Christopher Lloyd Breaks Down His Most Iconic Characters | GQ

"Great Scott!" Christopher Lloyd breaks down his most iconic roles, including his characters in 'Back to the Future I,' 'Back to the Future II,' 'Back to the Future III,' ''One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' 'Taxi,' 'Star Trek III: Search for Spock' and 'The Tender Bar.'

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00:00 Intro
00:16 'Back to the Future I,' 'Back to the Future II,' 'Back to the Future III'

06:36 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'
09:48 'Taxi'
12:58 'Star Trek III: Search for Spock'
14:36 'The Tender Bar'

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His roles as Uncle Fester and Judge Doom are among his best and most iconic! They should have absolutely been included! Would‘ve loved to hear him talk about them.
The Saturday Morning Minute
The Saturday Morning Minute:
Christopher Lloyd is a National Treasure! This could easily have been a two hour video covering "Why Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "The Addams Family", if not many more. He's a character actor for the ages that loses himself in the role. This is what an actor should be. He's the best.
Vic Loma
Vic Loma:
I've met Mr. Lloyd before and it's amazing how such a soft spoken and gentle man can light up the screen with all his over the top characters. What an actor.
Ivan W
Ivan W:
This man has been an active actor in the industry for more than 60 years, he has said in interviews that no role is too small for him to take, his resume is higher than his age, he's been in independent movies, plays, television, video games, cartoons, blockbuster movies, theme park attraction videos, and GQ only breaks down 5 of his iconic roles?! Christopher Lloyd has WAY MORE iconic roles than just 5!! What a dis-service to him, the marvelous actor that he is yet not getting the recognition he deserves, and to us, the fans who grew watching him!!
Al Clark
Al Clark:
So sad we didn't get to hear Chris talk about Who Framed Roger Rabbit. What a legendary role!
Sad to see these legends grow old, but happy for all the memories they have provided us
Doc Brown was such a positive presence in BTTF 2, and he got his own personal story in BTTF 3. Zemeckis did him real good with those movies. Thank you Mr. Lloyd.
Bat Infaq
Bat Infaq:
Christopher Lloyd definitely hits me in the nostalgia zone. I remember loving Taxi as a kid because of Jim. The only movie I've ever seen in a theater 3 times was BTTF and probably had more to do with MJF cause I had a wicked crush on him, but I loved Doc in the movie. He does a perfect befuddled genius. Thanks for all the laughs you've given me over my lifetime Mr. Lloyd.
TAXI had so many strong characters...loved that show.
Glenn Davey
Glenn Davey:
4:50 The change-up of actors was a blessing in disguise because Doc's character now felt worn-in, like a real person already living in the world when we meet him, and Michael J Fox's energy clearly sparked the best performance in Christopher Lloyd after all that good full-dress rehearsal.
I watched the 'Back to the Future' trilogy with my 6-year-old nephew on the holidays. About five weeks after he went back to school, the teacher asked if anyone in the class had heard of Einstein. My nephew thrust his hand up in the air, and confidently said, "He's Doc Brown's dog!" 😂😂😂
Wayne Ashworth
Wayne Ashworth:
Very few actors make me feel so damned happy as Christopher Lloyd does. A REAL gem of an actor.
This man is an absolute treasure. This video could easily (and maybe should have been) twice as long to cover more of his roles... Even in his smaller roles, he made a huge impact on the films he was in. Perhaps we could have a part 2?
The Taxi episode where Jim gets his driving license! Still makes me fall on the floor laughing!!
Henrik Harbin
Henrik Harbin:
I'm a lifelong Star Trek fan starting when I was 3 years old in 1968. When I saw Kruge for the first time, what came to me was "this guy is a pirate, he's all ambition and no honor". He was put on ably for he most threatening Klingon until Star Trek VI. I don't think anybody else could have played him the way Mr. Lloyd did.
i am SHOCKED no Judge Doom. that undoubtedly is one of is most iconic. such a marvelous actor. a delight every time he shows up on screen
This man was a big part of my childhood. Even to this to this day it's such a joy to see him. I was kind of hoping they would ask him about his role as The Hacker, but just hearing him speak brings great happiness.
Christopher Lloyd's grandchildren should be proud to have such a prolific grandfather.
Kerri Washington
Kerri Washington:
This interview deserve to be a lot longer than 17 minutes. He had waaaaay more iconic roles than that.
Juzu Juzu
Juzu Juzu:
The friendship between Doc and Marty has caused my heart to melt now in 5 different decades. It's so interesting how certain things are captured in a film. I would so like to meet Christopher Lloyd and thank him for so many memories, and me bonding with my best friend by watching Back to the Future. Lloyd and Fox are incredible dynamic duo.
Stephanie Oakes
Stephanie Oakes:
Love Christopher Lloyd, but you should have reviewed WAY more of his famous characters! For example, Judge Doom (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), UNCLE FESTER (Addams Family), Rasputin (Anastasia), Al (Angels in the Outfield) and so many more!
Madame Salamander
Madame Salamander:
Each of Christopher Lloyd's roles are iconic because he has no comparison. This episode should have been a full length documentary! We'd be here for ALL of it! #morechristopherlloyd
dan dan da treeman
dan dan da treeman:
This man will forever remain a big part of my life. Thank you for all you did and do sir.
Shawn May
Shawn May:
What an honor it would be to interview such a legend.
Ninja Dildo Show
Ninja Dildo Show:
*Walk Like a Man* is one of the most underrated comedies of all time. *The Dream Team* is also a great one I've no idea why they weren't mentioned. Chris Lloyd is a legend.
Rev. Jim is still one of the all-time great sitcom characters. _Taxi_ was iconic
Kleyman Klm
Kleyman Klm:
One of my really beloved actors. His energy translated in each role, it`s something incredible.
Miles Pulliam
Miles Pulliam:
That opening cut of him saying "Great Scott!" brought tears to my eyes. My father used to say that ALL the time. You're a legend dude. And this morning I learned that cinema and your (and everyones) contributions to it are as important to our culture as Christmas
El Diablo
El Diablo:
I can't even imagine back to the future with Eric stoltz because Christopher Lloyd's chemistry with Michael J. Fox was amazing.
Lindsay Dolney
Lindsay Dolney:
I think one of his most underrated roles was a voice role in the show Cyberchase. He was the villain and he made the show so fun to watch. Another underrated role was the hobo in Dennis the Menace. He creeped me out in that movie.
Один из любимейших артистов детства и по ныне! Спасибо вам за ваш талант и харизму!
Taxi had such a legendary cast -- one of THE best television shows of all time.
He's one of those actors who will always be a part of someone's childhood. So many remarkable and unforgettable characters you just love have been brought to life thanks to Mr. Lloyd.
michel Ofelia
michel Ofelia:
One of the most iconic actors and voices in modern Hollywood.
Lloyd doesn't do all too many interviews, but when he does he always gives thoughtful, full answers!
The movie The Pagemaster was one of my favourites when I was a kid and had a huge impact on me. Christopher Lloyd's librarian was like an archetypal character. Was so surprised to find out it's a pretty niche unknown movie for the most part!
Thank you Christopher for your many roles and energy. You are awesome.
Apollo Dash
Apollo Dash:
Such an absolute legend! He’s just such a nice and genuine person and epic actor! His films made my childhood and now he’s a huge influence on my own kids. I can directly attribute my love for science and wildly successful career to his influence as Doc! 👨‍✈️ ✈️
The Autarch
The Autarch:
Even Christopher Lloyd's lesser known roles are well-performed. I loved the dynamic between himself and the main character in "I am not a Serial Killer".
I am really sad he didnt talk about Who framed Roger rabbit, an excellent role and a nightmare of my childhood.
Also Nobody from 2021 was a fun role, Clue from 1985 and his Addams Family role was great
Robbie Stockman
Robbie Stockman:
He was also great as Uncle Fester in the 1990s "Addams Family" movies, Henry Sikorsky in "The Dream Team" with Michael Keaton, and who could possibly forget John Bigbooté in "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension"?! What an amazingly talented and funny actor!
Scratch Pad
Scratch Pad:
One of the shows that introduced me to Christopher Lloyd was his role as The Hacker on Cyberchase, easily another one of my all-time favorite shows on PBS Kids in the 2000s and into the 2010s.
An amazing interview. Such a legend.
Absolute legend. Missed some major iconic roles he's done but nonetheless this man is an icon!! 🙌👑⚘
I watched the BTTF with my father, will watch with my kids when they grow up and they will watch it with their children... this classic will live forever! Glad to see Lloyd still working as he is a big part of, and himself is, the Legend!
Gary Fenlon
Gary Fenlon:
Everytime i see an interview with Mr.Lloyd he always seems happy to answer the questions (many he's been asked hundreds, if not thousands of times before!) seems like a really good,interesting guy who would be great to have a drink with.
jebadiah fyefye
jebadiah fyefye:
Mr Lloyd, you seem like a man deserving of such a blessed career and movie character as great as Emmitt brown. You were not just a huge part of my childhood but a part of my life, as my kids have all not only seen BTTF but understand how important of a film it is to me, and most people who have grown up in the 80s and 90s.
David Walter
David Walter:
Christopher Lloyd is always Christopher Lloyd. And I'm totally okay with that, because we need more Christopher Lloyd.
Jason Flay
Jason Flay:
They left out some truly iconic roles, I always liked his Professor Plum in Clue
Honestly, my favorite of all the roles he played was Hal's dad on Malcolm in the Middle. He only had one episode but made such an imprint with that time.
Kyle Keen
Kyle Keen:
Christopher Lloyd is a great actor. I enjoy his TV shows and movies 🎬 🎞 🎥
Dingfelder Smurfalot
Dingfelder Smurfalot:
So often such a likeable character. Absolutely great in Taxi; flawless and inspired delivery.
Kenneth Williams
Kenneth Williams:
Every role I have seen him in has made me smile. Truly a great and inspirational actor. They left out so much!
I would have LOVED to hear about "Clue". Loved him as Professor Plum!
Need a part 2 for his other roles, get on it GQ! 😁
paul mc
paul mc:
He's one of the true, legendary, most underrated geniuses when it comes to writing comedy, acting and everything else to do with television and the movie industry bar none!
Greg Edmonds
Greg Edmonds:
I'm disappointed Uncle Fester wasn't mentioned. That was, for me, Mr. Lloyd's most iconic role. He was also wonderful in the Netflix series _Granite Flats._
John Dory
John Dory:
Without this LEGEND, my childhood/life would be INCOMPLETE.
Thanku sir 🙏
Glenn Davey
Glenn Davey:
2:25 Who doesn't love when actors talk trade-craft? You really get the sense, through story-telling, of what it's like to be a working actor as a human like you or me with energy and self-esteem limits.
Glenn Davey
Glenn Davey:
With Charles Grodin it was always a shock he was so old, he always played younger characters! With Christopher Lloyd it's a shock he's still alive, he always played older characters! :D
ristomatti kolsi
ristomatti kolsi:
If they ever gonna remake of The On Golden Pond, they must hire mr. Lloyd as Norman Thayer Jr. Meryl Streep as Ethel.
Christopher Lloyd is just absolutely phenomenal actor.
Christopher Lloyd played a formative role in my childhood by starring as Cyberchase's villain, The Hacker. That iconic voice, the maniacal laughter, the incessant, creative, and vocabulary-building insults he'd levy and Buzz and Delete... memories, man. This show did a great job at building me up to the math teacher I am today. Thank you, sir. Would have been nice to hear his thoughts on it.
I loved his scenes in The Pagemaster. Still one of my favorite kid films of all time.
Based Moonman
Based Moonman:
Christopher Lloyd was dying to tell his stories. I wish I could sit down with him. I'd listen for hours.
the dreaded thirteenth spell
the dreaded thirteenth spell:
Whenever someone says My Favorite Martian, I always think of Christopher Lloyd. and I agree with everyone, Judge Doom was completely underrated
Guitar Matricide
Guitar Matricide:
I’ve been such a huge fan of this man since I can remember…
“Back to the Future” was my favorite movie as a kid (still one of my favorite movies now, which I can rarely say about any movie I watched as a kid), which I watched practically everyday as well as “Clue”, and a huge fan of “Taxi”.
HUGE part of my childhood, this man was…
Haley Kofford
Haley Kofford:
PLEASE do a PART 2!!! There ARE SO MANY MORE characters that he's played that were completely ignored and forgot to mention
Angela Bernhardt
Angela Bernhardt:
He’s such a lovely man. I agree though…wish they had discussed Uncle Fester, Judge Doom, and Professor Plum!
kirby march barcena
kirby march barcena:
Wow, he remembers what he did like it was just yesterday. An amazing legend
Judge Doom really shaped my understanding of power and justice in my society. He was chosen for that role, not because he was funny looking.. but because he could embody that human that was secretly a cartoon through the force of his acting prowess. That was a huge deal for me. GQ dropped the ball.
Mark Demmin II
Mark Demmin II:
No Judge Doom? One of his absolute best performances! Also, Schultz in Mel Brooks’ To Be Or Not To Be. Absolutely hilarious!
I LOVED him in Back to the Future. It was hilarious to watch the movie with my mom cause she always said “Great Scot” and she’d say it at the same time or even before he did in the movie. 🤣
Joann Amalaa
Joann Amalaa:
This should have been longer because there are so many more iconic roles of his !
Freddie Lane
Freddie Lane:
This is why I love these videos. Legendary. Timeless. Thank you
Please bring him back for a part 2. Judge Doom, Uncle Fester, his role on Tremors the TV series, his role list is epic!
I’m so glad he’s still alive and kicking, legend!!!
Truly a great actor! No doubt about Back to the future being #1, my personal #2 movie with Christopher Lloyd was Suburban Commando! I loved his performance in that one just as much! :)
Jahz D
Jahz D:
What about Judge Doom, Uncle Fester and Switchblade Sam?

Christopher Lloyd is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood!
Ken Albrecht
Ken Albrecht:
Christopher Loyd is a fantastic actor and I love his Doc Brown, BTTF part three is becoming my favorite of the trilogy.
moses Ggs
moses Ggs:
A legend in the movie industry and our hearts!
Look, when actors do their 'Iconic Roles' I happily gobble it all up. I LOVE it. The stories, the notes on craft, the behind the scenes, the notes on acting. But the fact that Who Framed Roger Rabbit isn't included here makes me really, really sad. This is my all-time favourite movie, and the fact it wasn't even mentioned is so sad to me.
What a legend. Deep respect.
Papageorgiou Apostolos
Papageorgiou Apostolos:
I love seeing this guy even in Toonstruck, a brilliant 90's video game.
Polite Nonparticipant
Polite Nonparticipant:
Loved Chris in Back to he Future of course, but he was in so many of the other movies I loved. The ones that come to mind right away for me are Professor Plum in Clue and Uncle Fred in When Good Ghouls Go Bad. Any movie becomes better when you put him in it.
Sean Walsh
Sean Walsh:
Always remember his great characters when I was a kid. Especially in 'Taxi' and 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest'. Brilliant actor who triggers so many great movie memories.
Love this guy!
Living Mythology
Living Mythology:
This man has given my life so much joy.
My mom pulled me into watching Taxi. She loved the Jim character. She always said that it takes a great actor to play a character like Jim the drunk. I have carried her words with me my entire life and found them to be true. Love ya Chris!
Scorpion Warrior
Scorpion Warrior:
I LOVE that he concludes most of his sentences with sound effects ❤️🏁❤️
Defended Be
Defended Be:
Chris Lloyd is probably my favorite living actor. I've been lucky enough to be in the presence of many celebrities, but I think he's the only one for whom I might get emotional if I ever met him. (It doesn't hurt that at times he has a distinct resemblance to my dad.)
So happy to see this legend finally featured here on GQ 😄
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I always thought his villainous role in Star Trek III was insanely underrated. Kruge was the only villain who literally brought Kirk to his knees.
Pedro Vieira
Pedro Vieira:
It speaks volumes to one's career when the actor talks about some of his major roles and he didn't talk about all of them. What a treasure.
Tim Kluntz
Tim Kluntz:
If not familiar with his more minor roles; watch Mr. Mom '83, The Dream Team '89, and Suburban Commando '91. Also when he played the villain in 1993's Dennis the Menace, magic was happening!
Dean Just Dean
Dean Just Dean:
I wanted to hear his thoughts on Going In Style. Any performance that is responded to by Michael Caine's character with "If I ever get that bad, shoot me" has got a lot going on behind it. :D
Mark D'Agostino
Mark D'Agostino:
Back to the Future is the reason I got into the film industry. I got to meet both Christopher and Lea on the set of a Hallmark movie (my first full feature, coincidentally). Lea wished me good luck with my career on her last day, and Christopher was so kind, funny, and casual. Surely a shoot I will not forget!
The Mad Carver
The Mad Carver:
This man is just a gift to humanity! Glad he's still alive
John J. Rambo
John J. Rambo:
Seeing seeing all these amazing actors and actresses age and lose their ability to perform the way they used to and finally pass on. They had such an incredible impact on our lives
Joel Murdoch
Joel Murdoch:
A brilliant actor. His recent(ish) guest appearance on NCIS was incredible.
Pablo Rodriguez Cortes
Pablo Rodriguez Cortes:
This man is a Big Cultural Treasure, Doc Brown will always be one of the most beloved and iconic characters of all time ❤️❤️❤️
Jaco Burger
Jaco Burger:
Best trilogy of all time. I showed it to my 4 year old the other day, he loved it.