John Arthur Lithgow is an American character actor, musician, comedian, poet, author, and singer. He has received two Tony Awards, six Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards.
When you hear the name John Lithgow, you may call to mind a number of different movies, TV series or plays, including “The Changing Room,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “Third Rock from the Sun.” In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the Emmy and Tony award-winning actor about that prolific career on both stage and screen, and his latest transformation into former “Fox News” chief Roger Ailes for the highly-anticipated new movie “Bombshell.” 
Actor John Lithgow explains how he prepared for his portrayal of former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes in the new Bombshell movie. In Hot Topics, the co-hosts react to how the Joe Biden handled a tense confrontation with a man at an Iowa town hall, the surfaced video of a migrant teen’s death, and more.
John Lithgow can go from playing the sweetest characters you’ll ever see to truly deranged psychopaths, sometimes within the same movie. He’s good at playing kind and evil in equal measure partly because he developed his acting range at a young age growing up around his dad’s traveling Shakespeare festivals. John talks with Marc about his many memorable roles and how working on 3rd Rock from the Sun led him to creating children’s entertainment, from voice acting to songs to books to live concerts. John also explains what it’s like to put his own twist on historical characters, like Winston Churchill, Roger Ailes, and now Bill Clinton in the Broadway play Hillary and Clinton. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and SimpliSafe.
We revisit Judy's 2008 conversation with stage and screen star, John Lithgow, who talks about his love for classic jazz, recording a jazz-inspired childrenâ??s record, and how improvisational acting influences even the most scripted performance.
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Oct 19th, 1945
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4 hours, 11 minutes
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