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2012
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012
Live at Beacon Theater

John Lithgow — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

John Lithgow

Show:
The Columnist

Role:

Joseph Alsop, a feared and courted columnist in the Washington political world of the early 1960s, who is harboring an explosive secret that may end his career.

Bio Brief:

Although best known for his role as Dick Solomon on NBC’s 3rd Rock from the Sun, Lithgow has been a Broadway star for almost 40 years. He earned a Tony for his 1973 debut in The Changing Room and for 2002’s Sweet Smell of Success, plus nominations for his roles in Requiem for a Heavyweight, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and M. Butterfly.

Tony History:
1973: Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, The Changing Room
1985: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, Requiem for a Heavyweight
1988: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, M. Butterfly
2002: Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Sweet Smell of Success
2005: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Fun Fact:

Lithgow was considered for the role of Hanibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs and Doc Brown in Back to the Future.

Quotable Quote:
“[Reading the script for The Columnist] was one of those electrifying experiences. I have only read about three scripts in a long, long career where I just felt: Drop everything! Do this if they’ll hire you. One was M. Butterfly, one was Terms of Endearment [and] one was The Columnist. I think this is a really great American play.” —Lithgow in an interview with Broadway.com, 3/12

Other Nominees for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play