Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd

Lloyd in October 2010
Born Christopher Allen Lloyd
October 22, 1938 (1938-10-22) (age 73)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Residence Montecito, California
Nationality American
Education Fessenden School
Alma mater Staples High School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1952–present
Home town New Canaan, Connecticut,
Westport, Connecticut
Spouse Catherine Boyd (1959–1971)
Kay Tornborg (1975–1987)
Carol Ann Vanek (1988–1991)
Jane Walker Wood (1992–2005)
Parents Samuel R. Lloyd,
Ruth (nee Lapham) Lloyd

Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1938) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family films, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He played Reverend Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi and more recently Mr. Goodman in the remake Piranha 3D. He also starred in the short-lived television series Deadly Games, and also was a regular in the short-lived TV series Stacked, in the mid-2000s.

Lloyd has used his vocal talents in animation, frequently voicing villains. He provided voice to the character Hacker on the animated PBS series Cyberchase. 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 began acting by age 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. He appeared in several Broadway productions, including Happy End, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Red, White and Maddox, Kaspar, The Harlot and the Hunted, The Seagull, Total Eclipse, Macbeth, In the Boom Boom Room, Cracks, Professional Resident Company, What Every Woman Knows, And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers, The Father, King Lear, and Power Failure.

His first major motion picture role was as a psychiatric patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Prior to this, he appeared uncredited in the 1970 film Airport.[1] However, he may be most remembered 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. He portrayed the villain Maj. Bartholomew 'Butch' Cavendish in The Legend of the Lone Ranger a role he has played numerous times in various spin-offs and incarnations. He also played notable roles as Klingon Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Professor Plum in Clue, Professor Dimple in an episode of Road to Avonlea, the title role in The Pagemaster, the villain Judge Doom in Disney/Amblin's Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a wacky sound effects man named Zoltan in Radioland Murders, and Uncle Fester in the big screen adaptations of The Addams Family. In 1999 Lloyd was reunited onscreen with Michael J. Fox in an episode of Spin City titled "Back to the Future IV — Judgment Day" where Lloyd plays Owen Kingston, Mike Flaherty's (Fox's character) former mentor who stops by City Hall to see him, only to proclaim himself as God. That same year, he starred in the movie remake of the 1960s series My Favorite Martian. Also in November 2007, Lloyd was reunited onscreen with his former Taxi co-star Judd Hirsch in the Season 4 episode "Graphic"[2] of the TV series Numb3rs.

Lloyd also acted as the star in the point-and-click adventure game Toonstruck, which 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, where he played Willy Wonka as a horror movie villain.[3]

In October 2009, he did a two-man show with comedy upcomer 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 being developed by Telltale Games.[4][5]

In the summer of 2010, he starred as Willy Loman in a Weston Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman.[6]

On its January 21, 2011 episode, he appeared in the J.J. Abrams television series Fringe.[7]

In August 2011 he was hired as the character of Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future by Garbarino[8] appliance company in Argentina, to an advertising campaign, and also worked for Nike, in the campaign "Back For the Future" for the benefit of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Personal life

Lloyd seldom appears in public or gives interviews. Some of his best friends, co-stars and fans who have met him describe Lloyd as a very shy and quiet man. Lloyd has been married four times but he has never had children. His nephew, Sam Lloyd, is best known for playing Ted Buckland, the lawyer on Scrubs. Lloyd's home was destroyed in the Tea Fire of November 2008 in Montecito, California.

At a Q&A session at a Back to the Future trilogy showing in Hollywood in the summer of 2009, Lloyd was asked which of the Back to the Future films was his favorite. He responded "the third one, because for one thing it's a Western and I'm a fan of those, and second, it had a love story. I had always wanted to be in a love story and here I got a chance to be at the center of one". Nearly a year later on May 1, 2010, he appeared at the Tampa Theatre during a screening of Back to the Future, where he participated in another Q&A.[9]

Lloyd appeared at a '25th Anniversary' screening of "Back to the Future" in February 2010 at the Hollywood Blvd. Theater in Woodridge, Illinois along with Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells and James Tolkan. All the proceeds were donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.


Year Film Role Notes
1970 Airport Patron in diner Uncredited
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Max Taber
1978 Goin' South Deputy Towfield
Taxi (TV) Reverend Jim Ignatowski Emmy Award, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1982, 1983)
Three Warriors Steve Chaffey
1979 The Onion Field Jailhouse lawyer
The Lady in Red Frognose
1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Maj. Bartholomew 'Butch' Cavendish
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 Nomination - Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actor
Clue Professor Plum
Street Hawk (TV) Anthony Corrido Special guest star in 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 Nomination - Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actor
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
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 Human parts
Suburban Commando Charlie Wilcox
The Addams Family Uncle Fester Addams
1992 Amazing Stories: Book Two (TV) Professor B.O. Beanes
Road to Avonlea (TV) Professor Dimple-Guest star role Emmy Award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
T bone 'N' Weasel William 'Weasel' Weasler
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Frank Iarossi
1993 Dennis the Menace Switchblade Sam Switchblade Sam is the only character in the film never referred to by his name, and the main antagonist.
Addams Family Values Uncle Fester Addams
Twenty Bucks Jimmy Won an Independent Spirit Award
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
Radioland Murders Zoltan: Eccentric sound designer
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 Wood Grimes
Toonstruck Drew Blanc Point-and-click adventure game
1997 Quicksilver Highway Aaron Quicksilver
Anastasia Grigori Rasputin Voice talent
Angels in the Endzone Al "The Boss" Angel
The Real Blonde Ernst
1999 My Favorite Martian Uncle Martin
Alice in Wonderland The White Knight
Baby Geniuses Heep
Convergence Morley Allen Original film title: Premonition
Man on the Moon Jim Ignatowski,Taxi Remake
Spin City Owen Kingston
It Came From the Sky Jarvis Moody
2001 Wit Dr. Harvey Kelekian
When Good Ghouls Go Bad Uncle Fred Walker
Kids World Leo
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) Doc Powers[10]
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
2006 A Perfect Day (TV) Michael
Valerie on the Stairs (TV) Everett Neely Episode of Masters of Horror
2007 Numb3rs (TV) Ross Moore
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV) Carmine Episode Vanishing Act
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
Foodfight! Mr. Clipboard
Santa Buddies Stan Cruge
2010 Piranha 3-D Mr. Goodman
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 Doctor Emmett "Doc" Brown Video game
The Witches of Oz Wizard of Oz[11]
2011 Fringe (TV) Roscoe Joyce Episode S03E10: "The Firefly"
Piranha 3DD Mr. Goodman post-production
Last Call Pete post-production
Love, Wedding, Marriage Dr. George
2012 Thicker Augustine filming
Excuse Me For Living Lars[12] filming
2 Headed Shark Attack Mr.Goodman (cameo) filming


Awards and Honors

Award Category Result Year
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series/Taxi Won 1982
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won 1982
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series/Road to Avonlea Won 1992
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor/Back to the Future Nominated 1986
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor / Who Framed Roger Rabbit Nominated 1990
Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male/Twenty Bucks Won 1994
DVD Exclusive Awards Best Actor/When Good Ghouls Go Bad Nominated 2001
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program/Cyberchase Nominated 2008
Drama Desk Award Best Performance/Kaspar Won 1973

Further reading


  1. ^ Christopher Lloyd at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Graphic" at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Gobstopper The Movie". Gobstopper The Movie. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  4. ^ Meghan Watt. "Back to the Future video games to include the voice of Christopher Lloyd". 
  5. ^ Snider, Mike (2010-09-01). "Telltale Games times 'Back to the Future' project". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  6. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2010-08-25). "Christopher Lloyd stars in 'Death of a Salesman'". Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  7. ^ Tucker, Ken (2011-01-21). "The return of 'Fringe' recap: 'The Firefly' glowed with love, loss, and Christopher Lloyd". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "'Doc Brown' is in Tampa Bay? Whoa, that’s heavy: Christopher Lloyd hitting sci-fi and movie fests". 
  10. ^ "The Big Time (TV 2002)". Retrieved Nov. 5, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Could The Wizard of Oz 2 Be The Most Demented Film Of 2010?". 
  12. ^ "Excuse Me For Living". 

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