John Lithgow (born October 19, 1945 in Rochester, New York) attended Harvard College and graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude in 1967, in history and literature. After graduation, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
He is known for his television roles as Dick Solomon in 3rd Rock from the Sun, Arthur Mitchell in Dexter as well as for his roles in films Blow Out, The World According to Garp, Terms of Endearment, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Footloose, Harry and the Hendersons, Raising Cain, Shrek, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar.
Lithgow has received two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, four Drama Desk Awards and has also been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards.
He has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
Lithgow portrays Winston Churchill in the drama series The Crown and is also set to star as a professor of poetry who becomes implicated in the murder of his wife in a TV pilot of the mockumentary series Trial & Error.