American Playhouse (1981– )

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Robert Minkoff ...
 Bit / ... (5 episodes, 1982-1984)
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 Emily Dickenson / ... (4 episodes, 1982-1984)
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 Fanny Church / ... (4 episodes, 1983-1990)
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 Doctor / ... (4 episodes, 1982-1989)
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 Amy-Joy / ... (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mary Seibel ...
 Aunt Bernice / ... (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
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 George / ... (3 episodes, 1988-1990)
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 Judge Mark Driscoll / ... (3 episodes, 1984-1991)
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 Clate Connaloe / ... (3 episodes, 1982-1987)
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 Edward Philbrick / ... (3 episodes, 1982-1987)
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 Marpo / ... (3 episodes, 1982-1991)
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 Malcolm X / ... (3 episodes, 1983-1989)
MacIntyre Dixon ...
 Dr. Zuckerman / ... (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Esther / ... (3 episodes, 1982-1985)
Christopher Childs ...
 Burdick, FBI / ... (3 episodes, 1982-1985)
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 Mr. Antrobus / ... (3 episodes, 1983-1991)
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 Chief Magistrate (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Cal Porter - Andre's Lover / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1990)
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 Dot / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Bananas Shaughnessy / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1987)
Christopher Collet ...
 David (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
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 Mrs. Downs - Andre's Grandmother / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1990)
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 Baker's Wife / ... (2 episodes, 1989-1991)
Lise Hilboldt ...
 Ellie Thompson / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Jeff Yonis ...
 Schwartz (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
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 Gabriel (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
Les Podewell ...
 Grandpa / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Barbara Bryne ...
 Blair Daniels / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1991)
Helen Stenborg ...
 Aunt Middy / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
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 Ludlow Whitney / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1986)
Aaron Freeman ...
 Andrew / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
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 Sarah / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1990)
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 Charlie Hughes / ... (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Call Girl / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Wayne Kneeland ...
 Lloyd / ... (2 episodes, 1984)
Robert Westenberg ...
 Alex / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1991)
Wayne Tippit ...
 Mr. Burleigh / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
George Womack ...
 Ben Purdy / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
Jean De Baer ...
 Edythe Wadleigh / ... (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Couple in Library / ... (2 episodes, 1984)
George Hamlin ...
 Allen Dulles / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
Rosemary Dean ...
 Lady at Garage Sale / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
Melva Williams ...
 Maid / ... (2 episodes, 1984)
Anne Pitoniak ...
 Chambers' Mother / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Bob Greenberg / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1986)
Raymond Serra ...
 Callas / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Gabriel Javsicas / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
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 Gen. Santa Anna / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Austin / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1991)
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 Mr. Crouch / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1991)
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 Lovely Mead / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1990)
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 Lieutenant Angel (2 episodes, 1982-1992)
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 Dad / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Kat Hubble / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
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 Pudd'nhead Wilson / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1988)
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 Ben / ... (2 episodes, 1989-1991)
Barbara Bolton ...
 Mom (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
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 Ivy / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1991)
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 Elmo Bliss / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1991)
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 Alger Hiss / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1987)
Dick Latessa ...
 Creech / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1988)
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 Brian Haas / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Roderick Wimberly ...
 Jacob / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Jack Chesney / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Rosalind Cash ...
 Aunt Florence (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
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 Virgil (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 Flick (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
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 Buster McGuire / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jay Ine ...
 Randy (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
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 Col. Grangerford / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1986)
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 Elisha / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
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 Mrs. Grimes / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1990)
Maria Todd ...
 Heather / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
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 Lu Anne / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1993)
Barry Miller ...
 Demos / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
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 Louisa / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Paul Melton / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
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 Leonard / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1991)
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 Lynch Mob Leader / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
Richard Grusin ...
 Sargeant / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Sam Gray ...
 David Goldfarb (segment "Yiddish") / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1991)
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 Blind Lily / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Kaiulani Lee ...
 Connie Van Buskirk / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Gail Brock / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1990)
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 Woman in the Bath (2 episodes, 1982-1990)
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 Mary Austin / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1989)
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 Charles Castle / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1988)
Jean Shepherd ...
 Himself (in frame story - movie theatre) / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
Brian Smiar ...
 Gus / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
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 Dale 'D.J.' Jackson / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
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 Lester / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1989)
Kevin Crysler ...
 Priest / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
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 Police Officer / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
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 Ben Stark / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Hannibal / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
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 Phil Cooper (2 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Steven (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Eleanor / ... (2 episodes, 1986)
Margo Skinner ...
 Alice (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Leslie Ayvazian ...
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 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1991-1993)
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 Sam / ... (2 episodes, 1991)
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Long-running, important video/film series on PBS.
7 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

This occasional series (the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME of PBS, it would appear up to about six or seven times a season over most of its run) was an anthology of original dramatic films and videotaped presentations, many of the films co-productions which might get an art-house run before (or after) appearing as an AP episode (such as SMOOTH TALK and TESTAMENT); others were meant for video presentation, such as the TALES OF THE CITY miniseries or (my favorite) the one-man show THE END OF A SENTENCE, starring Edward Herrmann. AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE head Lindsay Law moved on to Fox Searchlight as the series was winding down, presenting as its last "official" offering a cinema-verite miniseries in the 2000-2001 season.


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