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Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1938) is an American actor. Among his best-known roles are Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the FuturetrilogyUncle Fester in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi.

Lloyd, who also has done voiceover work in animation, 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.[2] He is the youngest of four girls and three boys, one of whom, Samuel Lloyd, was an actor in the 1950s and 1960s.[1] Lloyd's maternal grandfather, Lewis Lapham, was one of the founders of the Texaco oil company,[3] and Lloyd is also a descendant of Mayflower passengers including John Howland. Lloyd attended the Fessenden School, a preparatory school in NewtonMassachusetts. Lloyd was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, and attended high school in nearby Westport.[1]


Lloyd began acting when he was 14, and started apprenticing in summer stock.[citation needed] He took acting classes inNew York City at age 19 — some at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner[1] —and made his New York theater debut in Fernando Arrabal's play And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers. Lloyd recalled, "I was a replacement and it was my first sort of job in New York."[1] He made his Broadway debut in the short-lived Red, White and Maddox, and went on to Off-Broadway roles in A Midsummer Night's DreamKasparThe Harlot and the HuntedThe SeagullTotal EclipseMacbethIn the Boom Boom RoomCracks,Professional Resident CompanyWhat Every Woman KnowsThe FatherKing Lear, and Power Failure. He returned to Broadway for the musical Happy End.[1]

His first movie role was as a psychiatric patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[4] He is perhaps best known for his roles as "Reverend" Jim Ignatowski, the ex-hippie cabbie on the TV sitcomTaxi, 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. In 1986, he played the reviled Professor B.O. Beanes in the television series Amazing Stories, and the villainous Major Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish in The Legend of the Lone Ranger. Other roles include KlingonCommander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Professor Plum in Clue, Professor Dimple in an episode of Road to Avonlea (for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series), the title role in The Pagemaster, the villain Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a wacky sound-effects man named Zoltan in Radioland Murders, and Uncle Fester in the movie adaptations of The Addams Family.

In 1994, he played an angel named Al in the movie Angels in the Outfield. In 1999, he was reunited onscreen with Michael J. Fox in an episode of Spin City entitled "Back to the Future IV — Judgment Day", in which Lloyd plays Owen Kingston—the former mentor of Fox's character, Mike Flaherty's—who stops by City Hall to see him, only to proclaim himself God. That same year, Lloyd starred in the movie remake of the 1960s series My Favorite Martian. In November 2007, Lloyd was reunited onscreen with his former Taxi co-star Judd Hirsch in the Season 4 episode "Graphic" of the TV series Numb3rs. He starred in the television series Deadly Games in the mid-1990s, and was a regular in the TV series Stacked in the mid-2000s.

Lloyd portrayed the star character in the point-and-click adventure game Toonstruck, released in November 1996. He played Ebenezer Scrooge in a 2008 production of A Christmas Carol at theKodak Theatre with John Goodman and Jane Leeves.[citation needed] In 2009, he appeared in a trailer for a "fake horror" film entitled Gobstopper, in which he played Willy Wonka as a horror-movie-style villain.[5] In October 2009, he did a two-man show with comic performer Joe Gallois in several Midwest cities.[citation needed]

In September 2010, he reprised his role as Doctor Emmett Brown in Back to the Future: The Game, an episodic adventure game series developed by Telltale Games.[6][7]

In the summer of 2010, he starred as Willy Loman in a Weston Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman.[8]

On January 21, 2011, he appeared in an episode of the J. J. Abrams television series Fringe.[9]

In August 2011, he reprised the role of Dr. Emmett Brown (from Back to the Future) as part of an advertising campaign for Garbarino,[10] an Argentine appliance company, and also as part of the Nike Company's "Back For the Future" campaign for the benefit of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. In 2012 and 2013, Lloyd reprised the role of Brown in two episodes of the claymation seriesRobot Chicken. He was a guest star on the 100th episode of the USA Network sitcom Psych as Martin Khan in 2013.

Personal life

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.[citation needed] On May 1, 2010, he appeared at an outdoor screening of Back to the Future held by theTampa Theatre at The River Tower Park in Tampa, Florida, where he participated in a question-and-answer session.[11]


Year Film Role Notes
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Max Taber
1978 Goin' South Deputy Towfield
Taxi (TV) (1978-83) Reverend Jim Ignatowski Emmy Award[12] for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1982 & 1983)
Three Warriors Steve Chaffey
1979 The Onion Field Jailhouse lawyer
The Lady in Red Frognose
Stunt Seven Skip Hartman
1980 Schizoid Gilbert
1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Maj. Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish
The Postman Always Rings Twice
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 for 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 for 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 Live action segments
Suburban Commando Charlie Wilcox
The Addams Family Uncle Fester Addams / Gordon Craven
1992 Amazing Stories: Book Two (TV) Professor B.O. Beanes
Road to Avonlea (TV) Professor Dimple-Guest star role Emmy Award for 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
Addams Family Values Uncle Fester Addams
Twenty Bucks Jimmy 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
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 speaking 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 Episode: Back to the Future IV
It Came From the Sky Jarvis Moody
2001 Wit Dr. Harvey Kelekian
When Good Ghouls Go Bad Uncle Fred Walker
Kids World[citation needed] Leo
The Tick (TV) Mr FishLadder (uncredited)[citation needed] (pilot episode)
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[13]
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
Flakes Willie B
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
The Chateau Meroux Nathan
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 "Doc" Emmett L. Brown Video game
2011 Fringe (TV) Roscoe Joyce Episode S03E10: "The Firefly"
Love, Wedding, Marriage Dr. George
2012 Robot Chicken (TV) Doc Emmett Brown season 5, episode "Casablankman 2"
Dorothy and the Witches of Oz Wizard of Oz[14]
Piranha 3DD Mr. Goodman
Last Call Pete post-production
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Lero Sombrero
Excuse Me for Living Lars
Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy Grandpa Jack
2013 Robot Chicken Doc Emmett Brown season 6, episode "Eaten by Cats"
Raising Hope (TV) Dennis Powers Episode S03E11: "Credit Where Credit is Due"
Psych"" Martin Kahn Episode S07E5: "100 Clues"


Year Award Category Production / Role Result
1973 Drama Desk Award Best Performance Kaspar
1982 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Taxi Won
1983 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Taxi Won
1986 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Back to the Future Won
1990 Best Supporting Actor Who Framed Roger Rabbit Nominated
1992 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Dramatic Series Road to Avonlea: Another Point of View Won
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Twenty Bucks Won
2008 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Cyberchase Nominated
2013 Golden Raspberry Awards[15] Worst Screen Ensemble(shared with the entire cast) The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Nominated

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