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Bob Curnow

Biography

Bob Curnow toured with Stan Kenton’s Orchestra for a while within the mid-’60s, worked seeing that general supervisor and manufacturer for Kenton’s Creative Globe label in the 1970s, and it has extensive experience being a jazz educator. In 1994, Curnow had written arrangements of twelve parts by Pat Metheny and/or Lyle Mays for his 20-piece big music group and the effective (and uncommon) results had been released on the MAMA Foundation Compact disc.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bob Curnow
Profession Music Producer
Education West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Music Songs Are We There Yet, Riverdance, Spencer Is Here!, Towednack, Keystone Shuffle, Too Soon Tomorrow, Of Another Time, Lullaby Waltz, Kenton Kollage, 5-5-7, Not to Be Forgotten
Albums Towednack - Celtic Big Band


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#Fact
1 He was awarded the 1973 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for "The Changing Room" on Broadway in New York City.
2 He was awarded the 1989 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Achievement, Lead Performance, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre production at the James A. Doolittle Theatre (University of California) in Los Angeles, California.
3 Was considered for the role of The Joker in Batman (1989).
4 The role of Frasier Craine (first on Cheers then the spin-off) was written with Lithgow in mind. He's said years later, "Kelsey [Grammer] did a fine job!".
5 Lives in Los Angeles, California.
6 Is an accomplished guitar player.
7 Celebrity spokesperson for Campbell Select soups since 2006.
8 Has said that Chaplin's Modern Times (1936) is his favorite film.
9 Has two grandchildren through his son, Ian Lithgow.
10 Despite being known for playing characters who are often pompous and unlikable or outright villainous, he has been described by many of his co-stars as an extremely kind and friendly man and a pleasure to work with.
11 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6666 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 2, 2001.
12 His ancestry includes Welsh (from his maternal grandfather), English, as well as French, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Scottish. His father was born in the Dominican Republic, where the white American Lithgow family had lived for a few generations.
13 Even though his parents were both actors, he was inspired to get into acting by Peter Sellers.
14 Is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS).
15 Is a registered pastor of Rose Ministries, and has officiated the wedding of his goddaughter.
16 Three of his non-film roles have been based on movies involving Frank Oz and Ian McDiarmid. Most of Oz's and McDiarmid's collaborations are the Star Wars films, in which they play Yoda and Darth Sidious, respectively. Lithgow played Yoda on the radio. Oz also directed McDiarmid in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). Lithgow appeared in the stage musical.
17 Was called in to replace another actor in Terms of Endearment (1983), and his role was filmed in three days during a break from filming Footloose (1984).
18 Has won two Tony Awards: in 1973, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for David Storey's "The Changing Room"; and in 2002, as Best Actor (Musical) for "Sweet Smell of Success." He has also been nominated on three occasions for Tonys -- two for Best Actor (Play): for "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (1985) and "M. Butterfly." (1988), and once for Best Actor (Musical): for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (2005).
19 Has provided the voice of Yoda in the NPR radio dramatizations of "The Empire Strikes Back" (1983) and "Return of the Jedi" (1996).
20 Was considered for the role of Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown in Back to the Future (1985), which went to Christopher Lloyd.
21 Biography in: "Contemporary Authors". Volume 217, pg. 219-223. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2004.
22 Parents are Sarah Jane Price (born 1917) and theater director/producer Arthur Lithgow (1915-2004).
23 His father ran a Shakespearian Acting company in the 1950s which included David Carradine.
24 His wife Mary Yeager is an economics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
25 Has won both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award as Best Actor in a Broadway musical, for performance in "Sweet Smell of Success". [May 2002]
26 Was considered for the role of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), which went to Anthony Hopkins.
27 Was the original voice of Hades in Disney's Hercules (1997) and recorded all the dialogue, but his performance was then replaced by the performance of James Woods.
28 Claims that his most difficult performance was in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) because he had to portray fear of the monster, although he could not really see it.
29 Hosted the Welcoming Reception for UCLA's new Chancellor Carnesale.
30 Parent of Ian Lithgow with Jean Taynton, and Phoebe Lithgow and Nathan Lithgow with Mary Yeager.
31 Was named a Fulbright scholar.
32 Studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
33 Attended Harvard College and graduated with a Bachelor's degree magna cum laude in history and literature (1967). He lived in Adams House as an undergraduate. Lithgow later served on Harvard's Board of Overseers.
34 Attended and graduated from Princeton High School in Princeton, New Jersey.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beatriz at Dinner 2017 post-production
Trial & Error 2017 TV Series pre-production Larry / Larry Henderson
Miss Sloane 2016
The Crown 2016 TV Series Winston Churchill Sir Winston Churchill
The Accountant 2016 Lamar Black
Louie 2015 TV Series Funny Man
Interstellar 2014 Donald
Drunk History 2014 TV Series George Washington William Randolph Hearst
The Jungle Bunch 2: The Great Treasure Quest 2014 Maurice (voice)
The Homesman 2014 Reverend Alfred Dowd
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 2013-2014 TV Series The White Rabbit
How I Met Your Mother 2011-2014 TV Series Jerry Whitaker
Love Is Strange 2014 Ben Hull
Timms Valley 2013 TV Movie Ol' Gregory Timms
This Is 40 2012 Oliver
Shrek's Thrilling Tales 2012 Video short Lord Farquad (voice)
The Campaign 2012 Glenn Motch
The Colbert Report 2012 TV Series Ad Narrator
National Theatre Live: The Magistrate 2012 Posket
Spells 2011/I Video short
New Year's Eve 2011 Jonathan Cox (uncredited)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 Charles Rodman
Leap Year 2010 Jack
Dexter 2009 TV Series Arthur Mitchell
The Macabre World of Lavender Williams 2009 Short God
30 Rock 2009 TV Series John Lithgow
Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009 Edgar West
Twenty Good Years 2006-2008 TV Series John Mason
Dreamgirls 2006 Jerry Harris
Paloozaville 2006 TV Series The Mayor
Nova 2005 TV Series documentary Narrator
Einstein's Big Idea 2005 TV Movie Narrator (English version, voice)
Kinsey 2004 Alfred Seguine Kinsey
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2004 Blake Edwards
My Life, Inc. 2004 TV Movie Jan van de Bunt (voice)
Shrek 4-D 2003 Short Ghost of Farquaad (voice)
Bark, George 2003 Video short Narrator (voice)
Freedom: A History of Us 2003 TV Series documentary Justice Henry Billings Brown / Judge Ward Hunt / Roger Williams / ...
Orange County 2002 Bud Brumder
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party 2001 Video short Lord Farquaad (singing voice)
3rd Rock from the Sun 1996-2001 TV Series Dr. Dick Solomon
Shrek 2001 Lord Farquaad (voice)
C-Scam 2000
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie 2000 Jean-Claude (voice)
Don Quixote 2000 TV Movie Don Quixote de La Mancha Alonso Quixano
Cosby 1999 TV Series John Lithgow
A Civil Action 1998 Judge Walter J. Skinner
Homegrown 1998 Malcolm / Robert Stockman
Johnny Skidmarks 1998 Sergeant Larry Skovik
Officer Buckle and Gloria 1997 Short Narrator (voice)
Hollow Point 1996 Thomas Livingston
The Tuskegee Airmen 1995 TV Movie Senator Conyers
Redwood Curtain 1995 TV Movie Laird Riordan
Frasier 1995 TV Series Madman Martinez
My Brother's Keeper 1995 TV Movie Tom Bradley / Bob Bradley
Tales from the Crypt 1995 TV Series Dr. Oscar Charles
Silent Fall 1994 Dr. Rene Harlinger
Princess Caraboo 1994 Professor Wilkinson
A Good Man in Africa 1994 Arthur Fanshawe, British High Commissioner
World War II: When Lions Roared 1994 TV Movie Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Pelican Brief 1993 Smith Keen
The Country Mouse & the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale 1993 TV Movie Alexander (voice)
Love, Cheat & Steal 1993 Paul Harrington
The Wrong Man 1993 Phillip Mills
Cliffhanger 1993 Qualen
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble 1993 Short Narrator (voice)
Raising Cain 1992 Carter Cain Dr. Nix ...
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories 1992 Video short Narrator (voice)
At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 Leslie Huben
Ricochet 1991 Earl Talbot Blake
The Boys 1991 TV Movie Artie Margulies
L.A. Story 1991 Harry Zell (scenes deleted)
Memphis Belle 1990 Lt.Col. Bruce Derringer
Ivory Hunters 1990 TV Movie Robert Carter
Kid-Size Concert 1990 Video short Host
Traveling Man 1989 TV Movie Ben Cluett
Out Cold 1989 Dave
Distant Thunder 1988 Mark Lambert
Harry and the Hendersons 1987 George Henderson
Baby Girl Scott 1987 TV Movie Neil Scott
The Manhattan Project 1986 John Mathewson
Amazing Stories 1986 TV Series John Walters
Resting Place 1986 TV Movie Maj. Kendall Laird
Santa Claus 1985 B.Z.
Mesmerized 1985 Oliver Thompson
The Amazing Bone 1985 Short Narrator (voice)
2010 1984 Dr. Walter Curnow
The Glitter Dome 1984 TV Movie Sgt. Marty Wellborn
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension 1984 Lord John Whorfin Dr. Emilio Lizardo
Footloose 1984 Rev. Shaw Moore
Faerie Tale Theatre 1984 TV Series Goldilocks' Father
Terms of Endearment 1983 Sam Burns
The Day After 1983 TV Movie Joe Huxley
Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983 John Valentine (Segment #4)
Not in Front of the Children 1982 TV Movie Richard Carruthers
The World According to Garp 1982 Roberta Muldoon
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can 1982 Mr. Brunner
Blow Out 1981 Burke
Big Blonde 1980 TV Movie Herbie Morse
Mom, the Wolfman and Me 1980 TV Movie Wally
The Oldest Living Graduate 1980 TV Movie Clarence
All That Jazz 1979 Lucas Sergeant
Rich Kids 1979 Paul Philips
The Big Fix 1978 Sam Sebastian
Great Performances 1977 TV Series Capt. Thorne
Obsession 1976 Robert Lasalle
The Country Girl 1974 TV Movie Paul Unger
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues 1972 John

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Is Strange 2014 performer: "Baby You've Got What it Takes", "Hail, Hail, the Gangs All Here"
How I Met Your Mother 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dexter 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 59th Annual Tony Awards 2005 TV Special performer: "Great Big Stuff"
The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2002 TV Special performer: "Dirt"
3rd Rock from the Sun 1996-2000 TV Series performer - 10 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Five Days Gone 2010 associate producer
Don Quixote 2000 TV Movie executive producer
Kid-Size Concert 1990 Video short executive producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kid-Size Concert 1990 Video short

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Is Strange 2014 additional artwork

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench 2009 thanks
Antigone/Rites of Passion 1990 the producer wishes to thank

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Conan 2011 TV Series Himself - 'Jersey Shore' Auditioner
HBO First Look 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Vine Talk 2011 TV Series Himself
Nova 2001-2010 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator / Narrator
The 2010 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Real Revolutionaries 2009 Documentary William Shockley
The National Parks: America's Best Idea 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Reader
Bill Moyers' Journal 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2008 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical
Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show 2008 TV Movie Himself
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2007 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Square Off 2006 TV Series Himself
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Corazón de... 2005 TV Series Himself
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart 2005 TV Series Himself
Getaway 2005 TV Series Himself
The 59th Annual Tony Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
The Kinsey Report: Sex on Film 2005 Video documentary Himself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Play
VH1 Goes Inside 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Performer & Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
Bravo Profiles 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Heroes of Comedy 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Creating a Fairy Tale World: The Making of 'Shrek' 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'Rugrats in Paris' 2000 Video documentary Himself
Culture Shock 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
95 Worlds and Counting 2000 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Adventures in Time: The National Geographic Millennium Special 1999 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
The Making of 'A Civil Action' 1999 Video short Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-1999 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Host and Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Three Nights at the Keck 1998 TV Movie documentary Host
Courage: Profiles in Creativity 1998 Documentary Himself
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Revival of a Play
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Gold Rush 1998 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Late Show with David Letterman 1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
Dennis Miller Live 1997 TV Series Himself
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
Christmas in Washington 1996 TV Special Himself
The West 1996 TV Series documentary Frank Cushing / Jedediah M. Grant / Uriah Oblinger / ...
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series & Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
Special Effects: Anything Can Happen 1996 Short documentary Narrator (voice)
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Scenic Design
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special & Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special
Showbiz Today 1995 TV Series Himself
American Cinema 1995 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama Series and Tribute to Jessica Tandy
Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects 1994 TV Special documentary Himself
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Cinema 3 1993 TV Series Himself
Stallone on the Edge: The Making of Cliffhanger 1993 TV Short documentary Himself
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Himself
The More You Know 1989 TV Series Himself
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
Saturday Night Live 1985-1988 TV Series Himself - Host / Various / Dr. Federico / ...
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Music Direction
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Play
The Art of Disney Animation 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Featured Actor in a Play
Late Night with David Letterman 1986 TV Series Himself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series & Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Play
2010: The Odyssey Continues 1984 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1984 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 56th Annual Academy Awards 1984 TV Special documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in Supporting Role
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 27th Annual Tony Awards 1973 TV Special Himself
Broadway: The Next Generation 2018 Documentary filming Himself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Hickory Dickory Doc: John Lithgow on 'Raising Cain' 2017 Video documentary short Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
CBS This Morning 2016 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2016 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2005-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Independent Lens 2016 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Not One to Hold a Grudge: An Interview with John Lithgow 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC 2016 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Lord John: An Interview with John Lithgow 2015 Video documentary short Himself
Inside 'Interstellar' 2015 Video documentary Himself
Best of Enemies 2015 Documentary Gore Vidal (voice)
9 Kisses 2014 Short Himself
The View 2005-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2003-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Broadway.com Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Projections of America 2014 Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History 2014 TV Series documentary Himself / Miscelleaneous
Great Performances 2014 TV Series Himself - Host
The Colbert Report 2011-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Game Day with Rex and Kevo 2013 TV Movie Himself
The Chew 2013 TV Series Himself
Fox and Friends 2013 TV Series Himself
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love 2013 Documentary Himself
Casting By 2012 Documentary Himself
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences: The Heart of the Matter 2012 Short Himself
The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Play
Working in the Theatre 1988-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 78th Annual Drama League Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
LA Philharmonic's LIVE with Gustavo Dudamel 2012 Himself
Shrek: Once Upon a Time 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2011 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Tavis Smiley 2006-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Hour 2011 TV Series Himself
The Marilyn Denis Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Prohibition 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Reader / H.L. Mencken

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Sleep TV3 2015 TV Series Dr. Emilio Lizardo
TMZ on TV 2014 TV Series George Henderson
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Clarence - TV Film Oldest Living Graduate
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2012 TV Series documentary John Valentine (Segment #4)
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Our Footloose Remake 2011 Reverend Shaw Moore
Entertainment Tonight 2008 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz 2005 TV Special Baudelaire (uncredited)
La mandrágora 2005 TV Series Lawrence Jameson
The Making of the Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2004 Video short Blake Edwards (uncredited)
Buckaroo Banzai Declassified 2002 Video documentary short Himself
60 Minutes 1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor (segment "Rumpole of the Bailey")
Saturday Night Live 25 1999 TV Special documentary Baudelaire (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary 1989 TV Special Baudelaire (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Grownup Love Story Love Is Strange (2014) · Alfred Molina
2010 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Dexter (2006)
2010 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Dexter (2006)
2010 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Dexter (2006)
2009 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Dexter (2006)
2001 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 2 May 2001. At 6666 Hollywood Blvd.
1999 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1998 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1997 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1997 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1997 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1997 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1997 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1997 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1997 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1996 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1986 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series Amazing Stories (1985)
1984 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
1982 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The World According to Garp (1982)
1982 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor The World According to Garp (1982)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Love Is Strange (2014)
2011 Dagger Crime Thriller Awards, UK Best Supporting Actor Dexter (2006)
2011 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series How I Met Your Mother (2005)
2010 Scream Award Scream Awards Best Villain Dexter (2006)
2010 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Dexter (2006) · Preston Bailey
· Julie Benz
· Jennifer Carpenter
· Brando Eaton
· Courtney Ford
· Michael C. Hall
· Desmond Harrington
· C.S. Lee
· Rick Peters
· James Remar
· Christina Robinson
· Lauren Luna Vélez
· David Zayas
2010 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Dexter (2006)
2010 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Guest Starring Role on Television Dexter (2006)
2010 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actor - Drama Series Dexter (2006)
2007 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Musical Album for Children For the Album "The Sunny Side of the Street"
2005 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actor The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
2005 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album · Lily Tomlin
· Tyne Daly
2005 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album for Children For the Album "Carnival of the Animals"
2003 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album For Children For the Album "Ogden Nash's the Christmas that Almost wasn't"
2001 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Don Quixote (2000)
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
2000 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1999 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1999 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) · Jane Curtin
· Joseph Gordon-Levitt
· Kristen Johnston
· Simbi Khali
· Wayne Knight
· French Stewart
· Elmarie Wendel
1999 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1999 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1999 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1999 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer
1998 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Television Performer
1998 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) · Jane Curtin
· Joseph Gordon-Levitt
· Kristen Johnston
· Simbi Khali
· Wayne Knight
· French Stewart
· Elmarie Wendel
1998 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1998 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1998 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1998 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1997 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Television Performer
1997 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) · Jane Curtin
· Joseph Gordon-Levitt
· Kristen Johnston
· French Stewart
1997 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1997 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1996 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer
1996 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
1995 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special My Brother's Keeper (1995)
1994 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Cliffhanger (1993)
1993 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Raising Cain (1992)
1990 CableACE CableACE Awards Actor in a Movie or Miniseries Traveling Man (1989)
1986 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Resting Place (1986)
1985 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
1984 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Terms of Endearment (1983)
1984 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special The Day After (1983)
1983 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The World According to Garp (1982)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Terms of Endearment (1983)
1983 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor The World According to Garp (1982)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Terms of Endearment (1983)

TitleSalary
3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) $200,000 /episode (1999-2000 season)
3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) $75,000 /episode (1996-1997 season)

#Quote
1 [on working with Saul Zaentz on At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)] Saul loves being answerable to nobody. That's the most extraordinary thing about him. The dailies didn't get sent anywhere for anybody else's approval and cost overruns weren't monitored by a bunch of executives thousand of miles away. He owns it all. He does it the way he wants it. It's incredible how that affects every aspect of production. I've never really worked with anyone like him. Being on the set, playing hearts with Saul, I realised the secret to his success: he can spot everyone's strengths and weaknesses right away. He was a killer. He'd shoot the moon three out of every four games. I don't know if it was the giant bugs or the humidity, but I couldn't sleep for weeks. We had terrible weather and horrible actor-director arguments, but Saul was unflappable. He went through all the same hardships we did, but he behaved as if there was no other place he'd rather be.
2 No bad guy thinks he's a bad guy. He thinks he's a good guy.
3 My sense of myself is that I'm a character actor, and character actors are ready, willing and able to do anything, to be totally different from themselves. That's my job, to be ready. I'm some kind of first responder.
4 One of the things you learn as an actor is that human beings are capable of almost anything. I'm sort of in the business of illustrating that fact.
5 We deal in very volatile chemicals. We're in the business of using real emotions to bring pretend emotions to life. We all have our secrets and we all have our deceptions. Acting, at its best, is all about deceiving people, and that makes it all the more interesting to us.
6 [from a 1984 interview] My career just happened to me. I didn't manage it. My plate is full all the time, but I never have the opportunity to choose from ten parts. I do turn down junk. I've played important parts in movies but I haven't yet played the person the story is about. The joy is in the work. You can get too hung up on where you are. I'm not preoccupied with the desire to be top banana, but I do want to play bigger parts.
7 I've had parallel careers in the theatre and in movies. In the theatre, I often play characters with a strong sense of innocence who aren't as intelligent as I am. The reason: my size. I seem sort of big and good-natured on stage. It would be too much for a big man to play a forbidding character on stage. So I play big people who are fairly gentle. It's a wonderful thing to build a career on. What I offer to movie-makers is that I can put a tremendous amount of theatrical background and technical equipment at their disposal. I can make believable the over-the-top characters.
8 In general, my basic rule of thumb is just act in things you would want to see yourself in. I have a taste for all kinds of movies. Usually, it's a question of whether it will be fun, whether I respect the people behind it, whether I would like to work with them. I'm sure I'm a serious-minded actor, but I still value the frivolity of acting. It's a real exuberant, entertaining thing to do. I never lose track of that.
9 [on the constant time-slot changes and ultimate cancellation of 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)] If NBC had set out to ruin it, they couldn't have done a better job. They kept trying to use us as a weapon instead of a show to be taken care of. It would have been nice to have stayed a big hit, but I'd rather be a great show that nobody was watching than a lousy show that was a big hit, which is the case for most of the others.

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1 Receding hairline and bold blue eyes
2 Wild, over-the-top acting.
3 Often plays fathers and family men
4 Often plays villains or mentally unstable characters
5 Towering height and slender frame
6 Distinctive dramatic voice

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