Christopher Lloyd, thanks to the outstanding success of the film trilogy “Back to the Future”, in which he plays Dr. Emmett Brown, or simply “Doc”, appeared as the Hollywood royalty. The veteran actor joined Michael J. Fox in the sci-fi comedy, first released in 1985, which went on to become a certified cult classic. But in addition to his iconic role in Back to the Future, Lloyd is also known for his work on The Addams Family, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and the comedy series Taxi, which he was responsible for won two Emmys (per IMDb). To this day, Lloyd lends his acting talent to films such as Bob Odenkirk’s Nobody and George Clooney’s The Tender Bar. He is also set to guest star in the upcoming third season of the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed in March.
Nearly four decades after he rose to superstardom with Back to the Future, Lloyd’s acting career continues to thrive. However, the actor has also gone through some great ups and downs in recent years. For one, he’s been through high-profile marriages and divorces with five different women, including his first wife, Catherine Boyd, who sued him in 2002 for allegedly failing to pay child support, per AP News. In 2008, Lloyd also suffered a major loss after losing his million dollar home to a tragic incident. Here’s what happened.
Christopher Lloyd lost his home in the 2008 California wildfires
Christopher Lloyd’s multi-million dollar home was among thousands of homes destroyed by the series of wildfires that raged in Southern California in November 2008. The actor joined dozens of Montecito residents who lost their homes when a fire ripped through the exclusive celebrity neighborhood in Los Angeles, where Oprah Winfrey, Michael Douglas and Rob Lowe also own homes (via CNN). “Windows were blown out” and “whole sections” of his mansion — valued at $11 million — were “torn down,” according to the report. “It’s amazing, it’s just gone,” Lloyd said during an appearance on Good Morning America. “Rebuilding would be – it’s too much. You can’t rebuild that.”
“You watch TV, you see these kinds of incidents here and there, but you look with a kind of detachment because it’s happening elsewhere,” he continued. “But suddenly being in the thick of it — that’s a whole different awareness.” Despite the tragedy, Lloyd was able to poke fun at his situation, sharing that he planned to reorganize his house but never got around to it. “There’s no need to worry about that now,” he added.
The Montecito Fire, also known as the “Tea Fire,” was the first of several wildfires that broke out in SoCal in November 2008, followed by the Sayre Fire and the Freeway Complex Fire. It was caused by a group of college students having a bonfire party at the abandoned tea house on November 12, according to Independent. According to a California fire report, the wildfire destroyed a total of 210 residential and commercial buildings and damaged nine others.
How Christopher Lloyd Coped With Loss
After losing his home to the California wildfire in 2008, Christopher Lloyd built “a sprawling, four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom Tuscan-inspired mansion” in a different part of Montecito, according to Dirt. He launched it in 2012 for $6.5 million and it sold for $5.1 million that same year.
Aside from his ranch in Montecito, the Back to the Future actor also owns a residential property in the exclusive Santa Barbara area that he and his current wife, Lisa Loiacono-Lloyd (a real estate agent), bought in 2017 for US$2.5 million -dollar bought , also by dirt. Additionally, he owned a lovely beachfront cottage in Ventura, California, which he bought for $2.17 million in 2018, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, he ended up selling the condo in 2020 for just under $3 million, per Yahoo! Entertainment.
Lloyd and his wife also listed a bungalow they bought in 2014 for $800,000 and renovated into a 1950s Spanish-inspired home. The property, which was listed on Compass by Ron Brand and Arthur Kalayjian, is 21,861 square feet and has two bedrooms and one bathroom, per dirt. It has a cozy living room and a “fairly small but elegantly furnished” kitchen, as well as a spacious backyard perfect for guest accommodation and al fresco dining. Oh, and it also has a garage that can be converted into a “snazzy” media room. Lloyd reportedly sold this particular home for approximately $1.6 million.