Christopher Lloyd

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Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd May 2015.jpg
Lloyd at the Phoenix Comicon, May 2015
Born Christopher Allen Lloyd
(1938-10-22) October 22, 1938 (age 77)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Residence Montecito, California
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1972–present
Home town New Canaan, Connecticut
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
  • Catherine Boyd (1959–1971)
  • Kay Tornborg (1974–1987)
  • Carol Ann Vanek (1988–1991)
  • Jane Walker Wood (1992–2005)
Relatives Sam Lloyd (nephew)

Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1938)[1] 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, along with being nominated for two Saturn Awards and two Daytime Emmy Awards. He has also done voiceover work in animation, usually cast as villains due to his distinctive voice.

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed] He is the youngest of four girls and three boys, one of whom, Samuel Lloyd, was an actor in the 1950s and 1960s.[1] Lloyd's maternal grandfather, Lewis Henry Lapham, was one of the founders of the Texaco oil company,[2] and Lloyd is also a descendant of Mayflower passengers, including John Howland.[citation needed] Lloyd was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut.[1]


Lloyd began his career apprenticing at summer theaters in Mount Kisco, New York, and Hyannis, Massachusetts.[3] He took acting classes in New York City at age 19—some at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre with Sanford Meisner[1]—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."[1] 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,[4] The Harlot and the Hunted, The Seagull,[5] Total Eclipse,[6] 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.[1] He performed in Andrzej Wajda's adaptation of Dostoyevsky's The Possessed at Yale Repertory Theater,[7] and in Jay Broad's premiere of White Pelican at the P.A.F. Playhouse in Huntington Station, New York, on Long Island.[8]

Christopher Lloyd as a senior in high school, 1958

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."[9]

His first movie role was as a psychiatric patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[10] 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;[11] 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.[citation needed] 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.[12] In October 2009, he did a two-man show with comic performer Joe Gallois in several Midwest cities.[citation needed]

In the summer of 2010, he starred as Willy Loman in a Weston Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman.[13] 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.[14] On January 21, 2011, he appeared in the episode "The Firefly" of the J. J. Abrams television series Fringe.[15] That August, he reprised the role of Dr. Emmett Brown (from Back to the Future) as part of an advertising campaign for Garbarino,[16] 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.

In May 2013, Lloyd appeared as the narrator and the character Azdak in the Bertold Brecht play The Caucasian Chalk Circle, produced by the Classic Stage Company in New York.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Lloyd has been married four times, first to Catharine Dallas Dixon Boyd on June 6, 1959.[3] The couple divorced in 1971 after 12 years of marriage.[18] He next was married to actress Kay Tornborg, from 1974 to 1987.[19] Lloyd's third marriage, to Carol Ann Vanek, lasted from the late 1980s to 1991.[20] His fourth marriage, to screenwriter Jane Walker Wood, lasted from 1992 to 2005.[18][21]

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 $11 million; although the price was later dropped to $6.5 million. Wood and he had bought the house in 1997 for $1.6 million. This home, which was on the market at the time, was destroyed in the Tea Fire of November 2008 in Montecito, California.[22]

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.[23] Lloyd's nephew, Sam Lloyd, is best known for playing Ted Buckland, the lawyer on Scrubs.



Year Film Role Notes
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Max Taber
1977 Another Man, Another Chance Jesse James Uncredited
1978 Three Warriors Steve Chaffey
Goin' South Deputy Towfield
1979 Butch and Sundance: The Early Days Bill Tod Carver
The Lady in Red Frognose
The Onion Field Jailhouse lawyer
1980 The Black Marble Arnold's Collector
Schizoid Gilbert
1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Maj. Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish
The Postman Always Rings Twice The Salesman
National Lampoon's Movie Madness Samuel Starkman Segment: "Municipalians"
1983 Mr. Mom Larry
To Be or Not to Be S.S. Captain Schultz
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Klingon Commander Kruge
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension John Bigbooté
National Lampoon's Joy of Sex Coach Hindenberg
1985 Back to the Future Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown
Clue Professor Plum
1986 Miracles Harry
1987 Walk Like a Man Reggie Shand / Henry Shand
The Legend of the White Horse Jim Marvin
1988 Track 29 Henry Henry
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Judge Doom
Eight Men Out Bill Burns
1989 The Dream Team Henry Sikorsky
Back to the Future Part II Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown
1990 Back to the Future Part III Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown
Why Me? Bruno Daley
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Merlock (voice)
1991 Back to the Future: The Ride Dr. Emmett Brown Simulator ride
Suburban Commando Charlie Wilcox
The Addams Family Uncle Fester/Gordon Craven
1993 Twenty Bucks Jimmy
Dennis the Menace Switchblade Sam
Addams Family Values Uncle Fester Addams
1994 Angels in the Outfield Al "The Boss" Angel
Camp Nowhere Dennis Van Welker
Radioland Murders Zoltan
The Pagemaster Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
1995 Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie Ed Jarvis Short film
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Pieces
1996 Cadillac Ranch[citation needed] Wood Grimes
1997 Changing Habits[citation needed] Theo Teagarden
Anastasia Grigori Rasputin (voice)
1998 The Real Blonde Ernst
The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer Judge Thatcher (voice) Direct-to-video
1999 My Favorite Martian Uncle Martin
Baby Geniuses Heep
Convergence[citation needed] Morley Allen
Man on the Moon Himself Cameo
Dinner at Fred's[citation needed] Dad
2001 Happy Birthday[citation needed] Attorney Bum
Kids World[citation needed] Leo
2002 Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road Ray
Wish You Were Dead Bruce
Hey Arnold!: The Movie Coroner (voice)
2003 Haunted Lighthouse Cap'n Jack Short film
2004 Admissions[citation needed] Stewart Worthy
2005 Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie Seymour S. Sassafrass (voice) Direct-to-video
Bad Girls from Valley High Mr. Chauncey
Enfants terribles Reverend Burr
2007 Flakes Willie B
2008 Fly Me to the Moon Grandpa (voice)
The Tale of Despereaux Hovis (voice)
2009 Call of the Wild 'Grandpa' Bill Hale
Santa Buddies Stan Cruge Direct-to-video
2010 Snowmen The Caretaker
Jack and the Beanstalk Headmaster
Piranha 3D Mr. Goodman
2011 InSight[citation needed] Shep
Love, Wedding, Marriage Dr. George
Adventures of Serial Buddies Dr. Von Gearheart
Snowflake, the White Gorilla Dr. Archibald Pepper (voice) English dub
The Chateau Meroux[citation needed] Nathan
2012 Cadaver[citation needed] Cadaver Short film
Foodfight! Mr. Clipboard (voice)
Piranha 3DD Mr. Goodman
Delhi Safari Pigeon (voice) English dub
The Axe Boat[citation needed] Tom Field Short film
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Lero Sombrero
Dead Before Dawn Horus Galloway
Excuse Me for Living[citation needed] Lars
The Narrative of Victor Karloch[citation needed] Victor Karloch (voice) Short film
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie Dr. Bonanodon (voice)
Last Call Pete
2013 Jungle Master Dr. Wells (voice)
Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy Grandpa Jack
The Coin[citation needed] William Short film
Freedom Force[citation needed] Professor (voice)
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Dr. Emmett Brown Cameo
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Kroenig
Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson[citation needed] Grandpa Jack
The One I Wrote for You[citation needed] Pop
2015 88 Cyrus
Doc Brown Saves the World Dr. Emmett Brown Short film
The Boat Builder[citation needed] Abner
Lower Bay Clinton Jones Post-production
2016 Going in Style Milton Post-production
I Am Not a Serial Killer Crowley Post-production
Robert[citation needed] Robert's great grandfather Post-production
TBA Cold Moon[24] James Redfield Post-production


Year Film Role Notes
1976 The Adams Chronicles Tsar Alexandre Episode: "Chapter VIII: John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State"
1978 Lacy and the Mississippi Queen Jennings Television film
The Word Hans Bogardus Television miniseries
1978–1979 Barney Miller Arnold Scully / Vincent Carew 2 episodes
1978–1983 Taxi Reverend Jim Ignatowski 84 episodes
1979 The Fantastic Seven Skip Hartman Television film
1982 Best of the West The Calico Kid 3 episodes
American Playhouse Paul Episode: "Pilgrim, Farewell"
Money on the Side Sergeant Stampone Television film
1983 September Gun Jack Brian Television film
1984 Cheers Philip Semenko 2 episodes
Old Friends Jerry Forbes Television film
The Cowboy and the Ballerina Woody Television film
1985 Street Hawk Anthony Corrido Episode: "Pilot"
1986 Amazing Stories Professor B.O. Beanes Episode: "Go to the Head of the Class"
1987 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Pat Hobby Teamed with Genius Pat Hobby Television film
1990 The Earth Day Special Dr. Emmett Brown[25] Television special
1991–1992 Back to the Future: The Animated Series Dr. Emmett Brown (Live action) 26 episodes
1992 T Bone 'N' Weasel William "Weasel" Weasler Television film
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Frank Iarossi Television film
Road to Avonlea Alistair Dimple Episode: "Another Point of View"
1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss Mr. Hunch Television film
1995 Fallen Angels The Continental Op Episode: "Fly Paper"
Rent-a-Kid Lawrence 'Larry' Kayvey Television film
1995–1997 Deadly Games Jordan Kenneth Lloyd/Sebastian Jackal 13 episodes
1996 The Right to Remain Silent Johnny Benjamin Television film
1997 Quicksilver Highway Aaron Quicksilver Television film
Angels in the Endzone Al "The Boss" Angel Television film
1998 The Ransom of Red Chief Sam Howard Television film
1999 Spin City Owen Kingston Episode: "Back to the Future IV"
Alice in Wonderland The White Knight Television film
It Came from the Sky Jarvis Moody Television film
2001 The Tick Mr. Fishladder Uncredited
Episode: "Pilot"
Wit Dr. Harvey Kelekian Television film
Chasing Destiny Jet James Television film
When Good Ghouls Go Bad Uncle Fred Walker Television film
2002–present Cyberchase Hacker (voice)
2002 Malcolm in the Middle Walter Episode: "Family Reunion"
The Big Time Doc Powers Television film
2003 Ed Burt Kiffle Episode: "The Move"
Tremors Dr. Cletus Poffenberger 3 episodes
2004 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Snail (voice) Episode: "Dumb Luck"
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"
King of the Hill Smitty (voice) Episode: "Care-Takin' Care of Business"
Detectives Anderson in Launderette Television film
2005–2006 Stacked Harold March 19 episodes
2006 Masters of Horror Everett Neely Episode: "Valerie on the Stairs"
A Perfect Day Michael Television film
2007 Numbers Ross Moore Episode: "Graphic"
2008 Live from Lincoln Center King Pellinore Episode: "Camelot"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Carmine Episode: "Vanishing Act"
2009 Meteor Professor Daniel Lehman 2 episodes
Knights of Bloodsteel Tesselink 2 episodes
2010 Chuck Dr. Leo Dreyfus Episode: "Chuck versus the Tooth"
2011 Fringe Roscoe Joyce Episode: "The Firefly"
Family Practice Robert Passion Foote Television film
2011–2013 Robot Chicken Dr. Emmett Brown/Early Hacker/Schlomo (voice) 2 episodes
2012 Dorothy and the Witches of Oz Wizard of Oz Television film
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Grandpa Episode: "Grampires: Part 1"
Anything But Christmas Harry Television film
2013 Raising Hope Dennis Powers Episode: " Credit Where Credit Is Due"
Psych Martin Kahn Episode: "100 Clues"
2014 The Michael J. Fox Show Principal McTavish Episode: "Health"
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys Mayor Akerman Television film
Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse Harry Setag Television film
Over the Garden Wall The Woodsman (voice) animated miniseries 10 episodes
2014–2015 Granite Flats Professor Stanfield Hargraves 12 episodes
2015 The Simpsons Reverend Jim Ignatowski (voice) Episode: "My Fare Lady"
Crackanory Himself Series 3 Episode 3

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1994 Rescue the Scientists Lieutenant Jack Tempus
1996 Toonstruck Drew Blanc
2004 Back to the Future Video Slots Dr. Emmett Brown
2010–2011 Back to the Future: The Game Dr. Emmett Brown
2015 Lego Dimensions Dr. Emmett Brown[26][27]
King's Quest Elderly King Graham


Year Award Category Production / Role Result
1972–73 Obie Award One of 12 recipients for "distinguished performances"[28] Won
1973 Drama Desk Award Best Performance Kaspar
1982 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series[11] Taxi Won
1983 Taxi
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[11] 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)[29] The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
2015 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Cyberchase


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  26. ^ CoinOpTV (September 16, 2015). "Lego Dimensions Voice Actors Interviews". YouTube. Lego Dimensions features the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Michael J. Fox, Gary Oldman, Irrfan Khan, Charlie Day, Ellen McLain, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, Troy Baker, Tom Kane, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks, Tara Strong and More! 
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  29. ^ "RAZZIES Nominations". Retrieved 2013-04-05. 

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