Years ago, I asked on a newsgroup why Lloyd the Writer didn’t just bill himself as “Chris Lloyd,” or “Christopher [middle initial] Lloyd,” the standard practice when you’re trying to make it clear that you’re not the same person as a celebrity. The answer I received was “Um, because he likes his name and his hoping the actor will change his.”
The last regular TV role for Christopher Lloyd The Actor was on Stacked, a show created by Steven Levitan, who then went on to co-create Back To You and Modern Family with Christopher Lloyd The Writer. So a) This is getting even more confusing and b) I am desperately rooting for Christopher Lloyd The Actor to be given a guest shot on Modern Family, creating the Christopher Lloyd convergence we’ve all been waiting for lo these many years.
Update: I see now that Harley Quinn, aka Arleen Sorkin, commented on this recently:
My husband has a new show for ABC called MODERN FAMILY. He’s Chris Lloyd the writer [of FRASIER fame], not Chris Lloyd the actor. And I’m not married to Aaron Sorkin. My whole life is telling people what I’m not!”