The Emmy winner says Hall has bounced back from his cancer diagnosis

By Michelle Tauber
August 22, 2010 05:00 PM
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Being bad turned out to be very good for actor John Lithgow.

Lithgow won Best Guest Actor in a drama at Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmys for his bone-chilling role as a serial murderer on Showtime’s Dexter.

Lithgow, 64, credited his chemistry with onscreen nemesis Michael C. Hall for bringing the character to terrifying life – and said Hall is “doing very, very well” since revealing in January that he was in remission from Hodgkin s lymphoma.

“There were about four days over the course of that season last year that I had to work as hard as Michael does every day,” Lithgow told reporters after winning his Emmy. “He’s had no trouble this season working five days a week, so I’m delighted.”

Lithgow also offered reporters a puzzled reaction to his onstage gaffe – in accepting the award, he thanked rival network HBO rather than Showtime.

“I said HBO?” he said afterward. “I’ll never live that down.”