John Lithgow’s roots are in the theater. In 1973, he won a Tony Award three weeks after his Broadway debut, in David Storey’s The Changing Room. Since then, he has appeared on Broadway 19 more times, earning another Tony, three more Tony nominations, four Drama Desk Awards, and induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
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John Lithgow on Acting: “It’s a career full of rejection, disappointment and failure. It’s murderously hard on the ego”
John Lithgow, star of stage, television, and movies, has just released his memoir Drama: An Actor’s Education. One would imagine that the veteran Lithgow, who made his on-stage debut at the age of two, would have pages upon pages of advice for aspiring actors.
“There’s an entire chapter devoted to working with a bad actor. I use a pseudonym. It’s called ‘Mr. Pleasant,’ which was the name that the movie crew came up with for him.”