The childhood of any kid born in the 80s and 90s was not complete until they watched a production in which Christopher Lloyd appeared in. The award-winning actor known for his roles in different film adaptations from cartoons played Uncle Fester in The Addams Family movie series and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Before warming his way to the hearts of kids, Lloyd was a celebrated theatre actor. The Connecticut native has an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award to his name. For the kids of the 80s and 90s who have all grown up to be adults now and also those much older, another aspect of Lloyd’s life has also come to be of interest to them. Find out more on that below.
The Journey that Led to Lloyd’s Broadway Debut in 1969
Lloyd was born Christopher Allen Lloyd, the youngest of seven children born to Ruth and Samuel Lloyd, on the 22nd of October 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut. His father was a lawyer while his mother who was a singer was the daughter of one of the founders of the Texaco oil company, Lewis Henry Lapham.
Christopher Lloyd followed in his mother’s footsteps to pursue a career in the arts as he began acting from a very young age. As a teenager, he apprenticed in theatres in New York and Massachusetts before he started taking acting classes in the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, among other places.
By 1961, Lloyd was able to make his theatre acting debut but it, however, took him until 1969 before he was able to appear in his first Broadway show. Some of the Broadway and off-Broadway productions he appeared in include Macbeth, The Seagull, King Lear, Happy End, The Harlot, and The Hunted, among many others.
Christopher Lloyd Transitioned into a Mainstream Actor in 1975
Lloyd continued to act on and off-Broadway until 1975 when he made his film acting debut in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He then caught his big break when he was cast in the ABC sitcom Taxi (1978-1983), where he played the award-winning role of Reverend Jim Ignatowski. Lloyd further appeared in big movies such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), the Back to the Future trilogy, and The Addams Family (1991).
Lloyd made his television debut a year after his film debut. He played Tsar Alexandre in The Adams Chronicles in 1976. He would go to appear in dozens of small screen projects from television films to miniseries and specials. Over the years, his most notable television roles are in Taxi, Best of the West, Back to the Future: The Animated Series, Deadly Games, I Dream, Clubhouse, Stacked, and Granite Flats.
In the 2000s, Christopher Lloyd continued to appear in different movies and series as he dipped back into theatre acting and also began lending his voice to video game characters, most of which were based on his Back to the Future role.
The actor is hale and hearty and still working in Hollywood despite being a victim of the online celebrity death hoax that has swept the internet in the past few years. In 2018, the actor was cast in the NBC comedy pilot, Guess Who Died. He also made a cameo appearance in the TV series, Roseanne, on the episode titled “No Country For Old Women”.
Awards and Financial Rewards of His Career
Christopher Lloyd has a net worth estimated to be around $40 million. The Twenty Bucks (1993) actor was able to amass his huge wealth through his various acting roles on television and in movies; as well as through his award-winning voice-over work in animations and video games.
Apart from the Drama Desk and Obie awards mentioned above, the actor has received other prestigious awards like the Primetime Emmy. In 1982 and 1983, she bagged the gong for being an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series; these were for his role in Taxi. Many years later (in 1992), his role in Road to Avonlea earned him another Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Twenty Bucks also won him an Independent Spirit Awards for Best Supporting Male.
Disregarding the foregoing, she has been nominated for Daytime Emmy, British Independent Film Awards, Golden Raspberry Awards, and Saturn Award. The works that earned him these nominations include I Am Not a Serial Killer, Cyberchase: The Cyberchase Movie, Cyberchase, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Back to the Future.
Christopher Lloyd’s Relationship Life
As much as he has had a robust acting career, it is not the only thing that has sustained the public’s interest in him. His love life takes some measure of the credit as he has been quite busy in that regard.
Christopher Lloyd is currently on his fifth marriage. Meet his wife and ex-wives.
Lisa Loiacono (2016)
It was in November 2016 that Lloyd married his fifth wife, a real estate broker Lisa Loiacono. The circumstances surrounding their meeting and how they fell in love is best known to them but the actor’s popularity has rubbed off on his wife; she made an appearance on the reality TV series, The Inn Crowd
Catherine Boyd (1959 – 1971)
The Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor’s first marriage was to actress Cathrine Boyd who is best known for starring in movies like Girls Town (1996) and Checkmates (2001). The couple exchanged vows in 1959 and were married for twelve years before they decided to call it quits in 1971.
Kay Tornborg (1974 – 1987)
Three years after his first marriage ended, Lloyd married Kay Tornborg in 1974. Tornborg was also an actress like her husband’s first wife. She is best known for appearing in movies like Who (1974) and Not My Kid (1985). Lloyd and Tornborg’s marriage lasted for thirteen years before they divorced in 1987.
Carol Ann Vanek (1988 – 1991)
Lloyd did not spend so much time as a single man after his second marriage ended. The two-time divorcee at that point married Carol Ann Vanek just a year later in 1988. This union was uncharacteristic of his first two as it lasted just three years before he and Vanek parted ways in 1991.
Jane Walker Wood (1992 – 2005)
The actor seemed very keen on being a married man as just a year later, he exchanged vows with Canadian journalist turned screenwriter, Jane Walker Wood. The pair got married in 1992 and their marriage lasted for twelve years before ending in divorce in 2005. It was with Wood that the actor had his only known child, a son.