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Robert Lewis (I) (1909–1997)


Robert Lewis was one of the original members of the Group Theatre in the 1930s and co-founder of the Actors Studio in 1947. He was active as a character actor in Hollywood for only a brief period, under contract first to Fox Studios and then MGM. Though he went on to appear in and direct Hollywood musicals, Lewis preferred the stage, eventually ... See full bio »

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Known For

Monsieur Verdoux
Monsieur Verdoux Maurice Bottello - Verdoux's Friend
(1947)
Ziegfeld Follies
Ziegfeld Follies Chinese Gentleman ('Limehouse Blues' / Telephone Voice ('Number Please')
(1945)
Dragon Seed
Dragon Seed Capt. Sato
(1944)
Anything Goes
Anything Goes Director
(1956)

Filmography

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 1987 Hawken's Breed
Tackett's Gang
 1973 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Crony I
- Maid for Each Other (1973) ... Crony I
 1950 The Lost Volcano
Daniel
 1947 Monsieur Verdoux
Maurice Bottello - Verdoux's Friend
 1945 The Hidden Eye
Stormvig
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Chinese Gentleman ('Limehouse Blues' / Telephone Voice ('Number Please')
 1945 The Last Installment (Short)
Kovak (as Bob Lewis)
 1945 Son of Lassie
Sergeant Schmidt
 1944 Dragon Seed
Capt. Sato
 1943 Paris After Dark
Colonel Pirosh
 1943 Bomber's Moon
Priest (scenes deleted)
 1943 Tonight We Raid Calais
Maurice Bonnard (uncredited)
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Co-founded the Actors' Studio with Cheryl Crawford and Elia Kazan. See more »

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Bobby Lewis | Bob Lewis
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One of the founders of the Actors' Studio, he eventually became highly critical of the "Method" because, according to Lewis, and contrary to the teachings of the great Konstantin Stanislavski (founder of "Method" acting), it came to emphasize raw emotion at the expense of basic acting techniques such as clear enunciation and, by doing this, discouraged many otherwise excellent actors from ever ... See more »

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