"Doc Brown is almost like a magician," says director Robert Zemeckis in describing the character of the eccentric scientist in "Back to the Future" played by Christopher Lloyd. "He and Marty have a sort of Arthur and Merlin relationship and he can always make magic happen."
Christopher Lloyd, an actor whose performing credits include a wide variety of motion picture, television and theatrical roles, has been known to make magic himself.
A two-time Emmy award winner for his role as the spaced-out Reverend Jim on television's "Taxi," Lloyd has captivated both critics and audiences alike with his winning portrayals of quirky, off-beat characters. And Dr. Brown is no exception.
"I guess I loosely based Doc Brown in several wild conductors and eccentric professors," notes Lloyd. "He's sort of a cross between Leopold Stokowsky and Albert Schweitzer."
The inventor of a nuclear-powered time machine that has been mounted in a DeLorean sportscar, Dr. Brown befriends a young high school student named Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and accidentally sends him back to 1955.
"This was a difficult film for me," explains Lloyd. "There were a lot of mechanical and technical things happening around us and it was very important for Michael and I to really connect with each other."
Fox adds, "I like to work with people who have energy and Chris is just brilliant. I can look into those big manic bulbs of his and get right on target."
Producer Neil Canton, who worked previously with Lloyd as the producer of "Buckaroo Banzai," says of the actor, "The first time I read this script, I thought of Chris Lloyd for the role of Dr. Brown. Having just worked with him on 'Buckaroo' I knew he could bring the right amount of lunacy to the role."
Born in Stanford, Connecticut, Lloyd was drawn to acting at the age of 14, and only two years later was apprenticing in summer stock. At the age of 19, he moved to New York and began acting classes, most notably at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner.
In New York, his Broadway productions included "Happy End" opposite Meryl Streep and "Red, White and Maddox." His wide range of off-Broadway performances include the original production of "The Boom Boom Room," "Total Eclipse" and "Kaspar," for which he won a 1973 Drama Desk Award from the Village Voice. He performed with Christopher Walken in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Macbeth" and appeared in the Yale Repertory productions of "The Possessed" and "Midsummer Night's Dream," also opposite Meryl Streep.
It was a casting break out of New York City that launched Lloyd's film career, when he won a role in the Academy Award-winning "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." After it finished shooting in Oregon, Lloyd was determined to pursue a film career, and on July 4, 1976 he moved to Los Angeles.
Lloyd continues to move between television and movie roles with the greatest of ease. Among his key motion picture credits are "Goin' South" co-starring Jack Nicholson, "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "The Onion Field," "The Lone Ranger," "To Be or Not To Be," "Mr. Mom," "Buckaroo Banzai," "Star Trek III" and an upcoming release, "Miracles." He is currently in production on a motion picture thriller, "Clue."
In addition to his Emmy Award winning work on "Taxi" Lloyd has appeared in "Cheers" and "Barney Miller," as well as numerous miniseries and movies for television.
Steven Spielberg presents a Robert Zemeckis film "Back to the Future," starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson. The screenplay is by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, with music by Alan Silvestri. It is produced by Bob Gale and Neil Canton. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. The director is Robert Zemeckis.
as of June 5, 1985