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John Lithgow: A mentor on and off camera

  • Josa Lukman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 8 2020   /  01:00 am
Friendly face: With nearly five decades of experience, John Lithgow is a mentor on and off camera for many aspiring actors.(AFP/Valerie Macon )

In the span of his long acting career, one thing is sure; John Lithgow is a mentor, both literally and figuratively. Lithgow’s latest role as Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan in HBO’s latest period drama Perry Mason is a case in point. The series premiere on June 22 was watched by some 1.7 million viewers across all the platforms on which it aired – the strongest premiere night of any HBO series in nearly two years – and the show has been renewed for a second season. A struggling attorney in post-Great Depression Los Angeles, Birchard is a mentor to the eponymous character Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys), a private investigator hired for a high-profile child kidnapping and murder case that has gripped the city. Reimagining: Matthew Rhys (right) stars in 'Perry Mason' as the eponymous character, a down-on-his-luck private investigator wor...