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Christopher Allen Lloyd

(1938-10-22) October 22, 1938 (age 82)
Years active1961–present
    Catherine Boyd
    (m. 1959;div. 1971)
    • Kay Tornborg
      (m. 1974; div. c.1987)
    • Carol Ann Vanek
      (m. c.1988; div. c.1991)
    Jane Walker Wood
    (m. 1992;div. 2005)
      Lisa Loiacono
      (m. 2016)

Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1938) [1] is an American actor. He has appeared in many theater productions, films, and on television since 1961, and is known for portraying Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990) and Jim Ignatowski in the comedy series Taxi (1978–1983), winning two Emmy Awards for the latter.


Lloyd came to public attention in Northeastern theater productions during the 1960s and early 1970s, earning Drama Desk and Obie awards for his work. He made his cinematic debut in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and his television debut in The Adams Chronicles the following year. Lloyd also starred as Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Professor Plum in Clue (1985), Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (1991) and its sequel Addams Family Values (1993).

Lloyd earned a third Emmy for his 1992 guest appearance as Alistair Dimple in Road to Avonlea (1992), and won an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in Twenty Bucks (1993). He has done extensive voice work, including Merlock in DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990), Grigori Rasputin in Anastasia (1997), the Woodsman in the Cartoon Network miniseries Over the Garden Wall (2014), and the Hacker in PBS Kids series Cyberchase (2002–2020), which earned him two further Emmy nominations. Lloyd has also been nominated for two Saturn Awards and a BIFA Award.

Early life

Lloyd was born on October 22, 1938, in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of Ruth Lloyd (née Lapham; 1896–1984), a singer and sister of San Francisco mayor Roger Lapham, [1] [2] and her lawyer husband Samuel R. Lloyd Jr. He is the youngest of three boys and four girls, one of whom, Samuel Lloyd, was an actor in the 1950s and 1960s. [3] Lloyd's maternal grandfather, Lewis Henry Lapham, was one of the founders of the Texaco oil company, [4] and Lloyd is also a descendant of Mayflower passengers, including John Howland. [5] Lloyd was raised in Westport, Connecticut, where he attended Staples High School and was involved in founding the high school's theater company, the Staples Players. [6]


Lloyd as a high school senior, 1958 Christopher Lloyd HS yearbook.jpg
Lloyd as a high school senior, 1958

Lloyd began his career apprenticing at summer theaters in Mount Kisco, New York, and Hyannis, Massachusetts. [7] He took acting classes in New York City at age 19—some at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre with Sanford Meisner [3] —and he recalled making his New York theater debut in a 1961 production of Fernando Arrabal's play And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers, saying, "I was a replacement and it was my first sort of job in New York." [3] He made his Broadway debut in the short-lived Red, White and Maddox (1969), and went on to Off-Broadway roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream , Kaspar (February 1973), [8] The Harlot and the Hunted, The Seagull (January 1974), [9] Total Eclipse (February 1974), [10] Macbeth , In the Boom Boom Room , Cracks, Professional Resident Company, What Every Woman Knows , The Father, King Lear , Power Failure and, in mid-1972, appeared in a Jean Cocteau double bill, Orphee and The Human Voice , at the Jean Cocteau Theater at 43 Bond Street. [11]

Lloyd returned to Broadway for the musical Happy End . [3] He performed in Andrzej Wajda's adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Possessed at Yale Repertory Theater, [12] and in Jay Broad's premiere of White Pelican at the P.A.F. Playhouse in Huntington Station, New York, on Long Island. [13]

In 1977, he said of his training at the Neighborhood Playhouse under Meisner, "My work up to then had been very uneven. I would be good one night, dull the next. Meisner made me aware of how to be consistent in using the best that I have to offer. But I guess nobody can teach you the knack, or whatever it is, that helps you come to life on stage." [14]

His first film role was psychiatric patient Max Taber in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), alongside future co-star Danny DeVito. [15] He is known for his work as "Reverend" Jim Ignatowski, the ex-hippie cabbie on the sitcom Taxi , for which he won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series; [16] and the eccentric inventor Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy for which he was nominated for a Saturn Award. In 1985, he appeared in the pilot episode of Street Hawk . The following year, he played the reviled Professor B.O. Beanes on the television series Amazing Stories . Other roles include Klingon Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) (on suggestion of fellow actor and friend Leonard Nimoy), Professor Plum in Clue (1985), 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), [16] the villain Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Merlock in DuckTales the Movie (1990), Switchblade Sam in Dennis the Menace (1993), Zoltan in Radioland Murders (1994), and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993). Lloyd portrayed the star character in the adventure game Toonstruck , released in November 1996. 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, who stopped by City Hall to see Kingston, only to proclaim himself God. That same year, Lloyd starred in the film remake of the 1960s series My Favorite Martian . He starred on the television series Deadly Games in the mid-1990s and was a regular on the sitcom Stacked in the mid-2000s. In 2003, he guest-starred in three of the 13 produced episodes of Tremors: The Series as the character Cletus Poffenburger. In November 2007, Lloyd was reunited onscreen with his former Taxi co-star Judd Hirsch in the season-four episode "Graphic" of the television series Numb3rs as Ross Moore. He then played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a 2008 production of A Christmas Carol at the Kodak Theatre with John Goodman and Jane Leeves. [17] In 2009, he appeared in a comedic trailer for a faux horror film version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory entitled Gobstopper, in which he played Willy Wonka as a horror-film-style villain. [18]

In mid-2010, he starred as Willy Loman in a Weston Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman . [19] That September, he reprised his role as Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown in Back to the Future: The Game , an episodic adventure game series developed by Telltale Games. [20] That same month, the production company 3D Entertainment Films announced Lloyd would star as an eccentric professor who with his lab assistant explore the various dimensions in Time, the Fourth Dimension, an approximately 45-minute Imax 3D film that was planned for release in 2012. [21] [22]

On January 21, 2011, he appeared in "The Firefly" episode of the J. J. Abrams television series Fringe as Roscoe Joyce. [23] That August, he reprised the role of Dr. Emmett Brown (from Back to the Future ) as part of an advertising campaign for Garbarino, [24] an Argentine appliance company, and also as part of Nike'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 stopmotion series Robot Chicken . He was a guest star on the 100th episode of the USA Network sitcom Psych as Martin Khan in 2013.

In May 2013, Lloyd appeared as the narrator and the character Azdak in the Bertolt Brecht play The Caucasian Chalk Circle , produced by the Classic Stage Company in New York. [25]

On the October 21, 2015, episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live , Lloyd and Michael J. Fox appeared in a Back to the Future skit to commemorate the date in the second installment of the film trilogy. [26]

In May 2018, Lloyd made a cameo appearance in the episode titled "No Country For Old Women" of Roseanne , where he played the role of Lou, the boyfriend to the mother of Roseanne and Jackie. In late 2019, he provided the voice of Master Xehanort in the "Re Mind" downloadable content of Kingdom Hearts III , taking over the role from the late Leonard Nimoy and Rutger Hauer, and reprised the role in the 2020 video game Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory .

In September 2021, Lloyd portrayed Rick Sanchez in a series of promotional interstitials directed by Paul B. Cummings for the two-part fifth season finale of Rick and Morty , a character inspired by Lloyd's portrayal of Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown from Back to the Future, alongside Jaeden Martell as Morty Smith. [27] [28] Addressing his own and original voice actor Justin Roiland's portrayals of Sanchez compared to Doc Brown, Lloyd stated that "that he felt like Doc and Rick were like two brothers that took different paths." [29]

Upcoming projects

By July 2020, Lloyd was cast as The Alchemist in Man & Witch, a family-friendly fantasy-adventure film directed by Rob Margolies, with Jim Henson's Creature Shop set to create the puppets for the film. [30]

Personal life

Lloyd first was married to Catharine Dallas Dixon Boyd, on June 6, 1959. [7] The couple divorced in 1971 after 12 years of marriage. [31] He married actress Kay Tornborg in 1974, divorcing her circa 1987. [32] Lloyd's third marriage, to Carol Ann Vanek, had lasted more than two years when they were in the process of divorcing in July 1991. [33] His fourth marriage, to screenwriter Jane Walker Wood, lasted from 1992 to 2005. [1] [31] In 2016, Lloyd married Lisa Loiacono. [34] Loiacono was Lloyd's real-estate agent when he put his house in Montecito, California, up for sale in 2012. [35] Lloyd's former house on that lot was destroyed in the Tea Fire of November 2008. [35] [36]

Lloyd's philanthropist mother, Ruth Lapham Lloyd, died in 1984 at age 88. Her surviving children at the time, aside from Christopher, were Donald L. Mygatt, Antoinette L. Mygatt Lucas, Samuel Lloyd III, Ruth Lloyd Scott Ax and Adele L. Kinney. [37] Lloyd's nephew, Sam Lloyd (1963–2020), was known for playing lawyer Ted Buckland on Scrubs .



1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Max Taber
1977 Another Man, Another Chance Jesse JamesUncredited [38]
1978 Three Warriors Steve Chaffey
Goin' South Deputy Towfield
1979 Butch and Sundance: The Early Days Bill Tod Carver
The Lady in Red Frognose
The Onion Field Jailhouse lawyer
1980 The Black Marble Arnold's Collector
Schizoid Gilbert
1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Maj. Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish
The Postman Always Rings Twice The Salesman
National Lampoon's Movie Madness Samuel StarkmanSegment: "Municipalians"
1983 Mr. Mom Larry
To Be or Not to Be S.S. Captain Schultz
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Cmdr. 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 Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown
Clue Prof. Plum
1986 Miracles Harry
1987 Walk Like a Man Reggie Shand / Henry Shand
The Legend of the White Horse Jim Martin
1988 Track 29 Henry Henry
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Judge Doom
Eight Men Out Bill Burns
1989 The Dream Team Henry Sikorsky
Back to the Future Part II Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown
1990 Back to the Future Part III
Why Me? Bruno Daley
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Merlock the Magician (voice)
1991 Back to the Future: The Ride Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown Simulator ride
Suburban Commando Charlie Wilcox
The Addams Family Uncle Fester/Gordon Craven
1993 Twenty Bucks Jimmy
Dennis the Menace Switchblade Sam
Addams Family Values Uncle Fester Addams
1994 Angels in the Outfield Al "The Boss" Angel
Camp Nowhere Dennis Van Welker
Radioland Murders Zoltan
The Pagemaster Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
1995 Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie Ed JarvisShort film
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Pieces
1996Cadillac RanchWood Grimes [39]
1997Changing HabitsTheo Teagarden
Dinner at Fred'sDad
Anastasia Grigori Rasputin (voice)
1998 The Real Blonde Ernst
The Animated Adventures of Tom SawyerJudge Thatcher (voice) [40]
1999 My Favorite Martian Uncle Martin
Baby Geniuses Heep
ConvergenceMorley Allen [41]
Man on the Moon Himself - "Taxi" actor Cameo
2001 Kids World Leo
On the EdgeAttorney BumSegment: "Happy Birthday" [42]
When Good Ghouls Go Bad Uncle Fred Walker
2002 Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road Ray
Wish You Were Dead Bruce
Hey Arnold!: The Movie Coroner (voice)
2003 Haunted Lighthouse Cap'n JackShort film
2004AdmissionsStewart Worthy [43]
2005Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The MovieSeymour S. Sassafras (voice)
Bad Girls from Valley High Mr. Chauncey
Enfants TerriblesReverend Burr [40]
2007 Flakes Willie
2008 Fly Me to the Moon Amos (voice)
The Tale of Despereaux Hovis (voice)
2009 Call of the Wild "Grandpa" Bill Hale
Santa Buddies Stan Cruge
2010 Snowmen The Caretaker
Jack and the Beanstalk Headmaster
Piranha 3D Mr. Goodman
2011 Love, Wedding, Marriage Dr. George
Adventures of Serial Buddies Dr. Von Gearheart
Snowflake, the White Gorilla Dr. Archibald Pepper (voice)English dub
The Chateau MerouxNathan [44]
2012 Foodfight! Mr. Clipboard (voice)
CadaverCadaver (voice)Short film [45]
Piranha 3DD Mr. Goodman
Delhi Safari Pigeon (voice) English dub
Axe Boat 2012Night watchman Axe body spray short film [46]
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Lero Sombrero
Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy Grandpa Jack
Dead Before Dawn Horus Galloway
Excuse Me for Living Lars
Sid the Science Kid: The MovieDr. Bonanodon (voice)
Last Call Pete
Freedom Force a.k.a. Fantastic Force a.k.a. The IllusionautsProfessor (voice)English dub [47]
2013 Jungle Master Dr. Wells (voice)
The CoinWilliamShort film
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Doc BrownCameo
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Kroenig
The One I Wrote for YouPop [48]
2015 88 Cyrus
Doc Brown Saves the World Dr. Emmett "Doc" BrownShort film
The Boat Builder Abner
2016 I Am Not a Serial Killer Mr. Crowley
Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Dr. Emmett "Doc" BrownCameo
Cold Moon James Redfield
2017 Going in Style Milton Kupchak
Muse Bernard Rauschen
The Sound Clinton Jones
2018 Boundaries Stanley
Making a Killing Lloyd Mickey
Rerun (Future) George Benson [49]
2019The Haunted SwordsmanThe Black Monk (voice)Short film [50]
2021 Nobody David Mansell
Senior Moment Sal Spinelli [51] [52]
Queen Bees Arthur
TBATankhouseBuford [53] Post-production [54] [55]
The Tender Bar Post-production


1976 The Adams Chronicles Tsar Alexandre Episode: "Chapter VIII: John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State"
1978Lacy and the Mississippi Queen [40] JenningsTelevision film
The Word Hans Bogardus Television miniseries
1978–1979 Barney Miller Arnold Scully / Vincent Carew2 episodes
1978–1983 Taxi Reverend Jim Ignatowski 84 episodes
1979Stunt Seven [56] a.k.a. The Fantastic Seven [57] Skip HartmanTelevision film
1982 Best of the West The Calico Kid3 episodes
American Playhouse PaulEpisode: "Pilgrim, Farewell"
Money on the Side Sergeant StamponeTelevision film
1983September Gun [40] Jack BrianTelevision film
1984 Cheers Phillip Semenko2 episodes
Old Friends [40] Jerry ForbesTelevision film
The Cowboy and the Ballerina [40] WoodyTelevision film
1985 Street Hawk Anthony CorridoEpisode: "Pilot"
1986 Amazing Stories Prof. BeanesEpisode: "Go to the Head of the Class"
1987 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Pat Hobby Teamed with Genius Pat HobbyTelevision film
1990 The Earth Day Special Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown [58] Television special
1991–1992 Back to the Future: The Animated Series Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown (Live action)26 episodes
1992 T Bone N Weasel William "Weasel" WeaslerTelevision film
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Frank IarossiTelevision film
Road to Avonlea Alistair DimpleEpisode: "Another Point of View"
1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss Mr. HunchTelevision film
1995 Fallen Angels The Continental Op Episode: "Fly Paper"
Rent-a-Kid Lawrence 'Larry' KayveyTelevision film
1995–1997 Deadly Games Sebastian Jackal/Jordan Kenneth Lloyd13 episodes
1996 The Right to Remain Silent Johnny BenjaminTelevision film
1997 Quicksilver Highway Aaron QuicksilverTelevision film
Angels in the Endzone Al "The Boss" AngelTelevision film
1998The Ransom of Red Chief [40] Sam HowardTelevision film
1999 Spin City Owen KingstonEpisode: "Back to the Future IV"
Alice in Wonderland The White Knight Television film
It Came from the Sky Jarvis MoodyTelevision film
2001 The Tick Mr. FishladderUncredited
Episode: "Pilot"
Wit Dr. Harvey KelekianTelevision film
Chasing DestinyJet JamesTelevision film
When Good Ghouls Go Bad Uncle Fred WalkerTelevision film
2002–present Cyberchase The Hacker (voice)Recurring role
2002 Malcolm in the Middle WalterEpisode: "Family Reunion"
The Big TimeDoc PowersTelevision film
2003 Ed Burt KiffleEpisode: "The Move"
Tremors Dr. Cletus Poffenberger3 episodes
2004 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Snail (voice)Episode: "Dumb Luck/Nobody Loves Grim"
I Dream Prof. Toone13 episodes
2004–2005 Clubhouse Lou Russo11 episodes
2005 The West Wing Prof. Lawrence Lessig Episode: "The Wake Up Call"
King of the Hill Smitty (voice)Episode: "Care-Takin' Care of Business"
DetectivesAnderson in LaunderetteTelevision film
2005–2006 Stacked Harold March19 episodes
2006 Masters of Horror Everett NeelyEpisode: "Valerie on the Stairs"
A Perfect Day MichaelTelevision film
2007 Numbers Ross MooreEpisode: "Graphic"
2008 Live from Lincoln Center King Pellinore Episode: "Camelot"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent CarmineEpisode: "Vanishing Act"
2009 Meteor Prof. Daniel Lehman2 episodes
Knights of Bloodsteel Tesselink2 episodes
2010 Chuck Dr. Leo DreyfusEpisode: "Chuck versus the Tooth"
2011 Fringe Roscoe JoyceEpisode: "The Firefly"
Family PracticeRobert Passion FooteTelevision film
2011–2013 Robot Chicken Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown/Early Hacker/Schlomo (voice)2 episodes
2012 Dorothy and the Witches of Oz Wizard of Oz Television film
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour GrandpaEpisode: "Grampires: Part 1"
Anything But Christmas [40] HarryTelevision film
2013 Raising Hope Dennis PowersEpisode: " Credit Where Credit Is Due"
Psych Martin KahnEpisode: "100 Clues"
2014 The Michael J. Fox Show Principal McTavishEpisode: "Health"
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer LampreysMayor AkermanTelevision film
Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse Harry SetagTelevision film
Over the Garden Wall The Woodsman (voice)4 episodes
2014–2015 Granite Flats Professor Hargraves12 episodes
2015 The Simpsons Rev. Jim Ignatowski (voice)Episode: "My Fare Lady"
Just in Time for Christmas [40] Grandpa BobTelevision film
2016 The Big Bang Theory TheodoreEpisode: "The Property Division Collision"
2017–2018 12 Monkeys The Missionary / Zalmon Shaw3 episodes
2018 Roseanne LouEpisode: "No Country for Old Women"
2019 A.P. Bio MelvinEpisode: "Melvin"
Big City Greens Santa Claus (voice)Episode: "Green Christmas"
2020 NCIS Joseph "Joe" SmithEpisode: "The Arizona "

Video games

1990 Back To The Future... The Pinball Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown (voice)
1994 Rescue the Scientists Lieutenant Jack Tempus (voice)
1996 Toonstruck Drew Blanc (voice)
2006 Back to the Future Video Slots Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown (voice)
2010–2011 Back to the Future: The Game
2013 Back to the Future Back in Time Video Slots
2015 Lego Dimensions [59] [60]
2015 King's Quest Elderly King Graham [61]
2020 Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind Master Xehanort (voice)
2020 Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

Music videos

1985 Huey Lewis and the News "The Power of Love"Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown

Theme park attractions

1991 Back to the Future: The Ride Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown
2008 The Simpsons Ride Dr. Emmett "Doc" BrownVoice


YearAwardCategoryProduction / RoleResult
1972–73 Obie Award one of 12 recipients for "distinguished performances" [62] Won
1973 Drama Desk Award Best Performance Kaspar
1982 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series [16] Taxi
1986 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Back to the Future Nominated
1990 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1992 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series [16] Road to Avonlea (Episode: Another Point of View)Won
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male [63] Twenty Bucks
2008 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Cyberchase Nominated
2013 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Ensemble (shared with the entire cast) [64] The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
2015 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Cyberchase
2016 British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor [65] I Am Not a Serial Killer

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Norman Lloyd was an American actor, producer and director with a career in entertainment spanning nearly a century. He worked in every major facet of the industry including theatre, radio, television, and film, with a career that started in 1923. His last film, Trainwreck, was released in 2015, after Lloyd had attained 100 years of age.

<i>Back to the Future: The Game</i> 2010 video game

Back to the Future: The Game is an episodic graphic adventure based on the Back to the Future film franchise. The game was developed and published by Telltale Games as part of a licensing deal with Universal Pictures. Bob Gale, the co-creator, co-writer, and co-producer of the film trilogy, assisted Telltale in writing the game's story. Original actors Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd allowed the developers to use their likenesses in the game for the lead characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown, respectively. Although Lloyd reprises his role as Doc, A.J. Locascio plays the role of Marty, while Fox later appeared to voice two cameo roles in the final episode, reprising his role as future versions of Marty McFly in addition to playing his forefather William.


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