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John Lithgow
October 19, 1945 -
Nationality: American
Category: Actor
Subcategory: American Actor

For me, working on stage is much more exhausting than all the other mediums, but it's also much more thrilling.


I'm a fun father, but not a good father. The hard decisions always went to my wife.


I was in 20 Shakespearean plays by the time I was 20.


I'm a con artist in that I'm an actor. I make people believe something is real when they know perfectly well it isn't.


If you read in front of your kids, it's very likely that they'll become readers, too.


Academics tend to have wonderfully infantile senses of humor.


What you aspire to on a sitcom is the feeling of live comedy.


Look at the darkest hit musicals - Cabaret, West Side Story, Carousel - they are exuberant experiences. They send you out of the theater filled with music.


It's a very tough time for the playwright. Broadway has become almost a musical comedy theme park with all these long-running shows.


When you end a successful sitcom, the most sensible thing to do is go back to the theater.


I gave up shame a long time ago.


The Broadway audience is made up of a greater percentage of tourists now. There's not nearly as much variety and danger and challenge in what's being offered.


If it's well written and well directed and you've got good actors to work with, acting is easy. But making sure all the ducks are in a row is the hard part. It's very rare.


I can't imagine doing an hour-long dramatic series because it's so much work. A sitcom is a wonderful gig. You work from 10 to 4 every day, it's fun, and you get to live at home.


Shakespeare is like mother's milk to me.


I keep looking for things I haven't done yet.


Everybody's a dreamer.


There's nothing like spending an evening with an audience every night.


Up there with my awards, I have a great big statue of Groucho Marx, just to put everything in perspective.


I find I have to walk a little faster in public these days, but it's very easy to remember when nobody had any idea who I was.


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