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Overview (2)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Sherman Oaks, California, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Sanford Meisner is one of the most respected and influential acting teachers of the 20th century. Meisner, Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg are generally regarded as America's three greatest acting teachers. Founding member of The Group Theatre, 1931-1941. Began teaching at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in 1935; head of the acting program 1936-1958 & 1964-1990. Head of Twentieth Century-Fox Talent Program 1959-1961. Developed what is known as "The Meisner Technique," influenced by "The Stanislavsky System." His students include Academy Award winners Joan Fontaine, Jennifer Jones, Grace Kelly, Edmond O'Brien, Jo Van Fleet, Joanne Woodward, Gregory Peck, Joel Grey, Lee Grant, Diane Keaton, Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen and Robert Duvall, as well as directors Bob Fosse and Sydney Pollack. Author of "Sanford Meisner on Acting" (with Dennis Longwell). Subject of the documentary American Masters: Sanford Meisner: The American Theatre's Best Kept Secret (1990), directed by Kent Paul.

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Spouse (2)

Betty Carson (December 1947 - 1958) (divorced)
Margaret Patricia Meyer (Peggy Meredith) (January 1942 - 8 August 1947) (divorced)

Trivia (2)

Became frustrated with the roles he often got while in the Group Theatre often lamented that when they handed out the scripts, if there was a role for a character that was the emotional equivalent of a large, ugly bug that would crawl out from behind an old piano that was just moved away from the wall where it stood for many years... he knew that he'd be given that part!.
Founder of the highly respected acting school The Neighborhood Playhouse.

Personal Quotes (1)

Acting is fun. Don't let that get around.

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