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Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )

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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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When asked who he'd most like to interview, living or dead, James Lipton replied Judy Garland. Lipton had the opportunity to have Garland's daughter, Liza Minnelli as a guest. See more »


[interviewing the cast of "The Simpsons" as their characters]
James Lipton: Homer, what is your full name?
Dan Castellaneta: Homer J. Simpson. The J stands for Jay.
James Lipton: What do you do at the Nuclear Power Plant?
Dan Castellaneta: I am a safety inspector. I tell people to be safe. And safen up!
James Lipton: Safen up?
Dan Castellaneta: Safen up!
James Lipton: Since you're still here, and Springfield is still here, I assume you have an umblemished record.
Dan Castellaneta: Well... there's a few blemishes on it.
James Lipton: Ever come close to a meltdown?
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Inside the Actors Studio
22 March 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

One of the most informative shows on television right now. It allows actors, directors and writers to express their craft to the geniuses of tomorrow. James Lipton should also be commended for the large amount of time and work he puts

into the research of every guest that has visited the studio from Paul Newman to Sidney Lumet to Robert DeNiro. It's an important show that deserves to be honored.

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