It’s John Lithgow’s birthday, and he is celebrating by publishing a crossword puzzle in the New York Times!
The multi-talented actor has earned two Tonys, six Emmys, two Golden Globes, three SAG awards, and four Drama Desk awards, as well as having been nominated for two Oscars and four Grammys.
Now he’s added Puzzle Constructor to the list of accomplishments. John Lithgow, with his collaborating puzzle constructor, the veteran puzzlemaster Brendan Emmett Quigley. Photo: NYTimes
When asked by the Times to name his favorite word, he declines at first, but ultimately “comes up with ‘eldritch,’ an intriguing word that means sinister and eerie.” Fitting for a man born twelve days before Halloween!
Here’s his puzzle:
Lithgow appears as Fat Amy’s dad in PITCH PERFECT 3. “I didn’t know how to handle the job offer when it came in. I hadn’t seen the Pitch Perfect movies,” John told Hollywood Life.
“It was very hard to squeeze it into my schedule so I told my agent, ‘Let’s not even try for this.’ He said, ‘Okay, but just watch Pitch Perfect 2, so you know what you’re turning down.”
John then revealed that as soon as he saw Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, he couldn’t stop laughing at the movie. “I called my agent and said, ‘Get me back in this! I want to do this,’” adding he immediately started doing an Australian accent and saying, “I want to be close to my daughter!”
PITCH PERFECT 3 stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, John Lithgow, DJ Khaled, Hana Mae Lee, Ruby Rose, Chrissie Fit, Ester Dean, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks. Opens December 2017.