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Inside the Actors Studio 

Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their careers.
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James Lipton interviews some of today's most talented actors, directors and writers. In the audience are students and famous alumni of the Actors Studio's master of fine arts program. The interviewees talk about their childhood, how they got started in show business, their early career and behind-the-scenes trivia. The interview concludes with a standardized questionnaire that includes such questions as "What is your favorite word?" and "If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive?" After that, Lipton and the interviewee move to a classroom where the M.F.A. students can question the interviewee directly. Written by Steven W. Siferd <ssiferd@aol.com>

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12 June 1994 (USA)  »

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Inside the Actors Studio: The Craft of Theatre and Film  »

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Ever since the show took off, James Lipton vigorously attempted to get screen legends Marlon Brando and Katharine Hepburn on the show. Although they were both members of the Actors Studio, neither wanted to interrupt their retirement from show business, be it talk-show or otherwise. See more »


For every guest James Lipton is inconsistent on which acting credit is noteworthy to acknowledge. See more »


Martin Sheen: I love being Spanish as much as I love being Irish, and I *really* love being Irish.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Swan Song (2003) See more »

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The format and honesty of the actors and penetrating questions of James Lipton make for the success of this show.
14 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Mr. James Lipton, an accomplished/actor producer himself, brings out the talent and communicative ability of these actors/artists. It is a pleasure to watch Mr. Lipton ask questions, review accomplishments, and show films clips of the actors, that are gracious enough to share their talents and experiences to future actors, directors and TV viewers. I am overwhelmed by the total honesty of these marvelous artists. They don't come forth with any ego, condescending attitude, but a willingness to share their experiences and faults to further advance the theater and film making.

Please continue the good work,

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