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Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1938) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Doc Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family films, as well as Reverend Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi and most recently Mr. Goodman in 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 currently voices 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.

Early life

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.[1][2] His maternal grandfather, Lewis Lapham, was one of the founders of the Texaco oil company, and Lloyd is also a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland. Lloyd attended the Fessenden School, a preparatory school in Newton, Massachusetts. Lloyd was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut and Westport, Connecticut where he graduated from Staples High School in 1958.

His mother, an heiress to the Lapham-Texaco oil fortune, donated her family's ancestral home, Waveny Park, to the town of New Canaan.


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. 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 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 entitled "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"[3] 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 recently played Ebenezer Scrooge in a 2008 production of A Christmas Carol at the Kodak Theatre with John Goodman and Jane Leeves. He also recently appeared in a trailer for a fake horror film, entitled Gobstopper, where he played Willy Wonka as a horror movie villain.[4]

It was recently announced that he will resprise his role as Doctor Emmett Brown in a new Back to The Future adventure game series being developed by Telltale Games[5]

He is currently touring in the play "Death of a Salesman," and will be visiting Boston soon to perform at the Roxbury Latin School.

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. 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. In October 2009, he did a two man show with comedy upcomer Joe Gallois in several Midwest cities.

On May 1, 2010, he appeared at the Tampa Theatre during a screening of Back to the Future, where he participated in a Q&A.[6]

In the summer of 2010, he starred as Willy Loman in a Weston Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman.[7]


Year Film Role Notes
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
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 Doctor Emmett "Doc" Brown Nominated for a Saturn Award
Clue Professor Plum
1986 Miracles Harry
1987 Walk Like a Man Reggie Shand / Henry Shand
1988 Track 29 Henry Henry
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Judge Doom Nominated again for a Saturn Award
Eight Men Out Bill Burns
1989 The Dream Team Henry Sikorsky
Back to the Future Part II Doctor Emmett "Doc" Brown
1990 Back to the Future Part III Doctor Emmett "Doc" Brown
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Merlock the Magician
1991 Back to the Future: The Ride Doctor Emmett "Doc" Brown Simulator ride
Suburban Commando Charlie Wilcox
The Addams Family Uncle Fester Addams
1992 Amazing Stories: Book Two (TV) Professor B.O. Beanes
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
Man on the Moon Actor in Taxi Re-creation
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
The Big Time (TV) Doc Powers[8]
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 The Simpsons Ride Doctor Emmett "Doc" Brown Simulator ride
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
The 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
The Witches of Oz Wizard of Oz[9]
Death of a Salesman Willy Loman


Primetime Emmy Awards
  • (1982) Won - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series / Taxi
  • (1983) Won - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series / Taxi
  • (1992) Won - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / Road to Avonlea
Saturn Awards
  • (1986) Nominated - Best Supporting Actor / Back to the Future
  • (1990) Nominated - Best Supporting Actor / Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Independent Spirit Awards
  • (1994) Won - Best Supporting Male / Twenty Bucks
DVD Exclusive Awards
  • (2001) Nominated - Best Actor / When Good Ghouls Go Bad
Daytime Emmy Awards
  • (2008) Nominated - Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program / Cyberchase
Drama Desk Award
  • (1973) Won - Drama Desk Award for Best Performance / Kaspar

Further reading

  • Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater, Davi Napoleon. Includes discussion of Lloyd's early work off-Broadway, including the production of Happy End at the Chelsea Theater Center and on Broadway, Kaspar, and Total Eclipse . Iowa State University Press. ISBN-0-8138-1713-7, 1991.


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