Christopher Lloyd

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Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd 2012.jpg
Lloyd at Supanova Pop Culture Expo in 2012
Born Christopher Allen Lloyd
(1938-10-22) October 22, 1938 (age 75)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Residence Montecito, California
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1952—present
Home town New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Catherine Boyd (1959–1971)
  • Kay Tornborg (1974–1987)
  • Carol Ann Vanek (1987/88–1991)
  • Jane Walker Wood (1992–2005)

Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1938)[1] 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, who also has done voiceover work in animation, has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award, and has been nominated for two Saturn Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award.

Early life[edit]

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.[2] 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 Lapham, was one of the founders of the Texaco oil company,[3] and Lloyd is also a descendant of Mayflower passengers including John Howland.[2] Lloyd was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut.[1]


Lloyd began his career apprenticing at summer theaters in Mount Kisco, New York, and Hyannis, Massachusetts.[4] 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,[5] The Harlot and the Hunted, The Seagull,[6] Total Eclipse,[7] 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 Andrej Wajda's adaptation of Dostoyefsky's The Possessed at Yale Repertory Theater,[8] and in Jay Broad's premiere of White Pelican at the P.A.F. Playhouse in Huntington Station, New York, on Long Island.[9]

Lloyd as a senior in high school. c. 1955

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."[10]

His first movie role was as a psychiatric patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[11] 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;[12] 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. In 2003 he guest starred in three of the thirteen produced episodes of Tremors: The Series as the character Cletus Poffenburger. 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.[13] In October 2009, he did a two-man show with comic performer Joe Gallois in several Midwest cities.[citation needed] 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.[14]

In the summer of 2010, he starred as Willy Loman in a Weston Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman.[15] On January 21, 2011, he appeared in the episode "The Firefly" of the J. J. Abrams television series Fringe.[16] In August 2011, he reprised the role of Dr. Emmett Brown (from Back to the Future) as part of an advertising campaign for Garbarino,[17] 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.[18]

Personal life[edit]

On June 6, 1959, some time after his father had died, Lloyd married Catharine Dallas Dixon Boyd; the groom's brother, Samuel Lloyd III, was head usher.[4] The couple divorced in 1971 after 12 years of marriage.[19] Lloyd was next married to actress Kay Tornborg, from 1974 to 1987.[20] He was married to third wife Carol Ann Vanek from the late 1980s to 1991,[21] and to his fourth wife, screenwriter Jane Walker Wood, from 1992 to 2005.[19][22]

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, which he and Wood bought in 2002, and which included the 5,500-sq.-ft. home, for $11,275,000.[22] Lloyd's smaller home[22] was destroyed in the Tea Fire of November 2008 in Montecito, California.[23]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.[24]

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.[25] 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
1978 Goin' South Deputy Towfield
Taxi (TV) (1978–83) Reverend Jim Ignatowski
Three Warriors Steve Chaffey
1979 The Onion Field Jailhouse lawyer
The Lady in Red Frognose
Stunt Seven Skip Hartman
1980 Schizoid Gilbert
1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Maj. Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish
The Postman Always Rings Twice
1983 Mr. Mom Larry
To Be or Not to Be S.S. Captain Schultz
1984 Cheers (TV) Phillip Semenko Episode "I'll Be Seeing You" (season 2, episode 21)
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 "Doc" Emmett L. Brown
Clue Professor Plum
Street Hawk (TV) Anthony Corrido Guest star, pilot episode
1986 Miracles Harry
1987 Walk Like a Man Reggie Shand / Henry Shand
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 "Doc" Emmett L. Brown
1990 Back to the Future Part III "Doc" Emmett L. Brown
The Earth Day Special (TV) "Doc" Emmett L. Brown[26]
Why Me? Bruno Daley
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Merlock the Magician Voice talent
1991 Back to the Future: The Ride "Doc" Emmett L. Brown Simulator ride
Back to the Future: The Animated Series "Doc" Emmett L. Brown Live action segments
Suburban Commando Charlie Wilcox
The Addams Family Uncle Fester Addams / Gordon Craven
1992 Amazing Stories: Book Two (TV) Professor B.O. Beanes
Road to Avonlea (TV) Professor Dimple-Guest star role
T bone 'n' Weasel William "Weasel" Weasler
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Frank Iarossi
1993 Dennis the Menace Switchblade Sam
Addams Family Values Uncle Fester Addams
Twenty Bucks Jimmy
1994 Angels in the Outfield Al "The Boss" Angel
Camp Nowhere Dennis Van Welker
The Pagemaster Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
In Search of Dr. Seuss Mr. Hunch
1995 Rent-a-Kid Lawrence 'Larry' Kayvey
Deadly Games Jordan Kenneth Lloyd / Sebastian Jackal
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Pieces
1996 Cadillac Ranch[citation needed] Wood Grimes
Toonstruck Drew Blanc Point-and-click adventure game
1997 Quicksilver Highway Aaron Quicksilver
Anastasia Grigori Rasputin speaking voice talent
Angels in the Endzone Al "The Boss" Angel
1998 The Real Blonde Ernst
1999 My Favorite Martian Uncle Martin
Alice in Wonderland The White Knight
Baby Geniuses Heep
Convergence[citation needed] Morley Allen Original film title: Premonition
Man on the Moon Himself
Spin City Owen Kingston Episode: "Back to the Future IV"
It Came from the Sky Jarvis Moody
2001 Wit Dr. Harvey Kelekian
When Good Ghouls Go Bad Uncle Fred Walker
Kids World[citation needed] Leo
The Tick (TV) Mr FishLadder (uncredited)[citation needed] (pilot episode)
2002 Interstate 60 Ray
Wish You Were Dead Bruce
Hey Arnold!: The Movie Coroner
Cyberchase (TV) Hacker Voice talent and lead role
The Big Time (TV)[citation needed] Doc Powers
2003 Haunted Lighthouse Cap'n Jack
Tremors (TV) Cletus Poffenberger
2004 I Dream (TV) Prof. Toone
Malcolm in the Middle (TV) Hal's Father
2005 Stacked (TV) Professor Harold March
Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie Seymour S. Sassafrass
Bad Girls from Valley High Mr. Chauncey
The West Wing (TV) Lawrence Lessig Portrayed the real life Lawrence Lessig
King of the Hill (TV) Smitty Season 9, Episode 9: "Care-Takin' Care of Business"; Voices a football field ground's keeper
2006 A Perfect Day(it) (TV) Michael
Valerie on the Stairs (TV) Everett Neely Episode of Masters of Horror
2007 Numb3rs (TV) Ross Moore
Flakes Willie B
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV) Carmine Episode Vanishing Act
The Simpsons Ride "Doc" Emmett L. Brown Simulator ride
Fly Me to the Moon Grandpa
The Tale of Despereaux Hovis
2009 Meteor (TV) Dr. Lehman
Knights of Bloodsteel (TV) Tesselink
Call of the Wild 'Grandpa' Bill Hale
Santa Buddies Stan Cruge
2010 Piranha 3D Mr. Goodman
The Chateau Meroux Nathan
Snowmen The Caretaker
Chuck (TV) Dr. Leo Dreyfus Episode S03E16: "Chuck Versus the Tooth"
Jack and the Beanstalk Headmaster
Back to the Future: The Game "Doc" Emmett L. Brown Video game
2011 Fringe (TV) Roscoe Joyce Episode S03E10: "The Firefly"
Love, Wedding, Marriage Dr. George
2012 Robot Chicken (TV) Doc Emmett Brown Season 5 episode "Casablankman 2"
Dorothy and the Witches of Oz Wizard of Oz
Freedom Force aka The Illusionauts
Piranha 3DD Mr. Goodman
Foodfight! Mr. Clipboard Voice talent
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Lero Sombrero
Excuse Me for Living[citation needed] Lars
Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy Grandpa Jack
2013 Last Call Pete
Robot Chicken Doc Emmett Brown Season 6 episode "Eaten by Cats"
Raising Hope (TV) Dennis Powers Episode S03E11: "Credit Where Credit is Due"
Psych Martin Kahn Episode S07E5: "100 Clues"
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West "Doc" Emmett L. Brown Cameo appearance
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Cameo appearance


Year Award Category Production / Role Result
1972-73 Obie Award One of 12 recipients for "distinguished performances"[27] Won
1973 Drama Desk Award Best Performance Kaspar
1982 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series[12] Taxi Won
1983 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series[12] Taxi
1986 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Back to the Future Nominated
1990 Best Supporting Actor Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1992 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Dramatic Series[12] Road to Avonlea: Another Point of View 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)[28] The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure


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  28. ^ "RAZZIES Nominations". Retrieved 2013-04-05. 

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