Whether it be recordings, television, the stage and film, John Lithgow has had one of the most wide-ranging careers of any actor working today.
Lithgow has been nominated for two Academy Awards for his supporting performances (as a mild-mannered banker and a transsexual football player). For television, he has been nominated for 12 Emmy Awards, winning six, and has won two Golden Globe Awards from his five nominations. He has also been nominated for 10 Screen Actors Guild Awards, of which he has won three times. For his stage work, Lithgow has won two Tony Awards (for 1973’s “The Changing Room” and 2002’s “Sweet Smell of Success”) from six Tony nominations. And he has even been nominated for four Grammy Awards for his recording work.
To celebrate this celebrated actor’s birthday, let’s look back at and rank the 12 greatest film performances from worst to best. Our list includes “The World According to Garp,” “Terms of Endearment,” “Footloose,” “Beatriz at Dinner” and “Harry and the Hendersons.”
– Original text and gallery published in October 2018.