Inside the Actors Studio

Monday 7:00 PM on Bravo Premiered Jun 12, 1994 In Season



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Inside the Actors Studio

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For nineteen years and more than 242 episodes, James Lipton has sat down with some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors for penetrating, fascinating interviews. Lipton's studious research and enlightened curiosity has inspired his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about the art of acting. The series premiered with Paul Newman, an Actors Studio alumnus and former president (1982-1994). A partial list of featured guests includes Sally Field, Dennis Hopper, Jessica Lange, Christopher Walken, Nathan Lane, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemmon, Gary Sinise, Kathy Bates, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, John Hurt, Harrison Ford, Spike Lee, Ed Harris, Ben Affleck, Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas, Kevin Kline, Gene Hackman, Debra Winger, Johnny Depp, Hugh Grant, Richard Gere, Benicio del Toro, Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McKellen, Pierce Brosnan, Juliette Binoche, Martin Scorsese, Edward Norton, Julianne Moore, The Cast ofThe Simpsons, Nicholas Cage and Renee Zellweger, to name a few. Hosted by New York's famed New School For Social Research, each episode is taped before an audience of students at The Actors Studio Drama School. In addition to his duties as the show's executive producer and host, Lipton is also the Dean of the school. The series has been honored with multiple Emmy Award nominations and until it win for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in 2013.


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      I seen a interview some few years ago, with James Lipton looking for the little girl in the car of the Motor Acade of JFK . on Nov. 22,1963 I am this very girl my frist named is Geraldine.

      My uncle is Merle Haggard. I have been looking on inter net to found the show that you air this on Well mr. James Lipton also aired on the same night is Richard Nadeau Daughter. a play a small part a baby on a trolley car, I worked with Mr. T. Willams, and Mr. J. Ford I like to talk with you about these flim clips.moreless
    • Candid and often insightful...

      When they were giving out creativity I was not only behind the door, I was on another planet, so I can't even profess to understand what motivates someone to seek or maintain a profession in the arts. I don't know what makes them tick creatively and frankly, I don't need to know.

      But I must admit, this is the one show where I can not only watch my favourites, I will occasionally sit and watch a performer I "don't like" (as if in reality I know anything about them which qualifies me to say I dislike them). And I will usually get some insights that surprise me, and make me take note of the fact that I, like most people, use strong adjectives to judge people I don't even know on the basis of a characterization, or worse: on a bad hair day. And if only briefly, it makes me describe performances rather than people as "likes versus dislikes". And much more regularly, it makes me appreciate the fact that I can happily do my chosen profession without mass judgment; and ill informed judgment at that.

      The origins of "art" in a individual are only understood by a rare few...but fascinate all of us.

      I think James Lipton does a really credible job of enlightening those of us who are creatively challenged, and encouraging and supporting those who are naturally gifted in the arts.

      The 200th episode was really interesting as it put Lipton himself on the "hot seat". Interesting juxtaposition to have Dave Chapelle doing the interviewing...moreless
    • This show is interesting and exciting. It allows fellow actors to provide information to up and comming actors. Those of the fence about becoming an actor need to know the pitfalls as well as the successes in the business.moreless

      The information about each actors journey into the world of acting and or performing is intersting and eye-opening for those considering performing as a career. Each time we watch new information is given from the actors personal life. The questions are often pointed which makes the guest actor really think about his or her life as an actor. The questons that make us all laugh are well-received. Watching and learning from Robin Williams was fun and entertaining - as is Robin. Learning about an actors education, missed opportunities, and their journey to becoming a household name is exciting. Keep up the good interviews!moreless

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