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Julian Beck (I) (1925–1985)

A bold, innovative, avant-garde figure in theatre who helped revolutionized the style of playwriting and acting in the 1950s and 1960s, actor/writer/producer/directer Julian Beck was certainly a odd-looking sort with his baleful, hollow eyes, stark and skullish features and near-bald dome capped by long fringes of stringy hair along the side. He ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Cotton Club Sol Weinstein
9½ Weeks Dinner Guest
Oedipus Rex Tiresia


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 1986 9½ Weeks
Dinner Guest
 1985 Miami Vice (TV Series)
J. J. Johnston
- The Prodigal Son (1985) ... J. J. Johnston
 1984 The Cotton Club
Sol Weinstein
 1982 Il fascino dell'insolito (TV Series)
Il rabbino Aser
- La tortura della speranza (1982) ... Il rabbino Aser
 1969 Amore e rabbia
Dying Man (segment "Agonia")
 1969 Camera Three (TV Series)
 1968 If Unconscious Revolts (Short)
 1968 Candy
 1967 Oedipus Rex
 1958 Narcissus
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Wrote a personal journal of his theatrical experiences, particularly those with his Living Theatre Company, in his book "The Life of the Theatre: The Relation of the Artist to the Struggle of the People," published in 1972 by City Lights Books.

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5' 10½" (1.79 m)


Judith Malina  (his death)  (2 children)

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The Living Theater moved out of New York in 1974 after the Internal Revenue Service shut it down when Beck failed to pay $23,000 in back taxes. After a sensational trial, in which Beck and Malina represented themselves, they were found guilty by a jury. See more »

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