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I really enjoyed the Back to the Future trilogy, so it was a great thrill to meet Christopher Lloyd when he was a guest at the London Film & Comic Convention held at Earl's Court in London in July 2008. It is rare for him to make public appearances and he only signs autographs in person. I was also delighted to get this super photograph with him.
He signed my autograph book and two Back to the Future photos for me.
Christopher Allen Lloyd was born in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1938 and grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut. His father, Samuel, was a lawyer and his mother Ruth was a singer. He has four older sisters and two older brothers. Chris
Christopher signed my autograph book
He was educated at Fessenden, a preparatory school in Newton, Massachusetts, and Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut.
He began acting by age 14 and taking part in 'summer stock', theatres which only operate during the summer. When he was 19, he attended acting classes at the Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York including the Broadway production of Red, White
Christopher Lloyd in Kaspar
Christopher Lloyd & Meryl Streep in Happy End
White and Maddox in 1969 and Peter Handke's Kaspar in 1973 at the Chelsea Theatre Centre in Brooklyn. For th
this, Lloyd won both an Obie award and a Drama Desk Award for 'Outstanding Performance' in the title role.
As a young actor, Lloyd had performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre with Meryl Streep and, in 1977, appeared with her again
again in the musical comedy Happy End. Since then, his theatre appearances have been very rare. They include The
Lloyd as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
The Unexpected Man at the Gaffen Theatre, Los Angeles in 2001 and Mornings at Seven at the Lyceum on Broadway in 2002. Lloyd's latest Los Angeles stage appearance in 2008 was as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - a Kodak Theatre production that was a complete flop, with the producer unable to pay the bills!
Christopher Lloyd as Taber in
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
For the past 35 years, Christopher Lloyd has concentrated on film and TV work appearing in more than 140 productions. The first of these was as Taber, a psychiatric patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). To prepare for this role, he lived in a mental institution for a few weeks studying the patients, and modelling his character on one of them.
Christopher Lloyd has signed this montage of Back to the Future: Part 1
It is likely that Lloyd will best be remembered for two roles. The first is as Reverend Jim Ignatowski, the ex-hippie cabbie in the TV sitcom Taxi. He appeared in 84 of the 114 episodes made, from 1978-1983, and the role won him two Emmy Awards - in 1982 and 1983.
Lloyd as Jim Ignatowski in Taxi
The second is as the eccentric inventor Emmett 'Doc' Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy. Brown is a crazy scientist who, in the first episode, builds a time machine in the form of a DeLorian car. This then transports High School boy Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) back to the 1950s where he meets his parents in their teens!
Claudia Wells, Michael J. Fox & Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future: Part I
In Back to the Future: Part 3 (1990) Marty has to travel back in time to the Wild West of 1885 to sa
Two sequels followed. In Back to the Future: Part 2 (1989) Marty and Doc travel forwards to 2015 but then realise they have to go back to 1955 to save the future!
Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future: Part I
Lloyd in Back to the Future: Part I
Lloyd playing 2 Doc Browns in
Back to the Future: Part 2
Lloyd in Back to the Future: Part 2
save Doc Brown from a gang of thugs. The Doc has fallen for a schoolmarm Clara (Mary Steenburgen) - just on
one probem making a return to 1985 difficult!
Fox & Lloyd in Back to the Future: Part 2
Lloyd & Mary Steenburgen in Back to the Future: Part 3
Lloyd & Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future: Part 3
Christopher Lloyd's other notable roles include the Klingon Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1983); the villainous Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1998) and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (1991) and one of its sequels Addams Family Values (1993).
Bad Girls from Valley High
Lloyd as Henry Henry in Track 29
As Lou Russo in Clubhouse
As The Calico Kid in Best of the West
As Kruge in Star Trek III
As Uncle Fester in Addams Family Values
Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Christopher Lloyd as Mr Chauncey in
Lloyd's more recent TV roles include Professor Toone in 4 episodes of I Dream (2004); Lou Russo in 11 episodes of Clubhouse (2005) and Harold March in 20 episodes of Stacked (2006).
Christopher Lloyd in Fallen Angels
During this period he also voiced The Hacker in 32 episodes of the chidren's maths cartoon series Cyberchase (2002-2008).
Lloyd is a very quiet and private person who rarely appears in public or gives inter
Back to the Future stars - Lea Thompson,
Michael J. Fox & Christopher Lloyd
interviews. He never replies to fan mail or sends autographs through the post. However, his friends, fellow actors and those fans lucky enough to meet him, say that he is always very gracious, friendly and polite to them.
Lloyd has been married (and divorced) four times, his most recent marriage to Canadian journalist Jane Walker Wood lasted from 1992 until 2005.
The Hacker in Cyberchase
Christopher Lloyd in 1991
Christopher Lloyd with his wife Jane Walker Wood in 2005
Christopher Lloyd has signed this
Back to the Future image for me
Photo: Malcolm (Showmasters)
Minor roles like The Calico Kid in the TV comedy western series Best of the West (1981-82); Henry Henry in Track 29 (1988); Charlie Wilcox in Suburban Commando (1991) and Mr Chauncey in Bad Girls from Valley High (2005) show that Christopher Lloyd is a fine char
'character actor' who tries to create new characters in each of his films. He has, however, been somewhat typecast because of his roles in Taxi and Back to the Future.