Character

Larry Henderson

Played by John Lithgow

Actor Bio

John Lithgow stars as Larry Henderson, an eccentric poetry professor accused of murdering his wife, on NBC's new comedy "Trial & Error."

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 20 times, earning five more Tony nominations. His Broadway performances have included major roles in "My Fat Friend," "Trelawny of the 'Wells,'" "Comedians," "Anna Christie," "Bedroom Farce," "Beyond Therapy," "M. Butterfly," "The Front Page," "Retreat from Moscow," "All My Sons," "The Columnist" and the musicals "Sweet Smell of Success" (his second Tony Award win) and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." In addition to his two Tonys, Lithgow has won four Drama Desk Awards and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

In 2007 Lithgow was one of the very few American actors ever invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing Malvolio in "Twelfth Night" at Stratford-upon-Avon. A year later he devised his own one-man show, "Stories By Heart," for the Lincoln Center Theater Company and has been touring it around the country ever since. He played the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero's "The Magistrate" at London's National Theatre in 2012. Lithgow returned to the New York stage in 2014, first as King Lear for the Public's Shakespeare in the Park and then on Broadway in Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance."

In the early 1980s, Lithgow began to make a major mark in films. At that time he was nominated for Oscars in back-to-back years for "The World According to Garp" and "Terms of Endearment." In the years before and after, he has appeared in more than 40 films. Notable among them have been "All That Jazz," "Blow Out," "Twilight Zone: The Movie," "Footloose," "2010," "Buckaroo Banzai," "Harry and the Hendersons," "Memphis Belle," "Raising Cain," "Ricochet," "Cliffhanger," "Orange County," "Shrek," "Kinsey," "Dreamgirls," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "The Campaign, " "This Is 40," "Interstellar" and "Love Is Strange."

Audiences recently saw Lithgow alongside Jessica Chastain and Mark Strong in "Miss Sloane" as well as Gavin O'Connor's crime thriller "The Accountant," with Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick. In 2017, Lithgow will star in the comedy "Beatriz at Dinner" with Salma Hayek, Chloë Sevigny and Connie Britton.

For his work on television, Lithgow has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards. He has won five, one for an episode of "Amazing Stories" and three for his work on the hit NBC comedy series "3rd Rock from the Sun" as the loopy alien High Commander, Dick Solomon. In that show's six-year run, Lithgow also won a Golden Globe, two SAG Awards, the American Comedy Award and, when it finally went off the air, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Additionally, his diabolical turn as the Trinity Killer in a 12-episode arc on Showtime's "Dexter" won him his second Golden Globe and his fifth Emmy.

Lithgow recently received his sixth Golden Globe nomination for his role as Winston Churchill on Netflix's original series "The Crown."

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