Lloyd at Supanova Pop Culture Expo in 2012
|Born||Christopher Allen Lloyd
October 22, 1938
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
|Home town||New Canaan, Connecticut|
Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1938) is an American actor. Among his best-known roles are Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi.
Lloyd was born in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of Samuel R. Lloyd, a lawyer, and his wife Ruth (née Lapham), a singer and sister of San Francisco mayor Roger Lapham. He is the youngest of four girls and three boys, one of whom, Samuel Lloyd, was an actor in the 1950s and 1960s. Lloyd's maternal grandfather, Lewis Lapham, was one of the founders of the Texaco oil company, and Lloyd is also a descendant of Mayflower passengers including John Howland. Lloyd attended the Fessenden School, a preparatory school in Newton, Massachusetts. Lloyd was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, and attended high school in nearby Westport.
Lloyd began acting when he was 14, and started apprenticing in summer stock. He took acting classes in New York City at age 19 — some at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner —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." 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, The Harlot and the Hunted, The Seagull, Total Eclipse, 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. He performed in Andrej Wajda's adaptation of Doytoyefsky's The Possessed at Yale Repertory Theater, and in Jay Broad's premiere of White Pelican at the P.A.F. Playhouse in Huntington Station, New York, on Long Island.
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."
His first movie role was as a psychiatric patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He is perhaps best known for his roles as "Reverend" Jim Ignatowski, the ex-hippie cabbie on the TV sitcom Taxi, 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, 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.
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. 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 starred in the television series Deadly Games in the mid-1990s, and was a regular in the TV series Stacked in the mid-2000s.
Lloyd portrayed the star character in the point-and-click adventure game Toonstruck, released in November 1996. He played Ebenezer Scrooge in a 2008 production of A Christmas Carol at the Kodak Theatre with John Goodman and Jane Leeves. In 2009, he appeared in a trailer for a "fake horror" film entitled Gobstopper, in which he played Willy Wonka as a horror-movie-style villain. In October 2009, he did a two-man show with comic performer Joe Gallois in several Midwest cities. In September 2010, he reprised his role as Doctor Emmett Brown in Back to the Future: The Game, an episodic adventure game series developed by Telltale Games.
In the summer of 2010, he starred as Willy Loman in a Weston Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman. On January 21, 2011, he appeared in the episode "The Firefly" of the J. J. Abrams television series Fringe. In August 2011, he reprised the role of Dr. Emmett Brown (from Back to the Future) as part of an advertising campaign for Garbarino, 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.
On June 6, 1959, some time after his father had passed away, Lloyd married Catharine Dallas Dixon Boyd; the groom's brother, Samuel Lloyd III, was head usher. By this time, Lloyd had attended The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and had apprenticed at summer theaters in Mount Kisco, New York, and Hyannis, Massachusetts. The couple divorced in 1971 after 12 years of marriage. Lloyd was next married to actress Kay Tornborg, from 1974 to 1987. He was married to third wife Carol Ann Vanek from late 1980s to 1991, and to his fourth wife, screenwriter Jane Walker Wood, from 1992 to 2005.
After his divorce from Wood, in Montecito, California, Lloyd bought a smaller house for an undisclosed amount on March 23, 2007, and, in May 2007, listed his 8.07-acre old estate, which he and Wood bought in 2002, and which included the 5,500-sq.-ft. home, for $11,275,000 ($12,694,000 in today's inflation). Lloyd's smaller home was destroyed in the Tea Fire of November 2008 in Montecito, California. 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.
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. Lloyd's nephew, Sam Lloyd, is best known for playing Ted Buckland, the lawyer on Scrubs.
|Year||Award||Category||Production / Role||Result|
|1972-73||Obie Award||One of 12 recipients for "distinguished performances"||Won|
|1973||Drama Desk Award||Best Performance||Kaspar|
|1982||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Taxi||Won|
|1983||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Taxi||Won|
|1986||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actor||Back to the Future||Nominated|
|1990||Best Supporting Actor||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Nominated|
|1992||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Dramatic Series||Road to Avonlea: Another Point of View||Won|
|1994||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Supporting Male||Twenty Bucks||Won|
|2008||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Cyberchase||Nominated|
|2013||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Screen Ensemble (shared with the entire cast)||The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure||Nominated|
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- "Ruth Lapham Lloyd, 88, Dies; Aided Metropolitan Museum". The New York Times. October 12, 1984. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- Christopher Lloyd Emmy Nominated
- A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon Page 300
- "Could The Wizard of Oz 2 Be The Most Demented Film Of 2010?".
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- Napoleon, Davi (1991). Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater. Iowa State University Press. ISBN 0-8138-1713-7. Includes discussion of Lloyd's early work Off-Broadway, including the production of Happy End at the Chelsea Theater Center, and on Broadway, Kaspar, and Total Eclipse.