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Christopher Lloyd drives his DeLorean to Emerald City Comicon

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Dec. 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm with No Comments »
March 13, 2012 7:58 pm

UPDATE (March 13): Christopher Lloyd will not appear at this year’s at Emerald City Comicon. Replacing him is fellow “Back to the Future” actor Lea Thompson. Thompson is known for her role as Michael J. Fox’s mother, Lorraine McFly.

Thompson’s other credits include the lead role for four seasons on NBC’s “Caroline in the City,” “Red Dawn,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “SpaceCamp” and “All The Right Moves”.

Thompson will be replacing Lloyd for the SIFF screening of “Back to the Future” and Q&A at the Uptown Theatre. Lloyd has apparently signed on with a sitcom and couldn’t make his schedule work with his ECCC appearances.

Christopher Lloyd, the actor known for playing eccentric characters since the 1970s, is coming to Emerald City Comicon in March.

Lloyd had a part in the classic 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” but didn’t shoot to fame until he played The Reverend Jim Ignatowski on TV’s “Taxi.” The character had to be one of the most eccentric and quirky ever put on the small screen at the time.

Since then he’s starred in the “Back to the Future” film series (only the first one was worth watching), “The Addams Family” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” I’m going to stop there, not because his resume his lacking but because it’s too long. He has over 25 movies and TV appearances in 2011 and 2012 alone.

I’m not even sure how he’s going to find the time to fit in an appearance at ECCC. But, apparently he is.

Two other guests recently announced are voice actors Billy West (“Ren and Stimpy,” “Doug”) and John DiMaggio (“Transformers,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Kim Possible”). Emerald City Comicon runs March 30-April 1 at the Washington State Convention Center.

From the press release:

A Connecticut native, Lloyd began his acting career at age 14 doing summer stock before moving to New York and performing on Broadway. He would be in his 30s before he landed his first movie role in the Academy Award-winning 1970 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Jack Nicholson. In 1978, he made a guest appearance on the popular sitcom Taxi as the zany “Reverend Jim Ignatowski.” His character became such a hit with viewers that he quickly became a regular on the series, for which he won an Emmy in 1982.

But it is perhaps Lloyd’s role as “Doctor Emett Brown” in the 1985 sleeper hit Back to the Future that made him a household name. The film about a whacky scientist that makes a time machine out of DeLorean became a mainstream smash and yielded two sequels, an animated series, a video game and even a ride at Universal Studios. Fans of Star Trek will certainly know him for his turn as the merciless Klingon Commander “Kruge” in Star Trek 3 The Search for Spock, where he fought hand-to-hand combat with Captain James T. Kirk.

Throughout the 80s and 90s, Lloyd appeared in a number of cult films that still support a large following including Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eigth Dimenson, The Legend of the Lone Ranger, Man on the Moon (the Andy Kaufman docudrama where he played himself) and the comedy Clue. He also maintained his share of mainstream hits including his memorable role as the evil “Judge Doom” in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Disney’s Angels in the Outfield and as kooky “Uncle Fester” in both “The Addam’s Family” and “Addam’s Family Values.”

While still maintaining a successful big screen career, Lloyd continues to make appearances on the small screen, including guest spots on FOX’s Fringe, The West Wing, Numb3rs and the NBC comedy Chuck. He can next be seen in the upcoming Piranha 3DD.

Billy West has a resume as wide as his vocal abilities, known in recent years for voicing the characters of “Philip J. Fry”, “Professor Hubert Farnsworth” and others on the long-running animated comedy Futurama. He also took over the reins from the late Mel Blanc to provide the voices for such iconic Looney Tunes favorites including “Bugs Bunny” and “Elmer Fudd.” West’s career in voiceover acting goes back over twenty years ago, breathing life into both “Ren” and “Stimpy, “Doug” on the series by the same name and “Slimer” on Extreme Ghostbusters. Other credits include Family Guy, King of the Hill and even live action shows such as Dharma and Greg.

John DiMaggio started out as an on-camera actor, appearing on such familiar fare as Law and Order before landing a regular starring role on Chicago Hope as “Dr. Sean Underhill.” He also portrayed Microsoft Executive Steve Ballmer in the made-for-cable film Pirates of Silicon Valley. Fans of Futurama will know him as the voice of the rude yet hilarious robot “Bender,” “Jake the Dog” on Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, and as “Dr. Drakken” on Kim Possible. Other credits include “Aquaman” on Batman: The Brave and the Bold and as both “Leadfoot” and “Target” in the live-action theatrical film Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon. DiMaggio also regularly lends his voice to popular video games including Final Fantasy, Halo 3 and most notably as “Marcus Fenix” in the Gears of War franchise.

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