Lloyd at the Phoenix Comicon, May 2015
|Born||Christopher Allen Lloyd
October 22, 1938
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
|Home town||New Canaan, Connecticut|
|Relatives||Sam Lloyd (nephew)|
Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1938) is an American actor best known for his roles as Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Lloyd has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award, and has been nominated for two Saturn Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award. He has also done voiceover work in animation, usually cast as villains due to his distinctive voice.
Lloyd was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on October 22, 1938, 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 was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Lloyd began his career apprenticing at summer theaters in Mount Kisco, New York, and Hyannis, Massachusetts. He took acting classes in New York City at age 19—some at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre 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 Dostoyefsky'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, for which he won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series; 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 (on suggestion of fellow actor and friend Leonard Nimoy), 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.
Lloyd portrayed the star character in the point-and-click adventure game Toonstruck, released in November 1996. 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. 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. In 2003 he guest starred in three of the 13 produced episodes of Tremors: The Series as the character Cletus Poffenburger. 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 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 comedic trailer for a faux 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 the summer of 2010, he starred as Willy Loman in a Weston Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman. That September, he reprised his role as Doctor Emmett Brown in Back to the Future: The Game, an episodic adventure game series developed by Telltale Games. On January 21, 2011, he appeared in the episode "The Firefly" of the J. J. Abrams television series Fringe. That August, 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.
Lloyd has been married four times. First to Catharine Dallas Dixon Boyd, on June 6, 1959. His brother, Samuel Lloyd III, was head usher. The couple divorced in 1971 after 12 years of marriage. Second to actress Kay Tornborg, from 1974 to 1987. Third to Carol Ann Vanek, from the late 1980s to 1991. Fourth to Jane Walker Wood, screenwriter (Bob the Butler), from 1992 to 2005.
After his divorce from Wood, in Montecito, California, Lloyd bought a smaller house on March 23, 2007, and that May listed his 8.07-acre old estate for over $11m; although the price was later dropped to $6.5m. Wood and he had bought the house in 1997 for $1.6m. This home, which was on the market at the time, 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.
|1975||One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||Max Taber|
|1977||Another Man, Another Chance||Jesse James||Uncredited|
|1977||Three Warriors||Steve Chaffey|
|1978||Lacy and the Mississippi Queen||Jennings||Television film|
|1978||Goin' South||Deputy Towfield|
|1979||The Fantastic Seven||Skip Hartman||Television film|
|1979||Butch and Sundance: The Early Days||Bill Tod Carver|
|1979||The Lady in Red||Frognose|
|1979||The Onion Field||Jailhouse lawyer|
|1980||The Black Marble||Arnold's Collector|
|1981||The Legend of the Lone Ranger||Maj. Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish|
|1981||The Postman Always Rings Twice||The Salesman|
|1981||National Lampoon's Movie Madness||Samuel Starkman||Segment: "Municipalians"|
|1982||Money on the Side||Sergeant Stampone||Television film|
|1983||September Gun||Jack Brian||Television film|
|1983||To Be or Not to Be||S.S. Captain Schultz|
|1984||Star Trek III: The Search for Spock||Klingon Commander Kruge|
|1984||Old Friends||Jerry Forbes||Television film|
|1984||The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension||John Bigbooté|
|1984||National Lampoon's Joy of Sex||Coach Hindenberg|
|1984||The Cowboy and the Ballerina||Woody||Television film|
|1985||Back to the Future||Dr. Emmett Brown|
|1987||Walk Like a Man||Reggie Shand / Henry Shand|
|1987||The Legend of the White Horse||Jim Marvin|
|1987||Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Pat Hobby Teamed with Genius||Pat Hobby||Television film|
|1988||Track 29||Henry Henry|
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Judge Doom|
|1988||Eight Men Out||Bill Burns|
|1989||The Dream Team||Henry Sikorsky|
|1989||Back to the Future Part II||Dr. Emmett Brown|
|1990||Back to the Future Part III||Dr. Emmett Brown|
|1990||Why Me?||Bruno Daley|
|1990||DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp||Merlock (voice)|
|1991||Back to the Future: The Ride||Dr. Emmett Brown||Simulator ride|
|1991||Suburban Commando||Charlie Wilcox|
|1991||The Addams Family||Uncle Fester/Gordon Craven|
|1992||T Bone 'N' Weasel||William "Weasel" Weasler||Television film|
|1992||Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster||Frank Iarossi||Television film|
|1993||Dennis the Menace||Switchblade Sam|
|1993||Addams Family Values||Uncle Fester Addams|
|1994||Angels in the Outfield||Al "The Boss" Angel|
|1994||Camp Nowhere||Dennis Van Welker|
|1994||In Search of Dr. Seuss||Mr. Hunch||Television film|
|1994||The Pagemaster||Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster|
|1995||Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie||Ed Jarvis||Short film|
|1995||Rent-a-Kid||Lawrence 'Larry' Kayvey||Television film|
|1995||Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead||Pieces|
|1996||Cadillac Ranch||Wood Grimes|
|1996||The Right to Remain Silent||Johnny Benjamin||Television film|
|1997||Quicksilver Highway||Aaron Quicksilver||Television film|
|1997||Changing Habits||Theo Teagarden|
|1997||Anastasia||Grigori Rasputin (voice)|
|1997||Angels in the Endzone||Al "The Boss" Angel||Television film|
|1998||The Real Blonde||Ernst|
|1998||The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer||Judge Thatcher (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1998||The Ransom of Red Chief||Sam Howard||Television film|
|1999||My Favorite Martian||Uncle Martin|
|1999||Alice in Wonderland||The White Knight||Television film|
|1999||Convergence||Morley Allen|
|1999||Man on the Moon||Himself||Cameo|
|1999||It Came from the Sky||Jarvis Moody||Television film|
|1999||Dinner at Fred's||Dad|
|2001||Wit||Dr. Harvey Kelekian||Television film|
|2001||Chasing Destiny||Jet James||Television film|
|2001||Happy Birthday||Attorney Bum|
|2001||When Good Ghouls Go Bad||Uncle Fred Walker||Television film|
|2001||Kids World||Leo|
|2002||Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road||Ray|
|2002||Wish You Were Dead||Bruce|
|2002||Hey Arnold!: The Movie||Coroner (voice)|
|2002||The Big Time||Doc Powers||Television film|
|2003||Haunted Lighthouse||Cap'n Jack||Short film|
|2005||Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie||Seymour S. Sassafrass (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2005||Bad Girls from Valley High||Mr. Chauncey|
|2005||Detectives||Anderson in Launderette||Television film|
|2005||Enfants terribles||Reverend Burr|
|2006||A Perfect Day||Michael||Television film|
|2008||The Simpsons Ride||Dr. Emmett Brown (voice)||Simulator ride|
|2008||Fly Me to the Moon||Grandpa (voice)|
|2008||The Tale of Despereaux||Hovis (voice)|
|2009||Call of the Wild||'Grandpa' Bill Hale|
|2009||Santa Buddies||Stan Cruge||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Jack and the Beanstalk||Headmaster|
|2010||Piranha 3D||Mr. Goodman|
|2011||Family Practice||Robert Passion Foote||Television film|
|2011||Love, Wedding, Marriage||Dr. George|
|2011||Adventures of Serial Buddies||Dr. Von Gearheart|
|2011||Snowflake, the White Gorilla||Dr. Archibald Pepper (voice)||English dub|
|2011||The Chateau Meroux||Nathan|
|2012||Dorothy and the Witches of Oz||Wizard of Oz||Television film|
|2012||Foodfight!||Mr. Clipboard (voice)|
|2012||Piranha 3DD||Mr. Goodman|
|2012||Delhi Safari||Pigeon (voice)||English dub|
|2012||The Axe Boat||Tom Field||Short film|
|2012||The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure||Lero Sombrero|
|2012||Dead Before Dawn||Horus Galloway|
|2012||Excuse Me for Living||Lars|
|2012||Anything But Christmas||Harry||Television film|
|2012||The Narrative of Victor Karloch||Victor Karloch (voice)||Short film|
|2012||Sid the Science Kid: The Movie||Dr. Bonanodon (voice)|
|2013||Jungle Master||Dr. Wells (voice)|
|2013||Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy||Grandpa Jack|
|2013||The Coin||William||Short film|
|2013||Freedom Force||Professor (voice)|
|2014||Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys||Mayor Akerman||Television film|
|2014||A Million Ways to Die in the West||Dr. Emmett Brown||Cameo|
|2014||Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse||Harry Setag||Television film|
|2014||Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Kroenig|
|2014||Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson||Grandpa Jack|
|2014||The One I Wrote for You||Pop|
|2015||The Boat Builder||Abner||Post-production|
|2016||I Am Not a Serial Killer||Filming|
|2016||Robert||Robert's great grandfather||Post-production|
|1976||The Adams Chronicles||Tsar Alexandre||Episode: "Chapter VIII: John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State"|
|1978–1983||Taxi||Reverend Jim Ignatowski||84 episodes|
|1978||The Word||Hans Bogardus||Television miniseries|
|1978–1979||Barney Miller||Arnold Scully / Vincent Carew||2 episodes|
|1982||Best of the West||The Calico Kid||3 episodes|
|1982||American Playhouse||Paul||Episode: "Pilgrim, Farewell"|
|1984||Cheers||Philip Semenko||2 episodes|
|1985||Street Hawk||Anthony Corrido||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Professor B.O. Beanes||Episode: "Go to the Head of the Class"|
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Dr. Emmett Brown||Television special|
|1992||Road to Avonlea||Alistair Dimple||Episode: "Another Point of View"|
|1991–1992||Back to the Future: The Animated Series||Dr. Emmett Brown (Live action)||26 episodes|
|1995||Fallen Angels||The Continental Op||Episode: "Fly Paper"|
|1995–1997||Deadly Games||Jordan Kenneth Lloyd/Sebastian Jackal||13 episodes|
|1999||Spin City||Owen Kingston||Episode: "Back to the Future IV"|
|2001||The Tick||Mr. Fishladder||Uncredited
|2002||Malcolm in the Middle||Walter||Episode: "Family Reunion"|
|2003||Ed||Burt Kiffle||Episode: "The Move"|
|2003||Tremors||Dr. Cletus Poffenberger||3 episodes|
|2004||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||Snail (voice)||Episode: "Dumb Luck"|
|2004||I Dream||Professor Toone||4 episodes|
|2004–2005||Clubhouse||Lou Russo||11 episodes|
|2005||The West Wing||Professor Lawrence Lessig||Episode: "The Wake Up Call"|
|2005||King of the Hill||Smitty (voice)||Episode: "Care-Takin' Care of Business"|
|2005–2006||Stacked||Harold March||19 episodes|
|2006||Masters of Horror||Everett Neely||Episode: "Valerie on the Stairs"|
|2007||Numbers||Ross Moore||Episode: "Graphic"|
|2008||Live from Lincoln Center||King Pellinore||Episode: "Camelot"|
|2008||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Carmine||Episode: "Vanishing Act"|
|2009||Meteor||Professor Daniel Lehman||2 episodes|
|2009||Knights of Bloodsteel||Tesselink||2 episodes|
|2010||Chuck||Dr. Leo Dreyfus||Episode: "Chuck versus the Tooth"|
|2011||Fringe||Roscoe Joyce||Episode: "The Firefly"|
|2011–2013||Robot Chicken||Dr. Emmett Brown (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012||R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour||Grandpa||Episode: "Grampires: Part 1"|
|2013||Raising Hope||Dennis Powers||Episode: " Credit Where Credit Is Due"|
|2013||Psych||Martin Kahn||Episode: "100 Clues"|
|2014||The Michael J. Fox Show||Principal McTavish||Episode: "Health"|
|2014–2015||Granite Flats||Professor Stanfield Hargraves||12 episodes|
|2014||Over the Garden Wall||Woodsman (voice)||4 episodes|
|2015||The Simpsons||Reverend Jim Ignatowski (voice)||Episode: "My Fare Lady"|
|1994||Rescue the Scientists||Lieutenant Jack Tempus|
|2004||Back to the Future Video Slots||Dr. Emmett Brown|
|2010–2011||Back to the Future: The Game||Dr. Emmett Brown (voice)|
|2015||King's Quest||King Graham (voice)|
|2015||Lego Dimensions||Dr. Emmett Brown (voice)|
|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|
|1986||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actor||Back to the Future||Nominated|
|1990||Best Supporting Actor||Who Framed Roger Rabbit|
|1992||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Road to Avonlea||Won|
|1994||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Supporting Male||Twenty Bucks|
|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|
|2015||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Cyberchase|
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- "Lewis H. Lapham, Financier, 76, Dies; Retired Leather Merchant Was a Founder of Texas Corporation, an Oil Concern". The New York Times. June 11, 1934. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
The near relatives who survive [include] ... two daughters, Mrs. Elinor Ford of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Samuel Lloyd of Stamford, Conn., and two sons [including] Roger D. Lapham of San Francisco, president of the American Hawaiian Steamship Company....
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