- 1 Who is Christopher Lloyd?
- 2 Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Connecticut
- 3 Career Beginnings: Apprenticeships, Various Plays and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
- 4 Stardom: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and More
- 5 1990s: Remaining Consistent
- 6 2000s and 2010: Still Relevant
- 7 Personal Life: Is Christopher Lloyd Married? Does He Have Any Children?
- 8 Net Worth: How Rich is Christopher Lloyd?
- 9 Is He Dead or Alive?
Who is Christopher Lloyd?
Born under the air sign of Libra on 22 October 1938, in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, Christopher Lloyd is an 80-year-old American actor, who has also made forays into voice acting. He first entered the public eye in various stage productions in the Northeastern part of the country. After taking home Obie and Drama Desk awards in the 1960s, Lloyd had a dazzling silver screen debut in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975. Afterwards, he starred in the hit series “Taxi” for which he won two of his three Primetime Emmy awards. However, his best known role was as Emmett “Doc” Brown in “Back to the Future” and its two sequels, which endeared him to a large number of younger fans. At the age of 80, he is still active, with several movies in post-production, waiting to be added to his list of 200+ acting credits.
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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Connecticut
Lloyd was born into an American family in one of the most populous cities in the state of Connecticut. Shortly after his birth, they moved to New Canaan, a few miles away. His father, Samuel R. Lloyd, was a renowned lawyer, while his mother Ruth was a singer. Unbeknownst to most, she is the sister of businessman and shipowner Roger Lapham, who served as mayor of San Francisco from 1944 to 1948. He grew up with four sisters and three brothers, all older than him; Samuel Lloyd, one of his brothers, was a relatively popular actor in the 1950s and 60s.
In addition to his parents being a strong influence during his upbringing, Christopher also has a rich family history. His grandfather was the founder of Texaco Oil, which eventually merged with other companies to form Chevron, placed 11th on the Fortune 500 list as of 2019. John Howland, one of the passengers on the Mayflower, is also his ancestor. There is not much information about his education, other than the fact that he attended the Neighborhood Playhouse of the Theater in 1957, studying under legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner.
Career Beginnings: Apprenticeships, Various Plays and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
As a young man, Christopher was an apprentice in various theaters in New York and Massachusetts. His official debut was in an independent production of “And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers”, in 1961 – interestingly, he stepped in as a last-minute replacement. Afterwards, he went on to appear in several critically acclaimed plays, such as “Red, White and Maddox”, “Cracks”, “King Lear”, “Hamlet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, which also featured a young Meryl Streep as his co-star. The 1960s and ‘70s were an experimental period for Lloyd. Even though he received several awards, he wasn’t completely formed as an actor. His movie debut was as Taber, a psychiatric patient in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. Meeting Jack Nickolson, the star of the movie, influenced him a lot. After being featured in “The Lady in Red” and “Three Warriors”, he took on the part of hippie taxi driver Jim Ignatowski, which resulted in two Primetime Emmys, in 1982 and ‘83.
Stardom: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and More
With over 200 appearances in plays and two Emmys, Lloyd was one of the most sought after actors of the 1980s. His role as Klingon commander Kruge in the 1984 sci-fi movie “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” garnered rave reviews, and it also has a funny story. Apparently, Jim Ignatowski, his character from “Taxi”, was a big fan of the Star Trek franchise. Not only that, but the late Leonard Nimoy, the lead actor and director of the movie, was one of his best friends. Star Trek fans were impressed with his performance and quickly took a liking to him. However, his biggest role came in 1985, as Emmet “Doc” Brown in the science fiction comedy “Back to the Future”. He went on to reprise the role in both sequels, including a TV series based on the movie. The role also earned him a Saturn Award nomination. In 1990, he proved his quality once again as Judge Doom in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, earning himself a nomination for the same award.
— Christopher Lloyd (@DocBrownLloyd) March 1, 2019
1990s: Remaining Consistent
While he wasn’t able to repeat his success from the previous decade, Christopher remained in the limelight, refusing to give up his place in the sun. His most notable role was that of the whimsical Uncle Fester Addams in “Addams Family Values”, which helped him stay relevant amongst younger audiences. We could also see him in “Dennis the Menace”, “Angels in the Outfield” and “Camp Nowhere”. Around this time, every movie he appeared in was a success, which is yet another testament to his acting prowess.
From 1995 to 1997, he starred in “Deadly Games” as Jordan Kenneth Lloyd, a character who was a definite fan favorite. 1999 saw him reunite with “Back to the Future” co-star Michael J. Fox in the show “Spin City”. Funnily, the episode is titled “Back to the Future IV: Judgement Day” and Lloyd plays the role of Owen, the mentor of Michael’s character. That same year, he had six additional credits, of which the most significant were “Convergence”, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Baby Geniuses”. Despite already being in his early 60s, he was in the best acting shape of his life.
2000s and 2010: Still Relevant
The last two decades have also featured Lloyd in a variety of roles, which made him one of the oldest active actors. He appeared in an episode of “Malcolm in the Middle” as Walter, next to future “Breaking Bad” star Brian Cranston. In 2003, he was Dr. Cletus Poffenberger in “Tremors”, an action-adventure comedy which spanned 13 episodes, and subsequently assumed the part of Professor Toon in “I Dream”. By this time, for every role involving a crazy doctor, professor or scientist – he was the first choice! However, he couldn’t keep up with the demand for his talents, as he was already nearing the age of 70. After recurring roles in “Clubhouse” and “Stacked”, he mostly took it easy when it came to physical appearances. The bulk of his credits include just his voice, with a cameo role from time to time.
Voice Acting: One of the Pioneers
While we view video games as something unavoidable today, this wasn’t the case in the 1990s. This area of entertainment was still in its infancy, and not many actors wanted to invest time in voice acting for productions. Lloyd was one of the first high-profile actors who gave their voice to a video game character, as he did in 1994’s “Rescue the Scientists” as Lieutenant Jack Tempus. He also voiced Ed Jarvis in the inter-active video game-movie hybrid “Mr. Payback: An Inter-active Movie”. In later years, he was Grigori Rasputin in “Anastasia”, the Woodsman in Cartoon Network’s “Over the Garden Wall”, and in 2002, he reached the pinnacle of his voice acting career, as the Hacker in “Cyberchase”, earning him two more Emmy nominations.
Active for almost 50 years now, Lloyd has adopted certain traits as trademarks of his acting style. For instance, he always knows how to utilize his deep, somewhat gravelly voice. His performances in comedies are highly regarded due to his eccentricity and animated facial expressions. If he plays a villain, it’s usually a comedic one who viewers can sympathize with.
Personal Life: Is Christopher Lloyd Married? Does He Have Any Children?
Oh boy, where do we start with this man? His first marriage was with Catharine Dallas Dixon Boyd, whom he married in 1959 and divorced in 1971. Then, he waited three years before marrying Kay Tornborg, a fellow actor – they lasted from 1974 to 1987. In 1988, he gave marriage a third try, this time with Ann Vanek, but it didn’t take long before the dissolution of their union, which occurred in 1991. If this wasn’t enough, he chose Jane Walker Wood, a famous screenwriter, as his fourth wife in 1992. 2005 was the end of their marriage, after which he was forced to sell his 8-acre estate in California, to pay for the costs of the divorce.
This time, he waited a little more time than usual before giving women a chance again. On 5 August 2016 it became known that he was engaged to real estate broker Lisa Loiacono. You would expect that a man that “sailed the marital waters” five times would have children, but this is not the case. His nephew, Sam Lloyd, is also an actor, known for playing the lawyer Ted in “Scrubs”.
Net Worth: How Rich is Christopher Lloyd?
Have you ever wondered how affluent he is? According to credible sources, he has a net worth of approximately $50 million, as of August 2019, amassed over the course of his almost six-decade-long career, appearing in a variety of popular movies and shows. Given the fact that he is still as active as before, there is no telling how much more he will earn.
Is He Dead or Alive?
Christopher Lloyd is alive and well, despite multiple rumors about his health deteriorating. He was also one of the victims of a Hollywood-wide celebrity death hoax that occurred a couple of years ago.