terriblesReverend Burr
2006A Perfect DayMichaelTelevision film
2007FlakesWillie B
2008The Simpsons RideDr. Emmett Brown (voice)Simulator ride
2008Fly Me to the MoonGrandpa (voice)
2008The Tale of DespereauxHovis (voice)
2009Call of the Wild'Grandpa' Bill Hale
2009Santa BuddiesStan CrugeDirect-to-video
2010SnowmenThe Caretaker
2010Jack and the BeanstalkHeadmaster
2010Piranha 3DMr. Goodman
2011Family PracticeRobert Passion FooteTelevision film
2011Love, Wedding, MarriageDr. George
2011Adventures of Serial BuddiesDr. Von Gearheart
2011Snowflake, the White GorillaDr. Archibald Pepper (voice)English dub
2012The Chateau MerouxNathan
2012CadaverCadaverShort film
2012Dorothy and the Witches of OzWizard of OzTelevision film
2012Foodfight!Mr. Clipboard (voice)
2012Piranha 3DDMr. Goodman
2012Delhi SafariPigeon (voice)English dub
2012The Axe BoatTom FieldShort film
2012The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon AdventureLero Sombrero
2012Dead Before DawnHorus Galloway
2012Excuse Me for LivingLars
2012Anything But ChristmasHarryTelevision film
2012The Narrative of Victor KarlochVictor Karloch (voice)Short film
2012Sid the Science Kid: The MovieDr. Bonanodon (voice)
2013Jungle MasterDr. Wells (voice)
2013Last CallPete
2013Mickey Matson and the Copperhead ConspiracyGrandpa Jack
2013The CoinWilliamShort film
2013Freedom ForceProfessor (voice)
2014Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer LampreysMayor AkermanTelevision film
2014A Million Ways to Die in the WestDr. Emmett BrownCameo
2014Zodiac: Signs of the ApocalypseHarry SetagTelevision film
2014Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForKroenig
2014Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey MatsonGrandpa Jack
2014The One I Wrote for YouPop
2015The Boat BuilderAbnerPost-production


1976The Adams ChroniclesTsar AlexandreEpisode: "Chapter VIII: John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State"
1978–1983TaxiReverend Jim Ignatowski84 episodes
1978The WordHans BogardusTelevision miniseries
1978–1979Barney MillerArnold Scully / Vincent Carew2 episodes
1982Best of the WestThe Calico Kid3 episodes
1982American PlayhousePaulEpisode: "Pilgrim, Farewell"
1984CheersPhilip Semenko2 episodes
1985Street HawkAnthony CorridoEpisode: "Pilot"
1986Amazing StoriesProfessor B.O. BeanesEpisode: "Go to the Head of the Class"
1990The Earth Day SpecialDr. Emmett Brown[26]Television special
1992Road to AvonleaAlistair DimpleEpisode: "Another Point of View"
1991–1992Back to the Future: The Animated SeriesDr. Emmett Brown (Live action segments)13 episodes
1995Fallen AngelsThe Continental OpEpisode: "Fly Paper"
1995–1997Deadly GamesJordan Kenneth Lloyd/Sebastian Jackal13 episodes
1999Spin CityOwen KingstonEpisode: "Back to the Future IV"
2001The TickMr. FishladderUncredited
Episode: "Pilot"
2002–presentCyberchaseHacker (voice)
2002Malcolm in the MiddleWalterEpisode: "Family Reunion"
2003EdBurt KiffleEpisode: "The Move"
2003TremorsDr. Cletus Poffenberger3 episodes
2004The Grim Adventures of Billy & MandySnail (voice)Episode: "Dumb Luck"
2004I DreamProfessor Toone4 episodes
2004–2005ClubhouseLou Russo11 episodes
2005The West WingProfessor Lawrence LessigEpisode: "The Wake Up Call"
2005King of the HillSmitty (voice)Episode: "Care-Takin' Care of Business"
2005–2006StackedHarold March19 episodes
2006Masters of HorrorEverett NeelyEpisode: "Valerie on the Stairs"
2007NumbersRoss MooreEpisode: "Graphic"
2008Live from Lincoln CenterKing PellinoreEpisode: "Camelot"
2008Law & Order: Criminal IntentCarmineEpisode: "Vanishing Act"
2009MeteorProfessor Daniel Lehman2 episodes
2009Knights of BloodsteelTesselink2 episodes
2009It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaSanta Claus John #2Uncredited
Episode: "A Very Sunny Christmas"
2010ChuckDr. Leo DreyfusEpisode: "Chuck versus the Tooth"
2011FringeRoscoe JoyceEpisode: "The Firefly"
2011–2013Robot ChickenDr. Emmett Brown (voice)2 episodes
2012R.L. Stine's The Haunting HourGrandpaEpisode: "Grampires: Part 1"
2013Raising HopeDennis PowersEpisode: " Credit Where Credit Is Due"
2013PsychMartin KahnEpisode: "100 Clues"
2014The Michael J. Fox ShowPrincipal McTavishEpisode: "Health"
2014Granite FlatsProfessor Stanfield Hargraves4 episodes
2014Over the Garden WallWoodsman (voice)4 episodes
2015The SimpsonsReverend Jim Ignatowski (voice)Episode: "My Fare Lady"

Video games[edit]

1994Rescue the ScientistsLieutenant Jack Tempus
1996ToonstruckDrew Blanc
2004Back to the Future Video SlotsDr. Emmett Brown
2010–2011Back to the Future: The GameDr. Emmett Brown (voice)


YearAwardCategoryProduction / RoleResult
1972–73Obie AwardOne of 12 recipients for "distinguished performances"[27]Won
1973Drama Desk AwardBest PerformanceKaspar
1982Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series[12]TaxiWon
1986Saturn AwardBest Supporting ActorBack to the FutureNominated
1990Best Supporting ActorWho Framed Roger Rabbit
1992Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Dramatic Series[12]Road to Avonlea: Another Point of ViewWon
1994Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleTwenty Bucks
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 Adventure


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  26. ^ A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon Page 300
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  28. ^ "RAZZIES Nominations". Retrieved 2013-04-05. 

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