Biography of Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd is one of the most talented comedians in America, who became famous after playing the eccentric Dr. Emmett Brown from the Back to the Future trilogy.
His film biography began with the role of Max Taber in Milos Forman’s drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and fans of comedy horror films will always remember Uncle Fester from The Addams Family in his performance.
Pictured: Christopher Lloyd
The actor is a three-time Emmy Award winner, remains active in his venerable years and does not stop acting. In 2023, the comedy melodrama Mean Old Ladies starring Lloyd was released.
Childhood, youth, family
Christopher Allen Lloyd was born in the fall of 1938 to Samuel R. Lloyd and Ruth Lapham of Stamford, Connecticut. My father was a successful lawyer, my mother sang in clubs. Ruth’s brother, Roger Lapham, rose to the rank of mayor of San Francisco.
The family had many children. Ruth gave birth to her seventh child (in fact, Christopher) when she was already over forty.
Christopher Lloyd in his youth
Family legend said that the maternal ancestor of the boy was John Howland, who arrived in New England on the legendary Mayflower. And allegedly it was his descendants were Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and George W. Bush, Dr. Benjamin Spock and actor Humphrey Bogart.
The love of acting was instilled in the boy by his mother, who took her son to the cinema and theater from an early age:
In 1948 my mother said, “Let’s go see Hamlet with Olivier.” She was worried that I would not understand anything or that the film would have a bad effect on me because I was still too young. But I asked anyway. And then he even learned all the words by heart, all the monologues of Hamlet. The movie just blew my mind. Laurence Olivier is one of my idols.
Since childhood, Christopher considered Charlie Chaplin another genius. The boy was completely fascinated by the characters of the great artist, his plasticity, the ability to control his own body.
Christopher began his path to the theater and big cinema at the Fessenden School, where, in addition to receiving primary education, he always participated in Christmas productions.
He was fourteen years old when he moved to the nearby town of Westport, where he entered Staples High School. There, Christopher also appeared on stage in performances and at that time he finally decided to become an actor.
Young Christopher Lloyd on the theater stage
In 1958, twenty-year-old Christopher moved to New York and entered the drama department at the Neighborhood Playhouse Theater School, led by one of Lee Strasberg’s best students, Sanford Meisner. He was also the developer of the method of training actors, based on the system of Konstantin Stanislavsky.
The theater absorbed Lloyd, for fifteen years he created about two hundred images on the stage. In the seventies, Christopher played on Broadway in famous Shakespeare productions: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear. At the Yale Theater, he worked on the same stage with Meryl Streep.
The non-standard appearance and high growth of the actor did not give him the opportunity to play goodies. Usually more often came out in the images of villains and negative characters.
In 1973, Christopher was honored with an Obie and a Drama Desk Award for theater, thus recognizing his talented portrayal of the main character in the production of Casper.
The real popularity came to the actor along with the five-time Oscar winner – the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Milos Forman. The role was small, his hero is a violent mental hospital patient Max Tayber. But, working on the same platform with Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito, Christopher was so carried away by the process that, after the successful rental of the picture, he decided to switch from theater to cinema.
Christopher Lloyd as Max Tyber
He moved to Los Angeles and began acting. Lloyd played Tsar Alexander the First in The Adams Chronicles, Steve Chaffee in The Three Warriors, Hans Bogardus in the drama The Word.
In 1978, the comedy film Taxi was released on television, where the actor reincarnated as a former hippie and a priest who dabbled in drugs, who became a taxi driver – Jim Ignatowski, nicknamed Iggy. The series ran for five years, until 1983. Christopher appeared in 84 episodes and was so popular with the public and critics that he was twice awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
With Danny DeVito on Taxi
National love, according to uznayvse.ru, Lloyd brought the role of the eccentric scientist Emmett Brown in Robert Zemeckis’ fantastic trilogy Back to the Future. Christopher spoke of his hero as follows:
… the character of Doc Brown is close to me. He changed the future, invented a time machine. I love his energy, his constant enthusiasm. And he represents this eternal archetype of the teacher – the one who opens the eyes of the student to things that he himself would not have seen. I’ve always been proud of how many young people have chosen to go into science, become scientists after watching the Back to the Future trilogy. By the way, not only scientists, but also engineers and doctors. I think it’s amazing.
After the release of the first film, Christopher not only woke up famous, but also gained the status of one of the highest grossing Hollywood actors.
The role of Doc Brown made Christopher Lloyd everyone’s favorite
In 1986, Lloyd played the lead role of Jim Martin in the Polish-American adventure tale The Legend of the White Dragon, and two years later appeared as Joseph Paul Domino in The Dictator and played Judge Rock in the black comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit. .
Until the end of the eighties, the artist again reincarnated as Doc Brown in the next two films about the adventures of Marty (Michael J. Fox) and an eccentric scientist.
In 1992, Christopher received a third Emmy Award for his brilliant performance as Professor Alistair Dimple in the drama series Avonlea Road, and then again surprised and delighted his fans by appearing as Uncle Fester in Barry Sonnenfeld’s horror comedy The Addams Family and its Sequel to Addams Family Values.
“The Addams Family”
In the nineties, Lloyd was actively filming, and in 1999, at the end of the decade, he appeared in the image of an alien Uncle Martin in the comedy My Favorite Martian. Christopher’s partners on the set were Jeff Daniels and Elizabeth Hurley.
Christopher Lloyd as Martin the Martian
The first year of the new millennium brought the actor five projects at once, in two of them – “Children’s World” and “Ghost at Work” – he played the main roles. In the next decade, Lloyd annually starred in two or three films, and in 2013 he entered the theater stage in the image of Azdak in a production based on the work of Bertolt Brecht’s “Caucasian Chalk Circle”.
An interesting project for Christopher was an action movie directed by Russian director Ilya Naishuller called Nobody. In it, the actor appeared in the image of the father of the protagonist, played by Bob Odenkirk. His character, like his son, has his own skeletons in the closet, and although there was little screen time in Lloyd, he appeared at the climax of the plot and was definitely remembered by the audience. The film premiered in the spring of 2023.
Frame from the movie “Nobody”
Personal life of Christopher Lloyd
An eccentric on stage and in movies, Christopher is not without strange coincidences in life. To date, Lloyd has been married for the fifth time. With three wives he lived for thirteen years, with the fourth he survived only three.
Christopher Lloyd in 1978
In 1959, the actor married colleague Katherine Dallas Dixon Boyd and lived with her until 1971. It is noteworthy that thirty years later, information appeared that the ex-wife filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband. Allegedly, he had to pay her one and a half thousand dollars every month until she got married or died, but he did not fulfill the agreement.
In 1974, Lloyd walked down the aisle again, this time with actress Kay Tormoborg. In 1987, the couple separated, and Christopher married Carol Ann Vanek, whom he divorced in 1991 because he met Jane Walker Wood. The scenario repeated itself – Lloyd again lived with a woman in a marriage for thirteen years, and in 2005 he divorced.
Christopher Lloyd and Jane Walker Wood
No children appeared in any of the four marriages. It seemed that the actor left his habit of marrying forever. He started minor romances, but in 2016 it became known that Christopher was married again. His chosen one was real estate agent Lisa Loyakone, she is more than thirty years younger than her husband, but it seems that this time the actor is not going to get divorced. At least for the next thirteen years.
The actor’s spotted wife – Lisa Loiacone
Christopher Lloyd now
In 2023, Lloyd played Arthur in Mean Old Ladies, a lyrical melodrama about life in a nursing home. In addition, the Adult Swim channel presented a new promo video for the animated series Rick and Morty, where Lloyd starred with Jayden Martell. The choice of Lloyd for the role was not accidental, because the creators of Rick and Morty were largely inspired by the Back to the Future trilogy.
In his drama “Gentle Bar” Christopher was invited by George Clooney, who acted as a director. Together with Lloyd, Ben Affleck and Ty Sheridan starred in the film about the search for his father.
- Christopher met his fifth wife, Lisa Loyakone, when he wanted to build his own house. They liked each other, but for several years the woman kept her distance. Only at the end of 2008, when Lloyd, like Michael Douglas and Oprah Winfrey, lost his house in Santa Barbara in a fire, Lisa decided to offer him her services to restore the home. Since 2009, they have been considered an official couple, which they confirmed by marriage eight years later.
- Accustomed to the careful study of the images of his characters, Lloyd moved to a psychiatric hospital for more than two weeks before filming One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
- Preparing for the role of Emmett Brown in the fantastic trilogy Back to the Future, the actor suggested choosing Albert Einstein, the brilliant scientist, and Leopold Stokowski, the famous British conductor, as prototypes for his character.
- Christopher considers being in nature an excellent cure for everything in the world. He is a big fan of gardening, fishing, cycling or simple contemplation in the garden.
- In the thriller Nobody, Lloyd had to walk around with heavy shotguns, firing them without reloading. When the director, hinting at his venerable age, offered to make a light prop, Christopher remarked: “Do you know the scenes in the movie when the characters drink coffee, but their mugs are empty? So I think that the viewer always knows when the circle is empty.
Important events in life
- 1958: Moved to New York. Entered the theater school Neighborhood Playhouse.
- 1973: Winner of the Obie and Drama Desk Award for Best Performance by a Male Actor in Casper.
- 1975: Played the title role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
- 1976: Moved to Los Angeles.
- 1978: starred in the films “Heading South”, “Taxi”.
- 1982: Won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for Taxi.
- 1983: Awarded a second Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in the same film.
- 1985: Played the title role in Back to the Future.
- 1988: starred in the films “Way 29”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
- 1991: starred in the Addams Family movie.
- 1992: Awarded a third Emmy Award for Best Actor for Road to Avonlea.
- 1994: Awarded the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor.
- 1999: starred in the film “My Favorite Martian”.
- 2003: starred in the film “Tremors”.
- 2010: starred in the movie “Piranha 3D”.
- year 2012: starred in the film “The Scariest Movie 3D”.
- 2017: starred in the films “Leaving Beautifully”, “The Secret of the Seventh Muse”.
- 2021: starred in the films “Nobody”, “Mean Old Ladies”.