Filed Under:

John Lithgow's On-Stage 'Education'

Play associated audio

Though he was born into a theater family, John Lithgow never intended to become an actor. He dreamed of painting, instead. But he first took the stage as a toddler, and since then, the accolades have poured in.

Actor John Lithgow first took the stage as a toddler. Since then, he's gone on to win numerous awards for his work in television, theater and film.

In his memoir Drama: An Actor's Education, he focuses on the years before the fame — from his stage debut at the age of two and his college years at Harvard, right up to the moment when he moved out West and became a star.

Lithgow talks with NPR's Neal Conan about his early struggles and discoveries, and the people who helped shape his career.

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Oliver Sacks: A Neurologist At The 'Intersection Of Fact And Fable'

The neurologist, who died Sunday, saw "infinitely moving, dramatic, romantic situations" during his decades studying the human brain. Fresh Air remembers Sacks with two interviews from 1985 and 2012.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Man Turning Waste Heat Into Rooftop Greenhouses

How can the U.S. improve food security? One Charlottesville native is pioneering the construction of greenhouses on buildings to take advantage of their waste heat.

NPR

Notorious Cocaine Dealers' Release Requests Test New Sentencing Guidelines

A man who helped flood Washington DC with drugs in the 1980s wants to reduce his sentence using guidelines that help drug offenders secure early release. But a federal judge doesn't seem convinced.
NPR

China Arrests Nearly 200 Over 'Online Rumors'

The rumors ranged from a man leaping to his death in Beijing over stock losses to highly inflated death tolls in the Tianjin industrial blasts.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.